Whitefish’s annual Winter Carnival is the stuff of legends. This (mostly) family-friendly tradition is packed full of quirky events, mythical legends and even princess-stealing yetis! Everything comes together for a full weekend of fun and mischief in downtown Whitefish.
Where did this wacky tradition originate? Enter, Ullr—Nordic god of winter activities. As his people began to explore the far corners of the world, Ullr became a character of distant memory. Local legend has it that Ullr and his loyal subjects searched far and wide for a new home and eventually settled on Whitefish’s own Big Mountain. However, trouble soon came for Ullr when an unruly group of yetis attempted to kidnap his queen. Ullr defeated these enemies in an epic battle, winning back his queen and swearing to protect the valley for years to come. To pay homage to their winter king, the people of Whitefish created the Winter Carnival—All hail Ullr!
Winter Carnival embodies everything we love about winter in the valley. This is a weekend you won’t want to miss! Stay at Grouse Mountain Lodge where complimentary shuttles will get you to all of the festivities safely and on time. If you’re interested in seeing what these mountains are all about, book a Ski & Stay package for just $89 before January 15.
Check out the full list of events, below, or visit www.whitefishwintercarnival.com for more information. This year’s carnival theme is Woodstock Whitefish!
2019 Schedule of Events
5 PM: Coronation of King Ullr LX & Queen of the Snows at the O’Shaughnessy Center
8 PM: Carnival Disco Party at the Great Northern Bar & Grill (21+, $10 cover)
5:30 PM: Prince & Princess Coronation at Whitefish High School
11:30 AM: Ski Joring at the Whitefish Airport
6 PM: Carnival Gala at Whitefish Lake Restaurant (pre-purchase tickets at the Whitefish Chamber, $60)
10 AM – 1:30 PM: Kiddie Carnival at Whitefish Middle School
11 AM: Penguin Plunge at City Beach
12:30 PM – 3 PM: Pie Social at St. Charles Parish
3 PM: Grand Parade on Central Avenue
5 PM: Winter Carnival Art Expo
TBD: Rotary Pancake Breakfast