Editions
Düsseldorfer Karneval
11 November, 2019 – 26 February, 2020
Düsseldorf, Germany
Be there at the start of the carnival at 11:11 am on 11/11 when Hoppeditz awakes continuing all the way up to late February. Watch parades with floats of every conceivable form, highlighting politics, culture and satire and delighting and entertaining onlookers on the banks of the Rhine. comitee-duesseldorfer-carneval.de
[Photo: Cittanova Düsseldorf/Wikimedia Commons]

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Polar Bear Plunge
December, 2019 – April, 2020
Various Locations, USA, UK, Canada, The Netherlands
You need to be a hardy soul (and physically fit) to attempt this chilly tradition that requires participants to take a dip in the ocean, bay or lake – bare-bodied –  when the temps are frigid and the waters are icy cold – yes, during the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. Take a deep breath and dive in!
[Photo: Seattle Parks/Flickr]

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Ice Sculpture Festival
15 December 2019 – 3 March, 2020
Zwolle, The Netherlands
As Holland’s biggest winter event, the Ice Sculpture Festival brings 100,000+ visitors together every year to admire 40 of the best ice sculptors from all over, as they create spectacular sculptures with their chisels, chainsaws and torches. Approximately 275,000 kgs of ice are used to make the works of art exhibited in the IJsselhallen in Zwolle. ijsbeelden.nl
[Photo: Steven Lek/Wikimedia Commons]

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Harbin Ice Festival
25 December, 2019 – 25 February, 2020 
Harbin, China
Billed as the world’s largest ice festival, the 36th edition in the capital of Heilongjiang will feature ice and snow amusement parks, an international snow sculpture art expo, ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, dog sledding, ice lantern art fair, a safari style trip in the Siberian tiger park and an ice bar and restaurant, among other attractions. icefestivalharbin.com
[Photo: Dayou_X/Wikimedia Commons]

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Storico Carnevale di Ivrea
6 January – 6 March, 2020
Ivrea, Italy
Though most of the carnival takes place in February, festivities begin on 6 January with pipes, drums and marches, as well as fantastic full-costumed re-enactments. Don’t miss the hugely popular and messily spectacular Battaglia delle Arance, but remember to wear protective gear against the flying oranges. storicocarnevaleivrea.it

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Winterlude
31 January – 18 February, 2020
Ottawa, Canada
As if winter in Ottawa was not attractive enough, Winterlude’s three February weekends at multiple sites makes it an even more enticing prospect. Snow and ice are the focal point, whether it’s skating, cross-country skiing, ice carving, ice hockey or interactive art installations. Visitors can enjoy ice dancing lessons, a climbing wall and a crafts market on weekends, too.
[Photo: Diana I. Larabie/Flickr]

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Surfest
Early February – Mid March, 2020 (Exact Dates TBA)
Newcastle, Australia
Sun, sea and golden beaches provide the backdrop to Surfest. While more than 700 national and international surfers from more than 24 countries show off their best moves in different surfing events and vie for the coveted Mark Richards ‘MR’ trophy, visitors can sit back and enjoy Australia’s largest surfing festival on Merewether beach. surfest.com
[Photo: Bill Collison/Flickr]

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Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia
Feb –  March, 2020 (Exact Dates TBA)
Mendoza, Argentina
The Grape Harvest Festival is labelled as ‘the most important celebration in Mendoza’ for good reason. Wine growers, vineyard owners and workers come together, share food, stories and wine in celebration of Mendoza’s grapes. The ‘Blessing of Fruits’ kickstarts the festival and is followed by folkloric song and dance, a beauty contest, traditional food and more. welcomeargentina.com
[Photo: Tanenhaus/Wikimedia Commons]

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Imagine Children’s Festival
February, 2020 (Exact Dates TBA)
London, England
A not-to-miss festival for children by children, the festival returns for the 19th time, bringing favourite children’s authors from the UK and Nordic region to the fore, plus a packed schedule of activities including comedy, dance, music, theatre, family parties, immersive experiences and hands-on activities. southbankcentre.co.uk
[Photo: Belinda Lawley]

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Panagbenga Festival
2 Feb – 3 March, 2020
Baguio City, Philippines
While many parts of the planet contemplate the continuation of the winter months, how about a complete change of scenery? Panagbenga is a vision of summer beauty as this flower festival showcases its blooms. Highlights include a Grand Float Parade, street dance parades, floral arrangements, exhibitions, cultural shows, kite flying competitions, firework displays and more. panagbengaflowerfestival.com
[Photo: Miguel Isidro Photography/Flickr]

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