Things to Do During the Winter in Cumberland Valley

Don't stay hidden inside this winter! We found the best outdoor attractions, performing arts venues and shopping hotspots that will keep you exploring Cumberland Valley well into the chilly months.

Outdoor Adventure

Those seeking winter adventure can slide down the mountain on skis, a snowboard or an inner tube. If you are looking for a more relaxing winter sport, that still gets you outside, try cross-country skiing, ice skating or hiking at our scenic parks.

Arts & Culture

Head indoors this winter and enjoy a musical performance, speaker, film or children's performance at performing arts venues in Cumberland Valley.  

  • Take in a variety of shows and performances at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center in Shippensburg.
  • The historic art deco Carlisle Theatre hosts musical acts, live theatrical productions, and independent, foreign, first-run and award-winning films.

If you want to spend some time outside, but aren't interested in winter sports, Downtown Carlisle hosts a number of events during the winter months including Wonderland Weekend (first weekend in December), First Night Carlisle on New Year's Eve, and Ice Art Fest in February. Stroll around town and participate in a number of fun activities during these family-friendly events.

Shopping Hotspots

The Valley's assortment of funky gift shops, art galleries and handcrafted Made in Cumberland Valley goodies make shopping easy and fun.  

Make it a Weekend

Plan to make a winter getaway out of the suggestions listed above. Our lodging choices range from downtown hotels to charming bed and breakfasts. Find all your lodging options. Also, plan for a cozy meal or two with the collection of eclectic dining choices throughout Cumberland Valley or make a few stops along our Cumberland Valley Beer Trail.