press release

Dilworth Park Gears Up For Winter Festivities

JoAnn Loviglio
T 215.440.5546


Yearly Transformation Into A Holiday Wonderland Is Around the Corner

PHILADELPHIA (October 15, 2018) — Winter is coming, and the transformation of Dilworth Park will soon be underway. Dilworth’s fountain will be turned off for the season on October 16 and the new Pulse art installation will say goodbye till spring after the conclusion of Octoberfest on October 17-21.

Those changes will quickly usher in preparations for winter at Dilworth Park, presented by Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Independence Blue Cross, Capital One, Temple University, Live Nation and 6abc.

The season kicks off November 9 with the opening of the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink, Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin, and Wintergarden followed by the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market opening November 17.

Then on November 19, 6abc and Center City District are teaming up again for the return of the Deck the Hall Light Show presented by Independence Blue Cross. Details are coming soon about the opening night kickoff and media event – stay tuned!

The Rothman Orthopaedics Rink will be open daily through the end of February. Admission is $3 for children 10 and younger, and $5 for adults; skate rental is $10 per person. Temple University staff and students receive $1 off admission with presentation of their Temple University ID.

Rothman Orthopaedics Rink hours:
Monday – Thursday noon – 9 p.m.
Friday noon – 11 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Holiday hours:
Thanksgiving, November 22 noon – 8 p.m.
Black Friday, November 23 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Christmas Eve, December 24 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Christmas Day, December 25 noon – 8 p.m.
Holiday break, December 26–30 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
New Year’s Eve, December 31 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
New Year’s Day, January 1 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Martin Luther King Day, January 21 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Presidents Day, February 18 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin is a cozy reprieve from the cold with food specials and seasonal beverages from Brûlée Catering featuring cocktails crafted with Maker’s Mark bourbon and offering Stella Cidre along with local craft beers from Victory Brewing Company and Troegs. Spirits partner Beam-Suntory makes a commitment to responsible drinking at every event; learn more at

Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin programs are presented by The Met Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute and will include:

  • Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.: Quizzo hosted by Johnny Goodtimes, along with drink specials and prizes each week. There will be sneak peeks of Vikings: Beyond the Legend at The Franklin Institute and visits from Viking re-enactors, plus Quizzo winners will receive free tickets to the exhibit running through March 3.
  • Wednesdays 5-7 p.m.: Cocktails and Cold Ones presented by The Met Philadelphia with a seasonal menu and specially priced EFFEN Vodka cocktails, Bud Light draft beer and a selection of wines, plus weekly ticket giveaways from The Met, the historic former Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House opening in December on North Broad Street.
  • Thursdays 5-9 p.m.: College Nights. Admission is $2 for college students with student ID. (Skate rental not included. Discount not applicable in conjunction with other offers.)

Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin hours:
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.
January and February
Monday – Thursday 4 – 9 p.m.
Friday 4 – 11 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dilworth Park Café hours:
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wintergarden, a holiday-inspired garden also opening November 9, is made for picture-perfect moments amid holiday topiaries, twinkling lights, cozy seating, and seasonal plantings. TD is proud to support Wintergarden to create a healthier and more sustainable Center City.

The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market opens for business on November 17 with dozens of local artisans, designers and crafters. The market is open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., with special hours on Thanksgiving Day and extended hours on Black Friday.

Deck the Hall Light Show presented by Independence Blue Cross returns November 19 with a visually stunning show projected on the southern façade of City Hall multiple times every evening through January 1.

Also supported by 6abc, this made-for-selfies spectacle will be longer this year and will feature new elements (more details on the debut event coming soon). Nightly shows start at 5:30 p.m. and repeat as follows:
November 19 every 30 minutes
November 20 – December 20 Sunday-Thursday: every 60 minutes, Friday-Saturday: every 30 minutes
December 21 – January 1 every 30 minutes

Santa Express is coming to town on November 23 from 10:30 a.m. until noon, welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus to Dilworth Park with SEPTA holiday-decorated train rides, a parade, ice skating and a cookie decorating station featuring holiday cookies made with Keller’s Creamery butter.

For the most up-to-date details on Dilworth Park events all season long, visit


About Center City District
Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. To learn more, visit

About Rothman Orthopaedic Institute
Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is a private orthopaedic practice dedicated to providing communities with high-quality, compassionate, and affordable musculoskeletal care that is grounded in evidence-based medicine, the results of which will exceed expectations. Rothman Orthopaedic Institute orthopaedists treat patients at over 34 locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, including orthopaedic urgent care clinics in Marlton, N.J., and Limerick, Pa.

Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is proud to be the first practice serving as official team physicians for all four of the major professional sports teams in one city, the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers, as well as over 40 college and high school teams.

To learn more about Rothman Orthopaedic Institute call 1-800-321-9999 or visit

About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With its affiliates, Independence Blue Cross serves 8.1 million people in 27 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in the region. For almost 80 years, Independence Blue Cross has been enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities it serves by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.