February 17, 2023
February 26, 2023
When the air gets cold, Lititz heats things up. Our Annual Fire & Ice Festival is winter’s coolest event.
We’re still riding the high of our 2022 event, and we’re already planning to add even more fun in 2023! Once again we’ll have a 10-day event, slated for February 17th to February 26th.
Throughout our 10-day celebration, we’ll have all the Fire & Ice awesomeness you’ve come to expect, like wow-worthy ice sculptures – even more interactive ice in 2023! – yummy food from our downtown restaurants, and on select days, your favorite food trucks. Of course, there will also be plenty of shopping in the warmth of our downtown shops.
What else can you expect? We’re so excited to host our 2nd Annual Winter’s Coolest Night Out, a Fire & Ice preview party featuring live music and a live carving. Stay tuned for info on tickets!
We’re also bringing back our Winter FUNderland event. This kid-focused day will offer activities, bouncy attractions and more for your favorite children. Other returning events will include our scavenger hunt, our photography exhibit highlighting iconic Lititz images, our Maker’s Market, and our unique version of a Fire & Ice themed pub crawl. We’ll give you a card listing all the downtown Lititz bars and restaurants featuring fire or ice themed drinks. Your job? Sample the drinks throughout the week and then vote for your favorite. How cool is that?
Fire & Ice fun spreads throughout the entirety of our historic downtown district. Sculptures will be displayed on Main and Broad Streets, as well as on Juniper Lane and at the entrance to Lititz Springs Park. Parking is available on the streets and in the park, as well as in parking lots situated behind our shops and restaurants throughout town.
Fire & Ice Highlights
Winter’s Coolest Night Out – a ticketed preview party
Thursday, February 16th, 6 – 9pm | Downtown Lititz
The hottest ticket in town! Winter’s Coolest Night Out is a special launch party for our Fire & Ice Festival. Get your tickets and be our guest for a live carving, live musical entertainment, and a viewing of our Local Eyes Photography Exhibit. Your ticket entitles you to hors d’oeuvres and one free drink at the Collusion Tap Works bar. Additional food and drinks will be available to purchase. Stay tuned for more info!
Official Event Kick Off!
Friday, February 17th – Sunday, February 26th | Downtown Lititz
The town will be glistening with freshly carved ice sculptures, and we’ll be ready to show it off. Take a stroll, shop the shops, eat at our local restaurants, see the sculptures, and check out our photography exhibit at Lititz Shirt Factory on 5 Juniper Lane, just south of Main Street on Broad Street.
Want to take part in our 10-day pub and town crawl? Stop by any of our participating bars and shops to sample drinks and treats with a Fire & Ice theme. Stay tuned for more details.
*We hope to have all the sculptures out and on display by 4pm on Friday*
Monday, February 20th, 11am to 2pm | West Main Street, Downtown Lititz
This one’s for the kids! They’re off school, so we’re giving them a day that’s super cool. We’ll have activities and games on West Main Street. Keep an eye for more details as we get closer to the event.
Lititz Maker’s Market – The Fire & Ice Edition
STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS
Here in Lititz, we love all things local…and we especially love our local artists and makers. This market will showcase their work. Our goal is to grow the show in 2023, move to a larger, heated venue and offer it on the second weekend – February 25th and 26th.
Local Eyes Photography Exhibition
During Collusion Tap Works Hours, Feb 17-26 | The Lititz Shirt Factory, Downtown Lititz
Grab a drink at Collusion and head upstairs to see the work of Lititz’s most talented photographers. This exhibit is free for the entire community and features iconic images taken in and around our favorite small town.
Restaurants & Food Trucks
Here’s Where to Fuel Up During Fire & Ice
All the fun at Fire & Ice is sure to work up an appetite. Throughout the event, we encourage you to enjoy our downtown restaurants. For a meal that matches our theme, head to Blackworth Live Fire Grill, where your food is cooked over a crackling wood fire. Reservations here are strongly suggested.
Of course, you’ll probably want to head to the Lititz Springs Inn & Spa for a drink at their ice bar! We recommend stopping by their courtyard for a “frozen” round and then heading inside to the Inn or to the Bulls Head Public House for a warm meal.
The Tied House is another one of our favs. We’re a fan or their Saint Boniface brews and their pub-perfect menu.
Looking for coffee or something more casual? No worries. You’ll find cool sculptures and hot coffee (as well as sandwiches and baked goods) at Slate Cafe on East Main Street, Tomato Pie Cafe on North Broad Street, and Dosie Dough on South Broad Street.
On select days throughout the Fire & Ice Festival, we’ll have a Food Truck Food Court – an awesome little location filled with tasty treats. Stay tuned for a full listing of trucks and dates!
Without the generosity and enthusiasm of our community sponsors, the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival wouldn’t be possible. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to our 2022 sponsors, and to the individuals who donated their time and energy to working on our event committee. From the team at Venture Lititz to all of you – a million thanks!
Where do we park? Since we aren’t closing down any streets for this year’s event, metered parking will be available along our streets, as well as in several downtown parking lots. Our side streets aren’t metered and often have plenty of open spaces. You’ll also find open spaces in our church lots. However, please don’t use these lots on Sundays.
What are the hours? Our Fire & Ice sculptures are on display starting February 17th at 4pm and throughout the festival. That said, they’re best viewed during daylight hours. Bonus? You’ll get to drop into our shops and do our scavenger hunt during daylight hours as well. We recommend coming between 10am and 4pm, but we’re certainly happy to receive you before or after!
Are there public restrooms? Yes! There are public restrooms at the Lititz Welcome Center – at the entrance of Lititz Springs Park. We’ll also have additional bathrooms available just off of East Main Street on South Sturgis Lane and at our Food Truck Food Court, across from the park and also accessible off of North Lane.
Is this a family friendly event? Absolutely! However, please do be careful that your children don’t attempt to climb or play on the ice sculptures. They are definitely not meant to be leaned on!
Is this a dog friendly event? We strongly discourage bringing your pup. Although we’re huge fans of our furry friends, we think it’s best for everyone if they stay home. Why? Because leashes and ice sculptures don’t get along. There have been incidences when an owner on one side of a sculpture and a dog on another leads to catastrophe. We also know that crowds can tend to stress out even the most laid back dogs. If you do bring Fido, please help us by being super vigilant and absolutely leave your retractable leashes at home.