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Welcome to Holyrood’s 2023 Crystal Carnival

Friday, February 17 – Sunday, February 26

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CARNIVAL PARK At Holy Cross Park

Starting February 17, take the time to visit Holy Cross Park to check out the Carnival lights. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and view our new 2023 ice sculpture. The park will be open between 6 and 8pm each night until Sunday, February 26.


Carnival Button Competition
We’re partnering with Holy Cross Elementary for another Crystal Carnival Button Contest. Students and staff will have the opportunity to win prizes with their button number during the Winter Carnival. The winner will be invited to light the torch and officially kick-off the Crystal Carnival celebrations.


It’s time to paint the Town with Chilly. We want to see our mascot Chilly on your property. Here’s how to enter: Construct your very own Chilly and send a picture of your creation to One Chilly can be entered per household. Winner will receive a $100 cash prize.

Holyrood Photo Scavenger Hunt

Over the course of the Crystal Carnival, we encourage you to get out and see the Holyrood sites. Form your team of 2 (minimum) to 6 (maximum) people and complete the scavenger hunt list to win a Rec Room Family Prize-Pack valued at $200. Hunt list and submission details coming Thursday, February 16. No registration necessary.

Riddle Me This Competition
5 riddles at 5 different locations around town. Visit each site and answer the riddle for your chance to win!

Riddle locations and answer forms will be available on this site on Thursday, February 16. 

Crystal Carnival Button Contest
We’re teaming up with Holy Cross Elementary for another Crystal Carnival Button Contest. Each day of the Carnival, students and staff will have the opportunity to win prizes with their button number. The person with the winning design will take home a Crystal Carnival Prize-Pack and a Pizza Party for their entire class! Stay tuned to see who the lucky winner will be!

Skating at Boland’s Pond
If conditions allow, the Holyrood Fire Department will be maintaining the ice at Boland’s Pond this Carnival. Feel free to enjoy a family skate daily between 8:00am and 9:00pm. Benches on site.

FRIDAY, February 17

Carnival Kick-Off & Torch Lighting
Location: Holy Cross Park
Time: 6:30pm
We’re flaming the torch under the Holy Cross Park Lights to officially open the 2023 Crystal Carnival. Don’t miss the ice carving unveiling, free hot chocolate and small fireworks display to officially open the Carnival.

Carnival Cornhole
Location: The Hat Lounge
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $20/person
Registration: To register please email or send a direct message to the Avalon Cornhole Facebook page.
Don’t miss the first annual Crystal Carnival Cornhole Tournament on Friday, February 17 at The Hat Lounge. Prizes for the top teams with all proceeds going to support the Crystal Dip fundraising efforts for the Food Bank and Free Little Pantries. Enjoy 4 games of round robin/blind draw play, followed by a single elimination playoff bracket.

Saturday, February 18

Morning Snowshoe 
Led by resident Roger Myette
Location: Centennial Softball Field
Route: Centennial Softball Field to Main
Beach Pond (Total length: 3km)
Time: 9:30am
Cost: Free

Snacks and campfire to follow. In the event we have no snow, Roger will lead a group hike on the same route. No registration required.

The Crystal Market
Location: Star of the Sea
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free

The Crystal Carnival is proud to present the new Crystal Market. Hand crafted products, art, live music, and so much more. Make a monetary or non-perishable food item donation and enter to win a gift basket of products from our amazing vendors. A list of vendors will be coming soon…

Dennis Flynn – photography
Outport Gallery & Gifts – wooden creations & handmade cards
Author Thaine Chase – novels (mystery, action-thriller, literary fiction)
Working With Wood East – pyrography
Roselle Doyle Art – original paintings & prints
Dorothy Feltham – quilts
Melvin Feltham – snowshoes
Maxine Miller – knitted animals & Avon products
Charlie’s Handcrafted Gifts – driftwood, beach rock, signs
Mudder’s Soap – all natural handmade soap
Little Knotty Farmhouse – rustic boho inspired macrame
Tibbo Jewels – handmade jewelry

Chili Cook-Off and Outdoor Play Day
Location: Holyrood Community Playground- Kennedy’s Lane Extension
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Cost: Chili Competition: $10  |  Family Play Day: Free
Live Music by Edison Unplugged

Open to all Ages! The biggest Carnival event is back! Tempt your taste buds with a wide variety of chili prepared by local businesses, community groups, and residents. All proceeds will be
donated to the Holy Cross Breakfast Program. We’ll have fire pits to keep you warm and the playground to keep the kids busy! Live music on site with free hot chocolate for everyone.

Please review the 2023 Crystal Carnival Cook-Off Rules and email or call 229-7252 ext. 204 to confirm your participation |  Rules Document: Chili Cook Off Rules 2023

Beer & Taco Night- featuring Chef Heather King from The Station Diner  SOLD OUT!
Location: The Station Diner
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $60.00
Tickets: On Sale Now!

Back by popular demand! Chef Heather King from The Station Diner is dishing out 4 tacos + a dessert to pair with 5 incredible NL craft beers. Live music on site. All participants will receive free admission to the Carnival Pop Culture Trivia Night happening immediately after the Beer and Taco Night!

  1. Taco Menu
  2. Grilled Chicken Tacos – Spicy grilled chicken thighs topped with Pico de Gallo and creamy cilantro sauce served in a corn tortilla.
  3. Tacos De Matamoros – Or as we know them…..Tuesday Night Tacos – these traditional beef tacos will come with all the fixins’ – lettuce, tomato, cheese, enchilada sauce and sour cream served in a crisp corn tortilla
  4. Station Diners Own Fish Tacos – strips of battered white fish enveloped in a soft tortilla shell with shredded purple cabbage, fresh cilantro paste, and topped with our home made baja sauce and lime wedges
  5. Crispy Carnitas Tacos – Mexican Slow Cooked Pulled Pork so tender and juicy on the inside, while deliciously crisp and golden on the edges served with Southwest Slaw and Salsa Verde.
  6. Sweet Puff Tacos with Black Cherry Ice Cream, Whip Cream and Chocolate Sauce.

Trivia Night – Pop Culture: TV – MUSIC – MOVIES
Location: Station Diner
Time: 9:15pm
Cost: $5/player
Teams: Teams with 2-6 players will be accepted
Registration: Call 229-7252 ext 201

Join us for our Crystal Carnival Pop Culture Trivia Night. Accepting teams of 2-6 players. Lots of great prizes to be won! Bar on site. All Beer and Taco Night Participants get free admission into Trivia Night!

Valentine’s Dance
Featuring music by Brian Flannigan
Hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion
Location: Royal Canadian Legion
Time: 9:30pm
Admission: $10.00 at the door

Sunday, February 19

Family Snowga
Location: Holy Cross Park
Time: 10:30am
Cost: Free

Hot chocolate for all participants after the yoga class. No registration required.

Merchandise Bingo
Location: Star of the Sea
Time: 12:30pm
Cost: Cards are $2 each or 3 for $5

Make-A-Mug with Clay Cafe
Location: Star of the Sea
Time: 4:00pm
Cost: $25
Tickets: To book your tickets please call 229-7252 ext. 201

Clay Café is back to lead a Make-a-Mug Workshop for the Crystal Carnival. All participants will receive a free hot chocolate bomb upon pickup for your first pour!

Monday, February 20

Senior’s Carnival Lunch and Dance
Featuring music by Brian Finn
Location: Royal Canadian Legion
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: Free
Tickets: All participants must pick up a ticket at Hubert A. Keough Municipal Building to attend.

Tuesday, February 21

What’s in the Sky
A Presentation on Winter Star Gazing by the St. John’s Centre of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Host: Michael Morrow
Location: Star of the Sea
Time: 7:00pm
Registration: To register contact 229-7252 ext. 201
Cost: Free

Join host Michael Morrow, for an in depth look at winter star gazing and space. If the weather is clear, the group will take in some telescope activities!

Wednesday, February 22

Seniors Tour the Town
A bus tour of St. John’s and surrounding area with McCarthy Parties! Includes a bagged lunch
Location: Star of the Sea
Time: 10:00am – 1:30pm
Cost: $45.00
Registration: Contact 229-7252 ext. 201

Thursday, February 23

1st Annual Crystal Dance
Glow Party with Jellybean Entertainment
Location: Holy Cross Elementary
Time: K-3: 6:00pm-7:00pm
4-6: 7:30pm -9:00pm
Admission: $5.00 at the door

A new tradition! In support of the local Girl Guides. Canteen provided.

Teens at Get Air 
Location: Get Air Trampoline Park
Transportation Location: Hubert A. Keough Municipal Office
Time: Transportation: 6:30pm
Get Air: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $20.00
Waiver: All participants must complete the Get Air Waiver by visiting the following link:
Registration: To register please visit:

Friday, February 24

Carnival Goes Country
Carnival Dance featuring The Randy Matthews Band 
Location: Star of the Sea
Time: 9:00pm
Cost: $15/ticket
Ticket Link:

Get your Country best ready because we’re throwing an old fashion hoedown at the Star of the Sea! Cash bar service available. Prizes for top country outfit!

Saturday, February 25

5K Chilly Dash
Pre-Race Registration: 9:00 – 9:45am | Race Time: 10:00am
(Transportation to route provided)
Divisions: 5K Run & 5K Walk
Location: Royal Canadian Legion
Cost: $35.00

All participants will receive a medal, lunch provided by the MGA 50+ club and a Miller Lite. Lots of prizes to be won. 

Crystal Cup Dart Tournament
Location: Star of the Sea
Time: Registration: 9:00am  Tournament: 10:00am
Cost: $10.00 per player

Join the Star of the Sea for the Carnival Mixed Dart Tournament. Teams will consist of 5 players with either 2 men and 3 women or 3 men and 2 women. This tournament is open to the public. For more information and to register please contact Roz at 691-7201.

Carnival Cold Plates 
Take-Out Only. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, February 22
Location: Station Diner
Cost: $15.00+ HST
Pick-Up Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Submit order by visiting:
The Carnival cold plate consists of baked ham, roast turkey, roast beef, potato salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad, beet salad, coleslaw, dressing, dinner roll, cranberry sauce and butter.

Family Board Game Day
Location: Holyrood Public Library
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Cost: Free

Join the Holyrood Public Library for an afternoon filled with board games! Open to all ages! No registration required.

Gone to the Dogs 
Location: Holyrood Dog Park (Salmonier Line)
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Bring your furry friend for a play-day in the dog park. Free hot chocolate and treats for your dog.

Carnival Classic 
Location: Holy Cross Park
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: Free

We’re under the lights at Holy Cross Park for the Carnival Classic! Come check out this year’s Crystal Carnival Ice Sculpture and take in the live music, hot chocolate, face painting, games, fire pits and a marshmallow/wiener roast.

Sunday, February 26

The Crystal Dip
In aid of the Holyrood Food Bank and Little Free Pantries

Can you handle the freezing Atlantic Ocean in the midst of winter? If you have the courage, find your wackiest costume and take the plunge into the cold Holyrood Harbour to support food security in our town. Join us at the Star of the Sea immediately after the dip for brunch as we release the total funds raised. All dippers will receive a free breakfast!

Participants can register 2 ways:
Day of Registration: Complete registration form on site. Minimum donation of $20.00

Fundraiser Registration: All those fundraising must submit their registration forms before they start fundraising.
Registrations can be submitted the following ways:
– Email:
– In Person: Hubert A. Keough Municipal Building

Registration Form: 2023 Crystal Dip Registration Form
Pledge Sheet: 2023 Crystal Carnival Pledge Sheet

All donations must be passed in at the start of the Crystal Dip.

Community Breakfast
Location: Star of the Sea
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: Adult: $12.00 | Children: $6.00 (under 12)
Join us as we celebrate our Crystal Dippers with a classic Star of the Sea Brunch and unveil the amount raised towards food security in Holyrood!

Snow Soccer Softball
Location: Centennial Softball Field
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: Free

Join our CBC United Soccer Crew as we form a fun pick-up game of Snow Soccer Baseball. All ages welcome!