Winter Carnival

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Winter Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1930, Winter Carnival historically offers outdoor and indoor activities, including human dog sled races, ice-carvings, chili cook-offs, snow sculptures, and other events that coincide with Syracuse Winterfest. Check out the events for the 2021 Winter Carnival below:

Monday, March 22

Winter Carnival Dinner, 4:30pm, featured in Brockway, Graham, Ernie Davis, Shaw, and Sadler Dining. Menu will include an assortment of soups, chili, bread bowls, and a hot cocoa bar!

Choose Your Own Game Show, Virtual, 8pm. Join us virtually to play a game show of your choice! When you join the zoom call, everyone will vote on which game they want to play out of these options: Free Money Game Show, Showbiz Quiz, Cell Phone Smackdown, Playlist Bingo and Total Trivia!

Tuesday, March 23 (University Wellness Day)

Homecoming Court Wellness Day Panel, Virtual, 12pm. Join the Homecoming Court as they discuss their student experience and share their tips and tricks to staying healthy and successful these past 4 years. 

Paint Night, Hybrid, 8pm. Enjoy a relaxing night learning how to paint a fun Winter Wonderland themed picture! All supplies are provided, and you can choose to join us either on Zoom or in-person at Goldstein Auditorium. Visit Student Activities Winter Carnival page to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, March 24 (National Orange Day!!!!)

Winter Wonderland Carnival, The Dome, 5- 10pm. Join us at the Dome in a Winter Wonderland to celebrate Winter Carnival and National Orange Day! This event will include Carnival Games and Prizes, Spin Art, Free Giveaways, and a photo station with Otto. 

Thursday, March 25

Annual Chili Cook-Off, HBC Patio, 12pm. Stop by for a free chili tasting until supplies last! Vote for the best recipe and stay tuned to see if your favorite wins the 1st place prize.

Cozy Capella, Virtual, 8pm. Join us virtually this year for our annual A Cappella show! There will be performances by Oy Cappella, The Mandarins, Main Squeeze, Orange Appeal, and Groovestand. 

Friday, March 26th

Campus Scavenger Hunt, HBC Patio, 2pm. After a long day of greeting friends on campus, Otto cannot find his signature blue hat! Will you help him retrace his steps to find it?

Glow Skate presented by Traditions Commission and Orange After Dark, Tennity Ice Pavilion on South Campus, 6-11pm. Join us for a night of glow in the dark ice skating with some fun surprises, including a live DJ and an appearance by Otto! Make sure to visit Student Activities Winter Carnival page to register for this event at least 6 hours prior to your desired skate time.

Saturday, March 27th

Murder Mystery Dinner presented by Orange After Dark. Visit Student Activities Orange After Dark website for more information.