Worldwide winter festival and event travel tips

The following worldwide sites cover events and festivals of every description; included are ice, snow, music, arts, children, county, state and regional fairs, offering a perfect compliment to any trip.

  • Anchorage, AK - Annual Fur Rendezvous
  • Asahikawa Winter Festival, Japan - Annual event featuring Food, Ice Sculpture, Hands-on Activities and more.
  • Aspen Wintersköl - Colorado's annual charity celebration includes discounts and freebies, slogan contest, snow sculpture competition, historical entertainment performance, teem conservatory cabaret production and much more.
  • Breckenridge, CO Ullr Fest - Live music, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, Ullr Helmet making, S’mores, frying pan toss, group ski racing and ski boot relay, Wild and Scenic Film, town-wide talent show, parade, bonfire and pond hockey tournament.
  • Budapest, Hungary - International Circus Festival
  • Burlington, VT - Annual Winter Festival including snow carving competitions and various family events.
  • Carnaval de Québec, Canada - Annual Winter Carnival featuring dancing, snowmobile and canoe racing, parades and the International Snow Sculpture competition.
  • Calgary, Alberta - Annual Winter Festival featuring music, entertainment and sports competitions, children's activities, a carnival, a dance and much more.
  • Cedarburg, WI - Annual Winter Festival including ice carving contest, hay wagon tours, chili contests, grand parade, races, family skating, Malamute dog weight-pull competition, Yukigassen - Snow Battle and much more.
  • Chicoutimi, Quebec - Les Hivernades de Chicoutimi, including family activities, dance, music, arts exhibitions, snowmobile and ATV activity, outdoor amusement area (inflatable games, a skating oval, mini-putt, dogsledding, horseback riding) and more. 
  • Christmas, MI - Year-round Christmas celebration
  • Cody, WY - Annual Cody Ice Climbing Festival
  • Edinburgh's, Hogmanay (Scotland) - Including: street party, concert in the gardens and torchlight procession, the keilidh, loony dook and candelit concert and more.
  • Edmonton, Alberta - Annual Ice on Whyte Festival with ice and snow carving exhibits, interactive children's area, giant ice slide, games, ice carving lessons, live music, fashion, food, hot beverages and culturally themed days.
  • Flagstaff, AZ annual Winterfest - Snowman contest, figure skating film and exhibition, Snowbowl history "Fireside Chat", Snowbowl Snowdown evening with music and speakers, annual uphill race, downtown Flagstaff Ski & Snowboard Festival, cowboy campfire and more.
  • Grand Haven, MI - Great Lakes Kite Festival
  • Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, China - Ice and snow carnival, international ice sculptures competitions, ice lantern show, sliding, ice-sailing, sledging, ice hockey, ice football, speed skating, cross-field skiing and Alpine skiing competitions, fishing, swimming, ice and snow film art show, painting exhibition, calligraphy display, photo exhibition, folk song and dance performances and many other events.
  • IceAlaska - Annual month-long ice art competition and exhibition involving over 70 teams from all over the world; and featuring an ice carving competition as well as family fun hands-on learning activities.
  • Ice Magic Festival, Banff Lake Louise, Canada - Annual month-long festival featuring an ice carving competition as well as family fun hands-on learning activities.
  • Ice Sculpture festival, Jelgava, Latvia - Annual festival featuring themed ice sculptures, musical performances, fireworks, children's events, snowboard competition and more.
  • Laurentides, Quebec - Festi-Vent sur glace
  • Leavenworth WA - Annual Bavarian Ice Fest and Christmas Lighting Festivals.
  • London Ice scultpting Festival, UK - Annual event including Big Block, Single Block and Freestyle ice sculpting competitions.
  • Minneaopolis, MN - A Listing of MN fairs & festivals
  • Minneaopolis, MN - Annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival
  • Montréal, Quebec - The Montréal High Lights Festival
  • Montreal, Quebec - Parc Jean-Drapeau La Fete des Neiges offering more than 25 activities.
  • Nashville, TN - Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas
  • Niagra Falls, Canada - Winter Festival of Lights
  • Ottawa, Ontario - Winterlude offering skating, ice sculpture competitions, culinary events, arts & culture, a bed race, triathilon and science and Tech exhibits.
  • Ouray Ice Park, CO - Ice Festival features exhibition climbing, free clinics, seminars, slide shows, and gear demos.
  • Park City, Utah - Sundance Film Festival
  • Plymouth Winter Fest, Detroit, USA - Annual event featuring a carving competition, interactive ice sculpture opportunities, live entertainment, cross-country skiing, warming tent, food, games and more.
  • Pohénégamook, Quebec - Haut en Couleurs
  • Quebec City, Quebec - Annual Carnaval de Quebec
  • Quebec Original - A listing and description of many festivals throughout the year in Quebec, CANADA.
  • Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec - Fête d'hiver de Rouyn-Noranda
  • Saint-Côme, Quebec - Festival St-Côme en glace
  • Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan - Annual festival features snow statues and ice sculptures.
  • Saranac Lake, NY - Annual Winter Carnival that includes sports, dances, performances, two parades and two sets of spectacular fireworks above the world-famous Ice Palace.
  • Snow & Ice Sculpture Festival Bruges, Belgium - Annual Winter Carnival - Mid November through February
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - Bon Soo Festival, a celebration of wines from around the world featuring a choice selection of delectable appetizers and live entertainment at the Bushplane Museum.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota - Annual Winter Carnival
  • Stowe, VT - Annual Winter Carnival featuring sports events, Ice Carving Competitions, movies, Kids Carnival Kaos, Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball tournaments.
  • - 7 family-friendly winter festivals and ski resorts presented in an article by Peter Greenberg
  • Tuscon, AZ - Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival
  • Valcourt, Quebec - Valcourt Winter Carnival
  • Vernon, British Columbia - Annual Winter Carnival
  • Western Fairs Association - Find many kinds of county, state, and regional fair in the U.S. and Canada
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba - Annual Festival du Voyageur includes stories of travelers, Metis and First Nations, traditional music & food, snow sculptures and performances.

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