Guide to the McCall Winter Carnival

Every year, the small mountain town of McCall, Idaho transforms into a magical destination for locals and visitors alike to enjoy winter activities and festivities. From snow sculpture competitions to snow tubing races, there's something to keep everyone entertained at the McCall Winter Carnival! Whether you're looking for an outdoor adventure or a cozy night indoors with friends and family, come celebrate everything that winter has to offer by attending the 2023 McCall Winter Carnival.

McCall Winter Carnival

History of the McCall Winter Carnival

The McCall Winter Carnival has been a beloved tradition since the 1960s. Inspired by the early Payette Lakes Sports Carnivals, it was established as an opportunity to advance interest in the local skiing venues. Every year, thousands of people from far and wide come to experience this unique winter festival that brings together culture, winter sports, and entertainment. The carnival featured snow sculpture competitions, sled dog races, and a ski jumping exhibition.

What to Expect at the 2023 McCall Winter Carnival

Today, the McCall Winter Carnival is still one of the most popular winter festivals in Idaho and spans over 10 days. Its most popular events are still the snow sculpture and dog sled competitions. However, the event has grown to include snowmobile races, snowshoe golf, a Mardi Gras parade, a fireworks show over Payette Lake, and a McCall Starz on Ice. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved with family-friendly activities such as ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, or snow tubing.

Outdoor Winter Activities in McCall, Idaho

McCall, Idaho is the winter playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Activities range from cross-country skiing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or ice skating in the indoor arena.

Indoor Events and Entertainment Options

There are a wide array of indoor events and entertainment options in McCall, Idaho during the Winter Carnival. The event hosts live music performances, theater performances, a craft fair, and happy hour specials at the many local restaurants and cafes.

Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Visit to McCall

To help ensure you make the most out of your trip to McCall and the Winter Carnival.

• First and foremost, be sure to dress warmly for the weather.

• Take advantage of the free shuttle services available to explore the city in between events.

• Don’t forget to check out the local shops for some winter mementos and souvenirs.

• And most importantly, have fun!

Where to Stay During Your Trip to McCall, Idaho

McCall offers a wide variety of lodging options for visitors looking to stay for the Winter Carnival. These options include cozy cabins, elegant hotel rooms, bed & breakfasts, and more intimate vacation rentals. Just be sure to book your accommodations early as lodging tends to fill up quickly for the festival. If you just want to come for a day trip, it is a short 2-hour and 15-minute drive from Boise, Idaho.

If you're charmed by McCall's Winter Carnival, why not make it your permanent getaway spot and invest in a vacation home? An extended stay would be an unforgettable experience and it would give you a guaranteed lodging solution every year you visit to attend the festival. Here are some of the Pros & Cons of Investing in a Vacation Rental in Idaho.

If buying a second home in McCall, Idaho is something you would like to explore reach out to our real estate team. We would be happy to assist you with finding your dream vacation home in the mountains!

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$849,000
Neighborhood: Timberlost III
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,531
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
1
Day on Site
98868454
MLS
On the #4 Fairway of the Aspen Nine of the McCall Golf Course, this remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath home is close Ponderosa Park & Davis Beach. Jump on your bike and ride around Payette Lake, or take the...
$1,950,000
Neighborhood: Ashton Estates
3
Beds
4
Baths
3,200
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
7
Days on Site
98868083
MLS
BRAND NEW! VIEWS GALORE! WOW FACTOR! Large stately home with spectacular views down the Jug Mountain Ranch Golf Course 11th Fairway. Plenty of room for the entire family in 3 large bedrooms, each...
$677,000
Neighborhood: Blue Jay
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,100
Sq.Ft.
2002
Year Built
22
Days on Site
98866907
MLS
Meticulously maintained 3 bed 2 bath house set on a beautiful 1 acre parcel! Low property taxes as its located in the county with no HOA or CC&R's. Spacious split bedroom floorplan featuring a...
$1,070,000
Neighborhood: Falcon Point
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,408
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
31
Days on Site
98866312
MLS
The mountains are calling! There is a massive 3075 sq/ft shop, of which 1242 Sq/Ft is a studio with a full bath, kitchenette, and washer/dryer hookups. The new home and shop perfectly complement...
$14,850,000
Neighborhood: Harris Cove
4
Beds
3
Baths
4,200
Sq.Ft.
2002
Year Built
33
Days on Site
98866200
MLS
Rare opportunity to own a generational lakefront estate w/ room to grow. Enjoy year-round tranquility & luxury at the most exclusive property on Payette Lake. Live, build & grow on this property...
$1,775,000
Neighborhood: Blackhawk on the River
3
Beds
4
Baths
2,606
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
44
Days on Site
98865635
MLS
New Lakefront Luxury at Blackhawk on the River! This 3+ bedroom, 3.5 bath home is ready for occupancy, with plenty of room for family and guests. Great room with propane fireplace, expansive ceilings...
$1,300,000
Neighborhood: Payette Lake Club
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,126
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
58
Days on Site
98865122
MLS
This home has it all, Payette Lake Club Membership, shared dock 7 days on 7 days off. Completely remodeled in 2021, inside & out. The main floor includes an open floor plan design with a large...
$1,500,000
Neighborhood: 0 Not Applicable
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,985
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
65
Days on Site
98864656
MLS
Beautiful Barn style home custom built. This home is sure to impress sitting on a beautiful 5 acres in McCall. Bring your family and all your toys and enjoy the beauty of McCall and all it has to...
$1,275,000
Neighborhood: Spring Mountain Ranch
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,800
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
83
Days on Site
98863803
MLS
This Precision Log Homes cabin is in McCall's highly desirable Spring Mountain Ranch! Cozy 3 bed 2 bath 1800 square foot home has been meticulously built and well maintained. Property is situated...
$1,124,500
Neighborhood: Timberlost I
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,522
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
109
Days on Site
98861767
MLS
Like new single-level home w/access to McCall Golf Course! Well maintained custom 3BR, 2.5BA floor plan w/covered outdoor deck offering easy comfortable living year-round. Inviting 10' ceiling in...
$799,000
Neighborhood: Coho Estates
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,239
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
127
Days on Site
98860179
MLS
Charming three bedroom home on 2.02 acres with a one bedroom apartment above the garage. Located just north of Donnelly, this home is conveniently located between Tamarack Resort and McCall. With...
$899,000
Neighborhood: 0 Not Applicable
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,008
Sq.Ft.
1946
Year Built
133
Days on Site
98859602
MLS
Newly remodeled and decorated by a Professional designer, this 1946 original McCall Home offers 1008 square feet; 2 Bedrooms & 1 bath. Cozy interior, open floorpan, amazing natural light. Beautifully...
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