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Wally Ice Fest 2020

When Life Gives You a Lake of Ice, Play Hockey


Who says “goin’ down to the lake” is just a summer activity?

When the temperatures drop at Lake Wallenpaupack, preparations begin for the annual Wally Ice Fest. It’s NEPA’s biggest and most anticipated party on the ice, and it’s all happening on February 8-9.

Wally Ice Fest is a celebration of everything we love about our frosty northeastern winters—cold, snow, ice and of course, pond hockey. Visitors and locals alike go head-to-head in the hockey tournament and give curling a try. There are also bonfires, games and plenty of live music. And local, lakeside restaurants, resorts and shops are open for business all weekend long.

This year’s festival brings a few changes. The hockey tournament and curling will be held at Watonka Outdoor Facilities, just a short drive away from Lake Wallenpaupack.

*NOTE: In the event of warm weather and “bad” ice, and in the interest of safety for all participants, Wally Ice Fest may resort to an equally wild and fun “Plan B.” This plan includes relocating competitive events from the ice to the grounds and courts at Watonka Outdoor Facilities. The event will still include live music, spectator activities and Curling demonstrations. “Plan B” events include Die-Hard Hockey Olympics, axe throwing, Kan Jam, corn hole and so much more.

Stay up to date on the status of events for Wally Ice Fest here.


The Main Event



Pond hockey is a longstanding NEPA tradition.

Like stickball in the city or sandlot baseball in the suburbs, young boys and girls in the Poconos grow up playing pond hockey. And, to be honest, they never actually grow out of it, which might explain why the annual Pocono Pond Hockey Tournament always draws a crowd. Teams go all-out for this two-day tournament, which will take place at the lake at Watonka Outdoor Facilities.


Pull Off Your Own “Miracurl on Ice”



Just don’t drop the stone, or we could all be in trouble.

You’ll find tons of other winter fun and games at Watonka, like demonstrations and lessons from Anthracite Curling Club. Curious spectators are welcome to take their best shot at sliding the stone across the ice.

Watonka will also host public ice skating, ice bowling, cornhole and other activities for all ages. Toasty bonfires and live, local music will keep the good times rolling until sundown.


Embrace the Beauty of a NEPA Winter



You might just have a great time.

Check out Wally Ice Fest from February 8-9. Enjoy local, live entertainment all weekend long. Warm up with a delicious, hot meal at nearby restaurants. Grab a cold drink at the end of the day at a friendly local bar. And, if you had just too much fun, do it all over again the next day.

Eat, stay and shop at these local amenities and make your Wally Ice Fest experience one to remember.

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