It’s Winter Festival Time in the Lakes Region!

Winter Fest sleigh

Sleigh ride at Prescott Farm

We’ve got fresh snow and it’s time to get out and play! In celebration of winter in New England and its many fun traditions, a few local organizations are hosting some great parties, and everyone is invited—so get out your boots and mittens and head to the Lakes Region this weekend and next! Here’s what’s happening…

Prescott Farm in Laconia, NH is holding its 4th Annual Winter Fest on Saturday, February 15th, from 11am – 3pm. There will be a variety of activities for all ages, and everyone can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa by the bonfire after a nice snowshoe hike or another activity. The festivities include a bonfire & s’mores, sleigh rides, face painting, crafts, sledding, snowshoeing & cross-country skiing, and a Storywalk.™ Please bring your own skis and sleds. Prescott Farm has a limited supply of snowshoes available for use, with the cost included in admission. Winter Fest is free for members and children ages 3 and under, $3 per person for non-members, and $10 families with 2 or more kids. All proceeds support Prescott Farm’s environmental education programs. For more information, visit the Farm’s website here or call 603-366-5695.

Sleds at Squam Lake

Sleds at Squam Lake

Also on Saturday the 15th, Squam Lakes Association will be holding its own Annual Winterfest in Holderness, NH. Join the SLA on Piper Cove and in the SLA Resource Center from noon – 3pm for a day of winter fun! Outdoors there will be ice-skating, winter mini-golf, sledding, cross-country skiing, and Nordic skating demos. Local sled dog team, The Valley Snow Dogz will also be on site for a meet-and-greet and to show off some of their skills! There will be a bonfire to warm up by, marshmallows to roast, and hot cocoa to sip. As usual, the SLA is also holding its annual chili contest during the event, so when you need a break from playing outdoors, come indoors to sample several recipes from local restaurants and vote for your favorite! The outdoor Winterfest activities are free, and there is a small fee for the Chili Contest. For more information, visit the SLA’s website here or call 603-968-7336.

Harvesting ice at Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm

Harvesting ice at Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm

Next weekend, on Saturday, February 22nd, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth, NH will be holding their annual Ice Harvest & Winter Carnival. This signature event is an experience rich in the historic New England traditions of celebrating winter with outdoor fun, along with the unique trade of harvesting ice. Visitors will experience days gone by as they learn how to score, grid, cut, and stack ice properly. Warm winter favorites will be available in the Farmhouse Kitchen, and guests can visit with the Chinooks New England Dog Sled Team and enjoy winter carnival games & crafts. There will also be ice sculpturing demos with local favorite Brian Stockman, animal tracking walks, lessons in outdoor cooking, and so much more! Admission is $10 per person ages 5 and over. To learn more about all of the activities planned for the Carnival, please visit the Museum’s website here or call (603) 323-7591.

Happy Winter!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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