Friday, January 31st Events
All day - Live Ice
Carvings Downtown – Artists will be sculpting ice throughout the day in front of our downtown sponsoring businesses. Check out the Ice Walk Map and vote for your favorite sculpture at the ballot box on the City Common by Sunday, February 2nd at 10:00 am.
Ongoing – February 1-3 – Downtown Poetry Walk – Poems will be inspired by the theme “There’s Snow Place Like Home” and located in front windows of businesses near the ice sculptures. Maps will also be available in front of the Greenfield Public Library and online at www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org . Check out this years Poetry Walk
10:00 am-5:00 pm – Hot Chocolate and Board Game Social – Stop by Greenfield Public Library and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate! While you're there stay to play one of the library's many board games and take part in a “Snow Place Like Home” craft.
4:00 pm – Torch Lighting – A celebratory torch provided by Suburban Propane will be lit on the City Common to mark the beginning of the 98th Annual Winter Carnival.
5:30-7:00 pm – Warming Fire – Warm up by the fire at Beacon Field. Bring your own marshmallows and hotdogs. Sticks will be provided.
5:30-6:00 pm – MEGAdance - Dancing in the streets! Join MEGAdance for a downtown dance party on Court Square in front of City Hall. Get your heart pumping to the music with this high-energy dance fitness program.
5:30-7:00 pm – Glow Party at Beacon Field – Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow! We will be lighting up Beacon Field with glow in the dark face paint and accessories. DJ Jason Antes will provide music for glow in the dark dancing and sledding as you wait for the Parade of Lights to arrive and the Fireworks to begin!
6:00 pm – The 6th Annual Parade of Lights will help kick-off the festival with displays that will surely light up the night! Decorated vehicles will travel from Newton School, along Main Street, down Federal Street, on to Beacon Street, and ending on Gerrett Street at Beacon Field. Lighted vehicle entries are needed. Entries will be judged with prizes awarded in multiple categories. Rules and application available here. Whether you are in the parade or just observing, it’s an event you won’t want to miss!
6:30 pm – LED Glow Show – As part of our Friday night Glow Party, Extraordinary Arts LLC will be entertaining the crowds with their 20 minute LED hoop performance!
7:00 pm – Fireworks Display – The kick-off continues at Beacon Field for a dazzling Fireworks Display being shot from Poet’s Seat Tower. It’s a display that’s sure to captivate all ages.
Saturday, February 1st Events9:00 am-12:30 pm – Youth Basketball League Games – Greenfield Middle School. The Greenfield Recreation Basketball teams will be playing against local rivals. Ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free.
10:00 am – Sleigh Bell Run – 4 Mile Road Race. A scenic course starting on Hope Street and running through Highland Park area. Pre-register on RunReg or day of race at Hope & Olive Restaurant from 8:45-9:30 am. Prizes awarded for top finishers in each age division. First 50 entrants receive t-shirt and sleigh bell bracelets. $25 Pre Race Entry by Friday, January 17th, $30 after this date and on race day. Youth under the age of 18 are half price. Click Here to Register Online Road Race Map Course
10:00 am-1:00 pm at the Farmers' Market at Four Corners School, the Friends of Reusable Bags of Greening Greenfield and allies of the BagShare Project, will hold a free workshop for anyone who would like to make reusable shopping bags. We will be using beautiful seed and grain bags and grommet machines. Participants will be invited to make a bag for themselves and, if desired, to stay and make bags to give to people in need. Drop in anytime. The project is free to all and is suitable for ages 5 to 105.
1:00 pm – Cribbage Tournament - John Zon Community Center – Fun For All Ages! $15 Registration. Boards and cards provided. Custom Pioneer Valley Wood Art Championship and Runner-up Cribbage Board/Trophies awarded. Click Here for Cribbage Tournament Online Pre-registration
3:00 pm – Fatbike Group Ride – Bicycle World will be leading a group ride through the Greenfield Ridge. The ride will depart from Bicycle World, 104 Federal Street at 3:00 pm. Bring your own equipment.
3:00 pm – Winter Carnival Jamboree at Hawks and Reed – Under the Tree Arts is bringing the full band for a musical celebration and full-on-dance party with songs of winter and songs of joy and laughter. Play a musical instrument. Make a new friend. Join the band! Tickets are $20 per family. Doors open at 2:30 pm.
Winter Carnival Family Fun Fest – Inside & Out!
Suggested Donation of $5 per person, $20 per family
Sunday, February 2nd Events8:00 am-10:00 am – Breakfast with Olaf at The 99 Restaurant – $6.00 per person. 10 and under $4.00. Two years and under free. Bring your family and friends to help support Greenfield Winter Carnival! Tickets available in advance and at the door. Purchase at the Recreation Department. Cash or check only.
12:00 pm – Snowshoeing Trek or Winter Hike – Meet at the Highland Pond parking lot at 12:00 pm for a 60-90 minute free guided walk around Rocky Mountain Trails. Bring your own snowshoes!
Beacon Field Events
Ongoing – Sledding & Outdoor Ice Skating – Come enjoy the Beacon Sledding Hill and our Ice Rink. Available all winter long! Bring your own sleds or skates.
Ongoing – Snowman Village – help build our annual snowman community at Beacon Field. Bring your own decorations and design your own snowman. Construct your own member of the Winter Carnival’s Snowman Village.
Ongoing – Snow Sculpture Contest – First come, first claimed for pre-built snow mound (weather permitting) or make your own. Add your own fun accessories. (Food coloring only for colors please – do not use paint). Start as early as you would like. Judging begins at 3:15 pm.
Ongoing – Marshmallow Toasting by the Warming Fire – Sticks and Marshmallows provided.
12:00 pm – Cookie Bake Off – Enter to win our Cookie Contest. Drop off your favorite cookies to Beacon Field at 12:00 pm. Bring a minimum of 2 dozen cookies per entrant. All cookie types welcome. Please share recipes and ingredients. Categories: Most Original, Best Overall and Best Decorated! Click Here for the official rules!
12:00 pm – Chili Cook-Off – Come sample chili prepared by our local community members who will be competing for bragging rights for “The Best Chili Around”. To enter the Chili contest, please contact the Recreation Department. Click Here for more details.
12:00 pm-1:00 pm – Hockey Match: The Franklin County Sheriff's Hockey team will challenge the Greenfield Police Department at the Beacon Field Outdoor Rink. A “Pond Hockey Rules” style game: 4 on 4 with goal boxes. Come watch the rivalry outside at Beacon.
12:00 pm-4:00 pm – Snowshoe Demos – Eastern Mountain Sports of Hadley will provide FREE snowshoe demonstrations. Ask questions; learn tips and tricks of this winter sport!
12:00-4:00 pm – Vintage Snowmobile Show & Rides – Take a trip down memory lane at the Vintage Snowmobile Show sponsored by The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts. Stop by and relive snowmobiling in its infancy, and listen to the stories of how snowmobiling used to be. Vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Competition.
12:00 pm-4:00 pm – Horse Drawn Sleigh or Wagon Rides by Hubbard Farm. $3 Adults, $2 for Kids 2-16 and kids under 2 are free.
12:00 pm-4:00 pm – Music with DJ Jason Antes – Come enjoy live upbeat music.
12:30 pm – Community Wide Tug of War – Gather ‘round for a good old fashion pulling contest!
1:00 pm – 8th Annual K9 Keg Pull – Run, dance, do
whatever it takes to urge your dog across the finish line. Sponsored by the Friends of the Paws Park, Hitchcock Brewing Company and the Greenfield Recreation Department. Last year proved to be great fun with dogs of all shapes and sizes sprinting for glory pulling appropriately sized “kegs” – for a Chihuahua, that’s a beer can, while mighty rotts or shepherds pull full-size kegs (all empty of course). $10 Registration Feewith funds benefiting the Paws Park: Register day of or online in advance: www.greenfieldrecreation.com/wintercarnival
1:00 pm – Ice Bowling – Come experience ice bowling on our ice rink! Can you get a strike on ice?
1:30 pm – Broom Ball – Attempt to sweep away your competition in a round of broom ball. No skates needed, only sneakers or boots!
1:30 pm – Check In Cardboard Sled Entries at Sled Check in Station. Save time by pre-registering your sled on-line. Pre-registration available until Wednesday, January 29th. Click Here to Pre-Register
2:30 pm -- Cardboard Sled Contest at Beacon Field. Your creativity is limitless! Just about anything goes!! NOTE: If no snow, bring your sled to the field. They will be judged on creativity and construction. The RULES are as follows:
|•||Sled MUST be made of cardboard. Papier-mâché, tape, glue, and paint are also permitted.|
|•||Sleds may not have plastic wrap, wood or other bottom surface material, or runners (unless cardboard). Tape is ok.|
|•||Parents may help children build their sleds.|
|•||One Entry per person|
Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
Youth – Under 16: Fastest, Most Creative, Zaniest, and Best Crash
Group – 2 or more all ages: Fastest, Most Creative, Zaniest, and Best Crash
Adults – 16 and over (single riders): Fastest and Most Creative
Corporate Challenge: Best Design
There’s Snow Place Like Home: Win a Positively Greenfield Gift Pack in this Positively Greenfield Sponsored Category.
Overall People’s Choice
3:45 pm – Awards Ceremony – Announcement of the Ice Carving, Parade of Lights, Cardboard Sled Race, Vintage Snowmobile Show, Cookie Bake-Off, Chili Cook-off, and Snow Sculpture Contest winners.
|Winter Carnival Snack Bar and Souvenirs
Food, drinks, snacks, and souvenirs on sale Sunday, February 2nd at Beacon Field. Travel Mugs, Winter Carnival Hats, Greenfield Recreation Hoodies,
Winter Carnival Shirts available. Adult & Youth Sizes.
Support Winter Carnival by participating in our Can Raffle!
The raffle will be set-up at different events throughout the weekend. Winners chosen at Sunday’s award ceremony. Many fantastic prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds help to support Winter Carnival.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS