Each February, the town of Lewisburg comes together to celebrate the winter season. The Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival takes place on January 31 and February 1 and includes a variety of events, including giant ice sculptures in Hufnagle Park and in front of dozens of storefronts, a Polar Bear Plunge into the icy Susquehanna River, shopping and dining specials, overnight packages, and much more.
Here, we share some of the highlights, thanks to the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership. This is not an exhaustive list. For a complete list, please go to www.LewisburgPA.com
Friday, January 31st
Noon-3 pm: Ice Carving in Hufnagle Park. Watch the First Night Ice Carvers create ice sculptures
5:30 pm: A Cappella on Ice, Campus Theatre. Bucknell A.C.E.S. presents a night of music from several of Bucknell’s very own a Cappella groups. Come warm up during the Ice Festival and join us in supporting Bucknell’s fully student-run international service organization while enjoying the sounds of the Bison Chips, the Offbeats, the Silhouettes and more.
7:30 pm: Szymanowski Quartet, Weis Center for the Performing Arts. One of the most exceptional international string quartets of its generation. In 2007 they were awarded the Medal of Honor by the Polish government for their service to Polish culture. They will perform works by Mozart, Puccini, Weinberg, and Mendelssohn.
Stores open late until 8 p.m. Save 15% off a single item at all participating locations with the Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival Shopping Pass.
Saturday, February 1st
8:00-11 a.m.: Pancake Breakfast, Lewisburg Club, 131 Market Street. All you can eat!
10 a.m.: Frosty 5K. Registration opens at The Campus Theater, 413 Market Street, Lewisburg at 8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Sixth Annual “Frosty Kettle Chili Cook Off” Bull Run Tap House, corner of 6th and Market Streets. Sunset Rotary teams up again this year with Yuengling to bring back the “Frosty Kettle Chili Cook off!” Raffle tickets for great Yuengling prizes! Give-a-ways and door prizes throughout the day. Who makes the best darn chili? $5 to taste all the chili and YOU are the judge! To enter your chili, call Lois at 570-524-1321. Cash prizes!
2:00 p.m.: 9th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. On-Site registration begins at 12:30, St. George Street Landing.
6:30 – 10:30 p.m.: Cocoa Fest, a chocolate lover’s festival for kids, at the Donald Heiter Community Center, 100 North Fifth Street.
7 p.m.: Chocolate Festival Ball, Lewisburg Hotel, 136 Market Street. All you can eat hors d’oeuvres, all you can sample chocolate and beverage for $30/person.
We hope to see you in downtown Lewisburg for this one-of-a-kind winter festival. Don’t forget to bundle up!