Many of us think summer weather makes for the best outside fun, but each season is beautiful and enjoyable in its own right. Although winter can sometimes be harsh, there is beauty in the crispness of the air, the piles of snow twinkling like diamonds in the sunlight and the austereness of the white winter landscapes. This winter, get out and celebrate winter at one of the many fun winter festivals found throughout the U.S. Coconut Club Vacations invites you to take a closer look at 3 of the most unique and exciting fun winter festivals you won’t want to miss.
The Polar Fest takes places in the middle of February in the small town of Detroit Lakes in Minnesota. It might be one of the most frigid times of the winter season but that does not deter those visiting the annual 10 day celebration. There are tons of family fun and spectator sports. For the more daring of heart you can participate in the Polar Plunge. As you may have guessed, this is when people willingly jump into the icy waters of Detroit Lake. Maybe it’s just best to be a spectator for this one. Other events include ice fishing derby, ice motorcycle racing, snowmobile racing and curling.
Cedarburg Winter Festival in Cedarburg Wisconsin is more than just fun but a bit quirky as well. They have a theme every year and the event is kicked off by a parade where local citizens and businesses dress up and march through town. It is followed by a unique race where beds are festooned and raced on ice and event you certainly won’t see just anywhere. This festival is all about competition too. You can participate in the chili contest, musical talent, golf tournament, cupcake festival, and there’s even a snowball fight. There is also an ice carving contest and plenty of family friendly events to take part in.
Last on our list is a fun event in the state of Idaho. The annual Fire and Ice Winter Fest takes place each year in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. This tiny sleepy town typically has a population of 400, but many travel here for this annual winter celebration. The weather might be frigid but the natural hot springs reach temperature of 112 degrees. The Polar Bear Float is one of the highlights of the festival. This is where you can don the craziest costume you can come up with and you float down the Portneuf River in an inner tube. They also have a less traditional Running of the Bulls where participants wear their swimsuits as they run down Main Street and jump into the hot springs to warm up. The festival takes place the first weekend of February.
These quaint winter festivals just might have you loving the season. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the wintry wonderland and participate in fun festivities. They will probably keep you warm, in body and in spirit.