Travel Picks: Top 10 winter festivals

Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:52am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Whether you're in the mood to heat things up with a party or chill out with snow sculptures, there are plenty of exciting events worth going to this winter. To help revelers with their winter blues travel website ( has come up with a list of top 10 winter festivals. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Few people need to be reminded that Mardi Gras is one of the most serious parties on the planet. Swap winter blues for jazz and blues in New Orleans' French Quarter, where parades move through busy streets filled with bead and costume-wearing partiers. Join the debauchery on Bourbon Street and have fun keeping track of just how many beads you attain.

2. Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah

While it's true that mostly celebrities and A-listers will rock the Sundance scene in Park City, Utah, attending as a commoner will put you in the same place as the stars this winter. A festival dedicated to independent film and its creators happens at the end of January. Can't get tickets to the competing films, but still want to go? There's always skiing in Park City.

3. Buenos Aires Tango Festival

The cultural highlight of Argentina's capital is undoubtedly the tango. For 10 full days at the end of February, the best dancers (milongeros) in the city perform and celebrate the art of the tango. Portenos (locals) and tourists alike are welcome to watch and participate as free tango lessons are given.

4. Winterlude in Ottawa, Canada

The first three weekends of February every year celebrates all things ice and snow in Ottawa, Canada. In 1979, the Canadian Capital Commission launched the first Winterlude to include ice and snow sculpture competition, ice skating, concerts, displays and activities. Explore Snowflake Kingdom, an enormous snow playground with 30 giant snow slides and ice carving exhibits, but the most thrilling of all is skating and sledding along the frozen Rideau Canal.   Continued...

<p>Members of the Krewe of Rex ride on a float down St. Charles Avenue during Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Sean Gardner</p>