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!

Bracebridge Fire & Ice Festival

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.

  • January 27, 2018
  • Downtown Bracebridge
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Acton Winter Carnival

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, much more winter fun!

Port Union Winterfest

Port Union Winterfest 2017 January 28, 2017 from 11am – 3pm Free family event for the community. Games, Food, Displays, Activities and lots of family fun!

  • January 27, 2018
  • 5450 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough
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Richmond Hill Winter Carnival

A weekend of affordable fun and entertainment featuring pancake breakfast, live music, dog show, hockey skills clinic, ringette, amateur band contest, face painting, colouring contest and more! Organized by volunteers to celebrate the community of Richmond Hill in a welcoming atmosphere.

  • February 2, 3 & 4, 2018
  • Mill Pond, Richmond Hill
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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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Aurora Arctic Adventure

Join family, friends and neighbours at Aurora’s Arctic Adventure event! Vendors will be selling BeaverTails®, hot dogs, hamburgers, hot chocolate and coffee. Choose from a host of family activities, including: Professional Ice Carving, Outdoor Winter Games, Snow tubing, snow shoeing, Live Entertainment, Arctic Golf, bouncy castle and new this year Body Zorbs and much more!

  • February 19, 2018
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Aurora Town Park, located at Mosley and Wells Streets
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Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest

The City of Vaughan’s 27th annual WinterFest will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Vellore Village Community Centre, 1 Villa Royale Avenue.  This fun-filled event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.and feature FREE outdoor and indoor activities including outdoor stage entertainment, an Official Welcome by Mayor and Members of Council, a Midway Zone and much more.  Great food will also be available for purchase.

  • Sunday February 11, 2018
  • 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Velore Village Community Centre, 1 Villa Royale Avenue, Woodbridge
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Barrie Winterfest & Festival of Ice

Named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario, the City of Barrie’s Winterfest is a great way to celebrate the winter season.  Grab your mittens and join the city of Barrie for winter fun adventures that the whole family will enjoy.  Outdoor activities include polar bear swim, horse-drawn wagon rides, dogsled rides, lumberjack show, ice maze, and much more including spectacular sculptures carved from 300lb blocks of ice.  Don’t miss the festivities at one of the many indoor venues too, including the February Blues Festival, Reel Stories mini film festival, tours and family fun at the MacLarenArtCentre, skating at Barrie’s arenas during select times, and storytime and crafts at the Barrie Public Library.  Barrie comes alive with winter fun and celebration.  Don’t miss these fun activities and so much more throughout Winterfest weekend!

  • Saturday & Sunday, February 3 & 4, 2018
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
  • Heritage Park and Downtown Barrie
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Georgina Snofest

Wintery FREE Family event with lots of activities for all ages! Inflatables, games, Tim Hortons Kidsworld, giveaways, and lots more frosty fun! With live performances and entertainment for the whole family – it’s a snowy event that will warm up your winter!

  • February 3, 2018
  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • The ROC, 26479 Civic Centre Rd, Keswick
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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
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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
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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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