From February 18-27, ice sculptures carved by DiMartino Ice Company will be displayed throughout Downtown Lititz for the annual Fire & Ice Festival. This year, the festival will span over 10 days in order to spread out crowds. Sculptures will be displayed on Main and Broad streets, as well as Juniper Lane and the entrance to Lititz Springs Park.
The weather forecast for the week originally showed a potential for unseasonably warm temperatures, so Venture Lititz will be refreshing ice sculptures if needed. The sculptures will be on display 24/7 throughout the festival but are best viewed during daylight hours. Venture Lititz recommends visiting between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., but there is plenty to see and do outside of those hours.
New this year, the festival will feature two themed days. On Monday, February 21, from 2-6 p.m., the festival will focus on children, offering activities on West Main Street, including fire- and ice-themed fun with Lancaster Science Factory and bouncy attractions. Penn State Health will also host two family-friendly scavenger hunts, one in Lititz Springs Park and the other throughout downtown. Participants can post a picture on Instagram or Facebook with the tag #PennStateHealthHunt for the chance to win a special prize.
Thursday, February 24, will be a special Maker’s Market Day where local artists and makers will showcase their work throughout downtown from 2-6 p.m.
Also new, Lititz Shirt Factory will house the Local Eyes Photography Exhibition, highlighting iconic Lititz images. The exhibit will be open through mid-March and is free to the community during Lititz Shirt Factory’s hours. A panel of judges will choose the best images from the show and award the photographers with cash prizes.
Unfortunately, there will be no fire show or chili cook-off this year due to Covid, but Venture Lititz hopes to bring back these elements next year. The fire component will instead come from the Fire & Ice Pub and Town Crawl, featuring fire- and ice-themed food, drinks and special products at local restaurants and retailers all week long.
The Fire & Ice Pub Crawl will feature themed cocktails such as a Polar Whitecap from Tied House and a Firefly from Blackworth Live Fire Grill. For beer lovers, Collusion Tap Works will offer red- and blue-colored beer. The ice bar will also make its return to Lititz Springs Inn & Spa’s patio.
As a part of the Town Crawl, participating downtown shops and restaurants will highlight themed items, such as Fiery Hot Cheese & Smoking Hot Jackalope Sausage from The Savory Gourmet, icy-decorated doggie cookies from Gus & Ruby’s and handmade custom fire & ice artwork at Purple Robin Reserve. For a full list of participating shops and restaurants, click here.
Participants in both crawls can post pictures of themselves on Instagram with the tags #LititzFireandIcePubCrawl or #LititzFireandIceTownCrawl, and Venture Lititz will pick their favorite post from each and reward the poster with a $100 gift certificate to the establishment in the picture.
In addition to downtown restaurants, visitors can find warm meals at the food truck court located in the Lancaster General Health parking lot off North Lane (open on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Sunday, February 20, and Monday, February 21).
For more information, visit lititzfireandice.com.