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10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in January

Whether you’re done with holiday events or want to keep the season rolling, 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.

(Article Updated December 12, 2023, for things to do in Pennsylvania in January 2024)

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

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

The 108th 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, check out our full guide with tips for visiting the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Fire and Ice Festival in Somerset – January 12-14

The 29th 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.

Pittsburgh Winter Restaurant Week – January 15-21

Dining in Market Square in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Winter Restaurant Week will return this January.

Pittsburgh 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.

Auto Mania in Allentown – January 19-21

Auto Mania returns to the Allentown Fairgrounds this month.

The state’s largest indoor automotive flea market, this is a fantastic spot for those who 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 gearhead.

Find out more about the event on its website.

Center City Restaurant Week in Philadelphia – January 21-February 3

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 second half 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.

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.

Philadelphia Tattoo Convention in Philly – January 26-28

Love tattoos? You won’t want to miss the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention being held this January at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

During this three-day event, dozens of tattoo artists from around the country will be in attendance offering the chance to get some great new ink without leaving the city. In addition to getting a tattoo, the festival will also feature demonstrations, contests, and seminars.

There will also be a ton of unique entertainment including sideshows, burlesque shows, and more.

Find out everything you need to know on the convention’s website

Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm – Select Dates through January 27

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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5 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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