Chill Out at Franklin On Ice: Winter Magic in the Heart of Franklin

Jacob Deemer

Jacob Deemer

Published February 2, 2024 2:00 pm
Last Updated: March 28, 2024 4:36 pm
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FRANKLIN, Pa. — The Franklin Fine Arts Council (FFAC) and the City of Franklin announced that Franklin On Ice, the City’s premier winter festival, will be held on Saturday, February 3.

This marks the 28th year for the event, with the staff optimistic about the weather forecast.

Starting at 10:00 a.m., visitors from near and far can stroll through Fountain Park and see the plentiful sculptures that will be placed throughout. This year’s event will be one of the largest, with 98 blocks of ice used to make up the frozen art.

“It looks like temperatures will be at or right below freezing” explains James Shreffler, Franklin’s Events & Marketing Coordinator, “Add in some Franklin signature magic, and we are sure to have an event perfect to warm the heart on a cold winter’s day.”

Live carving, by DiMartino Ice Company, will return this year for the first time since 2019.

“Live ice carving has always been a crowd favorite. Seeing the DiMartino team bring life to seemingly plain blocks of ice is fun for all ages” said Shreffler. “The ice should last several days so people can enjoy the entire downtown experience that Franklin has to offer, including the shops and restaurants.”

Many of the smaller ice sculptures are carved beforehand while the multi-block larger ones are done on site.

“We will see the return of favorites that the kids enjoy, including the slide and throne, and we have many interactive sculptures for great photo opportunities,” Shreffler said.

Feel free to tag your pictures with #FranklinOnIce2024.

Franklin On Ice is largely supported by local businesses, organizations, and individuals who sponsor not only the ice sculptures but also other activities that occur during the event.

Misty Lane Farms Performance Horses are back for carriage rides around Fountain Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, thanks to Village Auto who sponsored this part of the event, the rides will be free on a first-come, first-served basis.

If the weather gets too chilly, there are some indoor events worth seeing.

The Nature Art Showcase and Sale presented by Council on Greenways & Trails and Penn Soil RC&D Council will be hosted in the Barrow-Civic Theatre lobby. Also, in the Barrow-Civic Little Theatre a Magic Show will be held for kids of all ages at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., free admission sponsored by the Matt Beith Family and Soma Enterprises Cleaning Company.

The Barrow-Civic Theatre and the Franklin Rotary Club will present the 7th annual Celebration of Talent Competition at 7:30 p.m.

Still too cold?

To get some heat in your belly, enjoy the annual chili cook-off hosted by Grumpy Goat Distillery starting at 1:00 p.m.

A warming station at Olde Liberty/The Galleria will include a free s’more station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and free hot cocoa from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Knights of Columbus are hosting Precious Paw’s soup and bake sale.

The Franklin Public Library will be having crafts and hot cocoa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be special storytimes at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

To compliment all of the indoor activities, sidewalk sales are happening at retailers throughout the City with deals for Valentine’s Day.

Live music can be enjoyed in the evening at Trails to Ales II and FoxTales Pub.

Find out more about the events in Franklin, Pennsylvania by going to Facebook @FrankinPAEvents or on www.franklinpa.gov/events.


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