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A Winter festival is an outdoor celebration that occurs in wintertime.
Winter festivals, or carnivals, are popular in places where winter is particularly long or severe, such as Scandinavia, Canada and the northern United States. Most winter carnivals involve traditional winter pursuits such as ice carving, snow carving, ice hockey, skating, skiing and dog sledding.
Some notable winter carnivals include:
- The Winter Carnival at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan
- The Saint Paul Winter Carnival in Saint Paul, Minnesota United States.
- Quebec Winter Carnival in Quebec City.
- Winterlude in Ottawa, Canada.
- Bon Soo Winter Carnival in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
- The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China.
- The Changbai Mountain International Winter Carnival in Erdaobaihe, China.
- The Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Holmenkollen, Norway.
- The Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
- The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival in New York.
- The Winter Carnival at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
- The Winter Carnival at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine
- Beam, Amy L. (1991) Beam's Directory of International Tourist Events Washington, DC: TTA Press ISSN 1052-3723 pg 387-388
- (1984) The Official International Directory of Special Events & Festivals ISSN 0743-4170 pg 371
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