When the air gets cold, Lititz heats things up. Our Annual Fire & Ice Festival is winter’s coolest event.
Throughout our 10-day celebration, we’ll have all the Fire & Ice awesomeness you’ve come to expect, like wow-worthy ice sculptures, 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 3rd Annual Winter’s Coolest Night Out, a Fire & Ice preview party featuring live music and a live carving.
We’re also bringing back the 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 fire show, 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-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, as well as in parking lots situated behind our shops and restaurants throughout town. On the weekend, you’ll find available parking at the high school and middle school with an easy entrance to the park. Please be mindful not to use our church parking lots on Sundays.
Thursday, February 15th, 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 from Big Boy Brass, 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.
Official Event Kick Off!
Friday, February 16th at 4pm – Sunday, February 25th at 4pm | Downtown Lititz
Starting Friday the 16th at 4pm, 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, and see the sculptures. You can watch carvers work throughout the day on Friday and by night Big Boy Brass Band will be filling the streets with music!
Throughout the event, we’ll also have a family-friendly Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by Wellspan. See if you can conquer the clues and find your way to the finish! Find the clues on our free Experience Lititz app, or by clicking here.
Want to take part in our 10-Day “Hometown Fire Crawl”? Stop by any of our participating bars and shops to sample drinks and treats with a fire theme, all thanks to our friends at The Jason Burkholder Team at Hometown Property Sales Group.
Lititz Lions Chili Cook-Off, Vendor Fair & Kids Carnival!
Saturday, February 17th 11am – 2pm | Warwick High School, Downtown Lititz
Need to warm up? The Lititz Lions are providing all the fire your belly needs with the return of their Chili Cook-Off! Plan to take a break from the cold with some warm chili and some fun activities for your kiddos at the Lititz Leo’s Kids Carnival.
Monday, February 19th 11am – 2pm | Lititz Springs Park, 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 in Lititz Springs Park, including a 60-foot-long bouncy obstacle course! We’ll also have fire and ice science demonstrations, cotton candy for the kids and coffee for the grown-ups!
Also happening this President’s Day? Family Fun Day at Lititz Historical Foundation. Discover the history of Lititz as a family! You can tour the 1792 Johannes Mueller House, explore the museum, and shop the gift shop. For more info, click here.
Saturday & Sunday, February 24th and 25th 11am – 4pm | Linden Hall, Downtown Lititz
Here in Lititz, we love all things local…and we especially love our local artists and makers. This market will showcase their work on a much larger scale than last year. We’ll be in the heated comfort of Linden Hall‘s gymnasium with lots more room to feature the talent that lives in and around Lititz!
This year’s Maker’s Market is full with tremendous talent. If you’d like to join us as a maker next year, keep an eye on our website and social media in October!
Saturday, February 24th | Lititz Springs Park, Downtown Lititz
Giant sculptures are being carved yet again! A second round of giant ice sculptures will be carved in the park during our final Saturday – brand new for this year! We’re also focusing on artistry in all its forms, including performance art! Dancers will be on our main stage, provided by the event experts at Stray Production Services, in Lititz Springs Park throughout the afternoon on Saturday, the 24th.
Friday & Saturday, February 23rd & 24th | Lititz Springs Park, Downtown Lititz
The heat is ON! This year’s fire show combines the thrill of fire with awe-inspiring acrobatics thanks to Miss Molly Dazzle. She’ll be on the Stray Production Services stage in Lititz Springs Park at 6pm and 8pm on Friday and 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm Saturday. Molly’s shows will run about 20 minutes each. On Friday, we’re adding music to the mix. In between Molly’s 6pm and 8pm shows, we’ll have a live band onstage! Arrive at 7pm to join us for a winter concert that’s totally dance-worthy!
The Lititz Fire & Ice Fire Show is sponsored by the United States Golf Association (USGA). Make plans to attend the U.S. Women’s Open, being held right here in Lancaster County at the Lancaster Country Club. Learn More about the U.S. Women’s Open here.
Grab a drink at Collusion and head upstairs to see the work of Lititz’s most talented photographers – or simply see it all online! This exhibit is free for the entire community and features iconic images taken in and around our favorite small town.
Throughout the Event | Follow along at Lititz Fire & Ice on Facebook
We had so much fun with this sponsorship last year, we’re doing it all over again! Here’s how it works: Each morning starting Monday, February 19th through Friday, February 23rd, we’ll post a riddle on our Lititz Fire & Ice Facebook Page. The answer to the riddle will be one of our awesome, locally owned downtown businesses. Answer the riddle (and make sure you’ve liked the Garman Builders Facebook Page). We’ll randomly choose a winner from our correct answers each day and give the winner $100 Lititz Dollars to spend in our downtown! Winners will be announced the following morning.
Another way to win? Take photos throughout our festival and use the hashtags #GarmanLovesLititz and #LititzFireandIce. The leadership team at Garman will pick their favorite photo and award the photographer $500 Lititz Dollars!
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.
In 2022, the Lititz Springs Inn and Spa ICE BAR was a crowd favorite!
2024 Schedule of Food Trucks
On select days throughout the Fire & Ice Festival, we’ll have a Food Truck Food Court – an awesome little location filled with tasty treats. Find the food court off of North Lane, between N Cedar Street and N Broad Street (an easy pedestrian access is directly across the street from the park, beside the Parkview Hotel). The dates are below – soon we’ll add a list of featured trucks!
Friday, February 16th, 5pm-9pm & Saturday, February 17th, 11am-9pm:
Sunday, February 18th, 11am-9pm & Monday, February 19th, 11am-5pm:
Friday, February 23rd, 5pm-9pm, Saturday, February 24th, 11am-9pm & Sunday, February 25th, 11am-5pm:
Please join us in thanking our sponsors!
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 2024 sponsors, and to the individuals who donate 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.