Celebrating Winter at the Fredericton FROSTival

The Fredericton FROSTival is a celebration of winter over four weekends, in and around, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Frostival Family 2014

It has so much to offer everyone, with both indoors and outdoors with activities such as:

Skating Parties in Officer’s Square
Gallery Hop
Shivering Songs Music Festival
EdVentures Art Workshops
Capital Culinary Challenge
Winter Fairyland Tea Party
Scotiabank Sweetheart Skate
Crabbe Mountain Special Events
Fredkid Frosty Movie Days
Campfire Sing-Along
Art Lovers Tours
Fredericton Polar Bear Plunge
Opera, Theatre and Flamenco Presentations
Family Fun Frostival Party at Kingswood Entertainment Center

Sounds amazing right! Well it was. Besides all of these events there were specials on at restaurants, hotels, Crabbe Mountain, and many events were free. Winterfesthiver was only $5 per person and you could stay all day! The weekend was very affordable for families.

We stayed at the Delta Fredericton, which is very close to downtown. When we arrived, we found out we had a beautiful suite. There was so much space! We also had a lovely gift waiting for us with Covered Bridge chips inside. Yummy! We ordered room service for the first time with our family and it was very affordable with good-sized plates. The thing I loved most about the hotel room was the clock by the bed that had a USB plug to charge my phone! We were happy to spend our first night relaxing in the hotel and swimming in the pool!

Frostival Delta_Fotor

We started off at Crabbe Mountain on Saturday morning. It was the first time skiing for our girls so we put them in a semi-private lesson. The instructor was amazing. He took the time to get to know the girls and make sure they were comfortable with their equipment. He was such a great instructor the girls picked up on skiing right away. They were doing amazing on the bunny hill when we returned from having an hour for just mommy and daddy on the slopes! We had a fantastic time skiing and can’t wait to return to Crabbe Mountain!

Frostival Crabbe Mountain Collage_Fotor

On our way back to Fredericton we stopped at Mactaquac Provincial Park, which is only a half hour from Fredericton. They had a skating pond, cross-country skiing, winter art activities, a tobogganing hill, snow shoeing, and sleigh rides going on for Frostival. (Call ahead for weather conditions and availability) The girls had fun trying cross-country skiing for the first time, painting snow, making bird feeders and searching in the woods for the groundhog!

Frostival Mactaquac Collage_Fotor

We decided it was time to try a new restaurant in Fredericton. We heard about Caribbean Flavas from the Frostival website and decided to give it a try. Their food style is influenced by African, Asian, European and Indian cuisine. We were really excited to try the homemade coconut bread and coconut smoothies! This restaurant has an amazing story behind it and was started by three siblings; Naz, Aziza and Azana, through the UNB MBA Entrepreneurship requirements. We loved meeting their family and seeing DJ Nasty Naz perform at Winterfesthiver!

Right after dinner we stopped in at the Campfire Sing-Along. It was a warm and inviting atmosphere. Officer’s Square was beautiful, turned into a skating rink and there was hot chocolate and cookies for sale.

Frostival Officers Square and Caribbean Flavas Collage_Fotor

To end a very special day we went to the Family Frostival Party at the Kingswood Entertainment Center. We have never been here before and had no idea how huge it is. There is a large gymnastics facility, 30 bowling lanes, an indoor playground, laser tag, an indoor skating and ball hockey rink, many arcade games and a food court with an Express Pizza Hut. We were impressed! We played Cosmic Bowling, laser tag, and arcade games. As you can see mommy really liked the laser tag!

Frostival Kingswood Collage_Fotor

We spent all of Sunday at Winterfesthiver, a winter festival with Gigantic Ice Slides, SnowTubing Slides, SnowMazing Labyrinth, Dog Sled Rides, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Pony Rides, Polar Bear Games, Sculptures, Petting Zoo, DJ Nasty Naz, and more. The girls loved the tube slides and had an amazing first experience on the dog sled.

Frostival Winterfesthiver Collage 1_Fotor

We had a fantastic time here as a family and hope to return again next year! The Capital Exhibit Center was the perfect venue with so much space for people to spread out in.

Frostival Winterfesthiver Collage 2_Fotor

I was compensated for this post however, as always, the opinions in it are my own.