The Snow/Winter festivals from around the world celebrate the grandeur that winters bring: the white powdery snow, the chilly winds, and the frozen landscapes. The Snow festivals showcase the marvels man can create by taming ice. The winter festivals allow people to have a jolly good time, complete with wining, dining, and winter games. Here we list some of the popular Snow/Winter festivals of the world you may consider while booking flights for your winter holidays.
International Festival-Competition of Snow and Ice Sculpture
Head to the International Festival-Competition of Snow and Ice Sculpture at Krasnoyarsk, Russia, to see some exquisite ice sculptures. Many ice-sculpture teams and audiences from the US, Japan, and even Kazakhstan travel to participate in this competition. The competition has two categories: snow sculpture and ice sculpture. Visitors can attend workshops to learn the basics of snow and ice carvings from experts before trying to make snow/ice sculptures.
Anchorage Fur Rendezvous
Visit the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous in Alaska, the US, to compete in outhouse races, create huge and intricate snow sculptures, and see the reindeers up close and personal. This is the biggest and oldest winter festival in Alaska with over 15 fantastic events and 100 other outdoor/indoor fun activities including snowshoe softball, ice hockey, and a frostbite footrace.
Brits Music and Winter Festival
The Brits Music and Winter Festival is held every year in Switzerland, which becomes a paradise for music and ski lovers from around the world for about one week. Enjoy non-stop skiing, snowboarding, and partying amidst live music played by some of the best international music artists, singers, and DJs.
Sapporo Snow Festival
The Sapporo Snow Festival is a massive snow sculpture event attended by close to two million people every year over seven days at Hokkaido in Japan. Travellers can admire the awe-inspiring snow statues and ice sculptures, take figure-skating lessons, enjoy snow-rafting, and savour local delicious ramen noodles and other delectable dishes.
Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships
Visit the theme-based snow sculpture competition, the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships, to marvel at beautiful snow creations made by several international teams. The competition, which had the theme Fire and Ice in 2015, is held at Breckenridge in Colorado. Travellers can marvel at the wonderful creations made by the teams, each of which is given a 12-foot high, 40,000-pound block of snow to start with and 65 hours time.
Dartmouth Winter Carnival
The iconic Dartmouth Winter Carnival, organised every year in England, is one winter celebration not to be missed. Travellers can revel in horse-drawn sleigh rides, skating, skiing, and fantastic live music. Also watch great 3K ski race and human dogsled races at this festival!
BP World Ice Art Championships
Travel to the BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbank, Alaska and get amazed at the Frozen Kids Park – a playground made entirely out of ice with slides, rides, and mazes. The event is so popular that it is organised by over 300 volunteers and is held over one whole month and sees around 70 teams of expert sculptures.