Whitefish Winter Carnival

Annual celebration to take place the first week of February

By: By Kenneth Shapiro

Whitefish Winter Carnival // (c) 2009

Whitefish Winter Carnival

For many years, the mountain town of Whitefish, Mont., has celebrated its Winter Carnival based on the lore and history of Ullr, the God of Snow. This year, from Feb. 5-7, the 51st Annual Whitefish Winter Carnival will have the theme “Going to the Sun — Celebrating Glacier National Park’s Centennial,” and it will offer locals and visitors unique ways to celebrate winter with quirky Whitefish traditions.

The festivities kick off with a Penguin Plunge (a hole is cut into Whitefish Lake and participants take a dip to raise funds for charity), followed by an old-fashioned main street parade, ice-sculpting contest, ski joring (skiers are towed behind horses over a race course), a kiddie carnival, a battle of the bands, a pie social, a torchlight ski parade, a cross-country ski race, a hockey tournament, a figure-skating demonstration and more.

The festivities are open to the public and most are free of charge.