While carnival is celebrated all over the world, each destination leaves its own cultural imprint. What is unique about some U.S. winter carnivals is the rodeo style activities (e.g. skijoring - see video.)
With winter carnivals in a number of U.S. destinations, corporate groups can celebrate the pleasures of winter.
Here is a small sample of destinations offering the color and excitement of winter carnival.
Winter Carnival (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
From February 6 - 10, 2013, Steamboat Springs will celebrate its 100th annual winter carnival which was originally started to give residents a break from "cabin fever." Visitors can look forward to ski jumping contests, a tubing party, the Night Extravaganza with an electrifying torchlight parade, fireworks and lots more. The Steamboat Ice Castle, which is back for another year, will be open during that time.
Winter Carnival (St. Paul, Minnesota)
This winter event dates back to 1886 when St. Paul was American's most rapidly growing city. The official carnival website indicates that it was a response to a New York newspaper article that referred to the city as "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation in the winter." The carnival proved them wrong and the annual festivities have continued ever since.
The royal coronation takes place on January 25th, 2013. The carnival will feature a social, banquet, royal ball & reception, ice sculpture contest, Securian Winter Run and geocaching. Facilities include an ice bar and ice palace. Visitors can also view the ice castle at Mall of America.
Other U.S. winter carnival and festival destinations include:
- Winter Carnival (Whitefish, Montana)
- World Ice Art Championships (Fairbanks, Alaska)
- Winter Carnival (Lake George, New York)
- Winter Lights Festival (Las Vegas)