SOURCE: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

November 30, 2009 16:15 ET

16th Annual New Year's Eve Part(ies) on Ice

Now Twice the Fun at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2009) - Fireworks at Penn's Landing are a grand New Year's Eve tradition and now there is twice the fun with two fireworks shows taking place on December 31. The annual New Year's Eve Party on Ice at the Blue Cross RiverRink from 11:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m. has always been a fun-filled way to celebrate, so with the introduction of an earlier fireworks show at 6:00 p.m., there will be an additional New Year's Eve Party on Ice to take place from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Both of these parties are great for all ages and ideal for families as a non-alcoholic way to ring in the New Year.

The Blue Cross RiverRink's convenient location on Columbus Boulevard at Market Street is the perfect place to view the 6:00 p.m. and Midnight fireworks over the Delaware River. The great food, fun activities, live entertainment in the heated indoor facility, and ice-skating, make both of the New Year's Eve Parties on Ice the most unique parties in Philadelphia!

December 31, 2009 will end in sparkling delight, as Philadelphia's annual free New Year's Eve fireworks show at Penn's Landing, continues the tradition of ringing in the year with a bang at midnight. Since 1991, fireworks on New Year's Eve has become a tradition at Penn's Landing, and now in 2009, a new tradition begins with the introduction of the earlier fireworks show at 6:00 p.m.

Seen easily along Philadelphia's waterfront at Penn's Landing at 6:00 p.m. and Midnight, this year's productions will weave a tapestry of color choreographed to different types of music. Each music track for each production will be simulcast on KYW Newsradio 1060 and KYW-HD and are scored to evoke hope in the upcoming New Year. The Midnight fireworks show will also be broadcast live on CBS 3, along with a special pre-show live from Penn's Landing for the entire region to enjoy.

Tickets to the Party on Ice are only $30 for skaters and $20 for spectators. Tickets are limited and on sale Friday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at riverrink.com through Ticket Philadelphia or by calling 215-893-1999. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Kimmel Center Box Office, located on Broad and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia, and at the Blue Cross RiverRink during normal business hours.

The Party On Ice from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. is perfect for those who can't stay awake until midnight and includes snacks, beverages, noisemakers and party hats. This party also includes free face painting, crafts, and mummers as well as strolling entertainment and the best place to view the 6:00 p.m. fireworks show.

Along with delicious snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, the 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. party will include free noise makers, New Year's paraphernalia, photo keepsakes and entertainment will include free psychic readers, strolling entertainment by Mummertime, and the best place to view the Midnight fireworks.

The Blue Cross RiverRink was developed in 1993 to make the waterfront a year-round entertainment destination. Each year the popularity increases with more than 100,000 patrons enjoying the Blue Cross RiverRink each year.

Special holiday skating sessions on New Year's Eve, December 31 are: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; *5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and *11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (*Advance Tickets are required for the 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. skating sessions).

Special holiday hours continue on January 1 with sessions at 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; 8:30-10:30 p.m.; and an additional late night skate from 11:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. with a live DJ. Call 215.925.RINK or visit www.riverrink.com for more information.

General skating admission is extremely affordable at $8 and skate rental is available for $3. Convenient parking is also available on site. Independence Blue Cross is the founding and presenting sponsor of the Blue Cross RiverRink. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation owns and operates the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing. 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 at Columbus Boulevard at Market Street. The Blue Cross RiverRink is available for birthday parties, corporate parties and private rentals. Skating lessons and group outings are also available. The rink is open seven days a week including ALL HOLIDAYS through February 28, 2010. For more information, call 215.925.RINK or visit www.riverrink.com.

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