Winter has officially arrived in New Hampshire and snow is starting to pile up around the state. Accompanying the snow is an often overlooked splendor of winter—the ice! As soon as the mercury drops, the state’s 1,300 lakes and ponds freeze over and transform our natural landscapes into dazzling winter wonderlands. There’s just something about that glossy, mirrored surface that simply inspires. So bundle up and hit the road to discover these five icy adventures that celebrate all things frozen!
Opens January 14, 2022
Each year, six ice castles are constructed across North America—and one of them is located right here in New Hampshire! Bright lights illuminate the walls of this frozen structure and highlight ice sculptures and tunnels which embellish the castle interior! Grab your warmest coat and trek out to see this absolutely astounding winter castle this season.
Concord NH Winter Festival
January 28-29, 2022
The Concord, NH Winter Festival is a family-friendly event that takes place annually at the end of January on the New Hampshire State House Lawn. Enjoy ice carving demonstrations and meet some of New England’s most talented ice carvers on Friday, January 28 followed by an ice carving competition and Winter Fest on Saturday, January 29 from 11-4 pm. Attendees enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores while watching live entertainment and enjoying a variety of fun outdoor winter activities! The weekend also includes an Ice Bar at O Steaks and Seafood
and the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament
at White Park.
Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest
February 4-6, 2022
Interested in something a little more daring? Check out the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest! An annual tradition for nearly 30 years, this event highlights ice climbing and winter mountaineering in addition to demos, shows, food, beer and much more. Make this festival your one-stop-shop to learn all about ice climbing and mountaineering from the pros. Maybe even get a crew together and sign up for a course to try your skills with experienced guides and help from the experts; no experience necessary! Not sure you’d survive a go at scaling an ice-covered mountain? Attend a presentation about the sport and enjoy Tuckerman beer at Theatre in the Woods in Intervale NH instead!
Keene Ice & Snow Festival
February 5, 2022
Watch as ice blocks are transformed into magical wintery sculptures or enjoy musical entertainment as you walk around downtown Keene at the 19th annual Ice & Snow Festival. Get outside and have plenty of fun taking in the splendor of these frozen works of art on display in beautiful Keene! As always, the event is free to attend and all are welcome to join in on the annual festivities.
Tamworth Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival
February 22, 2022
The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm is hosting their annual Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival in Tamworth this February. This historic event features the art of Ice Harvesting and includes live demonstrations of the age-old craft. While you're there, take time to explore the grounds of the farm and discover the history of the property. There's plenty of fun in store at this family-friendly winter celebration!