100 Days Until Winter Carnival Press Release




 Coolest Celebration on Earth™’ Returns to Rice Park

Jan. 23 – Feb. 2, 2020


Saint Paul, Minn. (October 15, 2019) — Today marks 100 days until the 134th Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The next “Coolest Celebration on Earth will be held January 23 – February 2, 2020 in Saint Paul, Minn. Organizers from the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation, the producers of the Winter Carnival, are pleased to announce location and event updates.

After a year away due to construction, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival will return to its longtime and traditional home of Rice Park (109 W 4th St). The newly-refurbished park located in the heart of downtown will host an array of activities including the festival’s signature multi-block and single-block ice carving competitions, musical concerts and performances, the ever-popular Ice Bar, as well as merchandise and food vendor sales.

In addition, Rice Park will once again be the culmination point for Winter Carnival’s King Boreas Grand Day (Saturday, Jan. 25) and Vulcan Victory Torchlight (Saturday, Feb. 1) Parades. Last year, these festivities were held a few blocks away at Kellogg Mall Park due the Rice Park’s renovations in progress.

New this year, Winter Carnival festivities will expand across the street on Landmark Plaza and Market

Street between 5th and 6th. This location will host several family-fun activities and wintry visuals including snow and ice displays, a kids’ “Snow Box,” and other themed events.

A large heated tent will be situated on Market Street. A great gathering place for Carnival goers, the Winter Carnival Warming House will not only provide a cozy respite from the outdoors, but guests may enjoy assorted tasty signature cocktails, Saint Paul craft beers, games (trivia, bingo, pull tabs), snacks as well as live entertainment from local musicians.

Landmark Center will continue to host Winter Carnival events including the Memorabilia Display (available to explore throughout Carnival); an expanded Jigsaw Puzzle Contest on Saturday, Jan. 25; and Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 1. Landmark Center is also the location of the offices of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, the producers of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. A collection of Winter Carnival merchandise and souvenirs are available for sale in the office located on fourth floor.

“We are delighted to be coming home to our beloved Rice Park,” says Deb Schaber, president and CEO of the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation. “Our team is busy coordinating our popular signature events such as the parades, ice sculpture contests, Royal Coronation, and the Vulcan Snow Park. But, we’re also excited to be creating new events to attract a wide variety of potential Winter Carnival goers such as the Winter Carnival Global Market; Drag Queen Bingo; the Hops & Hounds outdoor celebration of pups and craft beer; and a Scotch tasting event.”

The “Coolest Celebration on Earth™” will be held Thursday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 in Saint Paul, Minn. Most events will take place in downtown Saint Paul in and around Rice Park. Other Carnival sites will include Landmark Center and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Most events are held in the City of Saint Paul and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Click the link below to view the PDF version of the press release. 

100 Days until 2020 Press Release