Winter Fest and hockey in Concord

Concord is gearing up for a hockey tournament and a new winter festival this weekend.

CONCORD — The newly opened Hotel Concord is partnering with local businesses and organization to present a new weekend Winter Fest Friday through Sunday.

There will be indoor and outdoor events, including an ice sculpture competition, family activities, a cornhole competition, a visit from a surprise NHL player, a winter shopping stroll and warm-up stations serving hot chocolate, hot cider and s’mores throughout the weekend.

The festival is held in conjunction with the Black Pond Ice Hockey Tournament, which draws men and women’s pond hockey teams from throughout the region for a weekend of outdoor games and food truck refreshments in Concord parks, as well as the Winter Fling and Dancing with the Concord Stars, a popular night of dancing and live music to benefit New Hampshire Technical Institute student scholarships and educational programs.

Winterfest’s ice-carving demonstrations will start at 4 p.m. Friday, with a competition on Saturday at 11 a.m. A panel led by the League of NH Craftsmen will select the top three sculptures, while the Hotel Concord will award the prizes, including a People’s Choice Award.

O Steaks & Seafood, which guests can access through the Hotel Concord lobby, will be serving a variety of specialty drinks from four themed ice bars with an ice luge on the patio from 4 to 10 p.m. Prizes will be given away every 30 minutes throughout the evening. (Those wearing hockey team jerseys from the Black Pond Ice Hockey Tournament get free admission Friday night.)

Parking for events is available in the covered garage located in the Capital Commons Parking Garage, which is accessed via Storrs Street. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided between downtown and the Black Ice Hockey Tournament at White Park.

Proceeds from Winter Fest will benefit Intown Concord, League of NH Craftsmen, the White Park Skate House, the Coalition to End Homelessness, and the Friendly Kitchen.

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