2024 Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival

Last Updated 1/18/2024Posted in MARKET STREET, DOWNTOWN

Don't miss the feature sculptures at this year's Ice Festival.

Live Ice Carving on Friday, February 2nd

Check out all the details, activities, and opportunities at our 20th annual Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival HERE


Come, join the festivities, and experience the heartwarming spirit that defines Lewisburg in winter.

The single block, pre-carved sculptures arrive early on Friday, February 2nd.  Solid blocks of ice are then set up in front of the Post Office and Hufnagle Park.  Around 10am skilled Ice Carvers will converge at the corner of 3rd and Market to create three unique multi-block ice sculptures.   Next to the Bucknell Bison (sponsored by Bucknell University), you will find two more, unique sculptures, (sponsored by Geisinger and Dermatology Partners, respectively). 

Our feature sculpture, a giant throne, sponsored by Evangelical Community Hospital, will be carved live on Friday in front of Hufnagle Park.   

Next to the giant throne you will find a Wishing Well (sponsored by Weis Markets).  Money collected in the wishing well will go to the Central PA Food Bank this year. 

All of these sculptures will be carved live on Friday, February 2nd.

Frosty 5k, Polar Bear Plunge, Donal Heiter Chocolate tour, flights and the Gala - and the Chili cook!

Saturday morning invites both fitness enthusiasts and families to join the Frosty 5k hosted by Sunset Rotary, starting at the iconic Campus Theatre.  Registration starts at 8am and the run starts at 9:30.  Stop into the theater to see Sunset Rotary’s first silent auction (and maybe warm up a bit).  To register for the run, go to lewisburgpa.com.

Starting at noon Lewisburg Neighborhoods in partnership with the Brasserie Louis will host the Pre Polar Bear Plunge Ice Fest Party from 12-2:15.  At 2:15 join the parade down to the St. George St. Landing to join in (or watch from a warmer spot) with hundreds of people take the Polar Bear Plunge between 2:30 and 3pm into the freezing Susquehanna River!!

The Donald Heiter Center along with local businesses will be hosting a Chocolate Tour on Saturday.  There are two shifts.  11-1 and 2-4.  You are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance please see the link on lewisburgpa.com.  Or purchase tickets the day of at the Lewisburg Hotel.  Make sure you take a moment to check out the silent auction that will conclude after the Chocolate Gala Saturday evening.

Starting at 2:30 and running until 5pm warm up at the Bull Run Tap House for Sunrise Rotary’s Chili Cook-Off, promising to be even bigger and better this year at just $5 per entry.

Wrapping up the evening nicely join the Donald Heiter Center for their 26th Annual Chocolate Gala at the Lewisburg Hotel from 6-10pm.  You are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at the Heiter Center website or again through Lewisburgpa.com.

Children's Activities and Live Ice Carving at the Green Space Center

The Greenspace Center becomes the epicenter of excitement on Saturday morning at 10 am, featuring live ice carving and a variety of kids' activities sponsored by the First Community Foundation Partnership. The Lewisburg Children’s Museum, the River Valley Nature School, BVRA, and the Boy Scouts ensure that the festival caters to visitors of all ages.

Sunday offers a leisurely conclusion to the weekend with a downtown brunch. Take a final stroll down Market Street to admire the sculptures that adorn the town, capturing the essence of a weekend filled with art, camaraderie, and winter magic.

Sunday Brunch:

All Star Bagels

Grams Eatery

Brasserie Louis

Amami Kitchen & Espresso Bar

Bull Run Tap House

Culture Coffee

For those seeking a more active Sunday morning, Lewisburg Neighborhoods invites you to join their Slow Roll—a brisk bike ride before brunch.

Stay for the weekend and take in all the sights and activities.

Plan to stay overnight.  Lodging information HERE

Check out our local hotels and B&Bs known for their exceptional hospitality, providing a welcoming and comfortable retreat for visitors to enjoy the charm of our community.

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A Special Thank You to the Core Sponsors of the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership