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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Family Winter Fun in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Get ready for the 1st annual Portsmouth Fire & Ice Festival from Thursday evening, February 13 through Monday, February 17, 2014.  

The Fire & Ice Festival celebrates Valentine's Day, Presidents Day Weekend and winter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with festivities coordinated by members of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.

Building on the Ice Fest that the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. restaurant has held on weekend evenings in mid-February for the last three years, the new city-wide Festival incorporates day-time fun for families, special programs and offers in stores, restaurants and performing arts spaces and evening entertainment. 

Portsmouth Gas Light Co. hosts its Fire & Ice Fest on Friday through Sunday evenings, with three ice bars, fire pits, ice luges, wood fire-grilled food and ice sculptures. 

Strawbery Banke Museum will host a hearth-cooking workshop and dinner on Friday; Winter Night in Pitt Tavern on Saturday; and dog sled rides on Sunday. 

New Hampshire Public Television will be screening films at Seacoast Repertory Theater selected to promote their group tour to Iceland in June 2014 with Willem Lange, while the Players Ring will be showcasing performances by Patrick Dorow Productions. The Discover Portsmouth Center continues its “Flowers of Winter” exhibit with a special program at 11am Saturday morning. It all kicks off at the Port Inn Opening Night Party Thursday, February 13.

“The 1st Annual Portsmouth Fire & Ice Festival is a direct outgrowth of the collaborative brainstorming that took place among the businesses who rely on the tourism dollars that contribute so much to the community,” said Valerie Rochon, Tourism Manager for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. “Fire & Ice builds on events that were already happening in the city to give couples and families an additional reason to make Portsmouth their Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend holiday getaway.”

 For more information about top events in New Hampshire take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in New Hampshire.