Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Fire and Ice Winterfest in Lava Hot Springs

Beat the winter blues! Come for a very fun weekend in the lovely small town of Lava Hot Springs, about two hours north of Salt Lake City.

The town is renowned for it's natural hot springs (hence the name "Lava Hot Springs") but there are some pretty chilly events at this festival as well! Taking place the first weekend in February: 1-3, 2013.

The zaniest event is probably the Polar Bear Float - Jump into the freezing water dressed in your craziest costume, and float down the river on an inner tube!  In the past, costumes like the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and members from the infamous band KISS have made appearances floating down the Portneuf. Join in the jump for a chance to win prizes and maybe international fame!
The Polar Bear Float takes place on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Another fun event taking place on Saturday is the torchlight parade. Watch daredevils ski down the L Mountain with torches in hand, creating a beautiful trail of traveling light. This is best viewed from Main Street and Center (Shawn's Market) about 6 p.m. Then join in the ceremonies by lighting up the night with floating sky lanterns. Lanterns will be sold at Lava Java (202 E. Main Street) with the mass launch at approximately 6:15 p.m. Purchase a lantern and join in for one of the dazzling traditions of the festival.

On Sunday morning, watch or participate in another zany event, the running of the bulls. Starting at 11 a.m., this is a foot race (for humans) from one set of hot springs, at the Lava Hot Springs Inn, to the other end of town, where participants jump into another set of steaming pools at Lava's World Famous Hot Pools. Watch or join in this hilarious race, where everyone is wearing flip flops and bathing suits!

Get more information and a full schedule of events at the Fire and Ice Winterfest website.

Check out bed and breakfast lodging in Lava Hot Springs and the surrounding area.

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