Winterfest is Bigger, Better Than Ever

With cold weather finally upon us, it may be temping to curl up in your 1500 Locust apartment and hibernate until spring. But with so many exciting winter opportunities abounding in Philly, now is the perfect time to get out into the great outdoors!

Winterfest is one of the city’s most popular cold-weather attractions and this year is celebrating its 25th season. The extravaganza is headquartered at Penn’s Landing, 1.5 miles from your 1500 Locust apartment, and offers a host of winter-themed activities for visitors of all ages and interests.

Among the most recognizable features of Winterfest is the Blue Cross RiverRink, an ice skating rink open seven days a week for skaters of all abilities. Whether you’re an expert on the ice or are lacing up your skates for the first time, Blue Cross RiverRink is a fun outing (and a great workout!). The rink is located against a backdrop of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and offers dazzling looks at the city skyline, making it the perfect spot for your next date night. Plus, with more than 100,000 holiday lights strung throughout Winterfest, you can really get into the holiday spirit here!

Even if you’re not a skater, you can still enjoy all that Winterfest has to offer. Lounge in cozy outdoor seating around fire pits and take in all the people watching or take a load off and escape the winter air in warming cabins. Venture indoors for the Lodge, a ski lodge-inspired setup that offers picnic tables and couches, games and fireplaces, all of which is surrounded by beautifully decorated Christmas trees and holiday lights. Grab a drink at the Lodge Bar, featuring local craft beers and hot cocktails, as well as cider, tea and coffee, or embrace the cold air with ice cream in the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin, where sweets lovers can make their own s’mores over the fire pits. Other food vendors include local favorites Chickie’s & Pete’s and Garces.

Events are held at Winterfest throughout the season, which runs until March 3. Catch DJs, dance parties and much more to see winter in Philly in a whole new light.



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