The Christmas season and New Year has passed by but all the lovely snow is still about. If you’re not done with all the lovely views and activities that only winter can bring, have we got the list for you! Today, we’ll be talking about some Winter Festivals you can still catch this month of January 2017.
Peterborough Snofest Winter Carnival
This will be the 40th Winter Carnival since its institution. This much beloved Kawartha and Northumberland winter fest starts on the 7th and ends on the 31st so you’ll have a lot of time to plan which event you want to attend. Snofest is an incredibly diverse festival with a wide range of events to choose from. Most of the events are family centered with an emphasis on physical activity, arts, and sciences. Have a tour of the Snofest Art Gallery while enjoying the local fare that’s readily available for guests and patrons.
Twenty Valley Winter Winefest
If you rather fancy a glass of wine (or 20), the Jordan Village’s annual winefest will be the spot for you! Premium wineries and top chefs show off their wares in a lovely outdoor setting. You’ll be able to try craft ale, artisanal cocktails, and even enjoy some live entertainment. Snuggle up to a loved one near one of the many cozy fires that add more charm to this little winter village. This festival happens on the 13th to the 15th so best to do you research on what events you can get in to for free and which will have a limited ticket release.
Winter Festival of Lights
If light shows are more of your thing, the Niagra Falls Winter Festival of Lights will be a good fit. Admission is free however donations are welcome at the end of the 8km long illumination route at the exit of Dufferin Islands. It all goes to a good cause—the ongoing maintenance and refurbishment of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights’ displays. So basically, you’re giving them something to go on next year. This fest started last year on November 19, 2016 but you can still catch it nightly at around 5 pm to midnight up to January 31st.
Ice on Whyte Festival
This will be the 14th annual Ice on Whyte in End of Steel Park in Old Strathcona from January 26-29. You’ll get to view the ATCO International Ice Carving Competition. When you register, you get to paint a tile that will be part of the mural that tells the story of Old Strathcona at of the tile painting workshops that’s available on Thursday evenings. Kids will get to enjoy running, playing, and sliding down the giant ice slide. Guests can learn to carve their own ice sculptures and enjoy live music—even chance upon a bowl of bison stew! There is very little chance that you’ll run out of things to do in this winter festival. If you feel a hangover from these festivities, they’ll start it up again on February 2-5.
The Igloofest is a rather large outdoor winter rave at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal. This festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year for a massive electronic dance party over four weekends. You can choose to go to one of four weekends or just simply go to each one! There’s zero judgment for these festivities. Get your fill of local and international DJs—come dressed in traditional Igloofest gear and even win a prize. While it’s definitely not one for the kids, this festival is a must for those who are kids at heart.