Don’t spend your winter stuck indoors. Get outside and enjoy some of the amazing opportunities that a fresh season has to offer. Here are the 10 amazing winter festivals in Pennsylvania that will make your winter epic.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Peepsfest at SteelStacks – 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Celebrate everyone's favorite (or, not so favorite) marshmallow candy with the annual Peepsfest, slated for December 30 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and December 31 (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). The vibrant celebration features a family disco lounge, live entertainment, family activities, and a 5K race. The festival culminates at 5:15 p.m. with the official Peeps Chick Drop ringing in the new year.
2. Somerset's Fire & Ice Festival – Streets of Uptown Somerset, Somerset, PA 15501
Experience a community tradition as Somerset celebrates the 22nd annual Fire & Ice Festival January 13-15, 2017. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the theme for 2017, will feature ice sculptures, food and drink, music, a special section for children, and fireworks.
3. Reading Fire & Ice Festival – 500 block of Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601
Embrace the beauty of winter at the annual Reading Fire and Ice Festival, which runs January 13 and 14. A full menu of activities is planned for the two-day event, including a Snowball Ball, fire performances, ice sculpting competitions, and a chili cook-off.
4. Warren County Winterfest – 4790 Chapman Dam Rd, Clarendon, PA 16313
Plan a visit to Chapman State Park the weekend of January 20-22, 2017 for a spectacular winter celebration. Warren County Winterfest features outhouse races, dog sledding races, ice skating, a polar plunge, and a plethora of other family-friendly activities.
5. Ligonier Ice Fest – PA-711, Ligonier, PA 15658
Visit the enchanting town of Ligonier for the annual Ligonier Ice Fest at the Diamond, slated for January 21 and 22, 2017. The highlights of the two-day festival include more than 50 ice sculptures, ice sculpting professionals, horse drawn carriage rides, and kettle corn.
6. Chambersburg IceFest – 100 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17201
Enjoy a plethora of family-friendly activities at Chambersburg IceFest, set for January 29 through February 1, 2017, including a scavenger hunt, a Snowball Ball, a chili cook-off, food, ice sculptures, and the opportunity to watch ice sculptors at work.
7. Sherman Winter Craftfest – Sherman Theater, 524 Main St, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Browse the handmade creations of more than 60 vendors at the Sherman Winter Craftfest. Held at the Sherman Theater, the festival is scheduled for Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8. Groundhog Day – Gobbler's Knob, 1548 Woodland Ave, Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Find out whether we're in for another grueling six weeks of winter or if we'll be treated to an early spring when Punxsutawney Phil emerges from hiding to give his prediction to a crowd of adoring fans at Gobbler's Knob. Festivities are set for February 1 and 2, 2017 and include an art show, a groundhog storytelling time for children, a craft show, and live entertainment. Catch a glimpse of Phil sharing his prediction on Groundhog Day, February 2, 2017.
9. Pithole Sledding Party – 14118 PitholeRoad, Pleasantville, PA 16341
Recreate your childhood on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by sledding down Pithole's hills at the Pithole Sledding Party. While sledding is certainly the highlight of the day, sledders can also enjoy steaming hot chocolate and snacks to keep them energized.
10. Snowman in the Forest – Cook Forest State Park. Ice Skating Pond, Cooksburg, PA 16217
Do you want to build a snowman? Well, you'll find no better place than the Snowman in the Forest Festival, welcoming guests on Saturday February, 18, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The winter festival will feature such fun as snowman building, sledding, ice skating, a guided winter hike, a chili cook-off, and good food.
Address: 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015 Address: 4790 Chapman Dam Rd, Clarendon, PA 16313 Address: 524 Main St, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Address: 1548 Woodland Ave, Punxsutawney, PA 15767 Address: 14118 PitholeRoad, Pleasantville, PA 16341 Address: 100 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17201