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Fredericton welcomes the new year by hosting Atlantic Canada’s largest winter celebration

There’s no shortage of things to do in Fredericton this winter.

FROSTival is a festival that takes place over three jam-packed weekends from Jan. 18 to Feb. 4 this winter.

With more than 100 events, there are lots of things to do both indoors and outdoors. These include live music (such as the Shivering Songs Festival and concerts headlined by Matt Mays and Big Wreck), live theatre, ice sculpture showcases, comedy shows, adult science night and film festivals.

“There’s even an indoor washer toss tournament,” said organizer Stacey Russell. “The list goes on and on… and on.”

According to Russell, FROSTival began in 2013 as a collaboration between Fredericton Tourism and some of their larger partners. Together, they looked at a way to create a winter celebration within the Fredericton region. 2018 marks the festival’s sixth year.

Russell said the FROSTival organizers are always working to shake things up. This year, that includes beer-themed events.

In partnership with Hopped Yoga, they will be offering FrostiBeer Yoga: Round 2. Teaming up with TrailWay Brewing, the event hopes to warm participants from the inside out with a 60-minute yoga class followed by a craft beer tasting.

Taking place on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m., the organizers recommend dressing warmly as the practice might be held outside, weather permitting, “for extra fun and exploration.” No yoga experience is necessary, but participants must be 19 years or older.  

Fredericton Makerspace is bringing together beer and DIY to create a custom-built growler holder. You can further customize the piece by silk-screening, laser engraving or painting.  The event, “Let’s Make,” features Grimross Brewing beer. All materials will be provided and organizers encourage attendees to “bring your maker spirit and come thirsty.” It will take place on Feb. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Grimross Brewing.

Finally, King Street Ale House is hosting Hygge, celebrating the Danish approach to getting cozy in the winter with seasonal beer and Boss Gibson oysters. The event will take place on Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.

FROSTival organizer Stacey Russell said it’s always hard to pinpoint her favorite event, “especially when there’s so many to choose from.”  

“Many love the Ice Sculpture Showcase—which brings you along the downtown—and following our ice sculptor Richard Chiasson as he carves his creations,” she said. “The Shivering Songs Festival is always a highlight with their intimate venues and sold out shows.”

She added many of the events are free or low-cost, which make them especially accessible to students. “And you can make a full day of it with events in the morning, afternoon then well into the evening,” she said.

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