While we await the first snowfall of 2019 for our sledding and snowman building, , we can still enjoy the outdoors this seasons with some great winter and ice festivals.
The RiverRink Winterfest at Penns Landing
Now through March 3
The outdoor rink has been around a quarter century, and the Winterfest is celebrating its sixth season. Lace up your skates (take your own, or rent some there) and skate on the Olympic-size rink overlooking the Delaware River. Plus there’s a ski chalet-style lodge with food and drink, outdoor seating with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games, festively illuminated lit trees, and more. All winter long.
January 17, 5-8 p.m.; January Jan. 18 – 19, 12-5 p.m.
Enjoy live music while watching the ice carvers from DiMartino Ice Company work their magic with huge blocks of ice. Make s’mores, sit on the Yeti throne and get your picture taken, spin the wheel for prizes, and more fun. Plus Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., get your pictures taken with Frozen’s Elsa and Anna. Then a 3 p.m. on Saturday, head to the Appell Center for the Performing Arts Capitol Theater for a FREE showing of The Incredibles.
Reading Fire and Ice Fest
January 18, 5:30-10 p.m.; January 19, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Returning to downtown Reading for its fourth year, the Fire and Ice Fest features indoor and outdoor activities, including a chili cook-off and Snowfall Ball (both on Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel), professional ice-carving competitions, fire performances, live music, pancake breakfast presented by Genesius Theatre (on Saturday at the Outside In Restaurant), and food stands. All outdoor activities are free, and the chili cook-off, Snowfall Ball, and pancake breakfast will have nominal entry fees.
Fire & Ice Festival, Somerset
Featuring dozens of ice sculptures and live carving demonstrations, a synthetic ice ring, chili-cook-off and much more. There will be fireworks to kick off the festival on opening night.
Lambertville-New New Hope Winter Festival
Nine days of activities, including the Fire & Ice Ball, pub crawl and karaoke night. Plenty of free family events and activities; free hikes and tours.
WinterFest and Eagle Plunge
Codorus State Park Bandshell Area, Hanover
January 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Join the Friends of Codorus for Ice carving, horse-drawn wagon rides, sled dogs, and the Eagle plunge — a dip in the lake to raise funds for the park. DJ and food vendors will be on hand. Other activities include a children’s craft tent, frozen bologna toss, an obstacle course for kids, and a snowmobile display.
Ice Fest, Chambersburg
Jan. 31-Feb. 3
Thurs. & Fri., 5-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m.
Old Capitol Theatre Parking Lot (next to Gartenberg Jewelers)
More than 20 events during a four-day festival including live demonstrations of glass blowing, a scavenger hunt, a 40′ LED lit, double-wide ice slide, chili cook-off, polar dunk lunge, cake viewing and tasting at Icing on the Cake, and the 10th Annual Snowfall Ball on Friday evening. Over 70 professional ice sculptures will line Main Street with live ice carving demonstrations Thursday and Friday evenings.
Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival, Lewisburg
February 1 & 2
Events include a Polar Bear Plunge, a pub crawl and a chocolate festival. Lace up your winter running shoes for the Frosty 5K. Live ice carving demonstrations, music, arts and children’s events.
Ice Art Fest, Carlisle
More than 70 ice sculptures will be placed around downtown Carlisle for viewing and picture taking. Weekend events include a chili cook-off, beer tasting, dessert bake-off, free movies, horse and carriage rides, and more.
14th Annual Fire and Ice Festival, Lititz
The celebration starts Friday evening with a block party, when the streets close down for live ice sculpting, lit ice sculptures, food trucks and live entertainment. The festival continues Saturday at Warwick High School with a chili cook-off fundraiser, a Winter Wonderland Carnival for kids, and a vendor fair. Ice sculptures will be on display all weekend.
27th Annual Winterfest, Jim Thorpe
February 16 & 17
The annual celebration will feature winter train rides, wood and ice carving, free family fun, shopping the town’s 50 unique shops, live entertainment at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, an ice sculpture bar at the Marion Hose Bar, and the famous Jim Thorpe Mug Walk–buy a mug for the fundraiser and collect edible goodies at participating shops.
2nd Annual Ice and Fire Festival, Harrisburg
Again this year, Harrisburg’s largest winter festival will feature ice skating, dozens of illuminated ice sculptures, a 50-foot winter themed snow mountain slide, toboggan snow tunnel, live musical performances, fire dancers, food trucks, ice bar and more. All performances and activities are free, including ice skate rentals.