6 Icy New Hampshire Adventures

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!  Once winter arrives, the state’s 1,300 lakes and ponds begin to freeze over and transform our natural landscape into dazzling winter wonderlands. There’s just something about that glossy, mirrored surface that simply inspires.

These six icy adventures celebrate all things frozen and will give you a newfound appreciation for our snowier season!

Lincoln Ice Castles
Opening January 10, 2020
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.

Annual Ice Carving Competition
January 6, 2020
Expert carvers from around New England will take part in the 25th annual Ice Carving Competition in Jackson to showcase their skills and artistry! Prior to judgement day, sculptors are given three hours to transform a 300-pound block of ice into something truly magical to land them first, second, or third place in this stiff competition. Don’t miss your chance to cast a vote for the People’s Choice award to celebrate your favorite sculpture! Grab the family and drop on by to see these frosty sculptures presented for judgement at 10am on the front porch of the quintessential Wentworth Inn.

Stonehurst Manor Ice Bar
January 24-25, 2020
What could be cooler than an ice bar?! Stonehurst Manor in North Conway is embracing the unique aspects of winter and will build their annual outdoor bar made entirely of ice! Music courtesy of the Music Man, hors d’oeuvres, and a fashion show sponsored by Ice Pik Vodka and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire will keep you occupied once you’ve gotten your specialty cocktails from the frosty bar. But not to worry—if you get chilly, the outdoor fire pits are sure to warm you right up. Due to the popularity of this event tickets are limited so if you’re interested don’t wait to get yours!

Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest
January 31 - February 2, 2020
Interested in something a little more daring? Check out the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest! An annual tradition for 27 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 1, 2020
Watch as ice blocks are transformed into magical wintery sculptures or enjoy musical entertainment as you walk around downtown Keene at the 18th annual Ice & Snow Festival. This event is fun for the whole family with train rides, face painting, snowman meet-and-greets, and much more! Or join the fun by participating in arts and crafts, snow sculpting, and shopping in Keene’s beautiful downtown center. This event takes place from 10am to 4pm and is free for all to attend. 

Tamworth Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival
February 22, 2020
Remick Museum & Farm is hosting their 17th Annual Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival in Tamworth this February. This event features the art of Ice Harvesting and will include indoor and outdoor demonstrations of the age-old craft. There will be a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, including arts and crafts, live music, snowman building, farm animals, scavenger hunts, and more! New this year there will also be a 5K Snowshoe Stampede for snowshoers of all abilities before the carnival!