Jan. 1: Polar Bear Swim, Vancouver, British Columbia, 604-8737011; vancouver.ca/parks/events/polarbear. Chill out in English Bay at the 90th annual mass immersion.
Jan 7-10: Ouray Ice Festival, Ouray, Colo., 970-325-4288; ourayice festival.com. World-class climbers sharpen their pitons for competition and clinics.
Jan. 16-17: Fire and Ice, Ely, Nev., 775-289-8877; parks.nv.gov/cl.htm. Snow sculptors work their magic at Cave Lake State Park.
Jan. 18-19: AHL All-Star Classic, Portland, Maine, 207-828-4665; portlandpirates.com. Hockey's future stars face off.
Jan. 18-23: World Snow Festival, Grindelwald, Switzerland, 877-794-8037; grindelwald.travel/en.cfm/event/. Glacial gala features snow sculptures, toboggan rides and true fondue.
Jan. 22-24: U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, Minneapolis, 612-372-6455; uspondhockey.com. Hockey the way nature intended it, on Lake Nokomis.
Jan. 22-24, 29-31: Tip-Up TownUSA, Houghton Lake, Mich., 800-248-5253; tip-uptownusa.com. 60th annual winter carnival snows visitors with fireworks and a Snowmobile Torchlight Parade.
Jan. 29-Feb. 6: International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, Jackson, Wyo., to Park City, Utah, 307-734-1163; wyomingstage stop.org . Festivities along the way put a happy bark in this dog-friendly race.
Jan. 29-Feb. 11: WinterCity Festival, Toronto, 800-363-1990; toronto.ca/special(underscore)events/wintercity. All-weather diversions, from outdoor ice-skating to indoor stage performances.
Jan. 29-Feb. 14: Quebec Winter Carnival, Quebec City, 866-4227628; carnaval.qc.ca. 56th edition features night parades and a canoe race on the St. Lawrence.
Through April 11: "From King to Obama," Oslo, 212-885-9700; nobelpeacecenter.org. Nobel Peace Center photo exhibit focuses on the civil rights movement.
Through July 5: "World of the Pharaohs," Little Rock, Ark., 800-264-2787; arkarts.com. Arkansas Art Center unwraps the treasures of Egypt.
Jan. 4-10: SBS Championship, Kapalua, Hawaii, 808-665-9160; cms.kapalua.com. Winners-only tournament opens the golf season.
Jan 15-17: Art Deco Weekend, Miami Beach, Fla., 305-672-2014; artdecoweekend.com. Motorcars of yesteryear get the green light on Ocean Drive.
Jan. 16-18: African Culture Fest, Cincinnati, 800-733-2077; cincymuseum.org. The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal dreams of Africa.
Jan. 21-31: Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, 435-6583456; sundance.org/festival. The place to be seen for independent filmmakers.
Jan. 23, 30: Gasparilla Extravaganza and Pirate Fest, Tampa, 813-251-8844; gasparillapiratefest.com, gasparillaextravaganza.com. Avast! Ye Mystic Krewe re-enacts 1904 invasion of Tampa.