Winter carnivals & festivals

Kids enjoy sugar on snow at the Brattleboro Winter Carnival

Kids enjoy sugar on snow at the Brattleboro Winter Carnival

Brattleboro Winter Carnival

Various locations throughout Brattleboro

Feb 13-22: Every year, the town of Brattleboro comes together for Winter Carnival. There will be music, karaoke, an ice fishing derby, a queen’s pageant, a pancake breakfast, an ice skating show, sleigh rides, a petting zoo, a country-western jamboree, and more. This is always a fun party in downtown Brattleboro.

Stowe Winter Carnival

Various locations in Stowe

Jan 16-30: Stowe shines with more than 20 major activities for young and old. Locals and tourists alike will enjoy the carnival’s zany sports events, ice carving competitions, ski movies, Kids Carnival Kaos, a new Broomball Tournament and Beer Garden event, a Las Vegas Night Gala, and the infamous Snow Golf and Snow Volleyball tournaments. Tour the town while watching professional ice carvers create elegant, masterful ice carvings throughout the village on Demonstration Day. Come celebrate the carnival’s theme, “All Stowed In.”

Bennington Winter Carnival

Various locations in North Bennington

Jan 30: The Village of North Bennington is thrilled to announce its annual village-wide Winterfest and Penguin Plunge. Start your day off with a quick dip in the frigid waters of Lake Paran at the Penguin Plunge. You can opt out of the swim by cheering on the brave souls raising money for the Special Olympics at the Lake Paran Boat Launch. The Vermont Arts Exchange once again hosts the After-Plunge Party at Sage Street Mill, right around the corner from Lake Paran. Walk or take a hay ride up to the North Bennington train station to cheer on local novices at the annual Ice Sculpture Competition as they transform blocks of ice into works of art. Sculpture judging and prizes awarded at 3p. Also at the station, create your own hot chocolate masterpiece benefiting Bennington Dollars for Scholars and enjoy fun and games led by our area Girl Scouts. World-famous Girl Scout Cookies will also be available for offer!

Grafton Winter Carnival

Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, Grafton

February (day TBD): Head to Grafton Ponds for plenty of outdoor winter fun. There will be ice skating, tubing, cross-country skiing, and more.

Chester Winter Carnival

Various locations in Chester

February (day TBD): Come to Chester to celebrate winter — in snow, rain, or shine — with free family fun. There will be ice carving, a chili cook-off, a tractor parade, beads and balloons, face painting and masks, street performers, and restaurant, shop, and gallery specials. Dress warm, dress up, or dress any way you like. It’s a time to wear a silly hat, mask, or costume.

Mardi Gras at Mount Snow

Main Base Area, Mount Snow, West Dover

Feb 6: Join us as Mount Snow transforms into Bourbon Street. There will be fun Bud Light-sponsored après-ski parties going on inside Cuzzins Bar and Grill from 11a until close with live music in the afternoon, plus family-friendly entertainment at Snow Barn. Oh, and what would Mardi Gras be without beads? We will have more than 10,000 to give away at lift lines, lodges, parties, and other locations all day long! So get out your purple, green, and gold and join Mount Snow and Bud Light for this epic party!

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