Heat it up: Festivals to consider during the colder months of the year

Japan: A Magical Icy Wonderland

Hot festivals during cold winter months are guaranteed to make you fall in love with a city. In Japan, Odori Park, Susukino and Tsudome hold the “Sapporo Snow Festival” in February. The festival began in 1950 and has become a major wintertime spectacle, attracting more than 2 million visitors. You’ll see awesome snow sculptures that are lit up at night. There are giant snow slides, an ice bar, and the chance for foreign visitors to enjoy lots of regional foods such as potatoes, fresh seafood as well as fresh dairy products. Plenty of opportunity to warm your cockles in this magical wonderland.

Alaska: Freezing Temperatures, Hot Spirits

Winter can be hard in Alaska, but the people don’t let it get them down. In freezing temperatures they hold their “Fur Rendezvous Festival” in Anchorage, which started way back in 1935. The festival has plenty of games and sports, happening over a period of 10 days. Life in Alaska is portrayed with loads of activities, food and drink. There’s the men’s snowshoe softball, a grand prix race, and a ‘Running of the Reindeer’ event. One of the main attractions and highlights of this festival is the World Championship Sled Dog Race which attracts teams from all over the world.

South Africa: Banish the Last Winter Blues

Beautiful Hermanus in the Western Cape, South Africa, is known for its whale-watching activities. The whales can be spotted from the cliffs as early as June. You’re invited to banish the last of your winter blue with a hot list of events. You can drive along the famous Route 62 for fabulous winter scenery or have a wonderful time with the “Hermanus Wine and Food Fair” in August. This country-style celebration shows off award-winning wines with plenty of succulent meats and organic cheeses, with loads of exotic treats too. With an electrifying atmosphere, everything is laid on from gourmet food trucks, kids entertainment, and beer on tap.

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