Snowman Mania 2016

Snowman Mania

Snowman Mania his back for another fun-filled 4-day weekend here in Wasaga Beach. 

What is Snowman Mania? I'm glad you asked. Sadly, the oddly-named festival does not feature any manic snowmen wreaking icy havoc on unsuspecting locals (how cool would that be?). Instead it's a winter carnival designed to get us out of hibernation and out into the community to enjoy a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities. Snowman Mania is now in it's 11th year and is enjoying widespread participation and support by generous sponsors and volunteers who offer up fun things to do - mostly for free for winter-weary locals and visitors.


For four days, Wasaga Beach comes alive with music, food, competitions, talent showcases, winter sports, charity fundraising and much more!

Admission is free but some require the purchase of the $2 Snowman Mania Button which is available at the RecPlex, YMCA, Town Hall, Wasaga Beach Public Library, Chamber of Commerce Beach Builders Supplies and Wasaga Beach Foodland.

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Snowman Mania Events

More information can be found at the event's official website.

Friday February 12th

Snowman Mania Kick-Off party
5 pm - 9 pm

The 11th annual Snowman Mania begins with a party for all ages at the RecPlex in the Rotary Band Shell (Behind the Recplex at 1724 Mosley Street). The Kick-Off Party will include musical talents; Marshall Dane and Rebecca Stephens along with buskers, jugglers, Olaf the snowman and an indoor children’s activity centre featuring face painting, interactive singing and dancing by Princess Emilie, balloon twisters, cupcake decorating, a Bouncy Castle and much more.

Stay warm by the fire pit with hot chocolate, warm food and enjoy the entertainment. DJ Nation will be providing some up beat fun, a laser light show and more. The evening will be capped off with a Fireworks show.

Additional parking will be available at the Superstore on 45th street, look for the shuttle service to the RecPlex.

Autograph session and intimate concert with Marshall Dane will be taking place at the Beacon Restaurant after the Kick-Off Party!


Saturday February 13th

Brunch and Art Show
11 am - 2 pm

Come join the Nancy Island Lions Club in the Oakview Room at the RecPlex for an eloquent Family Day weekend brunch and Art Show bring the kids and enjoy an amazing way to start a day full of fun family activities, small fee will apply.

Silent Auction
10 am - 4 pm

Join the Wasaga Beach Snowmobile Club in the Lion’s Den at the RecPlex for their annual silent auction. There will be an abundance of items to bid on and as always something for everyone. Please be sure to stick around to pick up your prizes at the draw times and enjoy some of the other exciting activities taking place!

Toboggan Run
11 am - 2 pm

Family Toboggan Run at William Arnill Park (off of Wasaga Sands Drive). Free hotdogs and hot chocolate served while supplies last. Shuttle service is free from the RecPlex to the toboggan run with Snowman Mania button. Please bring your own toboggan!

Polar Plunge
12 pm - 1 pm

The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach is excited to present the beloved Polar Bear Plunge! This event will take place at William Arnill Park, off Wasaga Sands Drive at 12 PM. This is the 4th annual Polar Bear Plunge so come on out and watch members of our Rotary Club, local dignitaries and other brave souls plunge into the icy water. This event will make a splash in your Family Day weekend. Registration required – please contact Todd at (705) 794-5089

Snowshoe Demo and Short Hike
12 pm - 2 pm

The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association welcomes you to join them at the RecPlex outdoor playground area for a winter wonderland hike and snowshoe demo. If you have wanted to try out snowshoeing, this is a great opportunity! Snowshoes will be provided – courtesy of Ontario Parks!

Public Swim Wasaga Beach YMCA
1 pm - 3 pm
Free public swim at the YMCA (with 2016 Snowman Mania Button) through Family Day weekend.

Laser Tag
2 pm - 4 pm

Wasaga Paintball is proud to offer laser tag in Hall 1A of the RecPlex. If you’re an expert or just trying it out for the first time you will be sure to experience the adrenaline pumping excitement of this fantastic activity. Minimum age is 8 years old requires a Snowman Mania Button for participation.

Jeff Cunningham in the Rotary Band Shell
2 pm - 5 pm
Come experience the magnificent music of Jeff Cunningham. Jeff has been performing in the Georgian Bay area for several years and his ability to cover your rock alternative favourites is second to none! We are excited to have Jeff joining us for this year’s Snowman Mania event.

The Annual Chili Cook-off!
2 pm - 5 pm
The much anticipated Chili Cook-Off is ready to greet you with great flavours once again! Residents from far and wide will be meeting at the RecPlex to proclaim that their chilli recipe is indeed the best! This event starts at 2 PM and runs until 5 PM. You are invited to come down for sampling and vote for your favourite chili! *Additional fees apply. To register a team, visit our website or call Doug at (705) 429-7075

Rotary Dance
9 pm - 1 am
Come out for the annual Rotary Dance Party at the RecPlex in the Oakview hall. Tickets are $20 each and available at The Peak FM, RecPlex & the Wasaga Beach Harvey’s (ages 19+).

Sunday February 14th

Wasaga Beach Lions Pancake Breakfast
9 am - 12 pm
This event is provided by the Wasaga Beach Lions Club and is taking place at the RecPlex Lion’s Den. Breakfast cost: $3 for children, $5 for Adults and $15 for Families. Come one come all and come hungry!

Cross Country Skiing
9 am - 5 pm
The Wasaga Nordic Centre will be offering cross country skiing and snowshoeing at a discounted rate. Trail permits will be available for $6 and rentals are $10. There will also be a children’s scavenger hunt included with your trail permit.

Family Yoga
10 am - 11 am
A peaceful way to start the day, take part in a calming, stress-relieving yoga class that will stretch and strengthen the body gradually. Emphasis is on building awareness of the breath and body working with yoga fundamentals. A wonderful class for everyone of all levels it can be an easy or difficult class depending on where you want to go. Class will take place in the Oakview meeting room at the RecPlex. Admission is free. Sponsored by the YMCA.

President's Choice Superdogs!
11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm
The President’s Choice Super Dogs will thrill audiences with three indoor performances in the RecPlex Hall. For over 35 years the Super Dogs have captured headlines across the globe as a beloved attraction at international level events. These four legged stars will entertain you with their athleticism and delightful antics! Admission for the show is your Snowman Mania button ($2) available at select location and at the door. Seating is general admission and is limited for this event so get there early! The Wasaga Beach Youth Centre Grill Team will be on site with burgers, hot dogs, beverages and snacks – small fee will apply.

Public Swim Wasaga Beach YMCA
1 pm-3 pm
Free public swim at the YMCA (with 2016 Snowman Mania Button) through Family Day weekend.

Pop-up Puppet Show & For Creative Kids
12:15pm - 2:15pm
Pantomime style family show in the Recplex's Oakview room. Puppets, comedic, interactive stories for children. Ages 3+. Limited space. Free Admission on first come basis. Some chairs with majority of space on the floor for children to sit. Sponsored by Dance by Design.

4 Creative Kids Camp
12:45 pm - 2:45 pm
At the Recplex's Oakview Room. Crayon on canvas drawings to take home. Sponsored by Dance by Design.

Dinner and a Movie
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
"The Good Dinosaur"
Dinner & A Movie at the RecPlex in Hall 1A. Food provided by Suzie Q’s Restaurant ($). Free popcorn sponsored by Nancy Island Lions Club.

Monday February 15th

Family Skating at the Stars Arena
12 pm - 2 pm
FREE family skating at the Wasaga Stars Arena. Everyone is welcome to this free family skate. Helmets for children are strongly recommended.
Sponsored by Kristina Tardif of the Signature Sold Team at Royal LePage.

Public Swim Wasaga Beach YMCA
1 pm - 3 pm
Free public swim at the YMCA (with 2016 Snowman Mania Button) through Family Day weekend.

Slam-A-Rama Wresting
1 pm - 3 pm
Rock Solid Wrestling hosts the second annual live professional wrestling show for Snowman Mania. Admission for the show is your Snowman Mania button ($2) available at select locations and at the door. General admission seating. It is advised to come early. Snacks available ($).

Jazz Night Festival
7 pm - 9 pm
Dance and sing along with New Orleans style blues and Jazz band Red Hot Ramble.