Inspired by the Payette Lake Winter Games held in 1924, the McCall Winter Carnival kicked off in 1964 to introduce its new Brundage Mountain ski area and jumpstart what was then a fledgling community. Fast forward 60 years, and the contemporary carnival today draws upwards of 60,000 visitors each year across a multi-weekend event. New for 2024, the McCall Winter Carnival condenses the winter spectacular into three days from February 23-25. Beloved events, such as the Children’s Torchlight Parade, Mardi Gras Parade, snow sculpture contest, live music on the main stage and an evening fireworks show all remain. The 2024 theme “Color Outside the Line” is a tribute to creativity to honor the area’s educators and their steadfast commitment to the communities of the West Central Mountain region. See visitmccall.org.