The proverb “as the days grow longer, the cold gets stronger” may be true, but that doesn’t stop hardy New Englanders from embracing winter. When snow and frigid temperatures arrive there are many festivals and activities to get you off the couch and out of the house. So grab your snowshoes, skis, toboggans, skates, or simply a heavy coat and scarf, and go enjoy the season.
CAMDEN, MAINE The first Camden Winterfest debuts with two celebratory weekends of cold-weather activities. On the kickoff weekend (Feb. 1-2), look for 8-foot-tall snow sculptures throughout this coastal village where restaurants and shops will offer winter-themed specials.
Downtown festivities feature CamJam, a competition in Harbor Park where snowboarders and trick skiers compete. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.