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Ice Magic and Snowdays

Ice Magic and Snowdays

SnowDays Jan. 16 – 27

The annual SnowDays festival is a highlight of the winter season, where Banff invites visitors to embrace the cold, vigour, and fun that winter brings.

All events are free to attend

Snow Sculptures
Various locations around Banff
Jan. 16 – 27
View giant snow sculptures at Banff Ave Square, Banff High School Field, Mt. Norquay and Sunshine Village Ski Resort. Sculptures will be gone January 28 so get out while you can!

International Snow Sculpting Competition
Bear Street
Jan. 17 – 19
Watch snow sculptures come to life as six teams compete in the International Snow Sculpting Competition. Sculptures will be gone January 28!

Snow Sculpture Street Party
Bear Street
Jan. 19
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cheer on the snow sculptors as they finish their competition masterpieces in the Bear Street festival area.

Snow and Ice Slide Zone
Banff High School Field
Jan. 19, 20, 26 and 27
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Skating Party complete with live DJ. Free skate rentals will be available onsite. Credit card imprint required.
SkiBig3 invites kids of all ages to try out skiing, snowboarding or tubing with certified instructors from SkiBig3. Ski equipment available for kids only.

Various Locations in Banff and Lake Louise
Jan. 16 – 27
For 12 days, participating restaurants will serve up exclusive cocktail menus featuring spirits from AB and BC distilleries. View locations and Cocktail Menus here and start working your way through the incredible creations.

Bear Street
Jan. 26 and 27
2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
A 2-day outdoor tasting event celebrating the best of Banff and Lake Louise’s craft cocktail culture. Sample spirits from craft distilleries, unique cocktails featuring local ingredients, and food bites from the Banff food scene.
Admission is free. Sample coupons for purchase. All welcome!

More information about participating venues and discovery event information, visit

Bear Street will be closed between the entrance of Brewster’s Mountain Lodge Parkade and the 200-block parking lot starting Monday, January 14th. The Street will re-open on Tuesday, January 29.

Access to half of the 200-block parking lot and Brewster’s Mountain Lodge parking will not be affected.

For more information about these and other events, visit

Ice Magic Festival Jan. 16 – 27

This year, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of this beloved event. Join us in Lake Louise for this world-class ice carving event.

Admission: It is free to attend Ice Magic Monday-Friday and on the weekends before 10 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m. Tickets are required during peak times on weekends.
• Lake Louise Member Accommodation guests receive free admission at all times.
• Banff Accommodation guests receive up to 50% off by purchasing in advance online with a special promo code given to them by their hotel.
• Day visitors can receive up to 25% off full onsite ticket price if they purchase up to 48 hours in advance online.
To purchase tickets, click here. Our discount code is Magic19BML.


International Ice Carving Competition
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Jan. 16 and 17
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Jan. 18
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Watch as talented ice artists from around the world skillfully combine grueling physicality with precision artistry in an ice carving competition. Vote for People’s Choice Award on Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission from Wednesday to Friday.

One Hour, One Carver, One Block Speed Event
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Jan. 18
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony to follow
Free to watch, vote for your favourite carving with the People’s Choice Award!

Light Up & Awards Ceremony
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Jan. 18
6 p.m. – 8 p.m
Free to attend. See who captures gold at the 2019 competition.

Chef’s Table Dine & Stay Experience
Deer Lodge
Jan. 18 and 25
6:30 p.m.
Enjoy an interactive and delicious three course Chef’s Table with wine pairings. Click here for details. Limited spots available so book now!

FIS World Snow Days
Lake Louise Ski Resort
Jan. 19 & 20
Kids Ski Free (12 & under), 50% off Family Tubing, 2 for 1 sightseeing gondola, and more! Click here for details.

Torchlight Dinner & Ski
Lake Louise Ski Resort
Jan. 25
3:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Explore the hill after hours by torchlight with après drinks, live music, ice carving demo, and dinner. Click here to book your spot.

• Free shuttles are available on January 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. between Samson Mall and Upper Lake Louise parking area. They return approximately every 20 minutes. Wait times will increase during peak visitation from around 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
• Shuttles start at Samson Mall at 10:30 a.m. and the last shuttles leave Upper Lake Louise parking area at 6 p.m.
• Parking is limited. During peak visitation, day visitors will be required to park in the village and take shuttles, so plan and time your visit accordingly.
• Sorry, no pets allowed on the shuttles.
• New ROAM Regional Route between Banff and Lake Louise, now available.
For full event details including ticketing, visit

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