The 53rd Richmond Hill Winter Carnival goes virtual for 2021

The 53rd Richmond Hill Winter Carnival will take a different form in February 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns, but volunteer organizers are still planning a celebration of winter in Richmond Hill, as we’ve been doing for the past 52 years!
The celebration will be virtual; encouraging families to enjoy winter activities and carnival traditions, while staying safe.
Watch in coming weeks for details of a fun family Winter Carnival Scavenger Hunt, the traditional Children’s Colouring Contest, plus a youth video challenge, helping high school students earn their volunteer hours.
The Scavenger Hunt will feature challenges which can be done at home or at your neighbourhood park, such as building a snowman or snow fort, skating on an outdoor rink, or making a collage of paper snowflakes – all while adhering to York Region Public Health directives. Prizes will be awarded to family teams which complete the most number of challenges or are the most creative!
The elementary Children’s Colouring Contest posters will be posted on our winter carnival website, and can be downloaded and printed by teachers or parents for their children to colour. Completed submissions can be returned to our carnival committee via our website.
For high school students needing to earn community volunteer hours, there’s a creative way to do so, through our Winter Carnival Youth Video Challenge, helping to keep the winter carnival spirit alive. Students can create a short video, no longer than three minutes, in tribute to our winter carnival traditions. You can interview a member of your family, a longtime carnival volunteer or share your family’s favourite carnival memories.
Our volunteer organizing committee will post these videos on our website for the community to enjoy and to help keep the warmth and fun of winter carnival alive this year.
And yes, for avid carnival button collectors, there will be a 53rd annual Ookpik keepsake winter carnival button, too! (Stay tuned to our website to find out how you can receive your button.)
All details on how you can celebrate our 2021 Richmond Hill Winter Carnival will be posted on our website: and our Facebook page