Saint Paul’s beautiful and historic Rice Park acts as center stage for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Check out the variety of events and activities to be hosted in Rice Park this year. These are all free and open to the public unless indicated otherwise.
Ice Sculpture Garden
One of Winter Carnival’s signature events, the ever-sparkly ice sculpture garden will take over Rice Park during regular park hours. The beautiful masterpieces are created by area artists using an array of tools including knives, chainsaws and other tools. See the artists at work (and competing for prizes and bragging rights) the first Thursday through Sunday of Carnival.
The displays are well-lit at night and are a great time to be downtown Saint Paul to take in other activities. Endless photo opportunities are available during the competition, as well as with the completed creations. The creations are removed when Saint Paul Winter Carnival ends – so be sure to stop by to see them while you can! Want to be a contestant in our Ice Carving competitions? Click here for more information.
All three Winter Carnival parades — the Grand Day (Saturday, January 25) and Torchlight (Saturday, February 1)— end in Rice Park. Plus, join us for the post Torchlight Parade “Overthrow of Boreas” at the steps of the James J. Hill Library for a spectacular part of the Winter Carnival tradition!
The Ice Bars will return to refresh Carnival-goers throughout the daily activities. Try Coppola Diamond Series Two Pinot, Grigio, and Noir in Cans; Coppola Hot Mulled Wine; Bud Light; Mich Golden; Goose Island; Stella Cidre for you Cider Lovers; and Winter Carnival’s new Bon & Vic Spiked Seltzer to keep you refreshed and smiling!
Saturday, January 25
Hosted by Saint Paul YMCA, Kids’ Day is filled with fun and interactive activities for kids of all ages! Watch the Grand Day Parade, participate in the Puzzle Contest, and enjoy live kid-friendly entertainment in Landmark Center.
Frozen Family Fun Night
Tuesday, January 28
Bring the kids to the Landmark Center on on Tuesday, January 28 for Frozen Family Fun Night! Grab a bite to eat from one of our visiting food trucks, explore the ice carvings, dance and sing along with live performers, and ice skate at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate. There will also be a special appearance from the newly crowned Saint Paul Winter Carnival Royalty! Don’t forget to share your photos with #wintercarnival!
70’s Disco Night
Friday, January 31
Join the 70’s Magic Sunshine Band and dance the night away in Rice Park
Minnesota Made Market
Sunday, January 26
Discover locally-made products and unique services from Minnesota’s thriving business community at the MN Made Market in the Landmark Center. If you have a local business and would like to showcase your products in front of thousands of visitors, fill out our vendor application here.
Saturday, February 1
Enjoy live entertainment, including excitement from the ice carving competition, and family-friendly activities throughout Rice Park and the Landmark Center.
Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour
Sunday, February 3
Minnesota’s icy-ist celebration meets Minnesota’s spiciest celebration (Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul) on Sunday, February 3, as Cinco de Mayo takes over Kellogg Park. Come enjoy live traditional entertainment, your favorite foods from Saint Paul’s West Side, a jalapeno eating contest and more!