Winter Carnival

Greenfield's Annual Winter Carnival
94th Celebration

Winter Is Magic

DATE: FEBRUARY 5th-7th, 2016
LOCATION: Events all over town, all weekend long!

Schedule of Events Brochure(Large file - could take a few moments to download)

Light Parade Flyer
Ice Carving Call to Artists
Winter Carnival Parade Application Sponsorship Packet
Sleigh Bell Run Online Registration
or Registration Form & Flyer Road Race Map Course
Cardboard Sled Race Pre-Registration
K9 Keg Pull Registration Ice Walk Map

2016 Award Winners 2016 Sleigh Bell Run Results

We need your help - Volunteer at the Carnival Today!
Volunteer at the Carnival Today!

Winter Carnival

For more information call the Recreation Department at 772-1553

Friday, February 5th Events

Ice Carving All day – 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 Town Common by Sunday, February 7th at 10:00 am.

Amateur Photography Contest and Exhibit in Studio C, 3rd floor at Wilson’s Department Store on display during store hours through Wednesday, February 17. Black and white and color entries depicting Franklin County Winter Subjects/Scenes accepted at The Recorder Office Classified Ad desk (14 Hope St., Greenfield) from January 1st until Monday, January 25th.

Bonfire 5:00-7:00 pm – Warming Fire – Warm up by the fire at Beacon Field. Bring your own marshmallows and hotdogs. Sticks will be provided.

Parade of Lights6:00 pm – The 2nd 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. Applications due by January 14th. Whether you are in the parade or just observing, it’s an event you won’t want to miss!

6:00-8:00 pm – 24th Annual David M. Petrin Memorial Alumni Hockey Game – Greenfield High vs. Alumni at the Greenfield Skating Rink (Collins/Moylan Memorial Skating Arena). Tickets $6 for Adults and $5 for Students and Seniors. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds benefit the David M. Petrin Memorial Scholarship fund presented annually to GHS graduating seniors.

7:00 pm – Fireworks Display – The kick-off continues at Beacon Field for a dazzling Fireworks Display shot from Poet’s Seat Tower. It’s a display that’s sure to captivate all ages.

8:30-10:20 pm – Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena – Bring your glow sticks and have the live, ice-side DJ play your favorite songs. Rental skates are available on a first come, first served basis. $6 admission, $5 skate rentals.

Saturday, February 6th Events

Youth Basketball9:00 am-12:30pm – Youth Basketball League Games – Greenfield Middle School. The Greenfield Recreation Basketball teams will be playing against local rivals. Games start at 9:00 am, 10:15 am, 11:30 am, and 12:45 pm. Ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free.

Sleigh Bell Run 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 at Recreation Department, online, or day of race at Hope & Olive Restaurant from 8:45-9:30 am. Prizes awarded for top finishers in each age division. First 75 entrants receive t-shirt and sleigh bell bracelets. $20 Pre Race Entry by Friday, January 22nd, $25 after this date and on race day. Youth under the age of 18 are half price. Click Here to Register Online or download the Registration Form. Road Race Map Course

1:00-3:00 pm – Public Ice Skating – Collins/Moylan Arena, by the High School. Winter Carnival Special - $3 Admission, $5 Skate Rental.

Cribbage Tournament 3:30 pm – Cribbage Tournament – Fun For All Ages! Registration begins at 3:15pm on the Second Floor of the Youth Center or register in advance online or at the Recreation Department. Play starts at 3:30pm. $12 registration fee. Boards and cards provided. Custom Pioneer Valley Wood Art Championship and Runner-up Cribbage Board/Trophies awarded. Open to anyone and any age! Pizza and drinks for free with donation.

Winter Carnival Family Fun Fest at the Youth Center, 20 Sanderson Street
Suggested Donation of $5 per person, $20 per family
Lego Competition 9:30-10:00 am – LEGO Competition for Grades K-6 – Build your very own LEGO creation and display it at our Family Fun Fest! Enter your home built creation to compete for most creative design. Drop off between 9:30-10:00 am. Guidelines and entry form available here. $3 Entry Fee.

Anna & Elsa 10:00 – Joe the Magician – Since 1978 Joe has been dragging his trunk full of fun all over New England, and beyond, bringing smiles and laughs to audiences of all ages. His quick hands and quick wit make for a truly entertaining and magical experience.

11:00 am-5:30 pm – Art Exhibit – Artwork by Greenfield Middle School students will be on display on the Second Floor of the Youth Center. Come admire the artistic talent of our youth.

Face Painting 11:00 am-12:30 pm – Face Painting and Frozen Theme Crafts for Kids offered by the Recreation Commission and Macaroni Kid.

11:00 am-12:30 pm – Greenfield Games will bring fun to the table with new and exciting board games for you to play.

11:00 am-12:30 pm – Greenfield Public Schools Title I will provide take-home winter family activities and games.

Inside Out 11:00 am-12:30 pm – Photo Ops with Winter Props! – Bring your camera and pose with our giant Penguin, Polar Bear, and more!!

12:30 pm – Join us for a showing of Inside Out!

Ongoing – Popcorn, Pizza, and Drinks available for purchase

Sunday, February 7th Events

Breakfast with Frosty8:00 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.

10:00 am – Snowshoeing Trek – Meet at the Highland Pond parking lot at 10:00 am for a 60-90 minute free guided walk around Rocky Mountain trails. Bring your own snowshoes!

1:00 pm-3:00 pm – Public Ice Skating -- Collins/Moylan Arena, by the High School. $5 Admission, $5 Skate Rental.

Beacon Field Events

Snowman Village 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. Make memories--take your picture with the Headless Snowman!

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.

Marshmallow Toasting Ongoing – Winter Story Walk – Take a magical journey through a Winter Story Walk. Offered by Greenfield Public Schools Title I.
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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 or 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 restaurants who will be competing for bragging rights for “The Best Chili Around”. If you are a local restaurant interested in participating please click here for more details.

Hockey Match 12:00 pm-1:00 pm – Hockey Match: The Franklin County Sheriff's Hockey team will challenge the Franklin County Fire Fighters at the Beacon Field Outdoor Rink. A “Pond Hockey Rules” style game: 4 on 4 with goal boxes. Come watch the rivalry continue outside at Beacon.

12:00 pm-4:00 pm – Ski and Snowshoe Demo’s – Eastern Mountain Sports of Hadley will provide FREE snowshoe and X-country ski demonstrations. Ask questions; learn tips and tricks of these winter sports!

Horse Drawn Sleigh 12:00 pm-4:00 pm – Horse Drawn Sleigh or Hay Rides by Tetrault 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 music by one of Greenfield’s most popular DJs.

12:30 pm – Community Wide Tug of War – Gather ‘round for a good old fashion pulling contest!

K9 Keg Pull 1:00 pm – 4th Annual K9 Keg Pull – Run, dance, do whatever it takes to urge your dog across the finish line. Sponsored by the Paws Park Initiative, Lefty’s 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). Register Online in advance for $5, $10 day of with funds benefiting the Paws Park Initiative. Come watch possibly the most adorable event of the day at Beacon Field. Please be considerate and pick up after your dog.

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, February 3rd. 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

Cardboard Sleds 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
Overall People’s Choice

3:45 pm – Awards Ceremony – Announcement of the Ice Carving, Parade of Lights, Cardboard Sled Race, Cookie Bake-Off, Chili Cook-off, Snow Sculpture Contest, Lego Contest and Can Raffle winners.

Winter Carnival Snack Bar and Souvenirs
Hot food, drinks, snacks, and souvenirs on sale Sunday, February 7th 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!
Winners chosen at Sunday’s award ceremony. Many fantastic prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds help to support Winter Carnival.


Nor'Easter Sponsors
NorEaster Sponsors

Blizzard Sponsors
Blizzard Sponsors

Snowball Sponsors
Snowball Sponsors

Snowflake Sponsors
AAA of the Pioneer Valley
Berkshire Gas
D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches
Design Alternative
Finn Insurance
Franklin County Amateur Radio Club
Freedom Credit Union
Hope & Olive
Sandri Energy
Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters
Wilson’s Department Store

Frosty Friends
All About Beads
Antonio’s Pizza
Berkshire East
Boston Bruins Foundation
Burger King
Central Rock Gym
Magic Wings
Mowry & Schmidt
People’s Pint
Pierce Brothers Coffee Roasters
Pioneer Valley Wood Art
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen
Southwick Zoo
Stop & Shop
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
World Eye Book Shop
WOW Frozen Yogurt

Ice Sponsors

Summit Ice

Adam & Eve/ Swift Cleaners
David Singer Attorney & Mediator
Garden Cinemas
Greenfield Savings Bank
Green Fields Market/ Franklin Community Co-Op
Olive Street Development
Ryan & Casey Liquors
TD Bank
Greenfield, Bernardston, Deerfield, Leyden, & Northfield Local Cultural Councils

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Greenfield, Bernardston, Deerfield, Leyden, & Northfield Local Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."
Greenfield Local Cultural Council Massachusetts Cultural Council

A very special thank you to
Greenfield Department of Public Works

Recreation Commission
Donna DuSell, Rachael Kashner, Francesca Passiglia, Rick Roy, Barbara Zaccheo

Greenfield Recreation Department
Greenfield Recreation Department
20 Sanderson Street • Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 772-1553

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