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Winter Carnival

Join us for the biggest party of the season, Winter Carnival!  Each year we pick a theme and celebrate with costumes, cardboard craft races, prizes, a torchlight parade, and fireworks show you wont want to miss.

Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival is absolutely the best party of the season! Each year we choose a theme, and celebrate with live music, costumes, feats of daring, cardboard crafts & races, and lots and lots of duct tape.

Get out your wands and robes folks, the theme for the 2019 Winter Carnival will be World of Wizardry! We look forward to seeing magic come to life with wizards and other characters from your favorite classics, including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, and more. 

Schedule of events:

8:00 am – 11:00 am Registration for the Cardboard Classic & Rail Jam Courtyard
11:15 am Cardboard Craft Contest & Awards Courtyard
12:00 pm Cardboard Classic Show Off Alley
1:30 pm Costume Contest Bierstube Deck
2:00 pm- 5:00 pm Live Music by The Well Bierstube Deck
2:30 pm Rail Jam

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*foot traffic welcome, please travel along fencing.

3:30 pm Sign-up for the Torchlight Parade opens to public Ticket Office
7:00 pm Torchlight Parade & Fireworks View from the Base Area
Cardboard Classic

Notorious as it is thrilling, the Cardboard Classic challenges contestants to race down a portion of the mountain in a craft of their making; the only catch is that it can only be made with three ingredients: Cardboard, Duct Tape, and Glue. 

You can download/view the registration form below. Best of luck to all who enter!

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*All participants must sign a liability release and indemnity agreement. Those who have not signed, will not be permitted to race. Participants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or legal guardian sign the release and agreement for them. 
During the event, please be aware of your surroundings including other crafts, participants, and spectators. Participants are responsible for stopping their crafts after crossing the finish line. DO NOT rely on the safety fence at the bottom of the course to stop you; it is there as a last resort safety measure.
Torchlight Parade

Each Winter Carnival we end the night with a Torchlight Parade and a Fireworks show. The Torchlight parade consists of skiers and riders, snaking their way down the mountain, from the top of Grizzly Peak, to Limited, and down Pine Ridge; all while carrying bamboo with torches attached.  The parade starts at 7:00 pm.  

This year we are opening up spots in the parade to employees first. A limited number of spaces are available. Any unfilled spots will open to the general public at 3:30 pm on the day of the event. Sign-ups at this time will be on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Ticket Office. 

*Please note: we reserve the right to refuse registration to anyone who appears to be under the influence.


Winter Fest in Town

In the town of Red Lodge, the first two weeks of March are completely dedicated to enjoying everything winter. Bring the entire family for a variety of events beginning March 1 through March 10, including:


March 1 

5:30 pm

Cardboard Classic Parade Downtown Show off your Cardboard Classic in the parade for a chance to win some great prizes from the Red Lodge Chamber! Meet at the Civic Center parking lot at 5 pm for judging & prizes, parade starts at 5:30 pm

March 3

2:00 pm

Sledding & Hot Cocoa at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

March 5

5:30 pm

Announcing of the Winter Fest King & Queen at Sam’s Taproom

March 6


Full Moon Nordic Skiing at the Red Lodge Nordic Center

March 9
March 10

12:00 pm

National Finals Ski-Joring at the Red Lodge Fairgrounds

*Please note, the above events are hosted by various organizations throughout the town of Red Lodge.  If you have any questions, please contact the Red Lodge Chamber at 406.446.1718


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