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Jim Thorpe WinterFest has train rides, ice and wood carving, free entertainment, and more Feb. 17-18

Jim Thorpe WinterFest has train rides, ice and wood carving, free entertainment, and more Feb. 17-18
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From a press release:

A mix of train rides, family activities, special shopping and dining promotions, and popular Mauch Chunk Opera House performances will mark a weekend of winter fun when the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency hosts the borough’s 26th annual WinterFest on President’s Day weekend, Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18.

The weekend features the ever-popular Mug Walk. For only $15, patrons can visit participating shops and stores that will fill those mugs with something free, including cookies, soup, coffee, and other surprises. Mugs can be reserved online at and then picked up either day at Big Creek Winery (41 Susquehanna St., Jim Thorpe) near the train station.

With horse and carriage rides, shopping in 40+ unique stores, and over a dozen restaurants and eateries, free family entertainment will include the Faculty Brass strolling quartet from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. both days. In addition, the Crufeli Sideshow will perform two shows at noon and 2 p.m. at the Mauch Chunk Opera House (14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe) on Saturday, Feb. 17. Their talented performers will entertain with juggling, acrobatics, hula hooping, and various antics.

Trains operate three times daily from the Jim Thorpe Visitors Center/Train Station (2 Lehigh Ave., Jim Thorpe) into Lehigh Gorge State Park (S. Lehigh Gorge Dr., Weatherly) at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from Jim Thorpe Station. Train rides are 70 minutes round trip. Operated by the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, more information about the trains is available on

Ice and wood carvers ply their trades in the downtown Josiah White Park next to the train station and give demonstrations, which is highly entertaining for everyone. Wood carvings are available for purchase.

Jim Thorpe is consistently ranked on national media “Best” lists and recognized among the most fun, most beautiful, most romantic, and best adventure towns to visit.

Nestled in the breathtaking Lehigh Gorge, this Victorian town is teeming with history, romance, and family fun. Visitors enjoy the walkable downtown’s accommodations, shops, restaurants, pubs, wine-tasting, and live entertainment, as well as all the outdoor adventure one would expect in the Pocono Mountains.

Jim Thorpe is perfect for a weekend jaunt or an extended stay vacation, located just an hour and a half from Philadelphia, two hours from New York City, and less than three hours from Baltimore.