10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in January

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Whether you love or hate the holidays, our list of things to do in January in Pennsylvania has something for you. The last of the holiday events end in early January, giving way to many events that celebrate the cold weather outdoors.

However, if you want to stay toasty warm inside, we’ve also got some great things to do for you as well.

Check out our hand-picked list of 10 things to do in Pennsylvania this January and start planning your winter adventures.

Note: Events listed here happened in January 2020. We will not be updating this list for 2021 due to current restrictions. We plan to update this list in late 2021 for events in January 2022.

(Article Updated December 11, 2019, for things to do in Pennsylvania in January 2020)

Mummers Day Parade in Philadelphia – January 1

Things to do in January: Mummers Parade
The Mummers Parade shouldn’t be missed.

Start the year off right at the Mummers Day Parade in downtown Philadelphia on New Year’s Day. Believed to be the oldest folk festival in the United States, watch as 40 colorful troops march through the streets of Philly putting on performances as they go.

The parade centers around Philadelphia City Hall and the Philadelphia Convention Center, but anywhere along the parade route will offer a great view of this bizarre tradition.

For more information, check out our guide to the Mummers Parade in Philly

Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg – January 4-11

Main Hall vendors at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg
The Pennsylvania Farm Show returns to Harrisburg this January.

The 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on January 4. The largest, indoor agricultural festival in the country (at more than 24 acres in size), the Pennsylvania Farm Show draws more than half a million people during the eight-day event.

Visitors come to see farm animals, browse vendors, see shows, and eat delicious food. It can get very crowded on weekends, so visit during the week if possible.

For more information, check out our full guide with tips for visiting the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

January Ice Jam in Butler – January 10-11

Now in its 22nd year, the January Ice Jam in Butler, PA, brings together some of the region’s best bluegrass musicians for two days of great music. Over two dozen bands take the stage each year spanning every style of bluegrass music.

If you love bluegrass music and want a respite from the cold weather outside, don’t miss this great annual event.

For more information, visit JanuaryIceJam.com.

Fire and Ice Festival in Somerset – January 17-19

The 25th annual Fire and Ice Festival will be returning to Somerset in January. The event features beautiful ice sculptures, vendors, a variety of food and drink options, and even fireworks. The downtown area will also feature many different live musical performances.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.

Center City Restaurant Week in Philadelphia – January 12-24

Things to do in Pennsylvania in January: Center City Restaurant Week
Enjoy a delicious meal at a great price during Center City Restaurant Week. (Photo by C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®)

January is a great time to visit downtown Philadelphia! Over 100 different restaurants in and around Center City will be participating in Center City Restaurant Week in the middle of the month. Dine on special lunch and dinner menus at discounted prices.

Don’t miss this chance to eat at some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants without breaking the bank.

For more information and to see a list of participating restaurants, visit the event’s website.

Pittsburgh Winter Restaurant Week – January 13-19

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is a great thing to do in PA in January
There are many great restaurants in Pittsburgh participating in Restaurant Week, including Burgh’ers which is pictured.

Pittsburgh also gets in on the winter culinary deals with their Winter Restaurant Week in mid-January. More than two dozen great restaurants around the city will be participating, each offering a special menu at a great price.

This makes Pittsburgh Restaurant Week a great opportunity to get out and enjoy a restaurant you already love or to find a new favorite place to eat.

For more information, visit PittsburghResaurantWeek.com.

Auto Mania in Allentown – January 17-19

Auto Mania returns to the Allentown Fairgrounds this month. The state’s largest indoor automotive flea market, this is a fantastic spot for those that love cars. Whether you are looking for a hard-to-find part of your antique vehicle or enjoy collecting pieces of automotive history, there’s a bit of something here for every gear head.

Find out more about the event on its website.

Warren County Winterfest – January 17-19

Warren County Winterfest returns to northwestern PA’s Chapman State Park this January. The largest winter event in the Pennsylvania Wilds, Winterfest is highlighted by a 32-mile dog sled race and a weight pulling competition to see which dogs are the strongest.

For humans, there is a polar bear plunge, ice fishing, a pond hockey tournament, sledding, and much more.

For more information, check out the event’s website.

See the Frozen Waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park – All Month

Things to do in PA in January: Hiking Ricketts Glen
Ricketts Glen is an amazing place to visit in the winter.

During the wintertime, Ricketts Glen State Park’s Falls Trail is closed to the public…unless you have the right equipment. Due to this, the trails are much less crowded, but the scenery is incredibly breathtaking.

While you can hike it if you have the proper equipment and experience (Don’t take this lightly as the trail is often a sheet of ice with deep falls if you slip), you can also hike these trails with an experienced guide through Valley to Summit.

Valley to Summit provides an experienced ice-hiking guide and all the winter hiking equipment you need to explore this icy wonderland.

For more information, visit check out Valley to Summit’s regular winter hikes.

Go Skiing or Snow Tubing throughout Pennsylvania

Things to do in PA in January: Skiing or Snow Tubing
Go skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing in Pennsylvania this January

Pennsylvania is home to 19 ski resorts throughout the state. Take some time this month to hit the slopes on skis or a snowboard. Whether you are an experienced skier or never been before, this is a great activity for the whole family.

If skiing isn’t your thing, many ski resorts also offer snow tubing. These great tracks offer a great twist on sledding that will leave you wanting more.

I’ve previously written about my experiences at Jack Frost Ski Resort in the Poconos. You can find out more about the other ski resorts in Pennsylvania on SkiPA.com.

Looking for other things to do in Pennsylvania? Check out our list of things to do in December and our picks for things to do in PA in February.

Do you know of a great event happening in Pennsylvania in January? Let us know in the comments section below!

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3 thoughts on “10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in January”

  1. Cross country skiing at The Wilderness Lodge just southeast of Erie, Pa near the town of Wattsburg, PA. It is an awesome cross country ski center with a ski lodge that serves soups, sandwiches and more. They rent ski equipment and the cross country trails are wide, groomed, beautiful trails that meander through the winter woods. Their website is http://www.thewildernesslodge.net And, no, I don’t work for them and am not getting paid to write this.


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