Hot cocoa and hot toddies. Blankets of white snow. Time spent curled up next to a fire with loved ones. Ice skating, ski racing, and polar plunges — it's not just the holidays that make Winter the most wonderful time of year.
In fact, one of the best parts about the season comes long after the presents are opened, menorahs are stashed away until next year, and Santa has started a much-needed vacation with Mrs. Claus. January through March, cities across the US come alive for blockbuster Winter festivals — and schedules packed with ice sculpting competitions, fun runs, fireworks shows, and mountainside attractions.
From California to Vermont, these 11 US Winter festivals are enough to make you grab your snow boots, down coat, and closest friends and family. Get ready for a magical Winter wonderland experience of a lifetime.