February 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm February 26, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Event Details

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 – 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 the Lititz Lions Chili Cook-Off and 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 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?

Now, who’s ready for some frozen fun?

Downtown Lititz Map

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, sponsored by our friends at Luther Acres. 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. More Info & Tickets

Official Event Kick Off!

Friday, February 17th at 4pm – Sunday, February 26th at 4pm | Downtown Lititz

Starting Friday the 17th 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, 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. We’ll have a schedule of live carvings released soon! Stay tuned.

Throughout the event, we’ll also have a family-friendly scavenger hunt brought to you by our friends at Penn State Health. See if you can conquer the clues and find your way to the finish!

Want to take part in our 10-day pub and town crawl, sponsored by Welcome Home Real Estate? Stop by any of our participating bars and shops to sample drinks and treats with a Fire & Ice theme. We’ll post a list of the participating businesses closer to the event date.


Lititz Lions Chili Cook-Off, Vendor Fair & Kids Carnival!

Saturday, February 18th 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! Stay tuned for details on how to purchase your chili-tasting pin and 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.


Winter Funderland

Monday, February 20th 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 thanks to our sponsor, Weaver Energy. We’ll have activities and games in Lititz Springs Park, including an obstacle course featuring bouncy attractions. We’ll also have fire and ice demonstrations by the Lancaster Science Factory, games, treats and more


Lititz Maker’s Market – The Fire & Ice Edition

Saturday & Sunday, February 25th and 26th | Linden Hall, Downtown Lititz

Here in Lititz, we love all things local…and we especially love our local artists and makers. This market, sponsored by UPMC – Life Changing Medicine, 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 showcase the talent that lives here in Lititz!

Are you a local maker? Want to showcase your work? Please email Rebecca at venturelititz@lititzpa.com for an application!


Living Art & Fire in the Park

February 24th, 25th & 26th | Lititz Springs Park, Downtown Lititz

We’re ending our Fire & Ice Celebration by going from frozen sculptures to fire and living art. We’re still building the programming for our closing weekend, but keep checking back as we announce our entertainment lineup! On Sunday, we’re making it an all-about-fun-day. We’ll play corn hole – look for competitive and family-friendly divisions – and show mother nature that we’re done with the white stuff. We also have a few more surprises up our sleeves. Stay tuned!


Local Eyes Photography Exhibition

During Collusion Tap Works Hours, February 17th – 26th | 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, sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Lancaster, is free for the entire community and features iconic images taken in and around our favorite small town. Interested in entering your photography? Click here.

Restaurants & Food Trucks

Cool Town.

Hot Food.


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 and Cafe Arabella on East Main Street, Tomato Pie Cafe on North Broad Street, Dosie Dough on South Broad Street, and a new favorite this year, the endlessly delicious Brazilian Table.

Full List of Lititz Restaurants

In 2022, the Lititz Springs Inn and Spa ICE BAR was a crowd favorite!

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. Stay tuned for a full listing of trucks and dates!

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 2023 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!

SPECIAL EVENT SPONSORS: Luthercare – Winter’s Coolest Night Out Sponsor, Weaver Energy – Winter Funderland Sponsor, Penn State Health – Family Scavenger Hunt Sponsor, UPMC – Life Changing Medicine – Maker’s Market, Heart of Lititz Sponsor, Discover Lancaster – Presenting Sponsor.

Local Eyes Photography Exhibition Sponsors: Mercedes Benz of Lancaster, Lititz Art Association, Robert Polett Photography

Ice Refrigeration Sponsor: FLS Freight Land Sky

GOLD SPONSORS: Xfinity, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health,

SILVER SPONSORS: Hotel Rock Lititz,

BRONZE SPONSORS: Xfinity, Jason Burkholder, Realtor,

COPPER SPONSORS: Zest!, Stoll & Wolfe Distillery

Interested in donating or becoming an event sponsor?

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

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!

Where should we stay? Lititz has lots of great lodging options. If you want to be able to walk to all that our downtown has to offer, we recommend The Wilbur Hotel, Lititz Springs Inn and Spa, The Alden House, and Lititz Suites on Main. Just a mile and half away is the rock-and-roll chic Hotel Rock Lititz.

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.

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