February 15 & 16 2020
For those who know historic Jim Thorpe, WinterFest is another excuse to get out of the house, celebrate winter and enjoy all this small town has to offer. For anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the wonder of this hidden, beautiful gem in the southern Pocono Mountains, it’s the perfect time to explore the kind of festivities Jim Thorpe is becoming known for.
On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, the 28th annual celebration will feature ice carvings, live entertainment, horse drawn carriage rides, food and drink specials, two ice sculpture bars, a special Kid’s Club area, and the now famous Mug Walk.
Mug Walkers take the official souvenir Jim Thorpe mug to participating shops and businesses for them to fill with hot chocolate, soup, goodies, discount coupons and other special treats. Mugs are in limited quantity, so tickets are available for sale now at https://www.jimthorpe.org/mug for $25 each.
While the Mug Walk is the most popular event, WinterFest really has it all. Family friendly fun, especially for kids, is always a favorite at the Kid’s Club. The young ones can come inside to warm up and participate in a number of crafts and games. If you’re looking for a romantic Valentine getaway, you can start with the Luminary Stroll on Friday night, hold hands on a horse-drawn carriage ride through town, and have a quiet, delicious dinner for two at one of the many highly-rated restaurants or take in a show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.
New this year is local blacksmith, Shannon Kuhn, demonstrating his craft on both festival days. Kuhn does both functional and artisan blacksmithing using the same tools as the smiths of centuries past, and incorporates the shapes of nature into items like wine racks and brackets. Stroll by the Mauch Chunk Opera House and see what he can create right in front of your eyes.
If you just need to get out of the house and shake off some winter cabin fever, there will be ice carvings, two ice sculpture bars, live shows and entertainment, and special deals at many shops and restaurants.
The best part is, the spectacular winter views from all over town, are free.