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!

8th Annual Nansen-Milan Winter Festival in Milan, NH

When: Friday, January 19 - Sunday, January 21, 2018
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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.

Winter Carnival at White Park in Concord, NH

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
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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 s'mores to munch on. This event is free to attend.

New London Winter Carnival

When: February 1-3, 2018
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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 takes place outdoors under tiki torches and all families are welcome.

16th Annual Keene Ice and Snow Festival

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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Now in its 16th 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 3, 2018
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This is a signature event for the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth, NH. Enjoy family-friendly outdoor winter games, indoor crafts, try your hand at ice carving and harvesting, meet and greet with animals from the farm and enjoy a scavenger hunt.

Newport, NH Winter Carnival

When: February 8-11, 2018
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This year marks the 102nd 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 8-11, 2018
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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.

19th Annual Derry Frost Festival

When: Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11, 2018
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Ice sculptures, sledding, Wildlife Encounters, ice skating, a chili contest and snowmobile exhibit.

Alton Bay Winter Carnival

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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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 19-23, 2018
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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.

26th Annual Winter Carnival at Wasserman Park in Merrimack, NH

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018; 12 – 3 p.m.
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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 24, 2018 and Tuesday, February 27, 2018 through Saturday, March 3, 2018
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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.

20th Annual Colebrook Kiwanis Winter Carnival

When: Februrary 24, 2018
Where: Colebrook Country Club
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This event is free to attend.

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