Welcome to the annual

Winter Carnival Festival in McCall, Idaho

January 30, 2015 - February 8, 2015

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99 days till the festival!
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Event Summary:
The McCall, Idaho Winter Carnival offers snow sculpture viewing, fireworks, parades, and a true carnival atmosphere over two weekends.  The festival is always held the last weekend of January through the first weekend in February.
Location:
All around McCall, Idaho!
McCall is a popular Idaho resort town located 100 miles north of Boise.  It is famous for winter activities including skiing and snowmobiling and summer activities including Payette Lake, hiking, fishing, rafting and more.
Lat: 44.910906
Long: -116.10308

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About the McCall Winter Festival
Lodging for this event sells out early.  Call us at 1-800-844-3246 for availability at all hotels, cabins, vacation rentals and condos in McCall, New Meadows, Cascade and beyond.

2015 is McCall's 50th anniversary of visitors enjoying the spectacular snow sculptures doting the streets through out the community. They come in all shapes, sizes and themes from small to tall (over 20 feet!).  At InIdaho, we love Winter Carnival because of all of the energy created by the thousands of people who come to McCall to celebrate in the middle of winter.  The food vendors, parade, sculptures, events and opening and closing fireworks truly make this one of America's great festivals. 

In the beginning of this local tradition, residents constructed the sculptures in front of their homes. Gradually, the sculptures moved downtown where local businesses carry on the spirit of fun and festival. Snow sculpturing has developed into an event that receives national recognition, with our teams going forward to compete in international events!

In addition to enjoying over many entrants around town, visitors take part in a two full weeks worth of activities.  Most businesses, including the Activity Barn Snow Tubing Hill have extended hours.  Winter Carnival in McCall is also a great time to ski Brundage since many of the visitors aren't here to ski and the mountain remains quiet despite the town being full.

We look forward to helping you plan your trip (the earlier the better), and if you are last minute give us a call because InIdaho will always know where to find the last room available.
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Lodging and Deals for Winter Carnival
InIdaho.com InIdaho.com is the official reservation service for the Winter Carnival Organizer (the McCall Chamber of Commerce).  Part of the proceeds from your reservation made through InIdaho.com go to support the Chamber's efforts. 

Through InIdaho.com you can make reservations for McCall area hotels, motels, vacation cabin and condominium rentals and more.  This free service is truly "One-Call McCall".
Reservations 1-800-844-3246
We'll help you find the perfect place if you make your reservations early, or find you last second availability if you decided to join the fun last minute.
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New Meadows (10 miles north)
Donnelly/Tamarack (11 miles south)
Cascade (27 miles south)
Riggins (40 miles north)
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Tentative 2015 Schedule of Events
Please note that events are subject to change without notice.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Time Event Location
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Sculpture Viewing All Around Town
12:00 PM-6:00 PM Craft Fair and Chocolate - YUM Holiday Inn Hunt Lodge Map
12:00 PM-12:30 PM Sculpture Awards Placed All Around Town
12:00 PM-6:00 PM Pan for Gold and Warm Up 136 E. Lake Street
2:00 PM-9:00 PM Lift-Served Snow Tubing - Special Hours Activity Barn Map
5:00 PM-10:00 PM Vendor Court Open E. Lake Street Map
5:00 PM-10:00 PM Beer Garden Open E. Lake Street Map
5:00 PM-9:30 PM Main Stage Music E. Lake Street Map
5:30 PM-6:15 PM Children's Torchlight Parade Lineup Congregational Church Map
6:30 PM-7:00 PM Children's Torchlight Parade Downtown McCall Map
6:30 PM-7:00 PM Opening Ceremonies Depot Park Map
7:00 PM-7:30 PM Fireworks over Payette Lake Legacy Park Map
7:00 PM-9:00 PM Call of Duty: Ghosts & Black Ops II Tourney PLAYLive Map
7:00 PM-10:00 PM Cash Ice Bar w/ beers on tap Salmon River Brewery Map
7:30 PM-9:30 PM Hockey -BSU vs Idaho Manchester Ice Centre Map
7:30 PM-9:30 PM Theater: Hearts Like Fists" Alpine Play House Map
8:00 PM-10:00 PM Comedy Night (21 & older) Northfork Lodge Map
9:00 PM-11:59 PM Optimist Teen Dance (13-20yrs) High School Map
11:00 PM- XBox Late Night Gaming PLAYLive Map

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Time Event Location
8:00 AM-11:00 AM All U Can Eat Pancake Breakfast. McCall Senior Center Map
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Sculpture Viewing All Around Town
9:00 AM-6:00 PM Craft Faire and Chocolate - YUM Holiday Inn Hunt Lodge Map
9:30 AM-10:00 PM Brundage Beer and Gear Festival Brundage Mountain
10:00 AM-9:00 PM Lift Served Snow Tubing Activity Barn Map
10:00 AM-10:00 PM Vendor Court Open Depot Park Map
10:00 AM-9:00 PM Beer Garden open Depot Park Map
10:30 AM-11:30 AM Mardi Gras Parade Lineup High School Map
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Snowshoe Golf McCall Golf Course Map
12:00 PM-1:30 PM Mardi Gras Parade Downtown McCall Map
2:00 PM-8:00 PM Main Stage Music Depot Park Map
2:30 PM-5:30 PM Flashpoint Snowbike Races McCall Golf Course Map
3:00 PM-4:00 PM Polar Plunge Alpine Village Map
5:00 PM-7:00 PM XBox One Tourneys PlayLive Map
7:30 PM-9:00 PM Theater: "Hearts Like Fists" Alpine Playouse Map
7:30 PM-9:00 PM Hockey: BSU vs Idaho Manchester Ice Centre Map

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Time Event Location
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Sculpture Viewing All Around Town
10:00 AM-4:00 PM Craft Faire and Chocolate - YUM Holiday Inn Hunt Lodge Map
10:00 AM-5:00 PM Vendor Court Open Depot Park Map
10:00 AM-5:00 PM Beer Garden open Depot Park Map
10:00 AM-6:00 PM Brundage Beer & Gear Festival Brundage Mountain Resort
10:00 AM-9:00 PM Lift Served Snow Tubing Activity Barn Map
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Snowshoe Golf McCall Golf Course Map
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Monster Dog Pull Alpine Village Map
7:00 PM-8:00 PM Theater: "Hearts like Fists" Alpine Playhouse Map

Monday, February 02, 2015

Time Event Location
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Sculpture Viewing All Around Town
4:00 PM-9:00 PM Snow Tubing - Special Hours Activity Barn Map
5:00 PM-8:00 PM Winter Art Gala Idaho First Bank Map

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Time Event Location
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Sculpture Viewing All Around Town
9:00 AM-5:00 PM State Snow Sculpting Championships Depot Park Map
4:00 PM-9:00 PM Lift-Served Snow Tubing - Special Hours Activity Barn Map
5:00 PM-9:00 PM Family Dinner and Game Night Little Ski Hill
6:00 PM-8:00 PM Wine Dinner Ruperts in Hotel McCall
7:00 PM-10:00 PM Party Bingo (21 years+) Foresters Club

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Time Event Location
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Sculpture Viewing All Around Town
8:00 AM-5:00 PM View State Snow Sculpting Championships Depot Park Map
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Snowshoe Golf McCall Golf Course Map
4:00 PM-9:00 PM Lift Served Snow Tubing Activity Barn Map
5:30 PM-10:00 PM Grand Bingo (games start at 7pm) Northfork Lodge Map
6:00 PM-9:00 PM Wine Dinner Featuring Cinder & Ruperts in Hotel McCall
7:30 PM-9:00 PM Theater: "Hearts Like Fists" Alpine Play House Map

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Time Event Location
8:00 AM-5:00 PM View State Snow Sculpting Championships Depot Park Map
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Sculpture Viewing All Around Town
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Snowshoe Golf McCall Golf Course Map
4:00 PM-9:00 PM Lift-Served Snow Tubing Activity Barn Map
5:00 PM-8:00 PM M/D Chocolate & Spirits Tasting Shore Lodge Map
7:30 PM-9:00 PM Theater: "Hearts Like Fists" Alpine Play House Map
9:00 PM-11:59 PM Beard, Hairy, & Sexy Leg Competition Yacht Club Downtown Map

Friday, February 06, 2015

Time Event Location
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Sculpture Viewing All Around Town
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Snowshoe Golf McCall Golf Course Map
11:00 AM-10:00 PM Vendor Court Open Depot Park Map
2:00 PM-9:00 PM Lift-Served Snow Tubing - Special Hours Activity Barn Map
3:00 PM-9:00 PM Beer Garden open Depot Park Map
6:00 PM-9:00 PM Main Stage Music -Karaoke Contest Depot Park Map
7:30 PM-9:00 PM Theater: "Hearts Like Fists" Alpine Play House Map
8:00 PM-10:00 PM McCall Stars on Ice Manchester Ice Centre Map

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Time Event Location
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Sculpture Viewing All Around Town
9:30 AM-4:30 PM Brundage Mountain Diva Day Brundage Mountain Resort
10:00 AM-3:00 PM Snowmobile Fun Run Bear Creek Lodge
10:00 AM-10:00 PM Vendor Court Open Depot Park Map
10:00 AM-3:00 PM Vendor Court Open Depot Park Map
10:00 AM-10:00 PM Beer Garden open Depot Park Map
10:00 AM-9:00 PM Snow Tubing Activity Barn Map
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Snowshoe Golf McCall Golf Course Map
12:00 PM-9:00 PM Barley Brothers Winter Ale Festival Alpine Village Map
1:30 PM-9:00 PM Main Stage Music Depot Park Map
1:30 PM-9:00 PM Live Bull Riding Competition Bull Riding Event Map
2:30 PM-6:00 PM Family Bingo - all ages Holiday Inn Hunt Lodge Map
6:00 PM-9:00 PM Snowdon Wine Tasting & Art Auction McCall Golf Course Map
6:30 PM-7:00 PM Closing Ceremonies Depot Park Map
7:00 PM-7:30 PM Fireworks Over Payette Lake Legacy Park Map
7:00 PM-9:30 PM Hockey: Jr. Steelheads vs. Valencia Flyers Manchester Ice Centre Map
7:00 PM-11:00 PM Monte Carlo Casino Night (21 years+) Northfork Lodge Map
7:30 PM-9:00 PM Theater: TBA Alpine Play House Map
9:00 PM-12:00 AM Optimist Teen Dance (15-20 years) High School Map

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Time Event Location
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Sculpture Viewing All Around Town
10:00 AM-3:00 PM Beer Garden Open Depot Park Map
10:00 AM-6:00 PM Snow Tubing Activity Barn Map
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Snowshoe Golf McCall Golf Course Map
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Snowshoe Golf McCall Golf Course Map
12:00 PM-1:30 PM Hockey: Jr. Steelheads vs. Valencia Flyers Manchester Ice Centre Map
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2015 Snow Sculptures Map
Use the pull-down menu below to select a particular venue and click on the map icon for additional location information.  Winner!=Prize Winning Sculpture
Map & GPS locations are approximate and subject to change
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Winter Carnival Venue Map
Winter Carnival events are held all over McCall. Use the pull-down menu below to select a particular venue and click on the map icon for additional location information. 
Map & GPS locations are approximate and subject to change
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Community Questions and Answers about the McCall Winter Carnival
InIdaho.com welcomes questions about this event to help you plan your trip to the Carnival in McCall.
From Marilyn 1/24/2014 10:56:10 AM
Question: Are dogs welcome at the carnival?
Answer: You can bring you pet on a leash as you walk around town to view the Carnival.
(Tamara @ InIdaho 1/24/2014 10:57:41 AM)
From Kelley 11/22/2013 11:25:05 PM
Question: I have never been to the festival and will be bringing a 2 1/2 year old with me this year. What is the best day for him?
Answer: @Kelley: On Saturday of the first weekend there is a parade at noon so this is the most popular day of the carnival. However, the first Friday and the second Saturday there are fireworks that are amazing over the lake.
(Mike @ InIdaho 11/23/2013 8:04:58 AM)
From Ineta 9/2/2013 10:10:29 PM
Question: When is the Festival in 2015?
Answer: @Ineta: The Winter Carnival always begins the last full weekend in January. In 2015, it will be held Jan 30-Feb 8, 2015.
(Erin @ InIdaho 9/3/2013 8:58:38 AM)
From Blessy 5/23/2012 7:39:50 AM
Question: 1.What is the vendor booth price? 2.Deadline date for applying to be a vendor for the Winter Carnival Festival in McCall, Idaho January 25, 2013 - February 3, 2013 3.admission price?
Answer: @Blessy: Prices and deadlines have not been set for the 2013 Winter Carnival. Generally you must have all forms including a central district health approval (if applicable) 14 days prior to the event. There is no admission fee at most events including the vendor food/craft location. Please give the Chamber of Commerce a call for prices.
(Mike @ InIdaho 5/23/2012 7:53:36 AM)
From Mary 1/29/2012 2:20:40 PM
Question: Who won the sculpture prize?
Answer: @Mary: Grand Prize went to McCall Mountain Accents for their "Jurassic Park" sculpture. You can view all winners on our Sculpture Map located on our Winter Carnival page. www.inidaho.com/wintercarnival
(Mike @ InIdaho 1/29/2012 6:09:14 PM)
From Lorena 1/20/2012 11:51:51 AM
Question: I see there is a hockey game on Friday, January 27th. What is the ticket price? Can they be purchased at the door?
Answer: @Lorena: BSU is playing Idaho on January 27th at 7:30pm. The doors open at 7:00pm. You can buy tickets at the door for $12.00 general admission.
(Tamara @ InIdaho 1/20/2012 12:27:19 PM)
From Kelly 1/18/2012 9:47:00 AM
Question: How much snow do you have now?
Answer: @Kelly: McCall received a lot of snow overnight and it is still dumping (19 inches at Brundage in last 24 hours)! This means that we will have snow sculptures as well as other types of sculptures from the community!
(Mike @ InIdaho 1/18/2012 9:52:16 AM)
From Judy 1/4/2012 12:48:13 PM
Question: Is Winter Carnival happening this year with the current snow?
Answer: @Judy: The show must go on! We hope to have plenty of snow in time for the festival, but even if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate the Winter Carnival will go on. Fireworks, parade, bingo, casino night, dances, beer gardens, music and on and on. Come on up and support this community event. Will be fun!
(Mike @ InIdaho 1/4/2012 12:50:21 PM)
From Anoop 12/16/2011 6:33:47 AM
Question: What is the vendor booth price?
Answer: @Anoop: For the McCall Winter Carnival booth space you can contact the McCall Chamber of Commerce. We will e mail you their contact information. If you need help with lodging please let us know.
(Tamara @ InIdaho 12/16/2011 9:15:28 AM)
From Bill 12/12/2011 12:11:35 PM
Question: I didn't know there are fireworks at opening ceremony. Is that Thursday or Friday night?
Answer: @Bill: The Fireworks will be at 7pm on Friday night (1/27/2012) and again on Saturday of the next week for closing ceremonies (2/4/2012)
(Mike @ InIdaho 12/12/2011 12:17:05 PM)
From Nancy 12/4/2011 3:37:07 PM
Question: Are the fireworks over the lake?
Answer: @Nancy: Both opening and closing ceremonies shoot the fireworks over Payette Lake.
(Mike @ InIdaho 12/4/2011 3:49:52 PM)
From Steve 12/3/2011 4:39:56 PM
Question: Are there any places to stay left?
Answer: @Steve: Hi Steve, we still have availability including hotels, condos and cabins. Please contact us either by phone (800-844-3246) or by submitting a quote request form so we know the dates, number of people and what type of lodging you would prefer.
(Mike @ InIdaho 12/3/2011 4:42:27 PM)
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About McCall, Idaho McCall is a small resort community nestled on the shore of beautiful Payette Lake and is known as one of Idaho's most popular resorts. McCall was founded as a timber town and has grown into a popular year round destination. Located 100 miles north of Boise, McCall is just a two-hour drive along the Payette River Scenic Byway from its gateway city. McCall is home to Brundage Mountain, Ponderosa State Park, the U.S. Forest Service Smokejumper Base, and the annual Winter Carnival. McCall offers something for everyone throughout the year. InIdaho.com is based in McCall. We love it here!
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