6 Music Festivals This Winter Worth Bracing The Cold For

Evangeline Axiotis
Evangeline Axiotis goes by many nicknames, (mainly inappropriate ones), but most people know her as a music festival junkie. She's currently going through a quarter-life crisis. Her biggest supporter is her dad who constantly reminds her that raving is not a real job - but she hopes to change that soon. She can also recite any Biggie Smalls song by heart.

We know who you are. You’re the music lover snuggled up to the heater jamming out to bangers on your headset, and lusting for the summer months. Your calendar is simply just a countdown until May, and your summer plans consist only of going to the best music festivals around the world.

Well fun one, chin up — for there are a great number of exciting winter music festivals coming in the next few months. Festivals with a unique magic untouched by scorching heat or dry days. Festivals worth getting familiar with:


Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Dates: Dec. 29- 31, 2015

If the cold doesn’t scare you, then Snowglobe should be on your list of festivals to hit up this winter. The location is at beautiful Lake Tahoe, which even in the winter is a perfect destination spot for a music festival. Some of the tents are outside in 20-degree weather, but the crowd always manages to stay hyped regardless. The scenery makes it worth it and of course the lineup. Last year featured Skrillex, Disclosure, Bro Safari and Flux Pavillion to name a few.

Snowglobe has partnerships with nearby casinos on the Nevada side of Tahoe so the party continues there ‘til the early morning. Last year, they even had after parties on boats in the lake.

Big Week NYC

Location: New York City

Dates: Dec. 25- 31, 2015

You don’t have to travel far from the city to find a good festival this winter. Taking place over NYE weekend, the back-to-back shows kick off with Yellow Claw, Fetty Wap, and 12th Planet on December 26 at Pier 94. It ends with Future and Rudimental performing on New Years Eve at Pier 36. Big Week is hosted by RPM, the guys behind Pier of Fear, so you can expect a big production.

White Wonderland

Location: Anaheim, CA

Dates: Dec. 31, 2015

Insomniac’s White Wonderland is the sister festival to Beyond Wonderland and Nocturnal Wonderland. It’s the only Wonderland festival with one stage so you don’t have to worry about running from stage to stage, one of the things I dread the most at festivals. It’s a 21+ event, which is always a perk. This year’s lineup includes Armin Van Buuren, Laidback Luke, Showtek and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.

Holy Ship

Location: Sets sail from Miami

Dates: First sail from Jan. 3-6, 2016; Second sail from Feb. 10-13, 2016

This year the 3-night festival cruise will set sail twice — once in January and once in February. Both cruises are sold out and if you check out the line up you’ll know why. Not only is the lineup stacked, but you get to take advantage of pre-parties in Miami. Holy Ship is like no other festival in that you’re all on the same ship for three days so there’s plenty of interaction between the artists. My cousin met A-trak in the elevator and sat next to Zedd in the casino. You also stop off in the Bahamas and get to party on the beach so it’s the perfect festival if you’re looking for a mini vacation. You can still get on the waiting list so hurry if you want be a part of the #shipfam!

BPM Music Festival

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Dates: Jan. 8-17, 2016

BPM is the adult spring break of music festivals. It takes place over 10 days in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and boasts over 200 house and techno DJs. Parties are non-stop and the venues are mostly on the beach. The festival draws in thousands of people around the world ranging from promoters, music industry reps, artists, and of course people who just came to party. Even though the festival has grown tremendously, it still maintains a less mainstream reputation and more mature crowd.

Winter Music Conference 

Location: Miami

Dates: March 21- 24, 2016

WMC takes place at the end of March in Miami, so counting this on the list of Winter Music Festivals might be a stretch. But, it’s in the name and it just so happens to be one of the biggest music conferences in the world so I’m going with it. The week-long conference includes a series of day and night pool parties and shows. The venues range from clubs like LIV to hotel rooftops. It’s a non-stop party that culminates in with Ultra Music Festival at the end of the week. If you’re thinking about doing Ultra, reconsider flying down the week before for WMC.