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The Must Attend EDM Festivals for Winter 2018/19

Here are the best EDM festivals in North America this winter, including Snowglobe 2018, Igloofest 2018, Holy Ship 2019 and more.

Winter is a time of year to celebrate the holidays with loved ones. EDM festival tickets make a thoughtful gift for the raver in your life. And they give you a chance to bond with them at a large events. Some of these take place outside in the snow. Others are south of the border for cruise season 2019. So you will need a warm raver costume, and some you can swim in too.

These are the top ten EDM festivals of winter as selected by Slutty Raver Costumes. Bring money.

December 28-31

Lights All Night 2018

LIGHTS ALL NIGHT 2018 LINEUP

  • Dates: December 28-29, 2018
  • Location: Dalla, Texas
  • Headliners: Diplo, Excision, Gucci Mane, Kaskade, Tiësto and more!
  • Website: https://lightsallnight.com/

Taking place in Dallas, Lights All Night is a Texas style music festival and light show. Texan EDM fans will emerge from the woodwork to party with out-of-towners and dance to the music.

Hijinx Festival 2018

HIJINX FESTIVAL 2018 LINEUP

  • Dates: December 28-30, 2018
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Headliners: Bassnectar, Odesza, RL Grime and more!
  • Website: http://hijinxfest.com/

That same weekend Hijinx Festival goes down in Philly with a bass friendly lineup that includes bohemian fan favorites and underground acts — plus beautiful downtown Philadelphia.

Snowglobe 2018

SNOWGLOBE 2018 LINEUP

  • Dates: December 29-31, 2018
  • Location: South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Headliners: Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz, RL Grime and more!
  • Website: http://snowglobemusicfestival.com/

Snowglobe is happening in Lake Tahoe again this year. It is an outdoor music festival during winter, so you will need an extra warm raver costume. There will be opportunities for winter sports.

Decadence Colorado 2018

DECADENCE 2018 LINEUP

  • Dates: December 30-31, 2018
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • Headliners: Skrillex, Marshmello, Zed’s Dead, Claude Vonstroke and more!
  • Website: http://decadencenye.com/

Ring in the New Year with Skrillex and Marshmello at Decadence Colorado. With a name like that there should be a lot of chances to indulge and treat yourself. And cannabis is legal there.

Countdown NYE 2018

INSOMNIAC COUNTDOWN NYE 2018

  • Dates: December 31, 2018
  • Location: San Bernardino, California
  • Headliners: Zedd, Tiësto, Afrojack, Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland and more!
  • Website: https://countdownnye.com/

Alternatively, Insomniac Events/Live Nation offer Countdown NYE in southern California. Local ravers and festival fans pretty much know NOS Events Center like the back of their hand by now.

January 5-15

Holy Ship! 2019

HOLY SHIP 2019 LINEUP

  • Dates: January 5-9, 2019
  • Location: Miami > Bahamas
  • Headliners: A-Trak, Craze & Four Color Zack, Skream, TEED, the Black Madonna and more!
  • Website: https://holyship.com/

Holy Ship 2019 disembarks this January in time for resort season. Bass and hip hop fans will appreciate the chance to party on a boat with A-Trak, and wear a captain hat without looking crazy.

Groove Cruise Miami 2019

GROOVE CRUISE MIAMI 2019

  • Dates: January 10-14, 2019
  • Location: Key West > Cozumel, Mexico
  • Headliners: Kaskade, Hot Since ’82, Markus Schulz, MK and more!
  • Website: https://groovecruise.com/

If house music is more your style then consider Groove Cruise Miami instead. This year’s costume theme parties are Tutus and Ties, Back to School, Show Your Colors and Team Up (couples).

January 17 – February 24

Igloofest 2019

IGLOOFEST 2018 PRESS

  • Dates: January 17 & February 2, 2019
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • Headliners: Above & Beyond, Diplo, Four Tet, Chris Lake and more!
  • Website: http://igloofest.ca/en/

The full lineup for Igloofest 2019 has yet to be announced. But we do know there will be igloos and a ferris wheel. Plus you get the chance to use your French lessons in a music festival setting.

Forbidden Kingdom 2019

FORBIDDEN KINGDOM 2019 LINEUP

  • Dates: February 16-17, 2019
  • Location: Boca Raton, Florida
  • Headliners: Excision, Adventure Club, Zomboy, 12th Planet and more!
  • Website: https://forbiddenkingdomfest.com/

Florida loves a good rave, but that prog house stuff is for Miami dwellers. Forbidden Kingdom Fest features an all bass and dubstep lineup with a B2B set by Excision and Dion Timmer.

EDC Mexico 2019

EDC MEXICO 2019 LINEUP

EDC Mexico 2019 offers the most complete lineup of the season. This includes a performance by Skrillex who Mexicans adore for some reason. They also have a lot of famous house DJ’s to enjoy.

If you time it perfectly you might be able to go to every single one of these winter music festivals, like Steve Aoki does. But you won’t be able to see every DJ set because a few overlap. Here’s looking forward to happy holidays and a merry EDM festival experience this season.

Cover photo via Igloofest.

 

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Elizabeth de Moya has contributed to DJ Mag, DJ TechTools, LA Weekly and Thump (Vice). She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.