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Inuvik Sunrise Festival

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Inuvik Sunrise Festival

Every December the sun sets for the last time below the horizon, and after nearly 30 days of darkness the return of the sun is celebrated at the annual Inuvik Sunrise Festival in early January. Local food, dance, music and winter activities, including snow carving, snow yoga are all part of the spectacle. On the Saturday night a party on the permafrost continues as the we have our giant bonfire and an incredible firework display.

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Schedule of Events 

Given the current restrictions, the schedule for the 2021 Sunrise Festival has been altered to follow the Government of the Northwest Territories protocols and although we cannot host many of our usual events, we will still be celebrating the return of the sun with the following activities.

2021 Schedule of Events PDF 

2021 Schedule of Events


Wednesday 6 January 

Dance by the Light of the Sun

Dance by the Light of the Sun Competition


Please visit the Inuvik Sunrise Festival Facebook Page to view the winning submission

Dance Poster PDF


Friday 8 January 

Celebrate the Light   Celebrate the Light Information

Celebrate the the Light - Community Art Mosaic Project 

Friday 8 January from 3pm-8pm

Celebrate the return of the sun and join in the FREE community wide mosaic project over the sunrise weekend. Pick up and kit and paint your light themed piece in honour of the first sunrise of 2021. 

You can pick up your kits at the following times and locations: 

3pm Ruyant Crescent, 4pm Ingamo Hall, 5pm Semmler Place

6pm Camsell Place, 7pm The Dome, 8pm ARI Parking Lot 

Art Mosaic Poster PDF 


Saturday 9 January 

Arctic Market Poster 

Arctic Market 

The Arctic Market will take place on Saturday 9 January from 11am to 2pm at the Community Hall of the Midnight Sun Complex. 

Appointments now required. Phone or Text 867.678.5398 to book your spot.

Limited amount of walk-in slots will also be available.

10 Important Things To Know Before You Go Poster PDF

Saturday, January 9th Arctic Market Vendor List PDF



Delta Sunrise 2021 Cover Creations Workshop

Delta Sunrise 2021 Cover Creations Workshop with Denise McDonald & Donna Johns 

Learn to make your own cover with Denise McDonald and Donna Johns. 

The workshop will take place on both Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 January from 2-5pm in the Community Hall of the Midnight Sun Complex. 


To put your name on the waitlist, email us at or call and leave a message at 867.777.8618

Workshop Poster PDF 


Fireworks Show  Fireworks Information

Fireworks Show

Saturday 9 January 7pm-8pm

The Annual Inuvik Sunrise Festival Fireworks Show will take place on Saturday. The event itself will look a little different this year as we adhere to the policies and procedures provided by the Chief Environmental Health Officer for the safety of our residents, staff and volunteers.

The Fireworks show will take place at Twin Lakes.

All persons must remain in their vehicle and are advised to only travel with those in their immediate household. 

We ask that you take time to read the information sheet provided to ensure that you are prepared for the changes that have been made for the 2021 Fireworks Show. Please note there is no Bonfire for 2021.

Fireworks Poster 

Fireworks Information Poster

Fireworks Parking Update Video


Sunday 10 January 

Snow Us Some Sun   Snow Us Some Sun Information

Snow Us Some Sun - Snow Sculpture Contest 

Carve, shape, roll, build, dig a snow sculpture in your yard. Additional props, lights, or materials are permitted.

Send a photo to or text a pic to 867.678.0253 to be entered in the contest. 

Snow Sculpture Poster PDF 


Stay tuned for more information to come. You can stay up to date on the latest information on the Inuvik Sunrise Festival Facebook Page.