Running of the Reindeer – which is said to be like the Pamplona version, but with Rudolf and friends

Summer may be over, but the fun is just beginning. We bring you some of the best winter festivals

JAPAN

Sapporo Snow Festival

Art meets ice at the Sapporo Snow Festival from 1 to 12 February 2017. Kickstarted by students in 1950, the festival has now grown to feature a kilometre-long exhibition of ice sculptures by artists from over the world. Once you’ve taken a selfie or two of these super cool sculptures you can go for a ride on a one of the ice slides or enjoy a tipple or two at the ice bar.

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AUSTRIA

Snowbombing

Snowbombing is the Glastonbury of snow. At the Tyrolean resort of Mayrhofen in Austria from 3 to 8 April 2017, you can expect to enjoy ski and snowboard races, apres-ski parties with world-renowned DJs, oompah bands and more. Artists that have previously performed at Snowbombing include Fat Boy Slim, Mark Ronson and Tinie Tempah.

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ALASKA

Fur Rendezvous

If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, make sure that you snap up a ticket to Fur Rondy, aka Fur Rendezvous. This 10-day festival in Anchorage is a celebration of all things Alaskan. Expect tribal dances, dog-sled races, snowshoe softball, and the Running of the Reindeer – which is said to be like the Pamplona version, but with Rudolf and Friends. On from 24 February to 5 March 2017.

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Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage

 

VENICE

Carnival of Venice

Italy brings a touch of glamour to those dark European winter months with its famed mask carnival. The floating city hosts an array of events from 11 to 28 February, including street carnivals, costume competitions and glamorous balls.

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DENMARK

Vinterjazz

If you want to keep warm during the winter months, hit the dancefloor at the Vinterjazz festival in Denmark from 3 to 26 February 2017. Clubs, pubs and theatres throughout the Copenhagen will play host to some of the best jazz musicians around.

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