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Thu, Dec 21, 2024 12:00 AM

Winter Fun Facts

Winter officially begins with the Winter Solstice, which marks the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. This astronomical event occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun, signaling the start of winter in the hemisphere experiencing the solstice.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice typically falls on December 21st or 22nd, while in the Southern Hemisphere, it occurs on June 20th or 21st. The exact date and time of the Winter Solstice vary each year due to the Earth’s elliptical orbit and its axial tilt, but these dates serve as a general guideline for the commencement of the winter season.

Popular Festivities and Events

  1. Fur Rendezvous | Anchorage, Alaska
  2. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival | Adirondacks, New York
  3. Whitefish Winter Carnival | Whitefish, Montana
  4. SnowFest | Tahoe City, California
  5. The Great Northern | The Twin Cities, Minnesota
  6. Wintersköl | Aspen, Colorado
  7. Fire and Ice Winter Fest | Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
  8. WinterWonderGrass | Colorado, California, and Vermont
  9. Oregon Winterfest | Redmond, Oregon
  10. International Snow Sculpture Championship | Breckenridge, Colorado
  11. Ely Winter Festival | Ely, Minnesota
  12. Winter Karneval | Leavenworth, Washington
  13. Okoboji Winter Games | Arnolds Park, Iowa
  14. Saint Paul Winter Carnival | St Paul, Minnesota
  15. Dartmouth Winter Carnival | Hanover, New Hampshire
  16. Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival | Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  17. Oregon WinterFest | Bend, Oregon
  18. Newport Winter Festival | Newport, Rhode Island
  19. Stowe Winter Carnival | Stowe, Vermont
  20. Frostival | Fargo, ND and Moorhead, Minnesota
  21. NC Smokies Ice Fest Weekend | Haywood County, North Carolina
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