By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — So you’re thinking the party’s over because it’s January, it’s cold, and maybe it’s snowing?

Well, not in Philadelphia, and definitely not on the Delaware River waterfront!

First, of course, skating continues at the Blue Cross River Rink.

And the new Winter Garden is staying up as well.

“There are now forests and trees, and wood chips, and places to sit,” says Jodie Milkman, vice-president of programming and communications for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.   “It not only looks great but it smells great, too.  It’s kind of an urban oasis down here on the waterfront.”

Milkman says wintertime is definitely not the “off season” along the Delaware:

“It’s really a great way to get outdoors, to get out.  Don’t hibernate, come celebrate!”

(In the Winter Garden, complimentary folded blankets await visitors who want a cold-weather picnic.  Photo by Lauren Lipton)

(In the Winter Garden, complimentary blankets await visitors who want to try a cold-weather picnic. Photo by Lauren Lipton)

And there’s food.

“You’ll also be able to enjoy The Lodge, which is a pop-up restaurant with award-winning chef George Sabatino, that has a new twist on traditional classic winter favorites.  You’ll have roasted chestnuts and roasted turkey legs, and fritters, and caramelized pumpkin donuts,” Milkman says.

How about some s’mores?

“Make your own s’mores over the fire pits?  Definitely a great choice.   Something new and fun to do.   They’re manned stations, so it’s very safe.   You can come out down here and sit by the fire, or just stand and warm up.   Brand new: homemade fudge and caramelized popcorn, and all kinds of different fun winter foods and comfort foods.  We have your hot chocolate and your toddies, and all kinds of fun stuff like that, too.”

And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”
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