things to do in Pennsylvania in January

10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in January

Whether you love or hate the holidays, our list of things to do in January in Pennsylvania has something for you. The 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 handpicked list of 9 things to do in Pennsylvania this January and start planning your winter adventures.

(Article Updated December 11, 2017 for things to do in Pennsylvania in January 2018)

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 6-13

The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on January 6. 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, visit the Farm Show’s website.

Closing of the National Christmas Center in Lancaster County – January 7

Things to do in PA in January: National Christmas Center

The National Christmas Center will be closing on January 7.

After 19 years, the National Christmas Center in Lancaster County will be closing its doors for good on Sunday, January 7. This Christmas museum (which I reviewed here), showcases holiday displays from decades past.

Take a stroll through their collection of vintage Christmas decorations and be transported back to the holiday seasons of your childhood.

For more information about visiting, check out their website.

January Ice Jam in Butler – January 12-13

Now in its 20th 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

Fire and Ice Festival in Somerset – January 12-14

The 23nd 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 14-26

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 120 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.

World of Wheels in Pittsburgh – January 19-21

The 57th Annual World of Wheels will be returning to Pittsburgh this January. This three-day event will showcase some of the top custom cars in the world. In addition to the chance to see these beautiful automobiles, the event features celebrity appearances, vendors, and much more.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Frozen Waterfall Photography Workshop at Ricketts Glen State Park – January 20 or January 21

Things to do in Pennsylvania in January: Photography Workshop

Join me for a Frozen Waterfall Photography Workshop at Ricketts Glen State Park (Photo used courtesy of Valley to Summit)

Join me this January for a Frozen Waterfall Photography Workshop at Ricketts Glen State Park. I’ve partnered with ice-hiking experts Valley to Summit to bring you one of the most unique photography workshops available.

Valley to Summit will provide an experienced ice-hiking guide and all the winter hiking equipment we need to explore this icy wonderland. See an area that’s normally all-but inaccessible to the public this time of year and learn more about shooting waterfalls at the same time.

For more information and to book for one of the two dates, visit Valley to Summit’s website. You can also read more here about my experience winter hiking at Ricketts Glen.

Philadelphia Auto Show in Philly – January 27-February 4

The Philadelphia Auto Show will once again be held in Philly in late January and early February. First held in 1902, the Philadelphia Auto Show is one of the largest car shows in the country. Browse 700,000 square feet of exhibitions and explore both the newest available cars, as well as classic automobiles.

For more information, visit the show’s website.

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

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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10 Great Things to do in Pennsylvania in January

AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

Jim Cheney is the creator of Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited all 67 counties in the state. Jim has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.


  • Pat Lane

    Ice Tobaggon Run in Eaglesmere, PA YOu may have already done that.

  • Susan O'Neil

    Lebanon Bologna Festival Jan.26-27

  • Linda Lawler

    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 And, no, I don’t work for them and am not getting paid to write this.

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