PHILADELPHIA, PA (November, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--For a quarter century, the Blue Cross RiverRink season has started on Black Friday to help ring in the holidays . This year, it’s opening up with a very special treat for Philadelphia. Thanks to a generous gift from Independence Blue Cross, the rink’s founding and sustaining sponsor, ice skating (including admission and skate rental) will be completely free on opening day!
“This is a season of giving, and as the hometown health insurer for 80 years we wanted to give back in a special way on opening day,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross. “We are all about bringing families, friends, and visitors together for Fearless Fit activity, and we are proud of our 25 years of support for the Blue Cross RiverRink.”
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest opens at 11AM on Friday, November 23rd and closes that night at 1AM with seven different 90-minute skating sessions throughout the day. As the city’s only regulation-sized outdoor ice-skating rink, there will be thousands of skaters enjoying free skating as a way to kick off the holidays. Free skating tickets for Opening Day are now available to reserve in advance online at www.riverrink.com, and more will be available on-site for each session. Tickets will be limited online to four per person and are non-transferable. There is a rain date set for Sunday, November 25th.
Joe Forkin, President of Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, notes: “For 25 years, Blue Cross RiverRink has been a winter tradition thanks to our continued partnership with Independence Blue Cross. Over the years, the rink has evolved into Philadelphia’s winter wonderland and now also a summer tradition with Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. It’s partners like Independence Blue Cross who see how continued investments in the community not only provide safe, fun, affordable attractions, but also how these attractions then become key features in the transformation of an entire waterfront.”
Opening Day will also feature the newest addition to the rink – the Winterfest Express! This kid-sized train, operated by Skelly’s Amusements, will be available for rides throughout the holiday season, providing a complement to the holiday charm of Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. The entire experience features outdoor ice skating, a festive Lodge serving seasonal food and drinks from Chickie’s and Pete’s, Garces, and Franklin Fountain, beautifully decorated cabins, thousands of lights twinkling, and of course, the beautiful tree, which will be lit during the two-hour Holiday Tree Lighting Powered by PECO on Friday, November 30th.
Opening Weekend celebrations continue Friday through Sunday with free hot chocolate samples, wreath making, face painting, an appearance by the Grinch, Storytime in the Lodge, circus arts, and an ELF karaoke bus. A full season of programming includes annual favorites like New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice, the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, Winterfest Brewfest, Latin Night at the Lodge, Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Skate, and more.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Details
Dates: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is open every day from November 23rd, 2018 – March 3rd, 2019including all holidays. Information about events, pricing, hours, and rentals can be found atwww.riverrink.com.
Address: 101 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tickets: Available online at http://riverrink.ticketfly.com/ or for purchase on-site