Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival returns for its 23rd year starting Friday with the carving of an ice sculpture at the Meet Group in Union Square in New Hope at 1 p.m., and another at the Lambertville Academy at 4 p.m.
Pre-carved and additional live ice sculptures are scheduled throughout the week.
On, Saturday, Jan. 18, the Revolutionary Pub Crawl kicks off at 12:30 p.m., with revelers led by a fife and drum corps over the bridge from Lambertville into New Hope. Participants will visit four pubs, enjoying drinks, light fare and a theatrical presentation from historical re-enactors.
The merriment continues at an after-party featuring live music at Havana in New Hope and a special dance performance by the Roxey Ballet.
Also on Jan. 18 is an Oldies Dance Night from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Event Center by Cornerstone (Eagle Firehouse) in New Hope. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Earlier in the day, Music Mountain Theatre in Lambertville hosts a children’s event featuring a special stage production of “Frozen Jr.,” along with a Mad Science Slime Booth, Glitter Tattoo Booth, and special “Frozen” photo booth.
New this year is the Soup-A-Thon Cook-Off on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Lambertville House from 1 to 4 p.m. Local chefs have brought their best soup, chowder, bisque or stew for guests to taste and judge. The event also features live music, free drinks, and a photo booth.
Also new this year is “Amigos, Amigos, Amigos,” a warm weather-themed event on Jan. 22 in the recreated Mexican village of “Santa Poco” at Karla’s Restaurant in New Hope. Dress the part, brush up on “Three Amigos” trivia to win prizes, and be ready for some fabulous Mexican food, advise organizers.
On Jan 23, Taste of Winter Fest will be held at the Inn at Lambertville Station. The event features sampling tables of food from over 18 local restaurants, along with strolling magic by Ran’ D Shine and music by Russell Norkevich.
This year’s Winter Festival Concert at New Hope Winery is “Come Together – Abbey Road Live,” on Friday evening, Jan. 24, featuring a band of musicians and very special guests playing the “Abbey Road” album in its entirety.
New Hope Park & Recreation will host its “A Cappella Extravaganza” on Jan. 25, with area colleges competing to win cash prizes, and New Hope-Solebury High School performers will sing during intermission.
And on Sunday, Jan. 26, Triumph Brewing Company in New Hope hosts the spicy hot Chili Cook-Off competition, featuring chili created by local restaurants and accompanied by local beers.
Visit Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival online to order tickets and get all the details about these events and others, like the Winter Walking Food and Shop Tour, the Magical Musical Pub Crawl, the Beef ‘n Brew at Triumph Brewing Company, and many others.