Check out Korea’s best winter festivals and activities and get the best out of your winter trip to Korea!

The temperature is dropping, and it’s getting cold, but you know it’s time to explore a whole new world of winter activities and scenes in Korea. So, don’t hibernate at home and go explore all the fun out there.

1.  Strawberry Picking

Picking fresh strawberries at a local Korean farm is a great excursion for both kids and adults. Take the strawberries home with you and they’ll be your healthy, delightful dessert of the day. For those who want to go strawberry picking in Korea, you can book the experience online in advance.

2. Snow Swimming

If you really want to see snow, like LOTS and LOTS of snow, you definitely have to get away from the city and head out to Gangwondo Province. You’ll never see so much snow in your life! Plus, you can have fun swimming in the pile of snow. Not joking, watch this video clip.

Gangwondo province is indeed famous for its snowfall in winter, but it isn’t the only place you can see lots of snow. Mt. Deogyusan located on the border of Jeollabuk-do and Gyeongsangnam-do is one such place. Although the amount of snowfall is nowhere near that of Gangwondo province, the mountain peaks are topped with snow, creating a picturesque scene for all to see. It’s also famous for its hidden temples within the mountains. On this tour, you can ride a gondola and watch the snowfall from Seolchunbong; one of the mountain peaks.

So don’t hesitate to Book your 1 Day Tour to Mt. Deogyusan & Maisan Winter Wonderland right now!

3. Skiing & Snowboarding

Try and have a go at skiing or snowboarding in Korea, where the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics were successfully held.

Some of the best ski resorts include Yongpyong Ski Resort, Vivaldi Park Ski Resort, and Alpensia Ski Resort. These ski resorts offer a wide range of slopes for all levels of skiers and amazing winter landscapes. So, just choose any according to your taste! Find out about more ski resorts in Korea here and book your ski packages in advance.

4. Snow Sledding

Seoul Land

If you don’t want to travel too far from Seoul, head over to a sledding hill in Seoul Land, the first theme park in Korea. Enjoy sledding down during the day and see the fantastic illumination show at night, which will make your winter experience just more enchanting. 🙂

Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival

If you want to enjoy winter landscapes in Korea and have fun at the same time, join the Taebaksan Mountain Snow Festival! You can enjoy activities like snow rafting and snow sledding and take photos with snow sculptures. Besides, you will get a chance to go hiking in Taebaksan Mountain.

Also, don’t forget to check out these 1 Day Tours to Ski Resorts for a more fun-filled day of sledding!

5. Rail Bike Experiences

For those of you who want both actions (not too aggressive though) and nature, a rail bike ride is just the thing. You can pedal down the rail track while enjoying fantastic winter scenes around you with your friends, families, and lovers. Forget about the cold, go and try in Gangchon Rail Park.

Check out these tours that take you to Gangchon Rail Park:

6. Winter Light Festivals

Glisten and glow. Some of the most popular light festivals in Korea include the Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival. Not to mention the luminous Pocheon Herb Island Light Festival gathering all the families and couples to take memorable photographs. Whichever light festival you choose to go to, there will be plenty of Instagram-ready photo spots!

Read more about the light festivals in Korea here.

Check out these tours where you can enjoy both skiing and the light festival:

7. Ice Festivals

1) Ice Fishing Festival

Can you catch fish with bare hands? Try it at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, which is announced as one of the ‘7 Winter Wonders of the World’ by CNN. It’ll be a great chance for travelers and tourists to have a whole lot of fun while traveling in Korea! You can pre-book your shuttle bus package to the festival here.

Let’s not forget that there is more than one Ice fishing festival in Korea, and there is one right in Pyeongchang! If you don’t feel like going to Hwacheon, there is always a Pyeongchang Trout Ice Fishing Festival (Dec 30~Jan 29) waiting just for you!

If you’re looking to totally get in on the ice fishing festival fiesta, check out the Hongcheon River Trout Festival as well as the Inje Icefish Festival.

The Hongcheon River Trout Festival (Jan 13~24) is one of the most festivals in Gangwon-do, featuring various programs such as ice fishing, ATV riding, and many more. What makes this festival even more special is that the trouts are fed ginseng, which Hongcheon is famous for. So, more the reason to get your hands on them. If you think that’s not enough, go on our Hongcheon River Trout Festival & Sutasa Temple Half-day tour for a more fun-packed day in Korea!

The Inje Icefish Festival (Jan 20~29) is another must-go festival in Gangwon-do. Not only do they have icefish fishing and cooking but also winter activities such as sledding and ice soccer!

If fishing isn’t your thing but you want to enjoy the winter festivities, head on over to Daegwallyeong Snow Festival (Jan 20~29). Located in the “Alps of Korea”, this area receives heavy snowfall every winter making it the perfect place for some snow-sculpting. Be amazed by the giant snow sculptures, some even made by the locals, displayed throughout the festival. Also, there are many other winter activities and programs prepared to make this festival an unforgettable one!

1) Ice Fountain Festival

Every winter, the Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival takes place at the magical Alps Village in Cheongyang. It’s a great way to experience the winter atmosphere and snowy day activities to the fullest! You can enjoy winter activities, such as ice sledding, snow sledding, and bobsledding. Stay warm with tasty winter snacks like roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes that are available to purchase on-site. The tour is available only until Feb 10!

8. Sheep-Feeding

Now that the green fields are gone, why not give some grass to the flock of hungry sheep? It’s fun, and it doesn’t cost you much compared to what you’ll be rewarded – a beautiful view of huge wind turbines on the white rolling hills of snow.

For those who wish to take a day trip to the Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm, hiring a private vehicle and a driver can be a great option. The private tour not only offers you the opportunity to visit the sheep farm but also explore other nearby tourist attractions, such as Seoraksan National Park and Naksansa Temple.

9. K-Pop Festival

1) SBS Awards Festival

  • Date: Dec 24, 2022

Ready to meet your favorite Korean TV shows and stars in one place? As a must-attend event for every K-Pop fan, SBS Awards Festival (SAF) is one of the major broadcasting festivals held by SBS that celebrates all the accomplishments in SBS’ TV programs throughout the year.

The festival features a K-Pop music awards ceremony called Gayo Daejeon or SAF Music Awards, and the Drama & Entertainment awards ceremony.

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2) Golden Disc Awards

  • Date: Jan 7, 2023
  • Line-up: BTS J-hope, PSY, New Jeans, LE SSERAFIM, SEVENTEEN, Stray Kids, ENHYPEN, TREASURE, (G)I-DLE, BE’O, BIG Naughty, IVE, Younha

Have a blast with your favorite K-pop stars at the Golden Disc Awards! In 2023, it will be held in Bangkok, Thailand with a spectacular lineup, giving you a lifetime opportunity to watch the most popular K-pop stars of the year.

To celebrate the start of the new year as well as take a look at the past achievements of K-Pop artists throughout the year, GDA will once again be a highly anticipated show by many fans all over the world!

Who will become the winners of this year’s GDA?

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3) Seoul Music Awards

  • Date: Jan 19, 2023

Seoul Music Awards one of the most prestigious entertainment awards in Korea is returning this year for another round of celebrations! What better way to celebrate the year at this prestigious music festival watching performance after performance by some of the best Korean musicians? This year, it will be held at KSPO DOME at Olympic Park in Seoul.

This is an opportunity not to be missed!

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Hanteo Music Awards

  • Date: Feb 10~11, 2023
  • Line-up: NCT DREAM, Kim Ho Joong, Jeong Dong Won, CIX, WEi, BE’O, TEMPEST, LUCY, EPEX, YOUNHA, STAYC, Youngtak, Kep1er, YUJU, fromis_9, Dreamcatcher, EVERGLOW, Billie, JUST B, KANGDANIEL, YENA, VERIVERY, TNX, cignature, TRI.BE, BLANK2Y, BLITZERS, TAN, SF9, We Dem Boyz
  • Presenters: Tony An (H.O.T.), BADA (S.E.S.), Danny Ahn (god), Seo In Young (Jewelry), Kim Hyung Jun (SS501), Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls), Yubin (Wonder Girls), Lee Ji Hoon, Kim Kyung Rok, Tei, SOYOU

Hanteo Music Awards is hosted by Hanteo Chart, the world’s one-and-only real-time music chart. This year, it presents the 30th Hanteo Music Awards to celebrate the global K-pop festival with K-pop fans from all around the world!

👉Get Your Tickets to Hanteo Music Awards!👈

Circle Chart Music Awards (a.k.a. Gaon Chart Music Awards)

  • Date: Feb 18, 2023

Gaon Charts, one of the major record charts in Korea, is back again with its new name, Circle Chart Music Awards. Start the new year off with a night of festivities as the top songs and artists of 2022 are acknowledged for their achievements. Get ready for the ultimate night of K-pop festivities as your favorite K-pop artists perform before your very eyes!

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the Circle Chart Music Awards!

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10. New Year’s Countdown and Sunrise

We are already coming close to the end of 2022, and what a year it has been! There is no better way to celebrate your New Year’s Eve and New Year in Korea! Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party at Some Sevit Floating Island with various drinks, live performances, and DJ music. This is a Gatsby-themed party, celebrating 100 years of Gatsby, and you’ll get to mingle and socialize with people from all around the world.

Then see the first sunrise of the year at Naksan Beach, one of the most beautiful sunrise spots in Korea. Explore the snow-capped mountain ranges at Seoraksan National Park and head to 3 iconic destinations in the vicinity of Seoul: Nami Island, Petite France, and the Garden of Morning Calm.

Don’t miss out on the countdown event at the Seoul Light New Year Countdown “Hello 2023, Heart-Beat New Year” festival at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). After greeting the new year, head to Jeongdongjin Beach to witness the early morning sun reaching out over the ocean.

In Busan, you can join the countdown festival at Busan Tower with dazzling lights and fireworks. Stop by the Gamcheon Culture Village and Mt. Hwangryeongsan before heading over to the iconic Homigot to watch the first sunrise of 2023.

Now, if you want to make your winter trip to Korea unforgettable, make sure you add these to your travel bucket list.

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5 thoughts on “Top 10 Winter Festivals & Activities in Korea

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  3. Great list of activities. I look forward to trying out some of these great things this winter in South Korea 🙂

    I hope there will be lots of snow to play in, too!

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