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Fairs & Festivals - Winter 2019 in the Susquehanna Valley

Ice Festival

Dec. 5-6, Lewistown

The 23rd annual Festival of Ice in downtown Lewistown kicks off the holiday season with more than 40 ice sculptures that line the sidewalks. Throughout the festival, visitors can watch large sculptures come to life as expert carvers chisel, saw and torch giant slabs of ice to create ice masterpieces. Other outdoor activities include a live nativity, petting zoo, kids’ games, caroling, vendors, hay wagon rides and a Crazy Parade. Indoor attractions include music and dance performances, vendors, tours of the McCoy House Museum and the historic Embassy Theatre and photos with Santa. For more information, visit

44th Annual Juried Winter Craft Market

Dec. 7, State College

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s Winter Craft Market gives back to the community by donating a portion of its proceeds to a local charity. Shop handmade items from more than 70 local artisans. Ceramics, wood, mixed media, metal, fiber, glass, photography, jewelry, painting and more. WinterCraft

First Night State College

Dec. 31, Downtown State College

First Night State College is a family-oriented, alcohol-free, celebration of the New Year, taking place in downtown State College on December 31.  Focused on visual and performing arts, First Night features one of Pennsylvania’s largest displays of ice sculpture. The evening is filled with a wide range of high quality musical and variety performances, art workshops for kids, a 5K run, ice skating, a giant puppet procession and horse-drawn carriage rides. Make the night an overnight with a First Night State College hotel package!

Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival

Feb. 7-8, 2020, Downtown Lewisburg

Traditionally held the first weekend in February, The Lewisburg Ice Festival showcases magnificent ice sculptures, chili, children’s games, the notorious Polar Bear Plunge and a Chocolate Lover’s Festival. The Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival started in 2004 to help brand the downtown as the “heart” of the greater Lewisburg community, and to get everyone engaged in creating a weekend filled with fun and activities. The event-filled weekend draws people from all over PA and neighboring states. 

Mark your calendars—and spend the next few months talking yourself into registering for the Polar Bear Plunge!

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