Festival of Ice

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The Festival of Ice takes place on the 8th of every Winter. You can attend the festival by entering Cindersap Forest between 9:00AM and 2:00PM. When you leave the festival, you will be returned home at 10:00PM.

The festival features ice sculptures, snowmen, and igloos. There's also an Ice Fishing Contest you can take part in along with Pam, Willy, and Elliott. You must catch at least five fish to win the competition. The first time you win, your prize is three tackles (a Barbed Hook, Dressed Spinner and a Magnet) and a Sailor's Cap. Thereafter, winning earns you 2,000g.

The holes in the ice are quite small, so it can be difficult to cast into them. Standing immediately next to the hole and casting a minimal distance is easiest. It is possible to catch fish outside of the frozen lake, but these fish do not count towards the competition.

On the day of the Festival, every home and shop in Stardew Valley is "locked" and cannot be entered.


Each year, Penny will ask what kind of snowman she and Jas should build. You can give her three answers:

  • Classic Snowman (carrot nose, coal eyes, scarf) -- [She will smile and say that it is best to stick with conventions.]
  • A Funky Snowman (Icicle antennae, pine cone eyes) -- [She will smile and say that it sounds like a fun idea.]
  • Tell her Snowmen are boring and she should build something 'outside the box!' -- [She will say she would rather stick to something a bit more conventional.]

Willy will also ask if you are ready for some ice fishing. You can give him three answers:

  • Yes. I'll do my best! -- [He will smile and say that's the spirit!]
  • Yes, and I'm going to beat you! -- [He will simply say we'll see.]
  • To be honest, no. I'm bad at fishing. -- [He will smile and say to think of this as good practice.]


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  • At the end of the fishing competition Lewis will say "Wow, that's a lot of fish". This may be a reference to 1998 Godzilla silly quote.
  • If you talk to Abigail at her snowman, she will ask you what you think of her "snow goon." This may be a reference to a 1991 series of "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strips found in the Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons collection, in which Calvin builds several mutant snowmen.