Winter Carnival promises plenty of fun
A youngster is decked out in her sparkling, well-lit best winter garb as she waits on the Carousel of Smiles float for the start of the 2019 Winter Carnival Parade.
(Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER)
Staff Writer | February 10, 2024 1:00 AM
SANDPOINT — For those struggling with the winter blues, the antidote is just around the corner.
The Sandpoint Winter Carnival will begin Friday, Feb. 16, with the annual Winter Carnival parade and conclude Sunday, Feb. 25 with the fan favorite K9 Keg Pull, which raises money for Better Together Animal Alliance.
Since 1973, the tradition has been something residents can count on to carry them through to summer once the holidays are over. Fireworks, parades, good food, and movie showings are just a few of the event’s features.
To kick off the carnival’s 51st year, a parade of lights will be Friday, Feb. 16, traveling from the city parking lot, heading down Church, and turning north on First Avenue at 5:30 p.m. before heading back to the parking lot. The world’s longest ski hat, measuring 700 feet long, will be making an appearance.
Other events will include sleigh rides, chili cook-offs, live music, a drum circle, a barn dance, and a free showing of the film “Cool Runnings” at the Panida Theater.
The event is presented by the Greater Sandpoint Chapter of the Chamber of Commerce and Schweitzer.
Schweitzer will be hosting multiple events as part of the carnival, including tubing, twilight skiing, live music, village campfires with treat roasting, a hosted snowshoe hike, crafts, and Coca-Cola’s “Let it Glow” night parade, among other things.