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Jim Thorpe Winterfest 2020

Make Your Way to Historic Jim Thorpe for the 28th Annual Winterfest


Enjoy tons of winter fun in one of NEPA’s most iconic small towns.

Every President’s Day weekend in Jim Thorpe, thousands of visitors descend on the adorable, coal town to celebrate their annual Winterfest. That’s right… winter. And why not? It’s one of the best times of year to visit the majestic southern Pocono Mountains.

The entire town, from the residents to the shops and cafes, are all too happy to join in the celebration. There’s so much to do in town, and so much to see. Park the car, make your way to the center of town and let the fun begin.



Explore by foot or by hoof.

Start at the gazebo in Josiah White Park just in front of the train station. Enjoy warm and tasty treats from local vendors and check out the iconic ice thrown. Then, take in some of the live entertainment before embarking on a leisurely walk or horse-drawn carriage ride through town.

Aside from all the snacking and shopping, there are plenty of fun events planned throughout the weekend. Bring the little ones by the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center for some interactive fun at the Winterfest Kid’s Club. Activities include crafts, a bounce house, selfie station, story time and so much more.

Adults can get in on all the fun as well. The celebration would not be complete without two signature ice bars. Be sure to stop by for a cold beer, a cocktail or even a cup of soup on your way through town. And if you make to town on Friday (which happens to be Valentine’s Day) enjoy the romantic, Love & Light Luminary Walk.


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Incredible art, history and live music abound.

Enjoy live entertainment all throughout the festive weekend. From local brass bands to performances by nationally renowned recording artists, there’s no shortage of great music. Check out the weekend lineup at the famous Mauch Chunk Opera House. And while you’re there, don’t miss the authentic, live Blacksmith demonstration.

If your artistic tastes turn more toward the visual, you have to check out the whimsical Stabin Museum. Stay for a bite or a drink at the hip Café Arielle. From there, take in some unique perspectives at Big Creek Vineyard’s presentation of The Faces of Jim Thorpe. This inspiring exhibit offers a living history through portrait, photography and personal narrative.

Of course, if you want the full Jim Thorpe experience, you have to check out the historic sites. Take a tour of the opulent and possibly haunted Harry Packer Mansion. Stroll through the grounds and gardens and get a lovely hilltop view of downtown. You can also visit the Mauch Chunk Museum for an engaging look into the town’s storied past. And don’t leave without stopping by Saint Marks & Saint Johns Episcopal Church. This 19th Century architectural gem is truly a sight to behold.



You’re gonna’ need a bigger bag.

Dodge the cold weather at Winterfest by ducking into the many shops and boutiques along Broadway. Find it all from books and records, to toys, vintage clothing, antiques and more. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, there’s even an old-fashioned candy store.

Treat yourself. Commemorate your visit with a souvenir. Or, snatch up that one-of-a-kind piece that’s been missing from your life. Just be sure to bring your bag carrying muscles.

Come Hungry


Warm Food + Warm Belly = What Winter?

Start your day with a fresh pressed juice or coffee and a sweet treat. Then, on to the walking, sightseeing and shopping. In between, you’ll need a break. Pick up a quick pint and a sandwich for lunch at one of the welcoming pubs. And after you’ve taken in all of the sights and sounds, head to one of the Jim Thorpe’s acclaimed restaurants for an unforgettable dinner.

Embrace the Charms of a NEPA Winter


Make your way to Jim Thorpe’s 28th Annual Winterfest on Saturday and Sunday, February 15 & 16.

Don’t miss all the February fun in one of America’s favorite small towns. Parking is available in the County Parking Lot behind the train station on Susquehanna Street. There is also limited meter parking throughout town.

Traffic entering Jim Thorpe during festival weekends can get congested at times. Be sure to plan accordingly. And if you truly want to beat the rush, maybe you should make a weekend out of it.

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