Winter carnivals and winter festivals in New Hampshire

Where to find winter carnivals and festivals in the Granite State




There are a number of family-friendly winter carnivals and winter festivals being held in New Hampshire this winter so be sure to bundle up and hit the road for some fun.

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below and we'll be sure to add them to the list!

Winter Carnival at White Park in Concord, NH

When: Saturday, January 21, 2017
More information: concordnh.gov
White Park in Concord will welcome hundreds of people to its annual winter carnival. The day includes a family parade, speed skating competitions and sledding contests. There will be a bonfire to warm up by and plenty of smores to munch on. This event is free to attend.


Nansen-Milan Winter Festival in Milan, NH

When: Friday, January 20 - Sunday, January 22, 2017
More information: skinansen.com/winter-festival/
Enjoy the best of winter fun and sports including: bon fires, ice skating, hot cocoa, broomball games and broomball tournament, dog sled races, cross country ski races, winter market, kids races and much more.


Keene Ice and Snow Festival

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
More information: facebook.com
Now in its 15th year, the Keene Ice and Snow Festival is held at Central Square in downtown Keene, NH. This family-friendly winter carnival includes snowball fights, ice sculpture competitions and plenty of hot cocoa sipping. This event is free to attend.


Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival in Tamworth, NH

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
More information: remickmuseum.org
This is a signature event for the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth, NH. Enjoy sleigh rides, outdoor winter games, indoor crafts, meet a dog sled team and enjoy a scavenger hunt.


Newport, NH Winter Carnival

When: February 8-12, 2017
More information: newportwintercarnival.org
This year marks the 101st annual winter carnival in Newport, NH. Fun includes a fishing derby, ice hockey games, ski joring, murder mystery dinner, fireworks and more. A full schedule of events festivities can be found here. This event is free to attend.


Dartmouth College Winter Carnival

When: February 9-12, 2017
More information:  dartmouth.edu
This annual winter carnival is open to Dartmouth College residents as well as locals and visitors. Annual festivities include a snow sculpture contest, snow golf, discounts and special races as Dartmouth Skiway, a polar bear plunge and dogsled racing. This event is free to attend.


Frost Festival in Derry, NH

When: Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017
More information: facebook.com
Ice sculptures, sledding, Wildlife Encounters, ice skating, a chili contest and snowmobile exhibit.


New London Winter Carnival

When: February 17, 2017
More information: nh-nh.com
Enjoy ice skating, an ice hockey tournament, magic show, wagon rides, scavenger hunt, BBQ, kids activities, snowshoeing, a s'mores party and fireworks. Don't miss the dinner with Jack Frost which take place outdoors under tiki torches and all families are welcome.


Alton Bay Winter Carnival

When: February 19, 2017
More information: alton.nh.gov
Check out the pancake breakfast, ice fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee, snowmobile races and more.


Winter Carnival at King Pine Ski Area in Madison, NH

When: February 20-24, 2017
More information: kingpine.com
Head to King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, NH during the second half of February and check out its special winter carnival events. Festivities include sleigh rides, snowshoe tours, fireworks on Thursday, February 18, a silly slalom and on Friday, February 26 there will be a kids light parade.


25th Annual Winter Carnival at Wasserman Park in Merrimack, NH

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017; 12 – 3 p.m.
More information: www.merrimackparksandrec.org
This is the 25th anniversary for the Wasserman Park Winter Carnival and this fun-filled free day will be filled with snowman building, snow art, an ice fishing derby as well as various arts and crafts. There will be indoor and outdoor fun.


Wolfeboro Winter Carnival: Winter Wonderland

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 and March 1-4, 2017
More information: wolfeboronh.us
Events are held throughout Wolfeboro including Abenaki Ski Area and Pop Whalen Ice Arena and include a big air competition, free ice skating, snowshoeing workshop, sleigh rides, animal tracking, primitive fire building, inflatable obstacle course competition, pancake breakfast as well as ski and snowboard races.


19th Annual Colebrook Kiwanis Winter Carnival

When: Februrary 25, 2017
Where: Colebrook Country Club
More information: colebrook-kiwanis.org/
This event is free to attend.


Portsmouth Fire and Ice Festival

When: Unfortunately, the 2017 event has been canceled.
More information: goportsmouthnh.com
Celebrate winter with ice bars, fire pits, hearth cooking, dog sled rides and races, ice sculptures, winter movies, music and much more.

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