Winter Festivals Here are 10 winter festivals writing prompts you can use to ring in the season with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Seasons on Amazon.
Mardi Gras is a wild celebration in the French Quarter of New Orleans,
Louisiana, that involves parades, jazz, and beaded necklace-wearing that
precedes the season of Lent. If you knew you were about to give up something
for a long time, would you indulge in it the day before? Why or why not?
Cedarburg, Wisconsin, plays host to the Cedarburg Winter Festival every
February, which includes a game that combines golf and tennis on a snow-packed
course. If you could combine two different sports, which would they be and why?
How would you play the game and would your friends enjoy it? Why or why not?
The Fire and Ice Winter Fest in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, will test the cold
hardiness of any man or women as it holds both a costumed tubing water race
called the Polar Bear Float and a bikini and Speedo jog called the Running of
the Bulls. Would you rather participate in such events or sit back and watch
the crazy folks and why? If you did participate, what do you think you'd get
out of it and why?
The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, features
an event in which people sit on shovels and are pulled down the wintry street
by horses. What might the horses think about such a silly event and why? Would
you get a thrill out of participating in such an event? Why or why not?
Minnesota's St. Paul Winter Carnival includes an event in which inventors
create robotic snowplows that race against each other. If you were a robotics
genius, what types of things would you try to get a robot to do and why? What
would other people think of your invention and why?
The Blanket Toss is an event at the Anchorage Fur and Rendezvous Festival based
on a native Alaskan tradition in which a person is tossed high into the air
from a blanket to look for whales in the ocean. What might it feel like to be
thrown over 10 feet into the air? Would you be scared, at peace, or somewhere
in between and why?
The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Annual Dance Concert & Pow Wow
gives people in New York City the chance to hear traditional stories and music
by natives of the continent. Do you think it's important to learn about other
cultures? Why or why not?
Utah is full of hot air in the wintertime as a result of the Bluff
International Balloon Festival. Hundreds of hot air balloons from all over the
world float into the sky during the January event. If you had a hot air
balloon, where would you fly it to and why? Describe what your typical balloon
view would be like.
The Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls, Oregon, allows participants to
watch thousands of bald eagles land during their migration between Oregon and
California. Would you enjoy the hobby of bird watching? Why or why not? Who in
your family might enjoy the hobby more than you and why?
As the winter gets slushy, competitors in Bellaire, Michigan, race down the
Schuss Mountain wearing crazy costumes as part of the Slush Cup Weekend. What
kind of costume would you choose to ski down a mountain in and why? Would you
win a costume contest in that getup? Why or why not?
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