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Ice-Skating Gets a Facelift in Philadelphia

By M+E Staff

With winter weather here to stay, ice skating proves to be a popular attraction in Philadelphia, especially with new and newly-renovated rinks popping up all over the city. The city welcomes the newest outdoor rink, Skate at the Piazza, and one of Philadelphia’s staples, Blue Cross RiverRink, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a makeover.

Skate at the Piazza offers 5,000 square feet of artificial ice for skating, as well as many other activities. To celebrate the Sochi Olympics in February, the pop-up rink will host live DJs, classic winter movies, a weeknight curling league and a winter market featuring some of the city’s best food trucks and craft vendors. The rink is located at Northern Liberties’ Piazza at Schmidts and will be open through February 23.

Blue Cross RiverRink, on the Delaware River waterfront, allows skaters to take in an impressive view of the city and offers special events throughout the season. This year, the rink will host its first ever pop-up holiday winter garden and village, Waterfront Winterfest, which will include craft vendors, music, food and drinks.

Blue Cross RiverRink will also debut a holiday-themed light show every hour from 5-11 p.m. that guests can enjoy under a 400-person warming tent equipped with comfort food, holiday cocktails and local beers. The rink is open through March 2 with Winterfest taking place until January 5.