(This post was updated January 2023.)
February might be a short month, but it is JAM PACKED with community winter carnivals – from Salisbury to Shediac, Sackville to Memramcook, and throughout the Greater Moncton Area, we have them all!
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Riverview‘s Winter Carnival kicks off on February 3rd, 2023 with a snowflake scavenger hunt (thanks to Eastgate Academy), an online learn to snowshoe session, a HUBCAP comedy festival show (for the adults!), and one of the best events of the winter – IGNITE! The kick off event includes skating & sledge skating on the oval, free hot chocolate (remember to Bring Your Own Mug, please!), maple candy on the snow ($1/stick) and 7pm FIREWORKS at Winter Wonderland Park. (No sliding that night because of the fireworks.) There are dozens of events from February 3 to 12; find the full list of Riverview Winter Carnival’s events & activities on the town’s website.
We also LOVE the carnival’s annual snow sculpture & geocaching challenges, the campfire gathering on the Dobson Trail, & the Mill Creek Amazing Race! Oh, and don’t forget the Frozen Open, the best winter skateboarding contest on the East Coast; always a big draw for the community!
PS: Pickle Planet is proud to be a returning communications partner/sponsor for Riverview Winter Carnival. Be sure to follow the town’s recreation department on Facebook for amazing photos of snow sculpture creations & more!
Shediac celebrates its 45th annual Winter Carnival throughout January & February this year! Some of the best options for family fun include the annual Groundhog Day visits from festival mascot Bonhomme Coueche, a family ice fishing tournament, outdoor concert and bonfire, skating, and much more!
The City of Moncton is joining the winter holiday fun with PolarFest, happening over the Family Day long weekend (Feb 18-20, 2023) at Centennial Park. There will be sliding, skating (including a #KiltSkate with the Greater Moncton Scottish Association), discounted snowshoe & cross-country ski rental, snow & ice sculpting, food vendors, music, & more!
Salisbury’s Winter Carnival normally revolves around community events in the amazing Highland Park, including sleigh rides, dog sled rides, maple candy, Beavertails, and more. Check the Village’s Parks & Leisure Department’s page for ideas & updates.
Sackville’s annual Winterfest returns February 9-12, 2023 with Family Day at Beech Hill Park, moonlight snowshoe adventures, a scavenger hunt, snow sculpture contest, and much more!
Petitcodiac‘s Winter Carnival Day will be February 18 at the Maple Street Park, starting at 1pm.
And don’t forget – Monday, February 20, 2023 is the Family Day holiday!