Things To Do in Philadelphia: Feel The Holiday Spirit At The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

February 16, 2015
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Christmas season is definitely the most wonderful time of the year and Philadelphia gets into the holiday spirit a notch higher than any other cities I’ve visited during this season. The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest was at the top of my to-visit list when I was preparing our itinerary to Philadelphia and it was a good choice.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

My sister and I arrived at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest after our lovely dinner at Marrakesh, just in time when they have opened their ice skating rink again after a few minutes’ break. We had a great vantage point from where we were standing, overlooking the rink itself with the view of the Benjamin Franklin bridge and the Delaware River from a distance. When they started playing the Christmas songs, the lights surrounding the rink was changing colors in time to the music. It was wonderful! I have never seen anything like it before, having lived for 7 years in the Middle East – this was definitely the most incredible Christmas treat for my eyes. Don’t make fun of me but I think I cried a little when I saw it. :p I must definitely go somewhere out of the Middle East during Christmas season so I don’t have to miss things like these anymore.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

We went down towards the rink itself and I was surprised that it was actually a huge venue. They’ve got all sorts of things going on – they have The Lodge, which is an onsite restaurant resembling a ski chalet with a live band performing and a heater which was the reason why we stayed a bit longer as it was too cold outside. They also have an arcade for teenagers which was closed at the time due to a private event (not that I’m too keen to play one of those arcade games) and the whole expanse of the venue was decorated to make it look like a barn. It was absolutely gorgeous! Trees, rustic furniture and fire pits are scattered all over the place. My favorite thing about it was the rocking chairs lined up around the area with heavy, warm blankets that you can use. It’s free of course to use but on a first come first serve basis. When we found two empty rocking chairs at the far end of the venue, we sat there and just watched people passing by us – our favorite hobby. πŸ™‚

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The warm and very cozy Lodge. πŸ™‚

As we sat there, all I can ever think was – Philadelphia definitely knows how to create unique attractions. Instead of having a beer in a pub somewhere, why not go to Blue Cross RiverRink and enjoy this festive atmosphere until it lasts? I would if I live in Philadelphia which at that point in time, I was hoping I did.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

An oversized chair for your mandatory photo to be posted on your social media accounts. How cool? Lol.

Blue Cross RiverRink is a seasonal attraction in Philly open from November to March (this year it’s between 28NOV14 to 01MAR15). It’s a free admission for everyone and if you’d like to use their ice rink, an admission fee of USD3.00 is to be paid and an additional USD10.00 if you’re going to rate skates on the site itself.


Blue Cross RiverRink and Concession Stand
January 5–March 1, 2015
Monday-Thursday: 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

The Lodge
January 5–March 1, 2015
Monday-Thursday: Closed
Friday: 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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  • Reply Grand Mader February 17, 2015 at 20:55

    Nice photos and memories πŸ™‚ Holiday spirit is the most higher in… Warsaw πŸ™‚ Nice to meet you πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 18, 2015 at 11:21

      I will have to visit Warsaw to see it for myself. πŸ™‚
      I think generally, the holiday spirit is at its peak in European countries – with all the Christmas markets and the likes. I haven’t been to one but hoping one day I will.
      Thank you for dropping by.

  • Reply DUBAICRAVINGS February 16, 2015 at 20:25

    cool πŸ™‚

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