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Incredible Snow Festivals Around the World

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If your kids fancy a real-life Frozen-themed world, or if you never got over your obsession with sand castles, or you just want to find something really cool to do this winter, head to one of these amazing snow festivals around the world.


Sapporo Snow Festival, Hokkaido, Japan: More than two million guests head to the Sapporo Snow Festival to gaze at over 200 mammoth ice sculptures each year. Strange enough, the festival began by accident when a few local high school and middle school students built six snow sculptures at a local park in the center of Hokkaido. Today, snow sculptures cover a half-mile stretch of the park each February, ranging from massive ice buildings to small snow sculptures. At night, the snow sculptures are lit and international teams vie to take the top prize for large scale sculptures. There are plenty of other attractions too, including snowboarding, snow slides, snow rafting, an ice bar, and a children’s snow area.


Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, Harbin, China: The Harbin Snow Sculpture Festival is one of the world’s largest snow festivals featuring some of the world’s largest snow sculptures. 15,000 workers carve by hand or laser over 4 million cubic feet of ice and these gorgeous sculptures are lit at night. In 2007, a Canadian-themed snow sculpture made the Guinness Book of World Records, using over 13,000 cubic meters of snow and standing 820 feet long and 28 feet high. The sculpture mimicked Niagara Falls and showcased the Crossing of the Bering Strait. The festival lasts almost two months and is considered a “must see” attraction for winter tourists in China.


Concours International de Sculpture sur Glace et sur Neige, Valloire, France: Now in its 34th year, the snow sculpture show put on by the French ski resort of Valloire lasts for two weeks, as locals and experts compete for the top prize. Snow sculptures are lit at night and fireworks go off on opening night.


BP World Ice Arts Championship, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States: This major competition brings expert ice carving teams from across the world to try their hand at creating something unique and beautiful made entirely out of snow and ice. In addition to ice art, visitors can try ice sculpting classes, dog sled races, and a Frozen Kids’ Park where the entire playground is composed of slides, rides, and mazes made from ice. And something for the amateur in all of us, The Amateur Open exhibition is an opportunity for artists to try out some ideas on a block of ice without the stress of competition. 


Ice Music Festival, Geilo, Norway: Norway takes the ice festival to a new level by creating an orchestra with instruments carved entirely from ice. For three nights under the first full moon of the year, performers play Icepercussion, Icebass, and other ice instruments inside the acoustical confines of an igloo. Wear your warmest clothes and enjoy this spectacular and unique ice festival that celebrates music, artistry, and collaborative expression.


No matter which ice festival you choose, you’ll be certain to enjoy a beautiful frozen wonderland. 




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Photo Caption: (Harbin, China - January 11, 2016: Ice building in The 17th Harbin China Ice and Snow World. Located in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China)

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