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!

2020 Winter Festivals

Aurora Winter Festival

Aurora Winter Festival

Start:
Nov 22, 2019
End:
Jan 5, 2020
Venue:
Ontario Place
Just in time for the festive season, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is transforming the Ontario Place West Island into a spectacular celebration of light and adventure as the 2019 Aurora Winter Festival comes …
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Frost Fair

Frost Fair

Start:
Jan 17, 2020
End:
Jan 18, 2020
Venue:
Fort York
Discover the winter beauty of Fort York’s 1812-era buildings, for free. In the evening, view the Fort during a lantern tour that provides a glimpse of garrison life after dark. Tour select buildings with …
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Toronto Light Festival

Toronto Light Festival

Start:
Jan 17, 2020
End:
Mar 1, 2020
Venue:
The Distillery Historic District
The Toronto Light Festival offers a visual journey and a playful adventure throughout the walking streets of The Distillery District. During the cold, dark days of winter, The Toronto Light Festival offers visitors a …
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Blue Jays Winterfest

Blue Jays Winterfest

Start:
Jan 18, 2020
End:
Jan 19, 2020
Venue:
Rogers Centre
Toronto Blue Jays Winter Fest presented by TD returns to Rogers Centre on Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Thanks to overwhelming excitement from Blue Jays™ fans, Winter Fest is returning for …
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The Art of Winter Festival

The Art of Winter Festival

Start:
Jan 24, 2020
End:
Jan 25, 2020
Venue:
Downtown Collingwood
Winter happens in Collingwood and embracing it is a Collingwood art form. Join friends and family at THE ART OF WINTER FESTIVAL January 24-26, when Collingwood turns into a snowy canvas for creativity, activity …
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Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Start:
Feb 8, 2020
End:
Feb 9, 2020
Venue:
The Village of Yorkville Park
Celebrate winter with the 15th annual Bloor-Yorkville Icefest on Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th throughout the Village of Yorkville Park and surrounding area. A free public event, patrons can expect a wide …
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Winterama

Winterama

Start:
Feb 14, 2020
End:
Feb 17, 2020
Venue:
Discovery Harbour
The Town of Penetanguishene’s Winterama event kicks off on Friday, February 14th with a large fireworks display and live outdoor music by local area bands, ice-carvings, the Fire-Guy will be there juggling fire and …
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Snowman Mania

Snowman Mania

Start:
Feb 14, 2020
End:
Feb 17, 2020
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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Snowflakes & Starlight

Snowflakes & Starlight

Start:
Feb 15, 2020
End:
Feb 15, 2020
Venue:
Memorial Park, Stouffville
Come join us on the Saturday (February 15th) of the Family Day weekend for a magical evening of fire-eating, ice sculptures, stilt walking, food, and a spectacular fireworks finale! Fireworks will begin at 8pm …
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2020 Friday Harbour Resort Ice Sculpting Competition

2020 Friday Harbour Resort Ice Sculpting Competition

Start:
Feb 15, 2020
End:
Feb 16, 2020
Venue:
Friday Harbour Resort
Visit Friday Harbour Resort (Innisfil, ON) this Family Day Weekend for an EXCITING Ice Sculpting Competition, Winter Market on the Pier, Live Music, Buskers, Food Trucks and lots of free family entertainment and fun! …
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Family Day Winter Fair @ the McMichael

Family Day Winter Fair @ the McMichael

Start:
Feb 17, 2020
End:
Feb 17, 2020
Venue:
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Enjoy Family Day as a family! Art workshops, outdoor activities and a “Khool” show: Chris McKhool’s FiddleFire! Kids Show 2 to 3 pm | Gallery 8 | Free with admission Dance, clap and sing-along …
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DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest

DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest

Start:
Feb 17, 2020
End:
Feb 17, 2020
Venue:
Champagne Centre
The one-of-its-kind family fun event in winter in North York with food, music, ice-skating, and free giveaways on this Family Day! Admission is free. Come with your family and friends for an afternoon full …
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Sugar Shack TO, presented by Redpath

Sugar Shack TO, presented by Redpath

Start:
Mar 14, 2020
End:
Mar 15, 2020
Venue:
Sugar Beach
Toronto’s urban cabane à sucre experience returns to the waterfront for a sweet weekend of winter fun and plenty of fresh maple syrup. Tap into your true Canadian self this March Break at the …
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Bracebridge Fire & Ice Festival

Bracebridge Fire and Ice Festival

Start:
Jan 25, 2020
End:
Jan 25, 2020
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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Barrie winterfest

Barrie Winterfest – Festival of Fire & Ice

Start:
Feb 1, 2020
End:
Feb 2, 2020
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 1st & 2nd in Heritage Park in Downtown …
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Richmond Hill Winter Carnival

Richmond Hill Winter Carnival

Start:
Feb 1, 2020
End:
Feb 2, 2020
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

Start:
Feb 17, 2020
End:
Feb 17, 2020
Venue:
Aurora Town Park
Join family, friends and neighbours at Aurora’s Arctic Adventure on Monday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Aurora Town Park, located at Mosley and Wells Streets. Family Activities  Choose from a host of family activities, including: Professional Ice Carving Outdoor …
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