The Largest Ice Festival In Pennsylvania! 20th Anniversary
Pull out your favorite scarf and mittens, bundle the kids up and be sure to grab your camera; you won’t want to miss the faces of those that sit upon the giant ice throne for the first time or stand beside their favorite sculpture.
You can also catch a glimpse of the carvers from DiMartino Ice sculpting right in front of your eyes!
Skilled in their art form, these carvers have trained for many years and can turn a plain block of ice into just about anything.
It’s amazing to watch.
A huge variety of events are scheduled throughout the four-day festival giving you a chance to explore the best of Chambersburg and experience our vibrant Downtown culture for yourself.
Be sure to visit your favorite art galleries, restaurants and boutique stores while enjoying all that Icefest has to offer.
Sunday December 19th, 2021 * 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Red Run Park
The Institute is hosting their second annual Winter Solstice Celebration.
The winter solstice is the longest night—or the shortest day—of the year, and falls on December 21 this year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Since ancient times, people all over the world have recognized this important astronomical occurrence and celebrated the “return of the sun” in a variety of ways.
After the solstice, the days get gradually longer.
The Institute’s solstice event is a family-friendly celebration of the season, and features winter folktale storyteller Bruce Rowland (at 4:30), hands-on solstice activities for children including making garlands of popcorn and berries and edible ornaments for animals, live music, fire-pit warming stations, and hot chocolate stations (hot chocolate courtesy of Martin’s Foods of Waynesboro).
Members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand with telescopes to safely observe the solstice sun.
After sunset, there will be opportunities to view the celestial features of the winter sky.
Shop with our Vendors: Artesano Bake Goods: cookies, holiday snack mix and whoopie pies Four Sons Farm: handcrafted wool creations The Native Niche: bird food bundles, outdoor winter decorations, and natural “solstice crowns” of winter foliage