The weather may be cold, but it’s also an indication that the Jack Frost Winterfest presented by Island Coastal is just around the corner! Jack Frost is back, and it’s bigger than ever, taking place February 16-18, 2017, at three interactive venues.
Today, organizers and partners gathered to outline all the festival has to offer, including an exciting new addition. The Guardian’s Frosty Night, will take place on beautiful Victoria Row on Saturday, February 17th from 6-8pm. This event is a free and accessible event to everyone with no tickets required.
The Guardian’s Frosty Night is a winter outdoor party featuring pyrotechnical fireworks that will be launched from the roof of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. It will also include a live performance by The Love Junkies and buskers, as well as a dedicated licensed area.
For Jack Frost ticket holders, a third new venue has been added. This is an indoor venue located at the Murphy Centre on Richmond Street and will be known as The Game Zone presented by IGCON. This venue will target kids 8+ with over 20 video game consoles and other interactive games.
The Outdoor Snow Kingdom returns with an all-new Space Odyssey theme. The outdoor winter wonderland will include Comets Climb, a NEW 24 ft. climbing wall, two slack lines, over 25 snow and ice slides, a new creative arts snow zone, and the Cosmic Obstacle course which is a tough mudder style obstacle course presented by Red Rock Climbing Wall.
The Eastlink Centre is home to Indoor Playland presented by Glow and includes a new dedicated bounce zone for toddlers, along with multiple interactive bouncies and a petting zoo. The Live Family Stage is presented by PropertyGuys.com featuring performances by Magician Lucas Stark, Busker Cobbler Jay, Bobs & Lolo, and Alvin!!!! and the Chipmunks. And don’t miss the meet and greets with Paw Patrol’s Chase and Skye.
Jack Frost has also expanded to include more community events. Don’t miss Jack Frost’s Pancake Breakfast presented by ADL on Saturday, February 17th from 8 am – 10 am at The Shops of Confederation Court Mall. Tickets are $5.50 for a pancake breakfast with all the fixings and will be prepared by The Sherwood – Parkdale Lions Club. During breakfast, children will be entertained by Michael Pendergast and Jack Frost. The event will be accessible to everyone with 350 breakfast tickets available for sale with all proceeds going to a local Island charity.
Upstreet will also partner with Jack Frost to host the first annual Jack Frost After Dark event outside and in its Taproom on Friday, February 16th. This 19+ event will feature live entertainment, the coolest ice bar constructed by the Canadian Snow Sculpture team, outdoor carvings and buskers, and PEI’s first hobby horse competition. Stay tuned for another Jack Frost After Dark event presented by Upstreet to be released shortly.
A ticket is required to access all events at the three official Jack Frost venues – Outdoor Snow Kingdom, Indoor Playland and the Game Zone. Tickets are now on sale at advance prices until February 15th at jackfrostfestival.com or in-person at Eastlink Centre and the Lottery Booth at The Shops of Confederation Court Mall.
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"Festivals like Jack Frost have a tremendous social and economic impact on Prince Edward Island, said Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. This event continues to attract off-island visitors and encourages families to get out and embrace the elements in a fun and interactive way."
"The Jack Frost Festival is Charlottetown’s premiere winter event and a great way for families to enjoy the outdoors. The expanded program this year will help to attract off-Island visitation, increase accommodation bookings in the Capital region, and provide benefit to a variety of local businesses." -Hon. Chris Palmer, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism
"This is a time of year where people can be tempted to huddle inside and not spend a lot of time in the outdoors, but the City of Charlottetown has a lot to offer in the winter months," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "The Jack Frost Winterfest is a prime example of the high-quality outdoor programming that is available to visitors and residents. This event brings families together and encourages us all to embrace the magic of the winter season. "
"Jack Frost is a winter celebration for the entire community to get out and enjoy," says John Cudmore, Festival Chair. "Jack Frost is not just for kids anymore. We’ve expanded our programming to target people of all ages through partnerships with the local business community. These new partnerships are key to expanding Jack Frost and maximizing its overall economic impact. As we look to the future, partnerships are vital to our growth and success."
"The Guardian is pleased to partner with the Jack Frost Winterfest to partner in the first-ever Guardian’s Frosty Night, said David MacKenzie, Regional President-PEI for the Saltwire Network. "Our staff are excited about hosting a free winters evening of excitement, live music, and in particular, the return of a fantastic downtown fireworks production. We encourage all Islanders and visitors to join us on Victoria Row for what is sure to be a high-light of our PEI winter!"
"Being involved in the community is at the core of our values, says Mitch Cobb, CEO, and co-founder of Upstreet. We want to continue to do more fun community events with great events like Jack Frost Winter Festival."