Getting off chairlift

Lovely Things To Do in the Poconos in January This Winter

For the ideal way to start the new year, plan an escape to the Pocono Mountains. You’ll find plenty of exciting things to do in the Poconos in January, from smooth ice rinks to snow-covered ski areas; the enjoyment is never-ending. Delight yourself with memorable moments, twinkling lights, and magnificent mountain views for the ideal Pennsylvania vacation. To discover all the best things the Pocono Mountains have to offer, request access to our free Vacation Guide and prepare for an unforgettable winter getaway.

As January blankets the Pocono Mountains in a beautiful layer of snow, a winter wonderland emerges, beckoning adventurers and relaxation seekers alike. See why planning a vacation to the Poconos in January is a delightful escape, filled with enchanting activities and unique experiences.

These Are the Best Things To Do in the Poconos in January

1. Ice Skating

Due to our relaxed and snowy winters, ice skating is one of the best things to do in the Poconos in January! Glide gracefully across frozen ponds or professionally maintained rinks. Seasoned skaters and beginners alike love skating here because, during the winter months, lakes in the area become ice rinks. When this happens, visit Promised Land State Park or Hickory Run State Park for a one-of-a-kind ice-skating experience in the Poconos. For an enchanting indoor experience near The French Manor, grab your ice skates, hit the ice at the Toyota SportsPlex, and try a couple of new tricks on the ice.

2. Skiing and Snowboarding

With deep snow, smooth lifts, and perfectly groomed slopes, the Pocono Mountains are ideal for skiing and snowboarding in January. No matter your skill level, you’ll find many fun and challenging slopes at the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. At 1,350 feet of elevation, this excellent ski resort boasts 125 acres of snow-covered terrain with 23 beginner to expert-level trails. The resort welcomes visitors from December through March and even features a ski and snowboard school and an incredible snow tubing park to keep visitors entertained for hours on end.

3. Snow Tubing

Try snow tubing this winter for a fun and easy way to enjoy the slopes! Perhaps the best part about snow tubing in the Poconos is that you won’t have to climb up the hill after each ride. Instead, you can hop on a ski lift and enjoy a scenic ride to the top of the mountain. The Pocono Mountains offer an exceptional variety of lanes that promise exhilarating rides and gentle cruises through the snow. Experience the thrill of speeding down snow-covered hills at one of the Poconos’ premier snow tubing parks. From family-size tubes at Blue Mountain Resort to Galactic Nights at Camelback Mountain, the Pocono Mountains promise winter fun you won’t find anywhere else. Shawnee Mountain is also renowned for its exhilarating slopes, which are suitable for all ages.

4. Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Traverse the serene winter landscapes on cross-country skis or snowshoes. The Poconos offer an array of trails, including those at Promised Land State Park, where the quiet beauty of snow-covered forests captivates every nature lover. Guests at The French Manor are invited to snowshoe on the grounds at our bed and breakfast as one of the many amenities.

5. Sleigh Rides

Embrace the magic of the season with a charming sleigh ride through the picturesque countryside. A mere 15 miles from the French Manor Inn & Spa, Mountain Creek Stables provide a magical experience, complete with jingling sleigh bells and breathtaking scenery. Sleigh rides happen after the New Year when the snow is well-packed and conditions are just right. This is a beautiful, family-friendly activity, and it is also an unforgettable romantic experience. Snuggle up and get ready to glide through a winter wonderland.

6. Winter Paintball

For an adrenaline-packed adventure, try winter paintball. Outfitted with specialized gear, participants engage in strategic battles amidst snow-covered terrain at Skirmish USA.

7. Off-Road Adventures

Explore the snow-covered Poconos from a different perspective with off-road adventures. Pocono Outdoor Adventure Tours provides thrilling excursions, allowing you to navigate snowy trails and frozen landscapes in an all-terrain vehicle.

8. Indoor Go-Cart Racing

When the winter chill sets in, take the excitement indoors with go-cart racing at places like S&S Speedway. Feel the rush of the track while staying warm and cozy.

Popular Winter Events

January in the Poconos is marked by lively events. From winter festivals celebrating the season’s magic to special performances and concerts, there’s always something happening. Watch for events like the Pocono Winter Beerfest, which offers a delightful blend of craft brews and winter fun.

Weather in the Poconos in January

Expect crisp winter temperatures in the Poconos during January. Daytime highs range from the mid-20s to low 30s Fahrenheit, while nighttime temperatures can dip into the teens. Snowfall is common, creating a breathtaking snowscape that enhances the region’s natural beauty.

What to Pack

Prepare for a winter wonderland by packing essentials such as:

  • Warm Layers: Thermal clothing, insulated jackets, and waterproof boots are necessary.
  • Winter Accessories: Pack hats, goggles, gloves, scarves, and thermal socks to stay cozy in the chilly weather.
  • Snow Gear: If you plan on engaging in winter sports, bring along snowshoes, skis, or a sled.

Other Considerations for Winter Travel

  • Road Conditions: Check road conditions before traveling and equip your vehicle with snow-appropriate tires and equipment.
  • Lodging: Opt for accommodations with winter amenities, such as fireplaces and hot tubs, for a cozy retreat after outdoor adventures. Keep reading to learn more about The French Manor Inn and Spa.

Enjoy Winter Elegance at The French Manor

The French Manor offers a selection of elegant accommodations with everything you need to experience an unforgettable winter trip to the Pocono Mountains. Comfortably situated atop Huckleberry Mountain, you’ll stay steps away from the best views in the area. In addition to an excellent location, at The French Manor, you can indulge in a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay. No matter which suite or room you choose, any visit is always remarkable when you stay at The French Manor.

Evian Suite Bath View

Check our availability and start planning your getaway to the Pocono Mountains.