9 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 9 things to do in Pennsylvania this January and start planning your winter adventures.

(Article Updated December 11, 2021, for things to do in Pennsylvania in January 2022)

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 8-15

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

The 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on January 8. 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.

Center City Restaurant Week in Philadelphia – January 9-21

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! Dozens of 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 10-16

Pittsburgh also gets in on the winter culinary deals with their Winter Restaurant Week in mid-January. More than a 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.

Fire and Ice Festival in Somerset – January 14-16

The 27th 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 and a children’s carnival.

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

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.

Auto Mania in Allentown – January 14-16

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.

Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm – Select Dates through January 29

A car approaching a drive-through Holiday light at Shady Brook Farm in Pennsylvania
The drive-through display at Shady Brook Farm might be the best in the state.

Not ready for the holiday season to be over? While many other Christmas light displays in PA close early in the month, the Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm in Bucks County runs on select dates throughout January.

This show is one of the best drive-through light displays in PA and is also likely the largest, with more than three million lights.

Drive through the display while listening to holiday music and enjoy the amazing collection of lights that range from classic scenes to whimsical ones and even iconic buildings from around the world.

Go Skiing or Snow Tubing throughout Pennsylvania

Winter Olympic sports you can do in Pennsylvania
There are plenty of places to go skiing in Pennsylvania whether you are a beginner or an expert.

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 have 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.

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3 thoughts on “9 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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