5 Alberta Winter Festivals to Explore with Kids in January

Deep Freeze Festival | Jan 12 & 13

Join us Saturday & Sunday January 12 & 13, 2019 and embrace the cold northern climate by enjoying artistic panache and authentic cultural and heritage winter games and fun.

This year, Saturday will be Ukrainian Cultural Day and Sunday will be Francophone Cultural Day, with Indigenous performances all weekend long. After the fireworks on Saturday evening, several Festival Stages will feature special WORLD MUSIC performances until 10 pm.
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Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival | Jan 16-27

Set in the spectacular surroundings of Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is a world-class ice carving event. Watch as talented ice artists from around the world skillfully combine gruelling physicality with precision artistry in the ice carving competition, January 16-18, or marvel at the finished sculptures over the following nine days. It’s free to attend Ice Magic Monday-Friday and on the weekends before 10 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m – or, head down to see the sculptures and skate on the lake after the festival has finished, for a low key and low-crowd experience.
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Boardwalk Ice on Whyte | Jan 24-27

An ice carving festival with food, beverages, ice carving lessons and special activities. Experience amazing ice carvings, music, art, food, beverages and special activities throughout Old Strathcona during Boardwalk Ice on Whyte for a low-cost admission rate!
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Jasper in January | Jan 10-27

Jasper in January offers two full weeks of family fun for you to get out of town for the weekend – Jan. 10 to Jan. 27. You’ll find a kick-off party, street festival, fireworks, Mountain Park Lodge’s Chili Cook-off, dogsledding and plenty of other outdoor fun, plus great deals on places to stay and ski packages. There are plenty of free activities for families to take part in, too.
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Banff Snow Days | Jan 16-27

In the heart of the winter months, Banff National Park invites visitors to embrace the cold, vigour, and fun that winter brings. The silence that comes with falling snow, the glowing crackle of a fire, and the joy of snowball fights: it is a magical time of year. Come see winter artistry in action during SnowDays, the festival of snow in Banff National Park.
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