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Winter festivals

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
Where: South Korea
When: From January 5 for 23 days
This winter festival celebrates the abundance of mountain trout in the clean fresh waters of the province. The celebration attracts some one million visitors and the most popular programs are ice fishing, ice football and ice sledding.

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Where: Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China
When: From January 5 for one month
Harbin is in northeast China and is affected by cold winter winds from Siberia. In winter it can drop to minus 38 degrees! So it’s the perfect climate in which to design ice sculptures. Amazing scenes are created from the ice up to 50 metres in width including animals, flowers, bridges and houses that can be climbed, slid or explored.

Sapporo Snow Festival
Where: Japan
When: Early Feb
This large winter show in Japan runs for seven days and attracts locals and international visitors. Its large range of spectacular snow sculptures, statues and ice-carvings usually number some 400 in total. They are best viewed from the Odori Park site.

Festival of Ice
Where: Lake Khovsgol, Mongolia
When: Early February
For two days in February residents around Khovsgol Lake gather for a variety of activities and competitions, including ice sumo, ger (tent) building with ice, ice skating and sleigh rides.

Groundhog Day
Where: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, USA
When: February 2
We’ve all see the movie of the same name so why not head to Pennsylvania yourself to see the groundhog that will decide when winter will end. This holiday is all about weather lore. The groundhog emerges from its burrow and if it fails to see its shadow it means winter will soon end. If it does see its shadow and returns to the burrow, winter will continue for six more weeks.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival
Where: Nederland, Colorado, USA
When: From Friday to Sunday on the first weekend of March
This festival is held in honour of a Norwegian families efforts to keep their grandfather preserved in dry ice in a shack behind their house. Over the weekend there are coffin races, Dead Guy look alike contests, a documentary “Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed” is shown and there are even tours of the shed where he is still frozen.

Queenstown Winter Festival
Where: Queenstown, New Zealand
When: Late June – Early July
Queenstown is New Zealand's premier winter playground and hosts a 10 day celebration of winter every year. Concerts, balls, races, fireworks, comedy, food and wine are all on display along with the snow activities such as skiing, snowboarding and other adventure activities.


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