• Derek Harkness/Flickr

    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in northeast China - one of the world's biggest - boasts more than 11.5 million cubic feet of life-sized castles, towers, and sculptures galore. (12/28/13-02/28/14)

  • Banff National Park

    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    Banff National Park's Snow Days comprises a 20-year-old ice carving competition, curling showdown, 40-foot ice climbing wall, Olympic Team block party, and more in Canada. (01/10/14-02/09/14)

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    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    This year, the Snow & Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges, Belgium takes on the likeliness of Disney characters from “Frozen” in more than 70 glistening artworks. (11/22/13 - 01/05/14)

  • GoBreck/Carl Scofield

    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, CO: Artists from all over the world transform 20-ton blocks of snow with simple hand tools like carrot scrapers and chicken wire. (01/13/14-01/27/14)

  • Jamie McCaffrey/Flickr

    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    Carnaval de Quebec in Canada means ice palaces, parades, husky sleigh rides, and canoe races over icy lakes - oh my! (01/31/14-02/16/14)

  • Manop/Flickr

    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival in Minnesota has welcomed 350,000 visitors every year with events like parades, snow plowing competitions, and fireworks. (01/23/14-02/02/14)

  • SteFou!/Flickr

    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    Smack dab in the middle of downtown Sapporo, Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival spans blocks and blocks of snow sculptures, giant slides, ice shows, and live events. (02/05/14-02/11/14)

  • © 2012 Ice Alaska; photo by Karen Clautice

    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    Among the most intricate sculptures you'll ever see, the glowing works at the BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska, certainly qualify as "art." (02/24/14-03/30/14)

  • Festival du Voyageur

    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    450,000 cubic feest of snow, live music, maple syrup taffy making, and other fun transform Voyageur Park in Manitoba, Canada into a veritable winter wonderland. (01/14/14-02/23/14)

  • Visit Finland

    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    Nearly 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, wander through all things ice and snow in the Snow Village in Lainio, Finland. Sculptures, hotels, bars, a chapel - it's all there. (12/20/13-04/06/2014)

  • IJsbeelden Festival Zwolle

    11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

    It's fairytales for grown-ups this year in Zwolle, Holland. Here, Grimm characters like Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Cinderella have come to life via more than 1 million pounds of snow and ice. (12/07/13-01/26/14)

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