One of the best events in all of Idaho is almost here! The McCall Winter Carnival is back for the 53rd year from January 26 - Sunday, Feb. 4.

If you've never been this is a MUST-SEE event; organizers offer a big variety of fun events for the whole family. This year, the theme is, "There's 'Snow' Place Like Home" - "a celebration of all that is special about the region of Idaho known as the West Central Mountains."

Along with the popular sculptures made from snow artists from across the west, you can check out a new addition to the event, the "McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge." Which-according to KTVB, is a 200-mile course that spans throughout Valley County and is even an Iditarod qualifier.

Here's a full event schedule so you can start making plans with your family (from KTVB):

Friday, Jan. 26

  • 6:30 p.m. - Children's Torchlight Parade
  • 6:30 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies - Depot Park (next to Hotel McCall)
  • 7 p.m. - Fireworks over Payette Lake
  • 7:30 p.m. - "Black and Blue" Rivalry Hockey Game - Manchester Ice Center

Saturday, Jan. 27

  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Flashpoint Snowbike Race - Riverfront Park
  • 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Mardi Gras Parade - Downtown McCall (Note - the parade will air live on KTVB.COM, and will re-air on KTVB Channel 7 from 4-5 p.m.)
  • 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Innocent Man - Main Stage (Depot Park)
  • 4:30-7 p.m. - McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge: Meet the Mushers - Broken Horn Brewing Company
  • 7 p.m. - Fireworks over Payette Lake
  • 7:30 p.m. - "Black and Blue" Rivalry Hockey Game - Manchester Ice Center

Sunday, Jan. 28

  • 11 a.m. - MCPAWS Monster Dog Pull - Alpine Village
  • 1:15 - 5:30 p.m. - Public Skate - Manchester Ice Center
  • 2-4 p.m. - McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge: Ceremonial Start - Legacy Park

Monday, Jan. 29

  • 1 p.m. - McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge: Official Start - Bear Creek Lodge
  • 5-8 p.m. - Live Music: Locals Jam Night - Broken Horn Brewing Company
  • 6-9 p.m. - Winemaker Dinner featuring Dunham Cellars - Rupert's (Hotel McCall)

Tuesday, Jan. 30

  • All Day - Idaho State Snow Sculpting Championships - Depot Park
  • 6-8 p.m. - Old World, New World Wine Tasting and Small Bites - Rupert's (Hotel McCall)
  • 7-9 p.m. - Party Bingo (21 and older) - Foresters Club

Wednesday, Jan. 31

  • All Day - Idaho State Snow Sculpting Championships
  • All Day - McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge: Finish - Bear Creek Lodge
  • 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Grand Bingo - Northfork Lodge
  • 6-9 p.m. - Winemaker Dinner featuring Cinder - Rupert's (Hotel McCall)
  • 6:30-9 p.m. - McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge: Awards Banquet - Bear Creek Lodge

Thursday, Feb. 1

  • All Day - Idaho State Snow Sculpting Championships
  • 5-8 p.m. - Patio Bonfire at Broken Horn Brewing Company

Friday, Feb. 2

  • 5-8 p.m. - Patio Bonfire at Broken Horn Brewing Company
  • 7-9 p.m. - Free Peoples - Main Stage (Depot Park)
  • 7:30 p.m. - McCall Starz on Ice - Manchester Ice Center

Saturday, Feb. 3

  • 3-5 p.m. - Free Peoples - Main Stage (Depot Park)
  • 6:30 p.m. - Closing Ceremonies and Raffle Drawing - Depot Park
  • 7 p.m. - Fireworks over Payette Lake
  • 7:30 p.m. - McCall Starz on Ice - Manchester Ice Center

Sunday, Feb. 4

  • 4:30-8:30 p.m. - Super Bowl at Broken Horn Brewing Company