Posted: 01/16/2024

Lititz Fire & Ice Festival 2024

There's no place like Lititz, and there's no better time to visit than during their annual Fire & Ice Festival.

The coolest event of the season. There's no place like Lititz, and there's no better time to visit than during their annual Fire & Ice Festival

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.

Book your Stay for the Festival

Giant letters, L-A-N-C, carved in ice illuminated by orange, blue, green, and red lights

This year the Fire and Ice Festival's organizers are stretching out the fun, hosting the festival for 10 days, from February 16th to the 25th. 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.

Find everything you need to know about the event.


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

1. Go to the Launch Party

Start the event early on February 15th 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.

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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 event lets you taste chili from local chefs. 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 19th, Weaver Energy is turning Lititz Springs Park into a Winter Funderland, complete with fun activities, games, an obstacle course featuring bouncy attractions, treats, and more.

4. Take a Peek 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.

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

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 24th and Sunday, February 25th, 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. Admire Art in the Park

The last weekend of the festival features Art in the Park. From February 23rd to February 25th in Lititz Springs Park, the town will be focusing on artistry in all of its forms including with giant ice sculpture carvings and live performances.

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 for an official announcement on their 10-Day Town and Pub 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.

People get drinks from a glowing bar made out of ice at night during the Lititz Fire and Ice Festival

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.

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.

Book your Stay for the Festival

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