Do you feel a chill in the air?
There’s no need to head inside when the weather turns cold. The dropping temperatures, first snowfalls, and icy ambience awakens that need to go outside and play. And that's why winter is the best time to throw a massive, outdoor festival.
Every year, all over the U.S., cities find their own way to ring in the season. From January to March, you can find winter festivals featuring ice sculpture competitions, skiing, sleigh rides and sled dog races. There are more unique activities, like snow golf, arctic frisbee, and taking the plunge into frigid waters like a polar bear.
If you’re not a sporty type, winter festivals feature more cozy activities as well. Walk through palaces made of gigantic blocks of ice or admire whimsical snow sculptures while you enjoy some hot chocolate. Travel to the northern Midwest for some of the largest winter carnivals in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Montana, or take a trip to the Rockies to take in a winter festival in Colorado. Spend a weekend at some of the oldest celebrations in the northeast in New York and Vermont.
There are plenty of things to do even if it’s bitterly cold outside.So grab your warmest coat, bundle up tight, and head off for some winter days full of cheer.