Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival: Child playing on a slide Bright lights, big slide ... in Harbin, China. (Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

While many people prefer to hunker down during the winter months, you might think differently if you lived in Harbin, China.

Though this city is located in Heilongjiang, the country's northernmost (and coldest!) province, people here have spent decades perfecting strategies for fending off the winter blues and staying active in a subzero climate.

The general attitude in Harbin is that when life gives you icicles, make ice castles! What that means for residents is that, in addition to skiing, snowmobiling and winter swimming, the best way to relish the season is to organize an elaborate two-month-long ice and snow festival.

Known officially as the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, this winter cultural event features larger-than-life snow sculptures, as well as entire buildings, slides and mazes created from ice cut from the nearby Songhua River. When the sun goes down, the frosty mini-city takes on an entirely new character as it's illuminated with a psychedelic rainbow of lights.

For a glimpse of what it's like to experience the festival's vivid winter wonderland, check out the video below:

It's a stunning sight, but if you can't make it there this year, continue below for a frosty taste of what you're missing!

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival: People walking through colorful maze People wander in a colorful maze at the Harbin fest. (Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Ice slide in Harbin, China When you're dressed for winter activities, they're so much more fun! (Photo: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival: Frozen city The ice city — made from ice cut from the nearby Songhua River — sparkles with color at night. (Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

People take a selfie with a selfie stick at the Harbin Ice City. It's cold, sure, but the selfie stick moves along the photo-taking portion of the evening. (Photo: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival: Colorful pillars It takes hours to see all the different elements of the Harbin ice structures. (Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival: Igloo She's dressed and ready for her igloo encounter. (Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

A pair of bundled up police officers in Harbin, China. Police officers bundle up against the cold. (Photo: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival: People posing with ice sculptures These carnival horses don't move like a merry-go-round, but are colorful. (Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival: Child sliding belly-down A child makes the most of the slide by going down on her belly. (Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

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