The Clarks Summit Festival of Ice is one of the more complete festivals offered in the winter. Spanning over four days, Festival of Ice has plenty to proffer in the way of entertainment and fun. One of the most exciting elements of Festival of Ice is the massive ice sculptures – some of the biggest around! Like festival sentries, magnificent carvings line the downtown streets. Past favorites have included Shrek, a ferocious T-Rex, Bigfoot, and a hefty-sized “HOLLYWOOD” sign. Sculptors work all weekend long, and visitors can show up at specific times and locations to watch these complex statues come to life.
At Festival of Ice, kids and families will benefit from the Family Fun Fair. Held at the borough building, this event is complete with face-painting, storytelling, clowns, crafts and games. Be there opening night for the fireman’s parade, which marches through downtown. Enjoy the festive sight of jugglers, clowns and bands performing alongside massive fire engines. Clowns walk the street all weekend, gifting the crowds of people balloons and face paintings and creating general silliness. Things really gear up with the Frozen Games. This winter twist on the summer games tests the endurance and skill of even the most formidable athletes and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. A more inclusive Kids Games is held the same day, and various games and contests are held all weekend for visitors of all ages.
There are nearly two-dozen live performances at the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. Spread out over the weekend and at various venues, there are plenty of opportunities to catch great bands, acoustic soloists, and instrumental concerts. There are some food concessions but local eateries provide most of the food, and specials run during the weekend to entice hungry visitors. Like the music and food, much of the festival is spread throughout the town, but complimentary trolley rides shuttle visitors between main destination points. A trolley ride at night affords wonderful views of Clarks Summit and the festival aglow – a real treat. If looking for something more intimate, try a horse and carriage rides, available all weekend long.
Admission and parking is free.