Now that cold weather has arrived, it's easy to stay inside, cozy up by the fireside under a warm blanket, and read a good book or watch a movie. However, eventually we all get cabin fever, especially after a six episode Netflix binge and another order of Chinese takeout. Plus, Philly's vibrant festival scene goes all year long—talk about instant fun! If you're looking for a fun way to get out of the house with friends this winter, look no further than our list of the top five 2016 winter festivals in Philadelphia.
1. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest has become an annual staple in Philadelphia's winter must-do events. The Delaware waterfront is now a winter wonderland, complete with an ice rink and winter lodge serving warm beverages and comfort foods by Jose Garces. After you're done skating, warm yourself up by one of the fire pits or grab a hot chocolate from inside the lodge.
2. Philly Craft Beer Festival
In 2016, the Philly Craft Beer Festival is visiting Philadelphia for the 10th year in a row, drawing thousands of thirsty beer drinkers to the Navy Yard to taste more than a hundred craft brews from 75 different breweries. The festival has been named Philly's best beer fest two years in a row, and was also selected as one of America's top ten beer festivals. This year, the festival takes place on March 5, 2016 and tickets are $46-$75.
3. WinterFest Live!
If you can't wait until March for a beer fest, then head to WinterFest Live! in South Philadelphia on January 30th. This beer fest is similar to the Philly Craft Beer Festival, offering more than 150 craft brews from more than 75 breweries, but this one takes place at the sports complex's entertainment epicenter, Xfinity Live! Tickets are $45 for general admission, and $60 for VIP admission. Take this opportunity to check out some of the best beers in America while enjoying some live music and sports on Xfinity's big screen TVs.
4. Lambertville - New Hope Winter Festival
Located about 75 minutes north of Philadelphia, the twin towns of Lambertville and New Hope sit across the Delaware river from each other in New Jersey and Philadelphia, respectively. These quaint, charming river towns are similar in their offerings of antique shops, fine dining, and trendy boutiques. Now in its nineteenth year, the Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival is a lively, ten-day festival which takes place from January 23-31, 2016. Events include a Fire & Ice Ball, a parade, a pub crawl, a chili cookoff, a Winter Fest Mardi Gras, and more. Visit the festival's website for more information on individual events.
5. Winter's Warmers Chili Cookoff and Homebrew Festival
This February 27th, head to the Skybox Event Center at 2424 East York Street for the Winter's Warmers Chili Cookoff and Homebrew Festival from 4:00-7:00 PM. $30 will get you all-you-can-eat chili and tastes of Philly's finest homebrews, as the festival is presented by the Philadelphia Home Brew Club. Check the club's website for more details as the event approaches.