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Those wishing to participate in the Winter Wonderland Walk, Snow Show Trek, or Duct Tape Derby can register at the hill today!  See you there!

The 12th Annual St. Albans Winter Carnvial kicks off Saturday night February 15, 2020 with a beautiful winter display of Fireworks in downtown St. Albans and then a fantastic day Sunday, February 16, 2020 
of outdoor fun with games, contests,  races and all kinds of outdoor adventure for the whole family on Sunday at Hard'ack Recreation Area.  The Duct Tape Derby, sliding, skating, and other family activities take place at Hard'ack on Sunday starting at 11am.    

St. Albans Recreation 12th Annual Winter Carnival
February 16th, 2020

Saturday, February 15th - Fireworks in downtown St. Albans starting at 6:30 pm to kick off the weekend. 

Sunday, February 16th
– All Events take place at Hard’ack Recreation Area

11:00 am Winter Wonderland Family Nature Walk with Bridget Butler - FREE - but must pre-register
11:00am - 2:00pm - Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides - No pre-register, however once on site the day of the event you can register for your sleigh ride and then go enjoy other activities in the mean time.

11:00am - Howrigan Sugar house - Sugar on Snow.

11:00am-2pm - Family Activities and Kids Games!
Human Dog Sled contest - Parent tow kids in sleds and compete for prizes
Scavenger Hunt - Find a list of items for your chance to win!
Hot Cocoa and Smores - Roast your own, dont burn them, unless you want to. 
Free Hot Dogs
Prancer from the Vermont Reindeer Farm
Kids Obstacle Course
Skiing, snowboarding, sledding
Snowshoeing (with snowshoes available for use for Free)

Music by JAZ Entertainment!
All day - Cash Bar by JW Ryans

12:00 pm - Snowshoe Trek with Lille Bowler - FREE - but must pre-register
1:00-2:00 pm - Lollipop Ski Races for kids - Race through gates to improve your time. 

2:00 pm - Duct Tape Derby (Derby day Registration begins at 12:30pm). At 1:15pm all contestants will be asked to assemble with their vessels to meet with the judges to get a close look at design and costuming. No registration fee!!

Create a vessel out of duct tape and cardboard, bring it to Hard’ack and race it!  See complete rules and details below under forms.

Seed Art


12th Annual St. Albans Winter Carnival
  • Events include:
  • Duct Tape Downhill Derby
  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
  • Obstacle Course for kids
  • Winter Wonderland Walk with Bridget Butler
  • Visitors from the VT Reindeer Farm
  • Sugar on Snow
  • And Lots More Fun!

Winter Carnival
  • Registration is required for Duct Tape Downhill Derby. Detailed rules and information forms can be downloaded below.
  • All events are weather/snow dependant. Schedule, events and activities subject to change.

Winter Wonderland Walk with Bridget Butler 11am
Join naturalist & Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a lively nature walk and some gameplay! We'll explore the trails at Hard'ack solving mysteries in the snow, mimicking animals in winter, and getting in touch with our inner nature artist. Each family will receive a Winter Adventure Hunt to take home! Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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