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When: Feb 4, 2022 to February 13, 2022 There’s some serious history behind this exciting winter festival in Quebec City. The tradition dates back to 1894, and was created to brighten up those harsh Canadian winters. Set in Old Quebec, the Quebec Winter Carnival feels like you’ve stumbled into a European winter wonderland, if not for all the totally unique traditions that make the festival distinctly Canadian. Do you know how to tie your arrow sash? It was a belt tied in a special way used to keep out the cold, but is now a fixture of the festival. Don’t forget to dress up in red and grab your trumpet! The parades are amazing, as you might expect from the world’s biggest winter carnival. Travel down the Grande Allée from avenue des Érables to place George-V in an extravaganza of music, floats, and color. Make sure you catch the races, daily events, and see the ice sculptures to catch all of the wintery fun.

When: Feb 4, 2022 to February 13, 2022 Where: Parc de la Francophonie, 758 Grande Allée E, Quebec City, QC There’s some serious history behind this exciting winter festival in Quebec City. The tradition dates back to 1894, and was created to brighten up those harsh Canadian winters. Set in Old Quebec, the Quebec Winter Carnival feels like you’ve stumbled into a European winter wonderland, if not for all the totally unique traditions that make the festival distinctly Canadian. Do you know how to tie your arrow sash? It was a belt tied in a special way used to keep out the cold, but is now a fixture of the festival. Don’t forget to dress up in red and grab your trumpet! The parades are amazing, as you might expect from the world’s biggest winter carnival. Travel down the Grande Allée from avenue des Érables to place George-V in an extravaganza of music, floats, and color. Make sure you catch the races, daily events, and see the ice sculptures to catch all of the wintery fun. When: February 2021 Where: Cologne, Germany
Millions of people come from all over the world to gather in the city and enjoy the festivities that date back to the Middle Ages. Being Germany, the beer and glühwein are excellent and free flowing, making this one of the booziest winter festivals on this list. The Cologne Winter Carnival‘s crazy events include ‘Fat Thursday’, involving women cutting off men’s ties and rewarding them with a kiss, and ‘Rose Monday’, which polishes off a weekend of drinking and fun with a day of marching bands, outrageous floats, and street parties. The festivities last around a week and, while things are still open, you’ll actually find people dressed up and in the holiday spirit all week long, even while working! When: February 5th-14th, 2021 Where: Saranac Lake, NY 12983
One of the oldest winter festivals in the US, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has celebrated the winter season since 1897 with a host of events that center around the epic 3000-block Ice Palace. The Winter Carnival Royalty is crowned, winter games commence, and you can try some Nordic skiing, arctic frisbee, and ice skating if you are in any way competent on the ice. The highlight of the event, however, is saved right until the end when the ‘storming of the palace’ happens: a huge fireworks display is set off around the palace illuminating the ice for an unforgettable, magical finale. When: Dates change annually depending on the date of Easter, the main festival day falls on Shrove Tuesday. Where: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenia is a country that loves festivals, and their winter carnival, which welcomes in the spring, is a larger-than-life mix of pagan and Christian traditions that have to be experienced. The Ljubljana Dragon Carnival is held in the central square in Maribor and is a wash of color, fun, and so many masks. You’ll see most of the city getting into the spirit of things by dressing up in costumes of bears, fairies, witches, and devils in an attempt to scare off the winter months and welcome in the warmer weather. You may be wondering where the dragon comes into all of this, and you won’t miss him since the big, green beast leads the parade and the creatures behind him. You can also head to other parts of Slovenia to catch some of the other masked winter festivals that happen around the same time. When: Feb 4th-27th, 2021
Where: Venues across Denmark If you’re after a winter festival of a different colour, throw yourself into Vinterfest, where they celebrate the cold months with over 600 jazz concerts all over Denmark. You can get into the winter spirit at some of Denmark’s largest music venues, or even snuggle up in a cozy Copenhagen cafe to absorb all the hygge atmosphere. With both national and international musicians performing and both paid and free performances, there’s never a dull moment during a Denmark winter season…

Enjoy nights at a magical chateau and days strolling picturesque rues dotted with exquisite cafes and European scenery in the heart of Canada. With Victorian architecture and the essence of liveliness twirling through the cobbled stone pathway of this enchanting destination, Quebec City is one of the most romantic destinations in North America. This is an ideal spot for couples looking for a vacation in a fairytale.

When: Feb 5th-14th, 2021 Where: Parc de la Francophonie, 758 Grande Allée E, Quebec City, QC
There’s some serious history behind this exciting winter festival in Quebec City. The tradition dates back to 1894, and was created to brighten up those harsh Canadian winters. Set in Old Quebec, the Quebec Winter Carnival feels like you’ve stumbled into a European winter wonderland, if not for all the totally unique traditions that make the festival distinctly Canadian. Do you know how to tie your arrow sash? It was a belt tied in a special way used to keep out the cold, but is now a fixture of the festival. Don’t forget to dress up in red and grab your trumpet! The parades are amazing, as you might expect from the world’s biggest winter carnival. Travel down the Grande Allée from avenue des Érables to place George-V in an extravaganza of music, floats, and color. Make sure you catch the races, daily events, and see the ice sculptures to catch all of the wintery fun. When: February 2021 Where: Cologne, Germany
Millions of people come from all over the world to gather in the city and enjoy the festivities that date back to the Middle Ages. Being Germany, the beer and glühwein are excellent and free flowing, making this one of the booziest winter festivals on this list. The Cologne Winter Carnival‘s crazy events include ‘Fat Thursday’, involving women cutting off men’s ties and rewarding them with a kiss, and ‘Rose Monday’, which polishes off a weekend of drinking and fun with a day of marching bands, outrageous floats, and street parties. The festivities last around a week and, while things are still open, you’ll actually find people dressed up and in the holiday spirit all week long, even while working! When: February 5th-14th, 2021 Where: Saranac Lake, NY 12983
One of the oldest winter festivals in the US, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has celebrated the winter season since 1897 with a host of events that center around the epic 3000-block Ice Palace. The Winter Carnival Royalty is crowned, winter games commence, and you can try some Nordic skiing, arctic frisbee, and ice skating if you are in any way competent on the ice. The highlight of the event, however, is saved right until the end when the ‘storming of the palace’ happens: a huge fireworks display is set off around the palace illuminating the ice for an unforgettable, magical finale. When: Dates change annually depending on the date of Easter, the main festival day falls on Shrove Tuesday. Where: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenia is a country that loves festivals, and their winter carnival, which welcomes in the spring, is a larger-than-life mix of pagan and Christian traditions that have to be experienced. The Ljubljana Dragon Carnival is held in the central square in Maribor and is a wash of color, fun, and so many masks. You’ll see most of the city getting into the spirit of things by dressing up in costumes of bears, fairies, witches, and devils in an attempt to scare off the winter months and welcome in the warmer weather. You may be wondering where the dragon comes into all of this, and you won’t miss him since the big, green beast leads the parade and the creatures behind him. You can also head to other parts of Slovenia to catch some of the other masked winter festivals that happen around the same time. When: Feb 4th-27th, 2021
Where: Venues across Denmark If you’re after a winter festival of a different colour, throw yourself into Vinterfest, where they celebrate the cold months with over 600 jazz concerts all over Denmark. You can get into the winter spirit at some of Denmark’s largest music venues, or even snuggle up in a cozy Copenhagen cafe to absorb all the hygge atmosphere. With both national and international musicians performing and both paid and free performances, there’s never a dull moment during a Denmark winter season…

Perched atop a cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. It’s the only walled city north of Mexico, with its cobblestoned Old Quarter designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. North America’s oldest French-speaking city makes for a trip through time with its atmospheric old streets, all-around views, and 400-year-old buildings. While Montreal may be the modern face of the province, Quebec City is the heart and soul, fiercely embracing and protecting its Quebecois heritage. There are endless things to do in Québec City from festivals to fabulous restaurants, and more. 

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