Born out of love for theatre and music, the Winter Lights Festival is like a big circus. Troupes of stilt walkers gallop through the crowds while jugglers and fire breathers entertain on the streets. Children and families will love the puppet shows and the comedy shows. And all these performers are no joke. Acting troupes from New York City are hired in to enchant and delight all who attend. Ice structures that stand like giant pillars. The effect is like being nestled in a fantasy castle. With all the clowns, performers and bright colors, the effect certainly comes full circle.
The big show at the Winter Lights Festival is the ice skating. Every year, Winter Lights hires in big production companies to perform ice shows for eager crowds. These shows, like the street performers, are professionally executed. Individual ice dancers have been known to grace the rink with stylized routines that are sure to amaze and inspire audiences. With all the highly skilled skaters and amazing stage props and costumes, the ice shows are truly something out of your dreams. After the shows, enjoy a skate at the community ice rink.
Throughout the weekends, meals are served at a local inn. These food events draw in some of the best local cooks and some of the best food. It should be said that these meals are a big deal; not just one or two. Food events cover everything from beer tasting to a very competitive Mac-n-Cheese contest to a full dessert buffet. The cost for these all-you-can-eat meals is very nominal or sometimes free. Most of the events are held outdoors at the community ice rink, including the shows. So bundle up, grab some free desserts, and enjoy one of the best performances you’ll see all winter.
Most events are free or request a small donation. Parking and space is limited so arrive early.