Saturday, December 3, 2016
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Collier County Parks & Recreation Department has sponsored Snowfest to the public for 30 years. 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 event, 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.
Q. When did Snowfest begin?
Q. How many tons of Snow did you have when the event first started?
A. 5 tons
Q. How many people attended the first Snowfest?
A. A few hundred.
Q. How is the snow made?
A. 1200 Blocks of ice are put thru a chipper creating 100 tons of snow.
Q. What should you bring to the events?
A. Snow is cold….be sure to bring mittens or gloves, hats and perhaps even boots.
Snowfest - Naples Attractions
Not just a photo opportunity an experience? Step inside the fun with SnowGlobe Live! This major attraction features an exciting winter wonderland photo experience like no other.
This brand new attraction offers you the experience to get lost in the fun of winter! Find yourself in a maze in our snowman village.
Ice Skating Rink
Put on some skates and glide around on the “Glice” Ice Skating Rink.
Mrs. Claus's Kitchen
This is a refreshment area. Civic groups and local restaurants will be selling festive food such as hot dogs, ice cream, pizza, hamburgers, cotton candy, popcorn and much more.
Santa's South Pole
Good old St. Nick and his Elves will arrive at the Golden Gate Community Park. For a small fee, children may have their photograph taken with Santa and his elves.
100 tons of snow will be falling at the Winter Wonderland. Children of all ages are welcome. Be sure to bring mittens and plenty of warm clothes, as the Snow Mountains will be exciting and cold.
Take a ride down one of the largest inflatable slides ever seen.
Carnival Games & Rides
There will be plenty of games and rides for the entire family to enjoy.
Learn more about the Snowfest Naples event presented by Collier County Parks & Recreation Department.