Big Events For January

Jan. 1: Polar Bear Swim, Vancouver, British Columbia, 604-8737011; Chill out in English Bay at the 90th annual mass immersion.

Jan 7-10: Ouray Ice Festival, Ouray, Colo., 970-325-4288; ourayice World-class climbers sharpen their pitons for competition and clinics.

Jan. 16-17: Fire and Ice, Ely, Nev., 775-289-8877; Snow sculptors work their magic at Cave Lake State Park.

Jan. 18-19: AHL All-Star Classic, Portland, Maine, 207-828-4665; Hockey's future stars face off.

Jan. 18-23: World Snow Festival, Grindelwald, Switzerland, 877-794-8037; Glacial gala features snow sculptures, toboggan rides and true fondue.

Jan. 22-24: U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, Minneapolis, 612-372-6455; Hockey the way nature intended it, on Lake Nokomis.

Jan. 22-24, 29-31: Tip-Up TownUSA, Houghton Lake, Mich., 800-248-5253; 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 . Festivities along the way put a happy bark in this dog-friendly race.

Jan. 29-Feb. 11: WinterCity Festival, Toronto, 800-363-1990; All-weather diversions, from outdoor ice-skating to indoor stage performances.

Jan. 29-Feb. 14: Quebec Winter Carnival, Quebec City, 866-4227628; 56th edition features night parades and a canoe race on the St. Lawrence.

Winter Warmers

Through April 11: "From King to Obama," Oslo, 212-885-9700; Nobel Peace Center photo exhibit focuses on the civil rights movement.

Through July 5: "World of the Pharaohs," Little Rock, Ark., 800-264-2787; Arkansas Art Center unwraps the treasures of Egypt.

Jan. 4-10: SBS Championship, Kapalua, Hawaii, 808-665-9160; Winners-only tournament opens the golf season.

Jan 15-17: Art Deco Weekend, Miami Beach, Fla., 305-672-2014; Motorcars of yesteryear get the green light on Ocean Drive.

Jan. 16-18: African Culture Fest, Cincinnati, 800-733-2077; The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal dreams of Africa.

Jan. 21-31: Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, 435-6583456; The place to be seen for independent filmmakers.

Jan. 23, 30: Gasparilla Extravaganza and Pirate Fest, Tampa, 813-251-8844;, Avast! Ye Mystic Krewe re-enacts 1904 invasion of Tampa.