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winter festival, winter carnival, snow festival, or frost fair is an outdoor cold weather celebration that occurs in wintertime.
Winter festivals are popular in
D climates (see Köppen climate classification) where winter is particularly long or severe, such as Siberia, Scandinavia, Canada and the northern United States. Most winter carnivals involve traditional winter pursuits such as dog sledding, ice hockey, ice carving, skating, skiing, and snow carving.
Some notable winter carnivals include:
Concours International de Sculpture sur Glace et sur Neige - held in Valloire
International Ice Sculpture Festival - held in Jelgava
Annual frost faire at
Saratoga National Historical Park - held in Saratoga County, New York Bavarian IceFest - held in
Leavenworth, Washington Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships - held in
Dartmouth Winter Carnival - held in Hanover, New Hampshire
Michigan Technological University's Winter Carnival - held in Houghton, Michigan
Saint Paul Winter Carnival - held in Saint Paul, Minnesota City of Lakes Loppet - held in
Minneapolis, Minnesota Saranac Lake Winter Carnival - held in
Saranac Lake, New York Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival - held in
Steamboat Springs, Colorado Wintersköl(TM) - held in
Aspen, Colorado World Ice Art Championships - held in Fairbanks, Alaska
Beam, Amy L. (1991)
Beam's Directory of International Tourist Events Washington, DC: TTA Press ISSN 1052-3723 pg 387-388 (1984) The Official International Directory of Special Events & Festivals ISSN 0743-4170 pg 371