Blue Cross RiverRink returns for its 22nd year, and its third year as Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, making it an established holiday tradition for Philadelphians and those around the region and a must-do during the winter season. Independence Blue Cross continues as the founding and title sponsor, making the rink possible each year. Blue Cross RiverRink is the only outdoor regulation-sized rink in Philadelphia. With the Delaware River to the east and the Ben Franklin Bridge to the north, it makes for a spectacular winter scene.
Surrounding Blue Cross RiverRink is a winter garden and forest created using locally sourced recycled shipping containers, hundreds of holiday trees and shrubs, woodchips, rustic furniture, market lights, and fire pits. Thousands of lights illuminate the entire space from the moment visitors enter, and continue to delight with a beautifully lit holiday tree and color-washed rink.
New this year are the addition of five winter warming cottages - three-sided, furnished cabins that will be available for rent or on a first-come first-serve basis. Each cottage will have its own unique dÃ©cor, complete with electric fireplaces, infrared heating, antler chandeliers, warm armchairs, and loveseats. A boardwalk in front will connect the fire pit area to the cottages and the Lodge.