Winter Festivals In New Brunswick – Family Friendly

Winter Festivals In New Brunswick

We are keeping our goal for Winter Festivals this year to 2, only because the weather and road conditions may limit the travel we can do. We compiled a long list with details as we were researching our plans, so we are sharing here for your enjoyment and planning. We also shared our Winter Family Bucket List to help share more ideas for winter, family-friendly activities in New Brunswick.

While you browse this list and are making your plans, you may also want to check out the Winter Weather Roadtrip Checklist we have prepared for all your winter travel. If you enjoy taking photos and also have your phone on you most of the time, we also have some tips on how to protect your electronics in cold weather. Do you take your dog with you on all your adventures? Here are tips for winter travel with your dog as well.

Here’s a list of some of the New Brunswick Winter festivals taking place in 2020. If you know of any other winter activity festivals & carnivals we can include, please let us know!

Fredericton FROSTival & Shivering Songs (JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 7, 2021)

FROSTival 2021 will look a little different this year. Fredericton’s favorite winter celebration will offer options to book activities with your bubble, enjoy socially distanced events, take-in virtual activities and get outside for some winter fun!

FROSTival has something for everyone! From families, cultural enthusiasts, foodies and everyone in between; there’s a broad mix of both indoor and outdoor festivals and events, as well as virtual activities to fit all needs.

Riverview Winter Carnival (Feb 5 – 14, 2021)

Riverview Winter Carnival is a 10-day festival held every February. It’s filled with fun, affordable activities that help you and your family celebrate winter wellness in Riverview. This is a long-running festival which started in 1975.

Sackville Winterfest (February 18 – 21, 2021)

In the interest of protecting our environment, starting in 2021, Sackville Winterfest events will be BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug). Be sure to bring a reusable mug and enjoy a free hot chocolate!
Here’s what you can expect in 2021: COVID Friendly Family Day at Beech Hill Park, Winterfest Scavenger Hunt, Take-Out Legion Luncheon and much more.

Fundy Winterfest, Saint John region (Jan 31 to Feb 28)

“Grab your skates, your hats, mitts and family and check out Winter in the best way! Warm-Up to Winterfest online fair, Community Gems Hunt, Frozen Moment photo contest, Chi Walks, Ice Skating, Crafts, Snow Sculptures, Sliding, Valentine’s Trail Walk, Latin Dancing, the list goes on and on and on! Don’t miss out on this Greater Saint John Winter experience, January 24-February 28!”

Shediac Winter Carnival (February 3 – 7, 2021)

The 43rd edition of the Shediac Winter Carnival will run from February 3rd  to February 7.

Florenceville – Bristol Snow Blast 2021 virtual Cardboard Classic

The cardboard classic event is virtual this year. Submit your photo of a cardboard & duct tape “retro theme” sled. Deadline to enter is March 5th. 


Shippagan Ice Carnival (Feb 28 to March 6, 2021)

 (from 2020)The Shippagan Ice Carnival offers a variety of outdoor winter activities, from ice sculptures and washer toss tournaments!

2021 Updates not available:

Groundhog Festival (no update for 2021) Beresford, NB

 (from 2020)Snow sculptures, dodgeball, breakfasts, and more…

Peticodiac Winter Carnival 2020 (No Update for 2021)

 (from 2020)A children’s Dance, trivia night, breakfast and outdoor activities like skating and sleigh rides are just a few of the fun activities happening at the Petitcodiac Winter Carnival 2020.

Alma Winter Carnival (No update for 2021) *Thanks to Sarah for sending this one in!
 (from 2020) From skating to snow sculptures, cakewalk to board games and more. There are lots of family activities in Alma for their winter carnival. 

Dieppe Winter Carnival (No Update for 2021)
(from 2020)For over 40 years the residents of Dieppe have celebrated winter at the Dieppe Winter Carnival, including activities like sleigh rides, skating, music shows, and an array of other activities.

Campbellton Sno-Fest (Feb 13-17, 2020)

Sno-fest offers fun family outdoor activities, entertainment, snow sculptures and so much more.

World Pond Hockey Championships, Plaster Rock, NB (Feb 13-16, 2020)

The World Pond Hockey Championship event began and continues to this day to be a fundraising activity for a new arena facility for the people of the Tobique River Valley.  The World Pond Hockey Championships began in 2002, the first annual event featured forty participating teams from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Maine, USA. 
Annual growth has seen the number of teams grow 120 teams worldwide. They now have teams representing every province in Canada; 35 U.S states and a total of 15 countries from around the globe.

Bathurst Snow Bear Winter Carnival (No Update for 2021)

(from 2020) The Bathurst Snow Bear Winter Carnival is a day of fun-filled activities at Coronation Park! Outdoor activities (weather permitting) include boot hockey, snowshoe experience, snow golf, sleigh rides and even a man-made sliding hill for loads of wintry entertainment. Children may also go indoors to the Bathurst High School gym and cafeteria to partake in card games, Zumba, sporting activities, cup stacking games, a bounce house and more

Hartland Winter Carnival Winterfest (No Info) 

There is currently no information about this year’s Winterfest, we will update when they become available.


We love winter, and we know that sometimes it is hard to get out and enjoy it so we have created some resources to help if you are looking for a Sleigh Ride in New Brunswick or Winter Skating options in the Greater Moncton area, we have you covered! We are expanding these resources this winter with more activities and locations that we will keep them updated each year.
By the time these festivals are wrapping up, it will be time to start thinking about maple syrup! You can find a list of New Brunswick Maple Sugar Camps and Maple Producers here as well.

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