Philadelphia, PA - The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park will open Friday, November 10, 2017, with a salute to veterans. This winter season at Dilworth Park is supported by Live Nation, Temple University, Capital One and 6abc. Welcoming more than 60,000 skaters last season, the Rothman Ice Rink will open this year in time to celebrate winter in the heart of the city.
The rink will remain open seven days a week and all holidays through Feb. 25, 2018. Admission for skating for children 10 and younger is $3. Admission for adults is $5, and skate rental is $10 per person. The Rothman Institute Rink hours of operations are, Monday – Thursday, noon – 9 p.m., Friday, noon – 11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Special holiday hours are as follows:
- Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23: noon – 8 p.m.
- Black Friday Nov. 24: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Christmas Day, Dec. 25: noon – 8 p.m.
- Holiday Break, Dec. 25 – 30: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- New Year’s Day, Jan. 1: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 15: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- President’s Day, Feb. 19: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The Rothman Institute Cabin and Air Grille is a cozy reprieve from the cold with rustic decor, and family-friendly fun. Grab food specials from Brûlée Catering, while guests 21 years and older can enjoy cold beer, including Stella Artois and Victory Brewing Company Ales on tap. Warm up at the fire pits with seasonal cocktails featuring Effen Vodka, Hornitos Tequila and DeKuyper Cordials.
The Rothman Institute Cabin will be open in November and December, Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. In January and February, it will be open Monday – Thursday, 4 – 9 p.m., Friday, 4 – 11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Dilworth Park Café hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Enjoy the cabin on Wednesday nights all season long with Cocktails and Cold Ones specials, 5 – 7 p.m. From the folks that bring you Center City Sips, guests 21 years and older can enjoy a winter edition, featuring $6 Effen Vodka Cocktails, $5 wine and $4 Bud Light draft beers, along with specially-priced food items from the Dilworth Park Air Grille. After a busy day of holiday shopping, pop into the cabin for a drink special, and get a Lyft. Lyft is the official rideshare partner for the Rothman Cabin.
Anyone new to ice skating can enroll in Learn to Skate classes, lessons for children and adults where basics are taught in 30-minute sessions led by professional skate instructors. A four-week session costs $100, and includes lessons, admission and skate rental. All sessions are on Tuesdays. Session One is Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Session two is Jan. 2, 9, 16, and 23, and session 3 is Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13 and 20.
Dilworth Plaza's Christmas Light Show - Center City District in collaboration with 6abc will create a new holiday season attraction for visitors to experience - an animated light show, synchronized with holiday music and projected on Philadelphia’s National Historic Landmark, City Hall - Deck the Hall Light Show presented by Independence Blue Cross. This choreographed light show will be presented multiple times nightly, seven days a week, highlighting the architecture of the west portal of City Hall and visible from Dilworth Park and along West Market Street.
America’s Garden Capital Maze Dilworth Plaza, a holiday-inspired garden created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens and supported by Temple University Ambler. Located on the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn, children and adults will delight in discovering picture-perfect moments amid holiday topiaries, twinkling lights, and seasonal plants that showcase more than 30 public gardens, arboreta, and historic landscapes located within 30 miles of Philadelphia, giving Philadelphia the distinction of America's Garden Capital.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Plaza will open again this year at the southern end of Dilworth Park, featuring local artisans, designers and crafters offering unique selections for gifts. The market was conceived and designed to complement the Christmas Village in Philadelphia. The market opens Saturday, November 18, 2017, with special hours on Thanksgiving Day and extended hours on Black Friday, and closes Monday, January 1, 2018.
Join SEPTA and Center City District for Santa Express, with fun-filled holiday train rides and a festive parade to welcome Santa Claus to Dilworth Park at City Hall. Festivities will also include skating with Santa at the Rothman Ice Rink. Kick off the season on Friday, November 24, 2017, and spend the day in Philadelphia visiting the city’s boutiques on this shoppers’ holiday. Dilworth Park has convenient access to SEPTA’s Broad Street, Market-Frankford and Trolley Lines.