Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival

February 3-5

One of Lewisburg’s most sparkling weekends is here!

Check back as detailed information and ticketing will be added as we receive updates.

Beginning Friday morning ice sculptures start going up, filling the downtown with sparkle and shine.

Friday Events:

Live Ice Carving
Ice Sculptures will be placed in front of shops throughout the downtown. Plus, you can watch the feature 10 block sculpture being carved live in Hufnagle Park. There will also be live carving of a Wishing Well and a Bucknell Bison in front of the Post Office at the corner of 3rd and Market Streets, plus several others in the park.


Featured sculpture sponsored by Evangelical Community Hospital.
Wishing Well, sponsored by Weis Markets.
Bucknell Bison, sponsored by Bucknell University.
Photo Op Flowers, Sponsored by UPMS North Central PA and UPMC Health Plan


Sip and Stroll: Friday evening there will be a downtown Sip and Stroll. Wineries will be paired with downtown shops. Purchase a ticket at the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership and enjoy ice sculptures as you shop, sip, and stroll through the downtown. This event is sponsored by the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau. Ticketed event.

Purchase your Sip and Stroll Tickets Here!

Saturday Events

Ice-FestFrosty 5K Walk/Run

Join in the Frosty 5K, a fun jaunt around the historic and beautiful streets of Lewisburg, sponsored by the Sunset Rotary.

Children's Activities take place in Hufnagle Park hosted by Lewisburg Children's MuseumLinn Conservancy and River Valley Nature School on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

More live ice carving also takes place in Hufnagle Park as the featured sculpture comes to life.

Shopping & Dining:

Stroll the shops on Market Street, looking for that perfect treat for yourself, or stop in for lunch or dinner at one of over 20 eating establishments in the downtown. While you are here, visit the vendors on Market Street Saturday from 10am to 4pm serving warm snacks and drinks

Make a Flag and March in the Parade

Make a Flag (12:30-1:30pm) and March with The Bluebird Atelier in the Polar Bear Plunge parade.

Free Movie

There will also be a special family-friendly ice-themed movie showing of Balto at the Campus Theatre at 1pm.

Pregame the Plunge Party

For the over-21 crowd join the Polar Bear Plunge Pregame Party with Gilson Snow.  The event starts at Trevina, moves to Hungry Run Distillery and ends at the Brasserie Louis. Ticketed event.

Polar Bear Plunge

At 2pm follow a parade from the corner of South Front and Market Streets down to the Lewisburg Landing for the famous Polar Bear Plunge to watch the brave men and women jump in the river in true polar bear style.

Sauna After the Plunge

During the weekend, come check out PA’s only Plunge Studio, ONE – Health & Wellness. ONE is fully equipped with cedar ice baths to get you prepped for the Plunge and infrared saunas to warm up afterward!

From Chilly to Chili

Warm up with a steaming bowl of soup at the Hearty Chili Cook Off at the Bull Run Tap House at 3:30pm.

Chocolate Lovers' Festival

The Donald Heiter Community Center hosts a Chocolate Flight offering families the opportunity to stroll through downtown Lewisburg businesses, enjoy the ice sculptures, and indulge in chocolate. Local and regional bakers and candy makers have partnered to create traveling chocolate tour tasting boxes or “Chocolate Flights”.

Wrap up the evening at the Chocolate Lovers' Gala at the Lewisburg Hotel starting at 6:30pm. There will be decadent chocolate treats and signature cocktails, silent and live auctions, as well as a chocolate demonstration. Ticketed event. Learn more.


Head back to town on Sunday to end a fun weekend with brunch and a stroll around town to see all the sparkling ice!

Event Details Below!

2023 Frosty 5k! 


Checkin/Registration begins at 8am at the historic Campus Theatre on Market Street in Lewisburg.

Pre-Event Registration

The run/walk is perfect for those adventurous types looking for something healthy and fun to do in the dead of winter to battle the dreaded "Cabin Fever". This is an "All-Weather" event. That means we go rain, snow, sleet or ice. That's the fun of a winter run! The race begins at 9:30am and the course will take you around the historic and beautiful streets of Lewisburg. Sponsored by the Lewisburg Sunset Rotary

Make a Flag and Join the Parade


Make a flag, march in a parade, and cheer on those brave enough to take the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, February 4, 2023 with Bluebird Atelier. The studio will be free and open to the public for parade flag-making (while supplies last) from 12:30-1:30 pm. Families are then invited to join the studio’s giant bluebird puppet at the corner of Market and South Front Street at 1:50 pm as we walk in the Polar Bear Plunge Parade down to the St. George boat launch. We will watch the event and root for plungers while waving our flags! The parade is a great opportunity to participate in this community event which is part of Lewisburg’s annual Ice Festival.

Pregame the Plunge


Pregame the Plunge

Pregame the Plunge with Gilson Snow
Party with the crew at Gilson Snow as we pregame our way through Downtown Lewisburg to plunge in the mighty Susquehanna! This epic pregame pub crawl starts at Trevina, stops at Hungry Run Distilling, followed by partying with Rusty Rail at Brasserie Louis. Last but not least Pregame the Plunge leads the plunge parade to the Polar Bear Plunge launch site led by a marching band. All proceeds benefit Lewisburg Neighborhoods.

Date: February 4th, 2023
Time: 11am-2pm, (VIP 10am - 11am)
Admission: $15-$65 (Three levels of Participation Available) Proceeds benefit Lewisburg Neighborhoods

$15: Polar Bear Plunge

(Registration increases to $20/ea 72 hours prior to event)

Partake in the Polar Bear Plunge which includes:

  • Hot Chocolate courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts
  • "Plunge" hat to commemorate the experience! (Available to the first 250 registrants)

$40: Pregame the Plunge

(Registration increases to $50/ea 72 hours prior to event)

Admission into private parties hosted at Trevina, Hungry Run Distilling and Brasserie which includes:

  • $25 Trevina Tap Card
  • Complimentary shot at Hungry Run Distilling
  • Complimentary beer from Rusty Rail and apps at Brasserie Louis
  • Polar Bear Plunge Admission

$65: SRV VIP Package

(Registration increases to $75/ea 72 hours prior to event)

The ultimate way to be a VIP in the Susquehanna River Valley - the Pregame to the Plunge:

  • 10am-11am Early Entrance at Trevina w/ complimentary brunch apps, coffee, bloody mary’s and mimosas.
  • Pregame the Plunge Admission
  • Polar Bear Plunge Admission


10:00am - 11:00am - VIP Brunch at Trevina, 434 Market St, Lewisburg
11:00am - 12:00pm - Pregame Stop #1 at Trevina, 434 Market St, Lewisburg
12:00pm - 12:30pm - Pregame Stop #2 at Hungry Run Distillery, 323 Market St, Lewisburg
12:30pm - 2:00pm - Pregame Stop #3 at Brasserie Louis, 101 Market St, Lewisburg
2:00pm - 2:30pm - Pregame Parade to the Polar Bear Plunge - Plunge Procession will begin at the Brasserie (101 Market St.) and end at St. George St. boat launch.
2:30pm - Polar Bear Plunge at the St. George Street Boat Launch, St. George Street & South Front Street. Lewisburg

Polar Bear PlungePolar Bear Plunge

2:30 p.m. , St. George Street River Landing (intersection of St. George St. and S. Front St.)

Take a dip in the Susquehanna River to benefit the Lewisburg Neighborhoods.

It’s time to grab your speedo and register for the internationally celebrated Lewisburg Polar Bear Plunge happening on February 4th at 2:30pm.

This event is always exhilarating and ecstatic as hundreds of people from near and far take the plunge into the frigid Susquehanna River. Some plunge in groups with their workplace, boosters club, fraternity, or family. Many plunge in costume! Safe fun is encouraged.

Thanks to our premier sponsor, The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, we have been able to invest in giving plungers a better, and more organized, experience.

Tickets cost $15. However, 72 hours before the event starts, the price is raised to $20 per ticket. The first 250 plungers will get a beanie to commemorate the experience. Complimentary hot chocolate is sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts for all attendees. You can buy your tickets here!

For those interested, there will be a plunge parade starting at 2pm at the corner of Market Street & South Front Street down to the boat launch -- meet us there and be led by the Bucknell Pep Band & artwork by Bluebird Atelier down to the plunge site.

This year, the plunge will benefit Lewisburg Neighborhoods, which works on the revitalization of Lewisburg by improving civic engagement, safety, communications, image, streetscapes, and historic preservation.

For questions, contact Taylor Lightman ([email protected]) or Gary Hardcastle ([email protected]). 

Warm Up in the Sauna at ONE - Health & Wellness

ONE-Health & Wellness-Saunas

During the weekend, come check out PA’s only Plunge Studio, ONE – Health & Wellness. ONE is fully equipped with cedar ice baths to get you prepped for the Plunge and infrared saunas to warm up afterward!

ONE will be open after the Polar Bear Plunge. Walk-in Sauna Sessions will be available for $1.00 a minute! No preregistration necessary.

Or book a 20-40-60-minute session online now. Book Now.

Watch a promo video with owner, Ben Schneider and Lewisburg Neighborhood's Taylor Lightman, here!

Hearty Chili Cook-Off


Hearty Chili Cook-Off
3:30-5:30 pm

Enjoy some fire after the ice. Following the Polar Bear Plunge, Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary Club will host the Hearty Chili Cook Off at the Bull Run Tap House in Lewisburg. Proceeds benefit the Union County Giving Closet.

Come taste chilis prepared by a mixture of Restaurants, Businesses and Chili Enthusiasts, each competing for cash prizes and bragging rights. A $5 entrance fee includes a taste of all the chilis and 3 tickets to vote for your favorites. Additional tickets can be purchased separately - $1 per vote.

Pet Shelter and Animal Rescue Donations


Warm your Hearts at Brushstrokes, 340 Market Street.
During the Lewisburg Ice Festival, Brushstrokes is accepting monetary donations for local animal shelters and rescue groups. In return for a $25 donation you will receive a gift of one of our in house artists mini art works.

Chocolate Flight and Chocolate Lovers' Gala

Chocolate Lovers Festival

Indulge in a Chocolate Flight as you stroll through downtown Lewisburg. Local and regional bakers and candy makers have partnered to create traveling chocolate tour tasting boxes or “Chocolate Flights.”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Chocolate Festival and we plan to celebrate big! We are pleased to be returning to an in-person event at the historic Lewisburg Hotel.

Doors will open at 6:30PM for heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar with signature cocktails, professional chocolate displays, demonstrations & tastings, a 50-50 drawing, and a live auction. Local radio personality, Chad Evans, will provide the evening’s entertainment with music & dancing. Stay tuned for more information about our online auction!

The Donald L. Heiter Community Center (DHCC) is a non-profit organization which strives to be a hub of community activity by providing innovative and responsive programs, welcoming facilities to house multigenerational activities, coordinating diverse community resources, addressing community needs, and supporting the wellness of all its people. Without contributions from this important event, we are faced with a budgetary shortfall and we need your support! Help by giving the gift of community so we can continue being a Light in the Center of Town!

For more information visit: Chocolate Lovers Tour and Festival.