Weekend Easy in Cumberland Valley this winter, and find plenty of inexpensive activities to keep you warm and cozy. Our scenic valley is picture-perfect year-round, our walkable downtowns offer plenty of shops and restaurants, and our event calendar is full of fun.

Carlisle Ice Art Festival

1. Attend An Event

There are plenty of free and low-cost events year-round in Cumberland Valley. This winter, keep an eye out for Carlisle's Wonderland Weekend. This special weekend is full of merriment and cheer, featuring visits from Santa, a parade, holiday performing arts, and special shopping events.

Celebrate New Year's Eve at several locations along the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail.

You won't want to miss Carlisle's Ice Arts Fest in February. This annual event features ice sculptures, art demonstrations, and carriage rides.

CV Rail Trail-52

2. Enjoy the Scenery

If you don't mind the cold, winter is still a great time to hike in Cumberland Valley (with precautions). The foliage clears away to reveal undistracted views of the Valley.

Even if you don't love the cold, you'll want to wander out after a fresh snowfall to enjoy the peaceful sight. Below are a few suggestions for picture-perfect post-snow locations.

Couple At A Table At Molly Pitcher Brewing Company In The Cumberland Valley

3. Tap, Tour & Try a Pint

With more than 25 breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries, the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail will delight you with its variety of local craft beverages. Sign up for our free digital Cumberland Valley Beer Trail passport to begin your journey and check-in at participating locations to win prizes.

Talking Breads

4. Find Culinary Delights

Pennsylvania's culinary trails highlight the role that food and agriculture play in the state's history, economy, and culture. Several Cumberland Valley locations are listed on each trail. Whether you're hosting a fancy dinner party, an indoor picnic, or serving up a mini charcuterie board, incorporate these culinary delights into your planning.

Kids Playing Table Hockey At The Carlisle Sports Emporium

5. Play a Game

Challenge your friends to some friendly indoor competition this winter. Play arcade games, laser tag, or try the indoor go-karts at the Carlisle Sports Emporium. Watch a game, play arcade games, and bowl at The Coliseum Megaplex. Dave & Buster's is a crowd favorite. It features a large arcade and is located inside a mall, which is perfect for window shopping. Mini-golf indoors and follow up with a few rounds of bowling at Trindle Bowl. Try ax throwing at Midway Bowling.

Cafes & Coffee Shops

6. Grab a Cup

Grab a warm cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at a local coffee shop, and people or snow-watch from the windows. On a warmer day, get your coffee to-go and stroll the streets of our walkable downtowns. Don't forget to indulge in a delicious pastry to accompany your coffee. Click here for more information about the 2024 Coffee & Chocolate Trail which runs from February through Memorial Day. 

Mannequins At The Fashion Archives & Museum In The Cumberland Valley

7. Uncover Local History

Cumberland Valley served as the Great Road West, and the people that traveled through left their mark on the Valley through their interests. Find a quirky and unexpected blend of by-donation museums covering the Cumberland Valley Railroad, Roll Royce & Bentley motor cars, fashion through the ages, fly fishing, and more. Or, download a free self-guided tour and explore our communities by foot or car.

The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center is a not-to-be-missed, free location offering an indoor museum with interactive exhibits and a one-mile, outdoor trail featuring full-sized exhibits.

The Front Entrance Of The Carlisle Theatre

8. Take in the Arts

Looking for something a little different? Catch a foreign or independent film at the art-deco Carlisle Theater or learn how to swing dance at The Green Door.

The Playhouse at Allenberry is run by the local theatre group Keystone Theatrics. Or head to the recently-renovated West Shore Theatre in New Cumberland, where you'll find a lineup of movies, theatrical performances, and musical entertainment.

Cumberland Valley's higher education facilities offer free or low-cost visual and performing arts experiences year-round. Some of the exhibits are created by students, while others are fine-art displays from notable artists. View the Events tab of each performing arts gallery to see upcoming shows.