Top 5: Winter Festivals in the United States

by Anne Flannery

Nov 26, 2018

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Top 5 / North America

Winter in North America can get long. It drags out and, after the New Year celebrations end, doldrums set in and make things pretty difficult to handle. That’s why it is important to keep some winter festivals on your calendar in case a cheap flight pops up or you are within driving distance of something, anything to lift the mood. Here are five you might want to give a whirl.

St Paul Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minnesota

Run on up to St. Paul for its annual winter festival, going on since 1886! This festival is complete with legends and classic Minnesotan hospitality. It runs Jan. 24–Feb. 3, 2019.

The Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, Colorado Celebrate the Norse god with fire and beer at the Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, Colorado, from Jan. 9–12, 2019. There is also an international ice sculpture competition.

Stowe Winter Carnival in Stowe, Vermont

Celebrate all things snow and Stowe at the winter carnival in January 2019. The schedule will be announced soon.

Fire and Ice Winterfest in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Held during the first full week of February, this festival boasts chili tasting and a polar float parade.

Ice Wine Festival in Traverse City, Michigan

Taste wine made from frozen grapes and enjoy the wintery snowscape on the Old Mission Peninsula just north of Traverse City. This takes place from Jan. 25–27, 2019.


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