5 of the Best Places in the World for Stunning Must-Be-There Festivals

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Harbin, China
Must-See Festival: Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Why go: The largest winter festival in the world that boasts of beautiful and towering ice sculptures. Watch the ice carvings light up at night in a kaleidoscope of colors.

Up Helly Aa Fire Festival
Lerwick, Scotland
Must-See Festival: Up Helly Aa Fire Festival
Why go: Witness the largest fire festival in Europe and see the replica of an impressive Viking ship burn

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Pingxi, Taiwan
Must-See Festival: Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Why go: Offer a prayer or a vow as you take part in the traditional sky lantern festival. See the stunning sights of hundreds of lanterns light up the night sky as they slowly float and soar

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Must-See Festival: The Carnaval
Why go: Experience the fun and vibrant atmosphere showcasing colorful parades and costumes, samba music, and so much more

Tokyo, Japan
Must-See Festival: Hanami (Cherry Blossom Festival), Hana Matsuri in Asakusa,
Sumida Sakura Festival, and the Kanda Festival
Why go: Tokyo has a lot of amazing festivals all-year round. The famous Kanda Festival that dates back to the Edo Period is one of the city’s must-see. But one of the most beautiful happens around spring during cherry blossom season.