february, 2022

17febAll Day27Syracuse Winterfest(All Day) Syracuse, NY, Various Locations throughout Syracuse, NY

Event Details

Syracuse Winterfest

Experience the grandest winter event in Central New York, and join over 100,000 attendees for 11 days of fun-filled events.

Syracuse Winterfest

Join over 100,000 attendees for 11 days of fun. Don’t miss the second largest event in Central NY! | Photo Courtesy of Syracuse Winterfest

Enjoy Syracuse and all it has to offer at the Syracuse Winterfest. Winterfest was first celebrated in 1985 and has since expanded into the snow celebration that it now is.

Key Events at the Festival

This event spans eleven days and draws the second largest audience in all of central New York with over 100,000 people attending its dozens of activities. Festival-goers enjoy events like cook-offs, competitions, indoor and outdoor events, parties and other entertainments. 

Take part in the corn hole tournament or enter in a cook-off or mix-off to showcase your signature dish or cocktail. Rather sit back and enjoy the food? Food and drink tickets will be provided by select establishments allowing attendees to sample products and vote for their favorites. See the chili and chowder cook-offs at the festival as well! 

There are five mix-offs to enjoy too, including margarita and cosmopolitan mix-offs that will be held throughout the festival! In addition, enjoy some more cocktails at the bloody mary, martini and sangria mix-offs.

Interested in other events? Participate in the annual treasure hunt, which begins on February 17th, for the chance to win a prize of $2,000! More activities include ice skating, ice carving, and a human dogsled race which benefits Helping Hounds Dog Rescue. Visit the museum and library events at the Everson Museum of Art and the Onondaga County Public Library, and don’t miss the fireworks that kick-off the start of the festival on February 18th! 

History of the Winter festival

The first Winterfest was celebrated in 1985 by a small group of Syracuse natives, known as the Updowntowners, who were committed to make a fun event during the winter months in Syracuse and Onondaga County. Over time, the volunteers and staff grew, as well as the festival. It was the third year of celebration of Syracuse Winterfest when the Updowntowners of Syracuse gained the full support of the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County and The Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce.

During the 1987-88 season, Syracuse Winterfest achieved New York State’s prestigious title of “Winter Festival Capital”. The festival then expanded from a weekend event to its current two weeks, thanks to public support and enthusiasm.

Syracuse Winterfest continues to be a great attraction in Central New York during the winter months. It has grown to be the largest event of its kind in the Northeast.

Syracuse Winterfest Tickets and Registration

Enjoy Syracuse Winterfest with day-of purchasing and registration. Event prices vary, so be sure to take a look at the Winterfest event calendar for more information.

Syracuse Winterfest

Festival attendees dash to the finish in a sled pulling race. | Photo from Syracuse Winterfest

Syracuse Winterfest

Grab a photo with the Winterfest mascots! | Photo from Syracuse Winterfest

Take Amtrak to Syracuse Winterfest

Experience this great winter festival via Amtrak to Syracuse Station in Syracuse, NY. —Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!

Get picked up from Syracuse Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Syracuse office today at: 315-423-0022.


february 17 (Thursday) - 27 (Sunday)


Syracuse, NY

Various Locations throughout Syracuse, NY