A 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:
- Bon Soo Winter Carnival - held in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
- Ice on Whyte Festival - held in Edmonton, Alberta
- Parc Jean Drapeau Winter Festival - held in Montreal, Quebec
- Quebec Winter Carnival - held in Quebec City, Quebec
- Snowking Winter Festival - held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
- Winter Festival of Lights - held in Niagara Falls, Ontario
- Winterlude - held in the National Capital Region along the Ontario-Quebec border
- Changbai Mountain International Winter Carnival - held in Erdaobaihe
- Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - held in Harbin, Heilongjiang
- River Thames frost fairs - formerly held in London, England between the 17th century and early 19th century
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