Winter Carnivals and Festivals

Are you ready for some real Canadian outdoor winter fun?

Winter carnivals generally run during January and February of each year – they are a great way for the family to beat those winter blues. You’ll get a chance to see dog sled racing, participate in traditional winter games, snow shoeing, sledding and plenty of other creative and unconventional ideas that local residents think up every year.

Check out the Festivals listed below to get an idea of how original and ‘Canadian’ these events are and be sure you head out to at least one of these great carnivals this year!

2018/19 Winter Festivals

Toronto Light Festival

Toronto Light Festival

Date:
Jan 18, 2019
Venue:
The Distillery Historic District
The Toronto Light Festival, the City’s first-ever light art festival, is coming back to The Distillery District. Visitors will be taken on a new visual journey and imaginative cerebral adventure, designed to entertain and ...
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Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Date:
Feb 9, 2019
Venue:
The Village of Yorkville Park
On February 9th and 10th, you can join in the fun at the 14th annual Bloor-Yorkville Icefest, an annual event held in Toronto. At this free winter celebration, you can contemplate ice sculptures and ...
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Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Date:
Feb 9, 2019
Venue:
The Village of Yorkville Park
Celebrate the winter season on Feb. 9th & 10th as we bring Hollywood North to Bloor-Yorkville Icefest 2019! The Village of Yorkville Park will be transformed into a glittering display of sculptures inspired by ...
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Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest 2019

Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest 2019

Date:
Feb 10, 2019
Venue:
Vellore Village Community Centre
Join in the festivities as Vaughan celebrates its 30th annual Winterfest presented by TD and event sponsor Tim Hortons at Vellore Village Community Centre, Sunday February 10, 10am-3:30pm. FREE family fun entertainment and activities ...
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Snowman Mania

Snowman Mania

Date:
Feb 15, 2019
Venue:
Wasaga Beach Rec Plex
Snowman Mania started as a Snowman Building Competition 14 years ago and has evolved into a much loved, four day, family Winter Festival during the Family Day weekend! Join us for a fun filled winter ...
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Kidapalooza Family Festival

Kidapalooza Family Festival

Date:
Feb 16, 2019
Venue:
Markham Fairgrounds
Taking place February 16-18, 2019 at the Markham Fairgrounds in over 50,000 sq ft of INDOOR space with some outdoor activities. The event will feature Kidapalooza’s signature ​activity stations, interactive inflatables, mechanical rides, stage ...
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Family Day Winterfest

Family Day Winterfest

Date:
Feb 18, 2019
Venue:
Cold Creek Conservation Area
Enjoy your Family Day throughout the Township while participating in exciting activities including; the annual Learn to Curl at the Trisan Centre in Schomberg. Free snowshoe and cross country ski rentals at Cold Creek ...
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DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest

DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest

Date:
Feb 18, 2019
Venue:
Champagne Centre
A first-of-its-kind family fun event in winter in North York with food, music, ice-skating, and free giveaways on this Family Day! Come with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, ...
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Ajax Family Day Winterfest

Ajax Family Day Winterfest

Date:
Feb 18, 2019
Venue:
McLean Community Centre
Free admission! Enjoy the winter season with your family at the Town of Ajax’s Family Day Winterfest! Located at the McLean Community Centre, families will enjoy winter themed activities including: making delicious s’mores, horse ...
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WinterRouge 2019!

WinterRouge 2019!

Date:
Feb 18, 2019
Venue:
Bob Hunter Memorial Park
Come chill with us this coming Family Day at WinterRouge! Bundle up for a full day of FREE, family-friendly winter activities at Rouge National Urban Park. Through WinterRouge we will also be supporting the ...
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Fire and Ice Festival

Bracebridge Fire and Ice Festival

Date:
Jan 26, 2019
Venue:
Bracebridge in Muskoka
The Bracebridge Fire and Ice Festival is a newly formed festival in Downtown core of Bracebridge. The festival will offer a unique approach to a traditional winter carnival ...
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Georgina Snofest

Georgina Snofest

Date:
Feb 2, 2019
Venue:
The ROC
Join us for this wintery FREE family event with lots of activities for all ages! Inflatables, games, Kidsworld, giveaways, and lots more frosty fun! With live performances and entertainment for the whole family! It’s ...
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Vaughan Winterfest

Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest

Date:
Feb 10, 2019
Venue:
Vellore Village Community Centre
The 30th annual award-winning Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest event will return on February 10, 2019 at Vellore Village Community Centre from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm. This free, fun-filled, winter carnival offers first-class entertainment, indoor ...
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Barrie winterfest

Barrie Winterfest – Festival of Fire & Ice

Date:
Feb 2, 2019
Venue:
Heritage Park and Downtown Barrie
The City of Barrie proudly presents Barrie Winterfest, one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario! Grab your mittens and celebrate winter with us on February 2nd & 3rd  in Heritage Park in Downtown ...
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Toronto Aurora Winter Festival 2018

Toronto Aurora Winter Festival 2018

Date:
Nov 29, 2018
Venue:
Ontario Place
The Canadian National Exhibition is pleased to be a partner in the presentation of the Aurora Winter Festival Toronto, an exciting new holiday experience taking place at Ontario Place from November 29 to Sunday ...
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Frost Fair at Fort York

Frost Fair at Fort York

Date:
Dec 1, 2018
Venue:
Fort York
Stroll through Canada's largest collection of War of 1812 buildings, where you can shop for unique gifts made by local artisans; including jewelry, heritage inspired reproductions, and holiday greenery. There is much to do ...
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Port Union Winterfest

Port Union Winterfest

Date:
Jan 26, 2019
Venue:
Port Union Winterfest
Port union Winterfest is a family winter festival which offers free family fun ( live entertainment and games as well as inflatables) for the community! ...
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Acton Winter Carnival

Acton Winter Carnival

Date:
Jan 27, 2019
Venue:
Downtown Acton
Take the drive to Acton for their annual Winter Carnival - join in a community dance, pancake breakfast, tractor and wagon rides, ice skating, outdoor curling, ice sculpting, bingo, chili cook off and much, ...
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Richmond Hill Winter Carnival

Richmond Hill Winter Carnival

Date:
Feb 2, 2019
Venue:
Mill Pond
The Richmond Hill Winter Carnival is a weekend of affordable fun and entertainment organized by volunteers to celebrate the community of Richmond Hill in a welcoming atmosphere ...
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Aurora’s Arctic Adventure

Aurora’s Arctic Adventure

Date:
Feb 18, 2019
Venue:
Aurora Town Park
Join family, friends and neighbours at Aurora's Arctic Adventure on Monday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Aurora Town Park, located at Mosley and Wells Streets. Family Activities Choose from a ...
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2017/18 Winter Festivals

 


Newmarket Winterfest

Celebrate Winter at this annual festival. Enjoy a full day of indoor and outdoor fun, winter-themed activities for the whole family. Try new activities, face painting, free swim & skate, try fun foods and enjoy live music. Admission is free.

  • February 17-18, 2018
  • Various locations, Newmarket
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Kortright Family Fun Day Open House

Get outdoors and bring the whole family to Kortright this Family Day weekend. Enjoy nature hikes, snowshoeing, toboganning, face-painting, family activities and hot chocolate by the campfire. Event offerings are dependent on snow conditions. Admission is FREE for kids 15 and under.

  • February 19, 2018
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Vaughan
  • More Info

Winterfest at the Markham Museum

Celebrate Family Day at the Museum! Explore the science of snow, and try snowshoeing and ice block building. There will be lots of activities, crafts for the kids, music, and great food!

  • February 19, 2018
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Markham Museum, 9350 Hwy. 48, Markham
  • More Info

Stouffville Snowflakes and Starlight

Snowflakes & Starlight is Stouffville’s annual Winter Festival held at Memorial Park. Join us for a magical evening of Fire Eating, Ice Sculptures, Face Painting, Food, and a spectacular Fireworks Finale!
  • February 17, 2018
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Memorial Park, Stouffville
  • More Info

 

Find more fun winter events in our events guides.

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