FROSTival announces 2014 lineup

FROSTival in Fredericton, New BrunswickIf you don’t live in Fredericton, here’s what you’d see if you came for a visit today: Snowbanks as tall as me (or they were until yesterday’s short-lived warm-up), icy sidewalks, and temperatures like I haven’t seen since we left Calgary. And today I heard Mayor Brad Woodside suggest we should celebrate this weather! Crazy talk.

Although, looking over the FROSTival schedule, I’m realizing that he might be crazy like a fox.

Just announced today, the four-weekend lineup is stuffed with events for families and adults, outdoors and inside, and I’m excited to check a lot of them out.

FROSTival is unique. It’s not actually one event, but an initiative that gathers together a collection of community-based winter festivals. This is just the second year for FROSTival, but already you can see the magic that happens when all these grassroots events come together, because with over 80 events, FROSTival has become Atlantic Canada’s biggest winter festival!

I’ll be at the Old-Fashioned Skating Party on January 25 at 1pm in Officer’s Square because the organization I work for is hosting it (come join us for warm beverages, and if you bring a donation for the local food bank, you’ll have a chance to win a fun prize!), but I’d be stoked for it anyway – skating in Officer’s Square with a live band & some hot cider is pretty much the definition of an idyllic winter activity.

What else has caught my eye?

  • Winterfesthiver, with a ton of activities my toddler should love (gigantic ice slides, anyone?) [Update: read my review of Winterfesthiver 2014]
  • Oromocto Snow Fest (sleigh rides!)
  • Campfire sing-alongs in Officer’s Square (again: how idyllic is that?)
  • Ice sculptures at the Fredericton Boyce Farmer’s Market

Check out the full schedule on the Fredericton Tourism website.

My only question: is 2 and a half too young to start learning to skate?

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