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NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend

NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend

NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend

January 26-28, 2024 | Haywood County

Get ready to chill out at the NC Smokies Ice Festival! January 26, 27 & 28, 2024, Haywood County will be transformed into a winter wanderland as the festival goes county-wide. Brace yourself for jaw-dropping ice sculptures, thrilling interactive ice games, and the chance to peruse local artisans’ masterpieces. But that’s not all – you can lace up your skates and glide across an ice skating rink, indulge in delicious dining specials, and snag some incredible deals while you shop. This weekend-long event is guaranteed to make your heart melt – in the best way possible!

Explore the Interactive ICE Map

Get the most out of Ice Fest Weekend with our interactive Ice Fest Map, your ultimate guide to everything happening during Ice Fest! Get ready to stay on top of all the exciting events, dining and shopping taking place during Ice Fest Weekend.


Maggie Valley Ice Festival

Saturday, January 27 | 4-9PM | Maggie Valley Festival Grounds

Join us at the Maggie Valley Ice Festival, part of the NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend! Marvel at the mesmerizing live ice carving demos as talented artists transform frozen blocks into jaw-dropping works of art. Feel the rush as you slide down the ice slide and test your skills in ice games like cornhole and ice hockey.  Looking for a souvenir to take home? Shop at local vendor tents while indulging in delicious bites from food trucks. And when you need a break, enjoy the warming tent or s’mores by the fire.

Tickets sold in advance are $5.00 (plus taxes & fees). Tickets sold day-of are $8.00 (plus taxes & fees)* 
*Cash only at the gate


Canton’s Ice Rink

January 26-28 | Have your own skates? Open all weekend 7AM-10PM, Need to rent skates? Friday, 4-8PM, Saturday & Sunday 12-4PM | Sorrell’s Street Park

Lace up your skates and get ready to glide on a glistening sheet of ice at Canton’s ice-skating rink at Sorrell’s Street Park. With the crisp air tickling your cheeks and the sound of laughter echoing all around, this rink is the perfect spot to unleash your inner ice dancer or show off your fancy spins. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a wobbly beginner, the Canton ice skating rink is the ultimate icy playground for all ages. So, grab your friends, embrace the chilly adventure, and let the good times glide! 

Ice sculptures around the rink are sponsored by: Haywood County Government, Town of Canton, Buffalo Creek Vacations and Bearwaters Brewing Company.

Free for Haywood County residents with valid ID. $5 or bring a canned food item per person (expired food not accepted) or bring a receipt of purchase from a downtown Canton business from that same day.

Downtown Waynesville’s Ice Stroll

Friday, January 26 | 5-8PM

Get ready to chill and stroll through a winter wonderland at Downtown Waynesville’s Ice Stroll! On Friday night of the NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend, Waynesville will come alive with enchanting ice sculptures lining the streets. As you wander, you will find local businesses keeping their doors open late, offering cozy treats to keep you fueled as you admire the frozen masterpieces.

Metzger’s Burl Wood Gallery

January 26-28 | Friday & Saturday 10AM-5PM | Sunday 12-4PM

Join us at Metzger’s Burl Wood Gallery for a Winter Arts Show Festival filled with Scandinavian delights! Indulge in Nordic cookies, traditional dishes like lefse and lutefisk, and sip on some glogg while enjoying live music in the cozy afternoons. Don’t miss out on this festive celebration of art and culture! The gallery will be open from 10AM-5PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 12PM-4PM on Sunday. Live music will be playing from 1PM-4PM in the afternoons.

Penguins by the Pigeon

Saturday, January 27 | 1-3PM | Canton Rec Park

Join us for Penguins on the Pigeon at Canton Recreation Park, part of the NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend! Due to the rain and high levels of the Pigeon River, The Penguin race has been moved to the Canton Rec Pool. The fun begins on Saturday from 1 to 3PM, with the penguins being released at 1:30PM sharp. You can also purchase your very own penguin on the day of the event from 12PM to 1PM. Each penguin is available for just $5 or grab five for a steal at $20.

Canton Recreation Park is the perfect spot to experience this unique spectacle. While you’re there, indulge in a hot chocolate bar and enjoy some exciting yard games that will surely keep the whole family entertained. But here’s the most exciting part: the winner of the event will receive half of the penguin sales in a thrilling 50/50 split! The remaining proceeds will be dedicated to the All-Abilities Playground.

NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend

Polar Express Model Train Expo

Saturday, January 27 | 11AM-2PM | Buffalo Creek Vacations

Get ready for some wintry fun and adventure as Buffalo Creek Vacations bring you the Polar Express featured at their Model Train Museum. From 11AM to 2PM on Saturda,  immerse yourself in the magical world of trains while enjoying the company of adorable animals such as bison, llamas, alpacas, horses and goats! But that’s not all – enjoy hot cocoa and a cozy bonfire waiting for guests to warm up and enjoy, along with a winter craft activity for the little ones. Tickets for this enchanting experience are priced at $20 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-17, and free for children 2 and under. Location: 13 Caboose Way, Clyde, NC 28721

Cataloochee Ski’s Torch Run

Saturday, January 27 | 10:30PM

Join us at Cataloochee Ski Area on Saturday, January 27th at 10:30 pm for a mesmerizing torch run extravaganza! While only our staff will participate in the lighted run/walk/parade, you can cozy up on the lodge deck or at the bottom of the slopes to witness this stunning spectacle and embrace the winter magic. Don’t miss out on this enchanting viewing experience! If you can’t attend in person, make sure to watch the torch run from the aerial view web cam.

Frosty 5K at HCC

Sunday, January 28 | 10AM-12PM

Participate in a free, family-friendly Frosty 5K walk or run on the Dahlia Ridge Trail on the campus of Haywood Community College. Start your 5K at any time between 10AM – Noon on Sunday, January 28th. This untimed event is a great way to exercise during the winter! Along the trail, there will be exciting activities to enhance your experience. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at the start line to warm you up. At each kilometer, there will be surprise stations, including a sticker door hanger and a ring toss to win candy. These activities are available while supplies last, so be sure to participate early!

Clyde’s Winter Lights

All Weekend Long

Drive through the charming town of Clyde during the NC Smokies Ice Fest weekend and be dazzled by their breathtaking winter lights. As you stroll along Carolina Blvd, you’ll be greeted by adorable snowmen and delicate snowflakes, creating a magical atmosphere you won’t want to miss.

Winter Hiking in the NC Smokies

Winter Hikes with Haywood County Rec

Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28th

Join Haywood County Recreation for an exhilarating Ice Fest Weekend Winter hike along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway. Hikes range from 3-6 miles long and offer stunning views and changes to see ice formations. More information about these hikes can be found HERE under the ice fest tab.


Scotsman Salted Butterscotch Whiskey White Russian

The Scotsman

Hours: Friday & Saturday – 12PM-12AM | Sunday – 11AM-12AM

Discover The Scotsman’s mouthwatering food and drink specials during Ice Fest weekend. Indulge your taste buds with the Ice Fest Peppermint Chip Cheesecake, a festive blend of peppermint bark and mint chip flavors. For a savory delight, savor Chef Howard’s ‘chilly’ style specialty Chili, inspired by the iconic coney island dish. The menu also features a range of ‘chilly’ specials, including the ‘Chilly’ Cheeseburger, ‘Chilly’ Mac, ‘Chilly’ Cheese Fries, and ‘Chilly’ Cups. Quench your thirst after all that chili, with the Salted Butterscotch Whiskey White Russian or warm up with the Ice Fest Rum Punch.

NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend

828 Market on Main

Hours: Friday & Saturday – 11AM-6PM | Sunday – closed

Looking for a cool and refreshing treat during Ice Fest weekend? Look no further than 828 Market on Main’s Shaved Ice Special! They’re offering a buy one, get one free deal on any size of their delicious, shaved ice. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try the “Fire and Ice” – a tantalizing blend of half blue raspberry and half strawberry flavors.


Hours: Friday, Saturday & Saturday – 11:30AM-11PM

Get ready to indulge in Sauced’s Ice Fest Weekend special, the Pork QuesaBirria! This mouthwatering creation starts with a crispy golden tortilla that’s been delicately dipped in birria consommé. Inside, you’ll find tender and flavorful pork braised in house-made adobo sauce, complemented by fragrant cilantro, grilled onions, and melty Monterey jack cheese. Served with a zesty lime wedge and a side of consommé, this quesadilla is a true flavor sensation that will leave you craving more.


Hours: Friday & Saturday – 4-9PM | Sunday – closed

Join us at Amici’s Italian Restaurant for Ice Fest Weekend and experience a winter wonderland of flavor with their specialty cocktails! Get ready to be blown away by the Smoking Cinnamon Jack, a fiery and unforgettable drink that will warm you up in no time. And for those with a sweet tooth, indulge in Santa’s White Chocolate Mint Wonderland. It’s like a sip of winter joy in every glass! Don’t miss out on these limited-time creations – come raise a glass and let the festivities begin at Amici’s!

Blue Ridge Beer Hub

Hours: Friday & Saturday – 11AM-10PM | Sunday – 12PM-7PM

Join us at Blue Ridge Beer Hub for a Winter Tap Takeover! As part of the NC Smokies Ice Fest, they’re bringing you the best of the best when it comes to winter brews. Get ready to warm up with a lineup of rich and bold Imperial stouts, hearty Barleywines, and flavorful Winter Ales. From velvety chocolate notes to toasty caramel flavors, there’s something to satisfy every beer lover’s taste buds. So, grab your friends, bundle up, and sip your way through a weekend-long celebration of winter brews.

Organic Beans Coffee


Get ready to chill at Organic Beans Coffee as we celebrate the Ice Festival with special ice-cold drinks that will make your taste buds dance! Show your festival ticket and enjoy a delightful 10% discount, while also unleashing your creativity by decorating snowmen and snowflakes cookies. Plus, support local artisans and find unique treasures like painted winter rocks and necklaces for sale.

Frankie’s Italian Trattoria

Hours: Friday – 3-9PM | Saturday – 1-9PM | Sunday –Closed

Step into Frankie’s Italian Trattoria during Ice Fest Weekend and warm up with their amazing drink specials! First up is the enchanting Snowy Sambuca martini, made with Tito’s vodka, anisette liquor, and sambuca. Garnished with three espresso beans, this delightful concoction is the perfect blend of sophistication and winter wonderland vibes. But that’s not all! They are also serving up the mesmerizing Frosted Coconut cocktail. This vibrant blue drink is a tropical escape in a glass, featuring Bacardi rum, cream of coconut, blue curaçao, and pineapple juice. And to add an extra touch of whimsy, it’s garnished with a golden toasted marshmallow on top. So head on over and raise a glass to good times and unforgettable flavors during Ice Fest Weekend



Enjoy half off of Junaluska Gifts & Grounds’ Frosty’s Mint Mocha and the entire Limited Edition Frosty drink menu including Frosty’s Mint Hot Chocolate and Frosty’s Mint Frozen Blended during NC Smokies Ice Festival weekend. Savor your frosted mint treat while exploring our gift and coffee shop’s unique items including jewelry, local pottery, greeting cards and more. Or warm up with a brisk walk on Lake Junaluska’s paved walking trail just outside the shop before venturing on to more ice festival fun.

Boojum Brewing Company

Hours: Friday 4PM-12AM | Saturday 11:30AM – 12AM

Get ready for a winter wonderland at Boojum Brewing during the NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend! Join us starting at 4PM on Friday and continuing through Saturday night for some cool and tasty specials that will be sure to warm you up. For drinks, they have Hot Chocolate available in both regular and spiked versions, perfect for sipping on a chilly evening. The Winter Old Fashioned Cocktail is a must-try, featuring snowflake ice cubes for an extra touch of frosty fun. And if you’re a beer lover, they’ll be experimenting with different flavors to make a special Ice Fest Stout. When it comes to food, they have a delicious line-up for you. Indulge in the Braised Short Ribs served with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes, pan-roasted green beans, and cornbread. And for dessert, treat yourself to the Bread Pudding, topped with Nightfall Stout caramel sauce and served with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. It’s the ultimate sweet ending to your Ice Fest experience!

J Arthur’s Restaurant

HOURS: FRIDAY – Sunday  –  4 PM-8 PM

You don’t want to miss J Arthur’s special drink for Ice Fest Weekend. The Winter Ice Martini is a delicious blend of Vanilla Vodka, Rumchata Sugar, rimed and fresh Raspberries. J Arthur’s is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business established in 1986. We specialize in prime rib, steaks, and seafood and are committed to our principles of integrity, great hospitality, and excellent food and service.

Bearwaters Brewing (Canton, Maggie Valley, Hazelwood)

Hours: Normal Business Hours

Bearwaters brewing is offering a special local beer for the NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend.  Stop by and get toasty with our Ice Fest Winter Warmer Beer. Enjoy this delicious blend of winter spices for a limited time. Visit their website for each locations and hours.

Grateful Table


Come dine at Grateful Table in Canton, NC during at NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend! Enjoy your frosty adventure with a 10% discount on all food and drinks all weekend long. The Grateful Table is your go-to destination for heartwarming and belly-filling delights. From delicious smoothies to savory sandwiches, there’s something for everyone to savor during this festival weekend. Come and let the warmth of good food and great company melt away your winter blues. See you at the table!

Valley Cigar & Wine Co.

Hours: Friday – 11AM-7PM | Saturday – 11AM-7PM | Sunday –1-7PM

Be sure to stop by Valley Cigar & Wine during Ice Fest Weekend to get toasty with one of their signature winter drinks like the Toasted Lumberjack, Cataloochee Snowcream, Winter White Cosmo and many more!


Cabbage Rose Gift Shop

HOURS: FRIDAY–10AM-5:PM | Saturday–10:00AM-8PM | SUNDAY–10AM-5:PM

Cabbage Rose Gift Shop in Maggie Valley is going all out for Ice Fest! We’re decking out the shop with beautiful snowflakes and white lights. We’ve got some exciting stuff lined up for you too – We will be selling light-up wands, headbands, and other fun items that’ll add a magical touch to your evening, for Children and Adults. We’re even encouraging everyone to dress up in light-up outfits to make the night even more enchanting. And here’s the icing on the cake: If you mention ‘IceFest’ when you’re shopping, we’ll knock an extra 10% off your purchases!

Hazelwood Soap Company

Hazelwood Soap Company

HOURS: FRIDAY – 10AM-5:30PM | Saturday – 9:30AM-5PM | SUNDAY – CLOSED

Journey beyond the ephemeral beauty of ice and discover the timeless allure of handcrafted soap and other beauty products at Hazelwood Soap Company. Proudly made in the heart of Waynesville, NC, their festive holiday aromas are sure to enchant your senses and elevate your festive spirit. Uncover the secret behind the ultimate holiday gift, one that promises delight for you and your loved ones. Customers can mention the keyword Snow Flake at checkout and enjoy an exclusive 10% discount all Ice Festival Weekend long. Join Hazelwood Soap Company and feel the magic first-hand. Customers can also inquire about how their magic elves can print custom labels on the soaps and lotions.

Pigeon River Mercantile

Pigeon River Mercantile


Get ready to skate through the chilly winter with Pigeon River Mercantile at Ice Fest Weekend! They have teamed up with Farm to Feet to bring you the coziest socks made right here in NC. Don’t miss out on their amazing offer – buy 3 pairs of these high-quality socks and get the 4th pair free, all weekend long! Stay warm and stylish as you enjoy all the icy festivities at Ice Fest Weekend.

Willow Hill Soap Company

Willow Hill Soap Company


Get ready to scrub away those winter blues with Willow Hill Soap Company’s special Willow Winter scrub! During Ice Festival Weekend, they‘re offering a cool 10% off this amazing scrub that will leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. With a soap-based formula, they effectively cleanse away dirt and oils, while the gentle sugar exfoliates away dead skin cells, revealing a brighter, softer, and smoother complexion. So come on down to Willow Hill Soap Company and stock up on our Willow Winter scrub at a discounted price. Trust us, your skin will thank you!  

Soul Sisters


It’s time to chill out and get your boho groove on at Soul Sisters Depot during Ice Fest Weekend! Soul Sisters Boutique is your one-stop-shop for all things bohemian and beautiful. From stunning jewelry that will make your heart skip a beat to dreamy clothing that will have you twirling in delight, they’ve got it all and more! So mark your calendars, gather your besties, and come join us for a weekend of icy fun at Soul Sisters Boutique! Don’t forget to mention ‘Ice Fest’ to unlock your exclusive 10% discount and treat yourself to some boho bliss.

Geek Mountain


During Ice Fest Weekend,  Geek Mountain will be offering an icy cool deal just for you – 10% off your purchase! Geek Mountain has everything you need to embrace your inner geek, from art and apparel to gifts and collectibles. And the best part? They support other small businesses, independent authors/artists, and craftspeople by selling their amazing art, books, and products. So whether you’re a comic book enthusiast, a sci-fi fanatic, a gaming guru, or just someone who loves all things geeky, Geek Mountain is your ultimate destination.

Winchester Creek Farm


Warm up during the NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend with Winchester Creek Farm’s super soft and very warm Alpaca Fiber winter wear. Beautiful hats, mittens, scarves, socks and even throws all made from Alpaca fiber available in the gift shop. They even have plush animals made from alpaca fiber, plus so many other gift items, gourmet foods, cheeses, and farm fresh eggs. You can also book a 45 minute guided farm tour to meet and interact with adorable alpacas and mini farm animals. Farm Tour Tickets need to be purchased online on the website in advance of your tour. If you mention the word ‘Olaf’ during Ice Fest Weekend, January 26th-28th, while you’re shopping you’ll receive a 10% discount on your entire purchase. Every farm tour guest will also receive a free Alpaca stamper and sticker following their tour. 

SUndarah Wellness

HOURS: Monday-Saturday – 10AM-6 PM | SUNDAY –10AM-4 PM

Embrace your inner chill with 10% off ALL services  at Sundarah Wellness! Browse our spa services and book a moment of winter bliss at our Creekside Maggie Valley or Downtown Waynesville location. Melt away tension with our indulgent Hot Stone Massage or let the magic unfold with our Winter Revival Facial. Treat yourself to a wonderful wellness experience – because you deserve a touch of warmth and well-being.

Book your visit online or call (828) 944-0288!

The Yoga & Bodywork Collective


Warm Vinyasa Flow

Come warm up with Cydney! Experience a heated vinyasa flow class  that combines controlled breathing with seamless movement for a dynamic workout. The warm studio adds flexibility and balance to your practice as you move through a series of yoga poses.

Book Online Today!


NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend

Andon Reid Inn B&B

Looking for a cool and cozy winter getaway? Andon Reid Inn Bed & Breakfast in Waynesville has you covered! This package includes a two-night stay on Friday and Saturday nights, complete with a hot chocolate station in your room and ice-themed afternoon snacks in the guest lounge. Plus, you’ll get tickets to the exciting Ice Festival event! Just use the promo code MVIceFest24 when booking online or call 828-452-3089. Don’t miss out on this frosty adventure – book your Ice Fest Weekend Package today!


NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend

Bella Mountain Properties

Offer: Free Maggie Valley Ice Festival passes to those who stay at our two cabins Jan 26-28th. Also. since I am a glass artist, I will provide my guest with a special handmade glass item take home. Also offering glass making classes.



NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend

Buffalo Creek Vacations

Buffalo Creek Vacations is excited to offer an incredible event and lodging special for the NC Smokies Ice Fest weekend! Get ready for a weekend full of fun and adventure as they bring you the Polar Express featured at their Model Train Museum. From 11AM to 2PM on Saturday, you can immerse yourself in the magical world of trains while enjoying the company of adorable animals such as bison, llamas, alpacas, horses, goats, and even a turkey! But that’s not all – there will be hot cocoa and a cozy bonfire waiting for guests to warm up and enjoy, along with a winter craft activity for the little ones. Tickets for this enchanting experience are priced at $20 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-17, and free for children 2 and under.

If you’re looking for a place to stay during Ice Fest Weekend, Buffalo Creek Vacations is offering a special discount on their cabins and cabooses. Just mention the code ICE24 when booking to take advantage of this fantastic offer. For more information and to book your stay, visit or give them a call at 828-550-0960.


NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend

Country Cabins

Country Cabins in Maggie Valley is here to make your winter getaway one to remember. Imagine the thrill of sledding down a large, sloped yard, with complimentary sleds at your disposal. Let the laughter and pure joy of your kids fill the crisp mountain air as they race down the hill. And what’s better than warming up by a crackling fire pit, roasting marshmallows and savoring the deliciousness of s’mores? After a day of icy adventures, unwind and relax in your very own private hot tub. Talk about the perfect end to a thrilling day at the NC Smokies Ice Fest. Book your stay today at one of 5 cozy cabins at or give them call at 828-926-0612. Winter memories await!


Lake Junaluska Swan at lake Junaluska

Offer: Lake Junaluska’s NC Smokies Ice Festival Lodging Package includes:-Two (2) nights lodging at The Terrace Hotel-Hot breakfast at The Terrace Hotel Dining Room Enjoy two nights at Lake Junaluska’s Terrace Hotel, hot breakfasts with scenic mountain views, and a perfect location minutes from all Ice Festival events! Warm up by the fireplace in our hotel lobby after venturing out to see beautiful ice sculptures, play interactive games, try ice skating, connect with local artisans, and savor unique Ice Festival dining and shopping specials. Guests can also pick up a hot chocolate, their favorite latte or a frosty mint mocha (on special for the festival!) just steps from the hotel at Junaluska Gifts & Grounds. PRICING INFORMATION: Ice Festival Lodging Packages start at $129/night plus tax with a two-night minimum stay. BOOK NOW

NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend

The Yellow House

Offer: Ice Festival Package – will include special weekend lodging rate for Friday and Saturday night stay, Ice Festival Tickets, and nighttime hot Chocolate + dessert bar

Looking for a winter getaway you won’t forget? Look no further than The Yellow House Bed & Breakfast in Waynesville! Enjoy a special weekend lodging rate as a part of their Ice Fest Weekend Package for a cozy Friday and Saturday night stay. But that’s not all – you’ll also get tickets to the incredible Ice Festival, where you can marvel at stunning ice sculptures and enjoy all the frosty festivities. And to top it all off, indulge in a delicious nighttime hot chocolate and dessert bar. It’s the perfect way to warm up after a day of icy adventures. Don’t miss out – book your winter wonderland escape now at or by calling 828-452-0991. Winter has never been this cool!


Carolina Morning Vacation Rentals

Offer: Enter promo code ‘ICEFEST2024’ for $50 off any of our rentals if booked before the end of January 2024. This offer must be redeemed directly on Carolina Mornings, cannot be combined with other promos and must be redeemed at time of checkout. 



Serene Green (Rental Cabin)

Offer:Book directly and receive 10% off of the nightly rate. Apply code: ICEFEST24SG

Discover the allure of “Serene Green” cabin in Maggie Valley, NC, your ideal retreat for Ice Fest 2024. Nestled amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains, this spacious cabin offers a perfect blend of charm and modern comfort. Relax in the hot tub, unwind by the fireplace, and revel in the proximity to ski slopes, snow tubing, and ice fest location —just 10 or less minutes away. Your ultimate winter escape awaits at Serene Green. Book now for an unforgettable Ice Fest experience!


Maggie Mountain Vacations

Maggie Mountain Vacations

Maggie Mountain Vacations is Maggie Valley’s premier vacation rental and property management company, offering a variety of vacation cabin, condo and home rentals in Maggie Valley and surrounding areas.

Offer:  10% discount (up to $50) off the base rent for your Ice Fest stay if you book for 1/25 through 1/28/24.  Minimum 2-night booking required.  Discount applies when calling Maggie Mountain Vacations directly 828-926-4270 to book, anytime Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm with code ICEMMV2024 .


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