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WinterFest Has It All For A Presidents Weekend To Remember
The 28th Annual Jim Thorpe WinterFest serves up family fun, romance and more for your holiday weekend.
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 known for.
On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, the celebration will feature ice carvings, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, food and drink specials, two ice sculpture bars at Marion Hose Bar and MYST, the Winterfest Kids Club, and the now famous Mug Walk (sorry, this year’s Mug Walk is sold out).
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’s getaway, you can start with the Luminary Stroll on Friday night, hold hands on a horse-drawn carriage ride through town, have a 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.