10 The Most Popular Winter Festivals
1. Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the largest winter events in Japan. Festival lasts for about seven days in February. The event attracts a growing number of visitors from Japan and other countries. Every year more than 2 million people come to Sapporo to see the thousands of magnificent ice and snow sculptures in Odori Park and the surrounding streets.
2. Whitefish, Montana
Fiesta Pescado Blanco translated as 'feast of white fish' in Spanish and is held in Montana. This annual festival with ski parades, competitions in winter sports and annual Dive Penguin - swimming in the icy water of Lake Whitefish.
3. Winter Festival Mayrhofen
This festival combines snowboarding, comedy and music. Guided by famous comedian Marcus Brigstocke and Andrew Maxwell, they make you laugh and dance during the stay. The festival was first started in 2008 in Meribel, France, and two years ago, crossed the Alps in Mayrhofen Austria. Now this festival annually attracts a cohort of comedic celebrities.
4. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival
This is a combination of exciting competitions in winter sports, as well as original competitions, concerts, fireworks and parades. But the centerpiece of this celebration with 115 years of history is well thought out and built an ice palace, annually created by volunteers from ice cubes lake. The festival is arranged in New York every year from January 31 to February 9.
5. Festival of Ottawa (Winterlude)
This festival transforms the capital of Canada in a paradise for lovers of hot chocolate and ice sculptures during the most dreary season. This festival is held from January 31 to February 17 each year, with a gigantic ice skating rink, hockey cup, triathlon competitions in winter and a fun race on the beds. In the evening, the chefs and winemakers treat all comers for its delicious food and drinks.
6. Winter Festival in Quebec
One of the largest festivals in the world - the Quebec Winter Carnival, hosted in Canada. Among the entertainment here you can enjoy winter amusement park, skiing, rafting, ice sculptures, ice slides and outdoor shows. Festival is usually held in February, according to all traditions. Amateur and professional teams compete in the canoe on the icy surface of the river St. Lawrence. Artists from around the world compete in exciting competition of snow sculptures.
7. Winter Carnival in Dartmouth
Dartmouth Winter Carnival at first appeared as a field day for students in 1910, but now has become a cult event in New England. Visitors participate in races on carts and sledges, group skating, enjoy great live music. The crowd cheers the participants of ski competition, or watching amateur athletes run on distillation in pajamas and funny costumes.
8. Festival Brits in Switzerland
Brits Festival offers visitors a week of music and competitions for all ages and sizes. The festival organizers allow you to ski, sleep and be merry at the same time. Some of the best international musicians, singers and DJs delight many guests with great live music. In competitions in snowboarding and downhill skiing can take part by anyone.
9. Bon Soo Winter Carnival
Bon Soo Winter Carnival - the annual winter carnival in Ontario, Canada. Carnival is held every February since 1964 and now has grown to the second largest winter carnival in Canada, along with Montreal in Quebec. This 10-day festival gives guests plenty of entertainment and fun competitions, culminating in a massive swimming in the icy waters of the lake.
10. Fur Rendezvous in Alaska
Fur Rendezvous - 10-day celebration of Alaskan life style. It includes such exciting events as the race reindeer and sled dogs, drawing crowds from all over the world. In addition, it is a paradise for lovers of winter sports in the open air, such as snowshoe softball, ice hockey and racing on walking barefoot. This annual winter festival is the largest in North America and is held in late February.