By: Follow South Jersey Staff
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — The WinterFest Ice Skating Rink at Cooper River Park is now open for the 2021-2022 season marking its return after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In one of the state’s most iconic and celebrated parks, Winterfest, provides another option for active outdoor recreation at Cooper River Park,” Commissioner Jeff Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department said in a press release from the county. “I hope our community can come out and enjoy ice skating and our winter wonderland setting in one of the county’s landmark greenspaces throughout the late fall and winter months especially since we missed out on last season.”
The 60-foot by 120-foot ice rink will return to Cooper River Park across from the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, at the corner of North Park Drive and Cuthbert Boulevard. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights in the trees, and vendors selling food inside the lodge.
“This is a great way for people to get out of the house and try something new,” Nash said. “We are always adding new events to the WinterFest offerings and updating our schedule, so make sure you’re checking in frequently to http://www.camdencounty.com for the latest information and events.”
The WinterFest Ice Skating Rink at Cooper River Park will be open Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The following special holiday hours will also be observed:
- Holiday Week 12/26 – 12/31: 12:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m.
- New Year’s Eve / Tuesday 12/31: 12:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.
- New Year’s Day / Wednesday 1/1: 12:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m.
- MLK Day / Monday 1/20: 112:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.
- Valentine’s Day / Friday 2/14: Regular hours
- Last Day / Monday 2/17: 12:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.
Children 4 years of age and younger will be admitted onto the ice for free. Kids 5 to 12 will be admitted for $5.50 and adult admission is $7.50. Veterans and seniors will receive a discounted admission of $5.50. Children between the ages of 5 and 17 who show their vaccination cards will get one free admission to the rink. Unlimited skating, not including skate rentals, is available for $125. There is a $6 skate rental fee for all ages. Customers can also get their skates sharpened for $6.50. In addition, there is plenty of free parking around the park.
“We’re so excited to welcome our neighbors back to this wonderful attraction,” Nash said. “After the uncertainty of last year, it will be nice to provide people with a carefree, and safe, way to have fun.”
Guests regardless of vaccination status are asked to wear masks while in the lodge and encouraged to wear them outside when social distancing is not possible. Anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms are asked not to enter the Winterfest area.
WinterFest, is also an official Toys for Tots drop off location, will be open until Feb. 21, 2022.
Visit CamdenCounty.com/WinterFest for information on parties, skating lessons, and more.
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