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Winter Carnival

If you are interested in finding out what Winter Carnival is all about (or you want to help students plan this event), please email the Traditions Commission at

Winter Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1930, Winter Carnival 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.

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2020 Winter Carnival Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Hot Chocolate on the Quad 9:00am-11:00am, Free while supplies last!

Winter Carnival Days, 11:00am-2:00pm, Life Sciences Atrium.  Giveaways, free stuff, food and fun!  

Winter Carnival Dinner, starting 4:30pm, Featured in Brockway, Graham, Ernie Davis, Shaw, Sadler and Goldstein Dining. Menu will include a never-ending soup menu, fresh breads and butters, and a hot cocoa station!

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Winter Carnival Days, 11:00am-2:00pm, Life Sciences Atrium.  Giveaways, free stuff, food and fun!  

B’ball and Bingo, 7:00pm, Goldstein Auditorium. Come play some Bingo and win some prizes while watching the Men’s Basketball game vs. Pittsburgh. Free food too!

Thursday, Feb. 27

Chili cook off, 11:00am until it’s gone!  HBC Patio.  FREE CHILI TASTING! Submit your recipe by clicking here!

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike, 6:00pm, Drumlins. Come out and snowshoe under the moonlight. Bus will depart from College Place at 6:00pm and departs Drumlins at 9:30pm. Sign up here starting 2/21, limited to 30 students.

Cozy Cappella, presented by the A Cappella Council, 8:00pm, Schine Goldstein Auditorium. Free – no tickets needed. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.

Friday, Feb. 28

Snowshoe & Cross Country Ski Demo, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Quad. Join the Barnes Center at the Arch - Recreation staff for a demonstration on the Snowshoeing and Cross Country skiing opportunities on campus. Have a chance to test out the equipment on the quad. FREE!

Paint Night! Sponsored by Traditions Commission, 7:00pm, Goldstein Auditorium. Test your artistic skills and create your own painting! Snacks provided. Tickets $2 available online here.

Glow in the Dark Late Night Skate Night presented by Traditions Commission and Orange After Dark, 9:30pm-midnight, Tennity Ice Pavilion on South Campus, free skate rental and entry, hot chocolate, and giveaways with valid SUID.

Saturday, Feb. 29

Trivia Night presented by Traditions Commission and Orange After Dark, 10:00pm-12:00am, Goldstein Auditorium. FREE with valid SUID! Bring some friends or join a team of up to 6 people at this interactive event to answer questions from all walks of knowledge in a casual atmosphere while enjoying food. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place teams.