November 10, 2008

Skate Through the Holiday Season at the Blue Cross RiverRink

The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing, the only completely outdoor Olympic-size ice skating rink in Philadelphia, is the perfect place to spend the holidays. The Blue Cross RiverRink is open throughout the entire winter season with additional skating sessions during the holidays including special sessions on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Visitors will enjoy the unique setting of this outdoor rink decorated with a huge (near 20 ft.) Christmas tree generously donated by a Philadelphia resident through the Fairmount Park Commission Tree Donation program. The entire venue will be adorned with colorful lit spheres and holiday decorations as the Blue Cross RiverRink comes alive for the holidays.

Visitors to the Blue Cross RiverRink will enjoy the ever-popular Skate with Santa on Sunday, December 14, 2008. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., the day's activities include Santa's arrival by the Spirit of Philadelphia docking alongside the Rink, free face painting, and "Santa and Me" caricatures. Kids will also have the opportunity to decorate their own Reindeer Ears and "skate" with Santa.

The annual New Year's Eve Midnight Party on Ice takes place at the Blue Cross RiverRink on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 with a special skating session from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Guests will also delight in a perfect spot to view the spectacular fireworks display -- right on the ice! This is the best non-alcoholic New Year's party featuring food, music, entertainment and a great view of the fireworks at midnight.

Tickets for the New Year's Eve Midnight Party on Ice are limited and on sale at beginning Opening Day. The price is $30 for skaters and $20 for spectators. Advance New Year's Eve parking passes are available online for partygoers only for $20.

Extended skating session times for December 22, 2008 through January 2, 2009 are as follows: 10:00 a.m. - Noon, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. on Friday, December 26, Saturday, December 27, 2008 and Friday, January 2, 2009.

The rink is open on all holidays including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day (January 19, 2009), and President's Day (February 16, 2009) from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Special hours for New Year's Eve Day (December 31) will be: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Noon - 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. with special New Year's Eve parties taking place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. on December 31, 2008.

Skating admission is extremely affordable at only $7 and $8 for Friday and Saturday night sessions, and skate rental is available for $3. Convenient parking is also available on site for only $10.

Independence Blue Cross is the founding and presenting sponsor of the Blue Cross RiverRink. Other supporters include: TD Bank, CBS 3 and the CW Philly and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's only outdoor public ice rink, is located on Columbus Boulevard at Market Street. For more information on skating sessions, ice skating lessons, birthday parties or private receptions, please call 215.925.RINK or visit

SOURCE: Penn's Landing Corporation