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The Snowking’s Winter Festival is Almost Here!

Yellowknife’s annual Snowking Winter Festival is on its way back!

2022 will mark the 27th year for the beloved event, hailed as one of the most ambitious winter celebrations in all of Canada.

This year’s festival will be more in line with how the event has been run in the past, after the 2021 event had to be dramatically changed due to COVID guidelines. In last year’s event, there were no live music performances or comedy nights, and the amount of time that could be spent within the walls of the castle was limited.

Festival Society President FreezeFrame (aka Bill Braden) says visitors will see some welcome changes from last year’s event.

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“This year, with approval from the Chief Public Health Officer, we can again open the gates to our full capacity of up to 250 visitors at a time. Hurray! That means no more advance booking, no more line-ups, and no more time limits.”

While there will once again be an entry fee to the castle, this will help to raise money for future endeavors after last year’s event allowed for free entry.

To comply with orders from the Chief Public Health Officer, there will still be no live music or community shows, and while wearing masks is not required, it is highly recommended. For any visitors over the age of 12, proof of vaccination will also be required.

“We tip our toques to the many loyal supporters and businesses that have helped us,” says Braden, “plus the good folks at the City of Yellowknife, GNWT, Heritage Canada and the NWT Arts Council. ”Yellowknife MLAs have also pitched in with contributions that support free entry on opening day Tuesday, March 1.”

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