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 (Jan 16 – Feb 2, 2020)

The Fredericton FROSTival is a full 3 weekends with over 150 events! – “From skating parties to ice sculptures to the Maritime’s highest verticals, Fredericton delivers!” Don’t pass up this opportunity to spend more time with family outside, or enjoy some of their fine dining experiences packed with gastronomic delights.

At the same time, Shivering Songs winter music festival hosts renowned artists in rustic and historic spaces throughout Downtown Fredericton.

Groundhog Festival (Jan 24-Feb 2) Beresford, NB

Snow sculptures, dodgeball, breakfasts and more…

Peticodiac Winter Carnival 2020 (Jan 31 – Feb 1)

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.

Shediac Winter Carnival (Jan 29 – Feb 2, 2020)

Visit the Shediac Winter Carnival offering various winter activities for all ages and tastes, including skating, smelt fishing, music, food, bonfires and more.

Alma Winter Carnival (Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2020) *Thanks to Sarah for sending this one in!
From skating to snow sculptures, cakewalk to board games and more. There are lots of family activities in Alma for their winter carnival. 

Sackville Winterfest (Feb 6-9, 2020)

In the interest of protecting our environment, starting in 2020, 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 2020: Fireman’s Winter Carnival Town vs Gown Charity Hockey Game, Family Day at Beech Hill Park, Outdoor Dance Party at Bill Johnstone Memorial Park, Fireman’s Breakfast, Winterfest Fireworks, Legion Luncheon and much more.

Dieppe Winter Carnival (Feb 7-9, 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.

Florenceville – Bristol Snow Blast 2020 Family Fun Day (Feb 8, 2020)
Family fun day with Disney Theme this year. Community breakfast, cardboard classic events, woodsmen water boiling competition, sliding, skating, fire truck rides and more.

Riverview Winter Carnival (Feb 7 – 16, 2020)

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. From workshops to sledding, there is something for everyone at this long-running festival which started in 1975.

Fundy Winterfest, Saint John region (Jan 26 – Feb. 28)

Grab your skates, your hats, mitts and experience Winter in Saint John, Quispamsis, Rothesay and Grand Bay-Westfield on January 26-February 29, 2020!
Fundy Winterfest offers activities from the Warm Up event to Chi Walks, Ice Skating, Crafts, Snow Sculptures, sliding, Family Pizza Party, Bingo, The Golden Ticket event, Family-friendly Comedy Show, Curling & Cocktails, Latin Dancing, Vito’s Hockey, Yoga, Winterfest Puppet Show, and the list goes on and on!

Shippagan Ice Carnival (Feb 13-17, 2020)

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

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 (Feb 15, 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 (Feb 22 – Mar 1) 

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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