NH’s Winter Carnivals and Winter Festivals

Where to find outdoor fun and winter celebrations in the Granite State
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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 cold weather fun.

100th Annual Nansen-Milan Winter Festival in Milan, NH

When: Various dates, January 12 – January 27, 2022
More information: skinansen.com/
Enjoy the best of winter fun and sports including: bon fires, ice skating, hot cocoa, sled races, ski jumping, cross country ski races, snow sculptures, kids races and much more.


Winter Fest Ice Carving Competition in Concord, NH

When: Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, 2022
More information: intownconcord.com
Enjoy ice-carving demonstrations and meet some of New England’s most talented ice carvers on Friday followed by an ice carving competition and Winter Fest on Saturday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.


21st NH Sanctioned & Jackson Invitational Snow Sculpting Competition

When: Friday, January 28 through Sunday, January 30, 2022
More information: jacksonnh.com
A dozen sculptors from around the Northeast gather each January in Jackson to transform 8-foot cylinders of snow into works of art. Visitors are invited to come and watch throughout the weekend as the artisans work on their sculptures and invited to stay and enjoy cross country skiing, snow coach rides and tubing at Great Glen Trails.


Winter Carnival in Hooksett, NH

When: Saturday, January 29, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
More information: hooksettkiwanis.org
Head to the Donati Field and Playground for a full day of outdoor family fun. Enjoy outdoor games, sledding, snowshoeing, corn hole, martial arts demos, ice sculptures and more.


19th Annual Ice and Snow Festival in Keene, NH

When: Saturday, February 5, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
More information: facebook.com
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.


112th Dartmouth College Winter Carnival

When: February 10-13, 2022
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.


Newport, NH Winter Carnival

When: February 10-13, 2022
More information: newportwintercarnival.org
This year marks the 106th annual winter carnival in Newport, NH. Fun includes a fishing derby, ice hockey games, ski joring, murder mystery dinner, fireworks and more. This event is free to attend.


Wolfeboro Bay Winter Carnival: Winter Wonderland

When: Saturday, February 13,  2022
More information: wolfeboronh.us
Events are held throughout Wolfeboro including Abenaki Ski Area  Pop Whalen Ice Arena  Wolfeboro Inn 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.



Squam Lakes Winterfest at Squam Lakes Association in Holderness, NH

When: Saturday, February 19, 2022
More information: squamlakes.org
From skating, pond hockey, cross-country skiing, sledding, mini golf, to a bonfire and live animal programs with the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, this event is not to be missed. Try one or all of the styles of chili during the Chili Contest.


23rd Annual Derry Frost Festival

When: Saturday, February 19, 2022
More information: facebook.com
Ice sculptures, sledding, Wildlife Encounters, ice skating, a chili contest and snowmobile exhibit.


Alton Bay Winter Carnival

When: Sunday, February 20, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
More information: altonbusinessassociation.com
Check out the Chowdah Contest, horse carriage rides, ice fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee, bed races and more.


30th Annual Winter Carnival at Wasserman Park in Merrimack, NH

When: Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 12–3 p.m.
More information: www.merrimackparksandrec.org
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.

Categories: Family-friendly things to do, Winter Events