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Snowfest is Collier County Parks & Recreation Department’s signature event. The event was established in 1985 with the concept of giving the community the thrill of getting to play in snow in 80-degree weather. Starting out with only 5 tons of snow and a few hundred people, the festival has grown to become Collier County’s largest community even, attracting over 15,000 people.

The event has many attractions, but the leading attraction is the 100 tons of snow. 1200 blocks of ice are trucked in and put through an ice chipper, which is magically transformed into snow. Other attractions include a powder park toboggan hills, ice skating rink, a full scale carnival, entertainment, hands on arts & crafts, petting zoo, pony rides and craft and food vendors.

The success of Snowfest depends on a strong volunteer base. Over 75 people donated their time by volunteering at Snowfest last year.

Snowfest attracts individuals of all ages, from infants to Grandparents. Neapolitan Family Magazine awarded Snowfest, The Family Choice Award - “Best Fun For The Family - Festival or Event for Kids in February of 2003.

Since its inception, many other Florida cities and counties have contacted us about the event to establish their own snow festivals. The department is very proud of the success of Snowfest and strives to make each year more spectacular than ever.


When did Snowfest begin?
1985

How many tons of Snow did you have when the event first started?
5 tons

How many people attended the first Snowfest?
A few hundred.

How is the snow made?
1200 Blocks of ice are put thru a chipper creating 100 tons of snow.

What should you bring to the events?
Snow is cold. be sure to bring mittens or gloves, hats & perhaps even boots.