Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest opens at Penn’s Landing on November 24, 2023 – NBC10 Philadelphia

‘Tis the season to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

The festivities begin on Black Friday, November 24, and continue through early 2024. Admission is free and open to the public.

For 30 seasons, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and Independence Blue Cross have transformed Penn’s Landing into a winter wonderland for people of all ages. To mark the special anniversary, event organizers said visitors should expect special events, activities, promotions and “some additional surprises.”

Visitors to the 2023-2024 season can enjoy all the classics like the NHL’s only outdoor full-sized ice rink in Philadelphia with stunning waterfront views, a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, thousands of twinkling lights, a massive holiday tree, and delicious scents. . Kits to buy and cook around fire pits, hot cabins and more.

Before you go, here’s a guide to everything you need to know to make the most of your Winterfest experience.

Operation hours

Winterfest is open Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 11pm, Friday from 1pm to midnight, Saturday from 11am to midnight and Sunday from 11am to 11pm

For more information on holiday hours, ski entry times and more click here.

Lighting the holiday tree

Watch the lighting of the holiday tree on Friday, December 1 with special guests and talent from NBC10. Details of this event will be published later.

NBC10 and Telemundo 62 are among the Winterfest sponsors.


You can enjoy skiing every day of the week. Ice skating tickets cost $5 if you already have skates and $12 if you need to rent. You are not required to purchase tickets in advance but reservations are highly recommended. Click here to purchase tickets.

Skiing is available at a discount for groups of 15 or more. Independence Blue Cross cardholders and employees can get free ski admission for themselves and up to three guests.

If you would like to store your personal items while skiing, lockers are available to rent for $1.

Cabin and fire pit rentals

Enjoy relaxing in one of the heated cabins when visiting Winterfest. The cabins are filled with holiday decor and comfortable seating, perfect for gathering with friends or family.

Single Cabin: $78 per 90 minutes – This sized cabin is suitable for a gathering of 8 people
Spacious Cabin: $125 per 90 minutes – This sized cabin is great for a party of 12-15 people

Guests will have the option to pay as you go for food and beverage options while in the cabins.

Want to sit outdoors but still stay warm? Fire pits are back and are perfect for a relaxing outdoor experience. Fire pits can be booked in advance and seat up to 5 people. It costs $30 per 90 minutes.

Ferris wheel and boardwalk games

Feeling competitive? Check out Winterfest’s Broadwalk Games where you can play fun games and win great prizes.

Food and drink

There will be a variety of food options to try, such as Black Iron BBQ, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Skelly’s Pizza Port, Dippers, and Skelly’s Funnel Cake.

Looking for some delicious local brews and seasonal cocktails? The Lodge Bar offers many drink options for you to enjoy.

(tags for translation) Blue River Skating Rink in winter

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