Get Away: Fire & Ice Festivals

Winter is festival season in many mid-Atlantic small towns. Go outside and play.


More Winter Festivals

Jan. 18-19
Fire + Ice Fest, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Includes a chili cook-off, fire performers and a “Snowflake Ball” ($10).


Jan. 18-20
Fire & Ice Festival, Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Celebrating its 24th year, this festival has a board-game theme and includes fireworks, bonfires, a children’s play area and a 5K.


Jan. 25-27
Fire & Ice Festival, Bethany Beach, Delaware.

An oceanfront celebration with an ice-skating rink and a beach bonfire.


Jan. 31-Feb. 3
IceFest, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Promises 80 ice sculptures, a double-wide ice slide, a 5K, glass-blowing demos, a “Snowfall Ball” with dance instruction, and a chili cook-off in a heated outdoor tent.


Feb. 1-2
Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Features a polar bear plunge in the Susquehanna River, a chocolate tour and evening festival, and a capella groups from Bucknell University. 


Feb. 2
February First Saturday (Fire in Ice), Frederick, Maryland.

Includes an ice luge, fire dancers, fire pits, s’mores and an ice bar on the creek. 


Feb. 8-10
Ice Art Fest, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Enjoy 70-plus ice sculptures, a chili cook-off, beer tasting and an ice bar.


Feb. 9
Franklin on Ice, Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Includes a chili cook-off and bingo.


Feb. 23
Butler Carved in Ice, Butler, Pennsylvania.

Includes an outdoor chili cook-off and wine and beer sampling.



Arlington travel writer Amy Brecount White ( enjoys any excuse to connect with old friends and explore new towns.


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