Snow & Ice Festival

When: January 5–Feb. 5

Where: Harbin, Heilongjiang, China

Harbin a city made of ice, famed for its gigantic illuminated sculptures which covers more than 750,000 square meters and features up to 180,000 cubic meters of ice is the largest ice and snow festival in the world.

  At first participants in the festival were mainly Chinese, however it has since become an international festival and competition, with 18 million visitors. The festival includes the world’s biggest ice sculptures.

The best time to go is at night, when sculptures are illuminated with LED lights.

Quebec Winter Carnival

Where: Quebec City

When: Usually starts every year on the last weekend of January and continues for 2 weeks.

The Quebec Winter Carnival, held in Quebec City since 1894 is the world’s biggest winter fair and has given the locals and many guests motivation to celebrate and enjoy cold winters. This yearly occasion goes on for 17 days and is held between the end of January to mid-February.

The most popular attractions of this winter celebration are the evening time and daytime marches driven by mascot Bonhomme Carnaval (Bonhomme is a large snowman sporting a red cap and black buttons). The parades twist through the upper city, brightened for the event with lights and ice models. Some popular activities at the carnival are the Arctic Spa Village, Snow slides, Giant Table Soccer games, Ice palace, Ice tower, snow rafting and skating, Bistro, Zip line, snow sculpture and canoe races.