Posted: 01/27/2023 | by Guest

Lititz Fire & Ice Festival 2023

The coolest event of the season.

Artists creating ice sculpture at Lititz Fire & Ice Festival in Lancaster County, PA

With so many special happenings different days of the festival, you'll want to visit more than once! We've got you covered with hotels, bed & breakfasts, other accommodations in Lititz and neighboring towns.
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There's no place like Lititz, and there's no better time to visit than during their annual Fire & Ice Festival. This year the festival's organizers are stretching out the fun, and the crowds, hosting the festival for 10 days, from February 17th to the 26th. During that time, you're invited to stroll the streets, see all the wow-worthy ice sculptures, and sample all of Lititz's delicious treats.

We've gathered the top 10 things to do and see while you're there:

Artist on ladder working on large life-size ice sculpture with chainsaw at Lititz Fire and Ice Festival near Lancaster PA

1. Go to the Launch Party

Start the event early on February 16th with Winter’s Coolest Night Out, a ticketed special launch party for the Fire & Ice Festival, sponsored by Luther Acres. There will be live ice carving, live musical entertainment, and a viewing of our Local Eyes Photography Exhibit. purchase tickets here

2. Grab a bite at the Chili Cook-Off

The Lititz Lions Chili Cook-Off has returned! The perfect way to warm up during the opening weekend of Lititz Fire & Ice, this ticketed event lets you taste chili from local chefs and vote on the winner! Purchase your chili-tasting buttons here and plan to take a break from the cold. The event also offers a vendor's fair and the Lititz Leo’s Kids Carnival. All the fun takes place at the Warwick High School Gymnasium on 301 West Orange Street in Lititz!

3. Play at the Winter Funderland

From 11am-2pm on February 20th, Weaver Energy is turning Lititz Springs Park into a Winter Funderland, complete with an obstacle course featuring bouncy attractions. There will also be fire and ice demonstrations by the Lancaster Science Factory, a performance by Hooley School of Irish Dance, games, treats and more.

4. Be Wowed by a Fire Performance

On the evenings of Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th, Lititz Fire & Ice is focusing on the fire! Five-time Guinness World Records setter Aaron Bonk will leave your jaw on the floor with his red-hot - and maybe a little risky - fire performance. You’ll find him in Lititz Springs Park with multiple shows between 5pm and 9pm.

4. Take a peak at the Photography Exhibition

The town is bringing back its Local Eyes Photography Exhibition, a showcase of iconic images captured in Lititz by Lititz photographers. See it free throughout the event on the upper floors at The Lititz Shirt Factory.

5. Go Shopping

Of course, in between all the activities, you'll want to make time for shopping. Lititz is known for its vibrant mix of shops. Right now, everyone's buzzing about the expertly curated mix of antiques, art, and home goods at The Little Timber House on North Broad Street, as well as the fair trade treasures at Bunyaad Marketplace on Main Street. Other shops to put on your must-visit list include Savory Gourmet, Zest!, and, of course, The Tattered Shirt for Lititz-branded shirts, sweatshirts, beanies and more. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your Wilbur Buds from the Wilbur Chocolate Store!

On Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th, make sure to stop at the Lititz Fire & Ice Maker’s Market. Held at the Linden Hall School for Girls on 212 East Main Street. There, you’ll find the wares of talented local makers displayed in the heated comfort of the new gymnasium at the oldest continually operating boarding school for girls in the United States. Linden Hall first opened in 1746!

6. Have a Sunday Funday

The last day of the event is, Sunday Funday. From 1pm - 4pm in Lititz Springs Park, the town will be saying “see ya later” to winter and trying to will warmer weather into Lititz. Sunday Funday activities include live music, karaoke, a corn hole tournament, and more!

Children posing with life-sized ice sculptures of sun and astronaut at the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival near Lancaster

7. Grab a local brew

Likely touring around town shopping and taking photos of all those ice sculptures will work up an appetite. The Blackworth Live Fire Grill features wood-fired cuisine, the perfect way to add some heat to your Fire & Ice experience. Other Lititz favorites include the Bulls Head Public House and the Lititz Springs Restaurant, or check out Tied House Lititz for locally brewed St. Boniface Craft Beer and amazing food. A food truck food court will also greet hungry festival-goers on select days. And stay tuned to the LititzFireandIce.com for an official announcement on their Hot & Cold Town Crawl. The crawl challenges you to taste the fire-and-ice-themed drinks at local bars and coffee shops throughout the festival. Cheers!

*Given the limits on dining, we highly suggest reservations at the restaurants.

8. Stroll through the park

Other in-town attractions include Lititz Springs Park, which is an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll. Adults and kids alike will love greeting the ducks who call the fresh spring that runs through the park home. Another great outdoor spot is the new Tree House Playground. This community designed playground is a place where children of all abilities can play safely. The Lititz Historical Foundation will be having guided tours where you can visit the 1792 house of Johannes Mueller! You can learn what a Moravian is, and how they lived and worked right here in this authentic 18th century home. Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, the first commercial pretzel bakery in America, right on Main Street, offers intimate tours of the bakery and the opportunity to become an official pretzel twister! Their shop has a wide variety of pretzels for purchase as well.

Life-sized ice sculptures of sun and astronaut at the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival near Lancaster

9. Rest for a bit

Stay overnight in Lititz at The Wilbur Tapestry, Hotel Rock Lititz, Lititz Springs Inn & Spa, or Holiday Inn Express & Suites, to be in close proximity to all the fun! Find out what all Lititz has to offer here!

10. Explore the area

If you’re a local, this is the perfect time to take a staycation! There’s plenty to do in Lancaster once you’ve completed your Ice Walk Experience. Visit the small town of Manheim, just a short drive away, to shop small at the Prussian Street Arcade or find indoor adventure at Spooky Nook Sports. Just North of Lititz, the historic town of Ephrata is home to the nationally renowned Fox Meadows Creamery and quaint bed & breakfasts like the Historic Smithton Inn and The Hertzog Homestead. Book your stay now and take advantage of the discounts offered for your Lancaster Staycation!

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