The Best Snow Festivals in the World

The Best Snow Festivals in the World

I love snow even though I haven’t been to a place with snow that mounts up to 4 inches and above --that’s the best snow I had here in Dallas, Tx -- USA. Suffice it so say that I just enjoy looking at snow from movies or from the Internet. There are snow and ice festivals all over the world and one I day I will go to one, I promised that to myself. Among all of the snow festivals around the world I love to look at the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan. Some other snow festivals which are considered best are: Quebec City Winter Carnival and the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Come on take a look at them.

Snow is part of the winter weather and nature so we might as well use them. It is one of the amazing features of our world.

Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan
Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan
Castle Quebec Festival
Castle Quebec Festival
Harbin, China Snow Festival
Harbin, China Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow festival, Japan
Sapporo Snow festival, Japan
my Spongebob, Sapporo Snow Festival
my Spongebob, Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan
Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan
Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan
Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan
Quebec Winter Carnival  Contributions to http://madamed.wikispaces.com are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.5 License.
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Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan
Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan

Some of the Best Snow Festivals in the World

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China

When: January 5-February 28, 2010

The festival actually started in 1963 but they stopped it during the cultural revolution, then it returned in 1985. It is so cold in the part of the Northeast China where Harbin is located because of the Siberian wind, BRRRRRRRRRRR. Temperature during summer is 21.2 C and can get to -16.8 degrees C on winter.The festival usually starts on January 5 every year and it usually lasts for a month, but usually upon requests it usually ends a little bit late. Chinese usually excel in this type of work and this year 2010, their show will be frozen works embellished with such modern technology as lasers as well as traditional charms such as ice lanterns -- there are also accompanying treats for children and other adults like fairground rides, alpine skiing, winter swimming and musical performances.

In 2007 there is a Guinness world record at this festival === Harbin for the largest snow sculpture -- 250 metres long, 8.5 metres high.




Quebec Winter Carnival or Carnaval Quebec Winter

Date of the festival: January 29-February 14, 2010 

Quebec Winter Carnival or Carnaval Quebec Winter Carnival is a yearly winter carnival in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The event usually starts on January 29 until up to 17 days and it coincides with the “Mardi Gras” celebration in other parts of the region as well. It boasts of usually close to a million participants and is deemed the third largest snow and winter celebrations in the world. The opening plus the closing ceremonies take place at the “Ice Palace” in front of the thousands of participants including the mayor of Quebec City. It is held each year since 1955. Part of the festival is the canoe race in the river beside it -- St. Lawrence River. There is also dogs competing for the obstacle course. Wonderful isn’t it? There is also dance parties outside and there is a race where their drivers and the horses they own will take part in single and double races.





Sapporo Snow festival in Japan

Date of Festival: February 5-11, 2010

The Sapporo Festival in Japan is a famous festival held annually in Sapporo Japan but it usually lasts only for one week, and it is one of the largest Japans winter event, I can say the whole worlds largest. Two million people visited Sapporo to see the hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures at the Odori Park and Susukino sites this is in Central Sapporo plus the Satoland site. The festival aim is also to promote good international relations among nations. The “International Snow Sculpture Contest” has been held at the Odori Park site since 1974.

The Snow Festival began in 1950, when local high school students built six snow statues in Odori Park

Every year the number of statues displayed is up to 400 in total. The best place to view the statues is at the top of the TV Tower at the Odori Park. Most of the statues are illuminated in the evening and they are very bright. Amazing isn’t it?

If you know of other snow festivals let me know, Thank you.


China Harbin Snow Festival
China Harbin Snow Festival
China Harbin Snow Festival
China Harbin Snow Festival
Harbin Snow Festival, China
Harbin Snow Festival, China
Harbin Snow Festival, China
Harbin Snow Festival, China
Harbin Snow Festival
Harbin Snow Festival
Harbin Snow Festival, China
Harbin Snow Festival, China
Quebec Winter Festival
Quebec Winter Festival
Quebec Winter Festival, Dog Race
Quebec Winter Festival, Dog Race
Opening Quebec Snow Festival
Opening Quebec Snow Festival
Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, Japan
Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, Japan
Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan
Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan
what are they doing its cold??
what are they doing its cold??

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"Quill" 6 years ago

Morning PDH...I have been woodcarving for years and have attempted a few times working with snow and after each have come to appreciate those who do. Some incredible artists out there.

Great Hub...

Blessings


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zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

I'd have to say these are some really cool pictures ! ! HaHa.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

The snow sculptures are incredible and thank you so much for bringing and showing them.


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manlypoetryman 6 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

Those are some great ice scupltures...(I hope that last pic was a sculpture...and not real people frozen in the act!) I really am amazed but the Army on horseback...and that huge snow temple. (Well...all the ice sculptures were amazing). Excellent hub article on Snow Festivals around the world...guess we won't be having any Snow festivals in Texas...for sure! Can't imagine how cold it has to be to maintain the detail...on some of the larger sculptures...bbbrrrr....but I can only imagine it has to be real cold for them!


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Awesome pictures!!! Love the ice sculptures!! Beautiful!!

I enjoyed this hub very much! :) I gotz lotz of snow for you here in New York! Should I mail ya some snowballs?


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

What a fantastic Hub, Prettydarkhorse! I live in a place with around the same yearly snowfall totals as Dallas, and these are absolutely breathtaking photos. The last one threw me, though! :)


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Hello Maita! Some friends teaching in China actually went to this festival in China and sent photos last year - absolutely amazing! Thanks for these photos.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

LOL!!... hahaha, Maita... great pics, but especially the last one!!!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Cris, Thanks and I am glad you smiled hehe, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi BK, I am glad you have pics too, Are you going to Asia again soon? Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi lorlie, am glad you liked them as well, morning, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey GHOST, yes I am waiting for your mail hehe, mail it before Valentines Day, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi manly, youre definitely right, NAAH here in Texas, arent you glad we live here, but I love to ge and se one of this festivals, they are amazing isnt it, the last one hehe., are they frozen hehe, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi hello, nice isnt it? Thanks dear, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi zzron, I am glad you liked them, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi QUILL< arent they are a blessing, what happend to your woodcarving? Thanks and Bless, good day, Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very nice hub. If you have lemons/lemonade- snow/snowcones or great sculptures. Thank you. I hope you're doing well. Be safe! I think that's just "snow wrestling" on that car!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hehe, lemonade sonwcones, I can make one when I am in a snow, Thanks Micky and TC, Maita


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

Oh wow! These photos are so great! It's amazing what human beings will do with their creativity, isn't it?


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Katrina, nice of you to drop by here, and they are beautiful indeed, Maita


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donna bamford 6 years ago from Canada

Very nice article, I have often wanted to go the snow festival in Quebec. Now i want to see the ones in China and Japan!Thank you for introducing them to me. Very interesting!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Donna, thanks dear How are you, try to visit Japan, it is the best, Maita


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Great hub Maita, I really enjoyed the pictures. It reminds me of the Ice Bar in Las Vegas. Have a great Super Sunday.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

WOW!! This is phenomenal. Love it.

Maita, the photo's are exquisite and lifelike. But, I am beginning to feel a chill (smile). Blessings dear heart.

Forever His


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Ttruth, Ice bar in Las Vegas oh I need to see that, Thanks again and I am glad you like this one, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi RevLady, Thanks for reading this one, how are you, i missed readign your hubs, and you too, Bless, Maita


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Wow! Absolutely amazing! But it makes me cold just to look at the pics!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hey habee, it is cold alright, BRRR, Maita


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

LOL. I loved the last pic you posted! (Now I know what happened to my missing best friend and his girl!) I'm absolutely amazed by what we can do as humans in terms of creating. It really is incredible, isn't it? I really enjoyed reading this one, Maita! I'd love to visit anyone of these places someday. You did a fantastic job writing this.

Dohn


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey DOHN< hehe about the last pics, what happened to your friend and his gf? hehe, You can visit Japan it is the best I think, I also want to got here but I dont know If I can take the cold weather, Maita


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Hey PDH! Snow sculptures are awesome! Just finished watching the ice scuplture comptetitions here in Ottawa during the Winterlude, and it's amazing what people can do with snow, ice, water, creativity and cold, cold weather! BTW, maybe those two aren't frozen...maybe they're just warming up very slowly! lol Wonderful hub! xox


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Beth, thank you so much for your nice compliments, hehe, I agree with you, they are warming up LOL, you are very lucky you watched a festival there, One day i like to watch a festival like this as well, Maita


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vox vocis 6 years ago

I wrote about the same topic during the HubMob winter sports week. We share some photos on our hubs :-) Snow and ice sculptures are amazing!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

lovely isnt it Vox, thank you dear, Maita


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Love the pictures.

I live where there is typically lots of snow every winter, so I can appreciate it. I will say from personal experience, that Quebec is absolutely breathtaking in the winter here in Canada, as well as many other places in this beautiful country.

I'd love to see some of these other places in person. Maybe one day.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks Ms Duchess, good to see you,


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C.V.Rajan 3 years ago from Kerala, India

Nice collection of "cool" pictures!


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prettydarkhorse 3 years ago from US Author

Thank you CV. :-)

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