Get Away: Fire & Ice Festivals
Winter is festival season in many mid-Atlantic small towns. Go outside and play.
More Winter Festivals
Fire + Ice Fest, Reading, Pennsylvania.
Includes a chili cook-off, fire performers and a “Snowflake Ball” ($10).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ice Art Fest, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Enjoy 70-plus ice sculptures, a chili cook-off, beer tasting and an ice bar.
Franklin on Ice, Franklin, Pennsylvania.
Includes a chili cook-off and bingo.
Butler Carved in Ice, Butler, Pennsylvania.
Includes an outdoor chili cook-off and wine and beer sampling.
Arlington travel writer Amy Brecount White (amybrecountwhite.com) enjoys any excuse to connect with old friends and explore new towns.