Winter Carnival

DATE: JANUARY 31st - FEBRUARY 2nd, 2020
LOCATION: Events all over the city, all weekend long!

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

Be a part of a tradition that began over 95 years ago! Ice sculpture contests, Fireworks, Parade of Lights, Breakfast with Olaf, Family Fun Day, Sleigh Bell Run, Cardboard Sled Race, K9 Keg Pull, Sledding, Ice Skating, and so much more!

Register Today for the Sleigh Bell Run 4 Mile Road Race on Saturday, FEBRUARY 1st! >>

Parade of Lights Application Parade of Lights Flyer Ice Carving Call to Artists
Ice Walk Map Chili Cook Off Cookie Bake Off
Sleigh Bell Run Online Registration Road Race Map Course
Cardboard Sled Race Pre-Registration
Cribbage Tournament Online Pre-registration Greenfield Public Library Activities Poetry Walk
K9 Keg Pull Registration  

2020 Award Winners 2020 Sleigh Bell Run Results

Check out last years 2019 Winter Carnival Activities

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Winter Carnival

For more information call the Recreation Department at 772-1553

Friday, January 31st Events

Ice Carving 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 . Check out this years Poetry Walk

Torch Lighting 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.

Bonfire 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.

Bonfire 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!

Parade of Lights6:00 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!

Fireworks 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 Events

Youth Basketball9:00 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.

9:30 am-11:30 am – FREE showing of FROZEN (NOT FROZEN II) at Garden Theater. Doors open at 9:00 am.

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 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.  

Cribbage Tournament 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 ReedUnder 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.

5:00 pm-7:00 pm (shows every 15 minutes)The Mitten: In Silhouette presented by Electric Kale Productions in collaboration with Source Studios – Come see what happens when a mitten is dropped in the snow and a passel of curious animals discover its cozy interior. Performed entirely with shadow puppets, this pop-up window theatre makes a special appearance during Greenfield Winter Carnival. Staged in the windows of Source Studios, on the second floor of 267 Main Street in downtown Greenfield, the performance is best viewed from the sidewalk in front of the GCC building. Catch a show every 15 minutes, between 5 pm-7 pm! *This program is supported in part by grants from the Greenfield, Leyden, Gill, and Conway Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.*  Thank you for supporting the arts!

Winter Carnival Family Fun Fest – Inside & Out!
Suggested Donation of $5 per person, $20 per family
INSIDE at the Youth Center, 20 Sanderson Street

Sammy and the Grand Buffet10:00 am – Sammy and the Grand Buffet presented by Jonathan Mirin of PITI Theatre. Join us for a story about an American in Paris, Sammy who is woken by a phone call from his boss who asks that he get to work preparing the restaurant for the evening's Grand Buffet. Forty magic, music and accident-filled minutes later, audience members are invited to partake in the Grand Buffet.

10:00 am-11:00 am – Greenfield Public Schools Title I will provide a take-home winter family activity and game brochure along with a drawing for a World Eye gift certificate.

11:00 am-12:30 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 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.

Ongoing – Paper Snowflake Contest – Drop off your homemade paper snowflake during Family Fun Fest or in advance at the Recreation Department to enter. We are looking for that one paper snowflake that stands out above all the others! It can be big...or small...plain…or bedazzled! Be sure to include your name, age, and phone number on the back! Winners will be chosen in multiple age groups. One snowflake per child.

Ongoing – Popcorn and Drinks available for purchase

OUTSIDE at Beacon Field

Ice Rink1:00 pm-4:00 pm – Music by DJ Jason Antes

1:00 pm-4:00 pm – Sledding, Ice Skating, and Playing in the Snow

2:00 pm – Snowga – Ellen Abraham of Burning Heart Hot Yoga will be leading a Yoga Session in the Snow! Be the best version of you HOT or COLD!

2:30 pm – Hula Hoop Contest – How long can you hula hoop dressed up in your winter gear?

3:00 pm – Winter Relay Race – How fast can your team dash through the snow and complete this wacky winter relay race?

3:30 pm – Snowball Sling Shot – Ready, aim, fire! Test your snowball launching skills at the snowball sling shot range.

Sunday, February 2nd Events

Breakfast with Olaf8:00 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

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.

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 – 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.

Activities 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!

Snowmobile12:00-4:00 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.

Horse Drawn Sleigh 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!

K9 Keg Pull 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: . A donation box to the Franklin County Regional Shelter will also be on site. 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, 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

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
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.


Nor'Easter Sponsors
NorEaster Sponsors

Blizzard Sponsors
Blizzard Sponsors

Snowball Sponsors
Snowball Sponsors

Snowflake Sponsors
D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches
Design Alternative
Franklin County Amateur Radio Club
Greenfield Coffee
Montague Web Works
Mowry & Schmidt
Planet Fitness
Ruggeri Real Estate
Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters

Frosty Friends
Denny’s Pantry
People’s Pint
Riff’s Joint
Sofia’s Pizza
All About Beads
Andy’s & The Oak Shop
Magic Wings
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen
Pierce Brothers Coffee Roasters
Stop & Shop
The Body Shoppe
William’s Farm
The Hammond Family
Berkshire East
Wachusett Mountain
Central Rock Gym
Boston Bruins Foundation
Commonwealth Dairy
Pioneer Valley Wood Art

Ice Sponsors

Summit Ice

Summit Ice
Adam & Eve/ Swift Cleaners
Greenfield Gallery
Greenfield Garden Cinema
Greenfield Savings Bank
Hawks & Reed
Franklin Community Co-Op / Green Fields Market
Mesa Verde
Olive Street Development
Ryan & Casey Liquors

A very special thank you to
Greenfield Department of Public Works

Recreation Commission
Donna DuSell, Myrt Jaquay, Rachael Jaquay, Francesca Passiglia, Taffy Ruggeri, Heather Valenta, Barbara Zaccheo

Director of Recreation - Christy Moore
Program Supervisor - Kelly Jenkins
Program Supervisor - Tori VanVleet

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

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