It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the 134th Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the “Coolest Celebration on Earth” since 1886. The Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area.
- Most events are FREE and open to the public.
- Events primarily take place in downtown Saint Paul, in and around the Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
- Enjoy live entertainment, walk through the ice sculpture garden, watch the ice carvers create frozen masterpieces, visit vendor booths, and more!
- Enjoy hot mulled wine, beer, and other beverages at the Ice Bars.
Please join us at the Ambassadors’ Spring Fundraiser, the Red vs. Blue Bartender Challenge. Come support your favorite Winter Carnival characters as they battle for the title of Greatest Bartender in the Realm! Watch the competitors go head-to-head in five grueling rounds that will put their talents and their charm to the test.
Show your allegiance to Red or Blue by tipping your favorite bartender(s). The tips will be totaled at the end of each round. The bartenders with the most tips on either side will compete in the Championship Round to determine the winner of the challenge.
Only one side can win! Who will you choose?
If dogs are our best friends, then Minnesota craft beer comes in at a very close second in our book. Grab your favorite four-legged pooches and your human friends too for the inaugural Hops & Hounds event at the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Bundle up and head on over to Kellogg Mall Park on February 3, 2019, for beer, door prizes, contests, treats, games, adoptable pups, and more!
The St. Paul Police Department’s Therapy Dog, Sargent Fuzz will be roaming around the park as well! He has been a friendly addition to community events for years, and is looking forward to meeting all of our Winter Carnival guests!
If you’re an animal shelter or vendor looking to get involved with this event please fill out the attached form and return to email@example.com by January 10th for consideration.
Hops & Hounds Vendor Application
Don’t care to drive? Visit Metro Transit to plan your trip, get maps, schedules and fare information. Metro Transit is providing FREE rides to the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Vulcan Snow Park on February 3. Just click on the icon below, fill out the form, and submit to download your FREE Metro Transit Ride Pass.
Join us for some friendly competition, & participate in one of Minnesota’s greatest winter outdoor sports: boot hockey! While no experience is required, participants must be at least 21 years of age or older. We will assign registered players randomly to teams of 5 to 6 people the day of the event.
To register and to view the rules and regulations, please fill out THIS FORM and email it to Jason Ledermann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t care to drive? Visit Metro Transit to plan your trip, get maps, schedules and fare information. Metro Transit is providing FREE rides to the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Vulcan Snow Park on February 2. Just click on the icon below, fill out the form, and submit to download your FREE Metro Transit Ride Pass.
Witness local culinary greats compete in one of the most cut-throat competitions Minnesota has to offer: the 2nd Annual Fancy Hotdish Competition, hosted by The Lexington and delivered by US FOODS.
Chefs will be judged on creativity, taste, presentation and the use of ingredients while whipping up their unique hotdish to see who will reign supreme. Plus, you’ll have a chance to sample the entries and cast your vote to determine the People’s Choice winner!
Admission tickets can be purchased below for $50 per person and includes access to this tasty event and two (2) drink tickets. You must have a ticket to attend.
Chefs Competing From:
- The Lexington
- Augustine’s Bar
- Iron Ranger
- Sweet Pea’s
Red Cow | Not Tot Hotdish; Smoked Short Ribs and American Cheese-fried Risotto
Joan’s in the Park | Beef Tenderloin Puff Pastry Hotdish
Revival | Tennessee Hot Chicken Hotdish
The 2019 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division, starts on January 27 at 9 AM.
Each artisan team will be given 6 suspenseful hours and a couple blocks of ice to bring their frozen masterpieces to life. The Individual Block Ice Carving Competition is guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking and remain incredibly attentive to every detail. Judging immediately follows the completion of the contest.
Be sure to check out the live carvings and the completed designs, which will be on display in Kellogg Mall Park for the duration of Winter Carnival!
Don’t care to drive? Visit Metro Transit to plan your trip, get maps, schedules and fare information. Metro Transit is providing FREE rides to the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Vulcan Snow Park on January 27. Just click on the icon below, fill out the form, and submit to download your FREE Metro Transit Ride Pass.
Are you a master at putting puzzles together? Then this is an event for you! Grab your friends or come with your family for a dueling puzzle competition.
Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 teams in each category to complete their 500 piece puzzle in the 2 hour time slot.
The puzzle in question is manufactured by the company behind PuzzleTwist® branded jigsaw puzzles and will be a special keepsake! The competition will be split into two divisions – 4 people per team:
Adult Bracket – all players must be over the age of 18
Family Bracket – At least one participant must be under the age of 18.
Registration will open October 1
Check-in & onsite registration opens at 8 a.m. Onsite registration is available as space allows.
Adult Bracket contest runs 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Family Bracket contest runs 10:45-12:45 p.m.
Don’t care to drive? Visit Metro Transit to plan your trip, get maps, schedules and fare information. Metro Transit is providing FREE rides to the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Vulcan Snow Park on January 26. Just click on the icon below, fill out the form, and submit to download your FREE Metro Transit Ride Pass.
The 2019 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 24 and ends Saturday, January 26.
Each team will be given 48 suspenseful hours and several blocks of ice to bring their frozen masterpieces to life. The Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition is guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking and remain incredibly attentive to all details. Judging immediately follows the completion of the contest.
Be sure to check out the live ice carving and the completed designs, which will be on display in Kellogg Mall Park for the duration of Winter Carnival!
The 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival buttons were unveiled December 1, 2018, at Stacked Deck Brewing Co. in Saint Paul.
Minnesota-based artist John Kocon created the series of four buttons depicting the fabled treasure hunt for the medallion, ice skaters gliding around the rink outside of the Landmark Center, King Boreas and Vulcanus Rex racing each other on sleds, and the Royal Family posing with the Vulcans.
Every button purchase includes a registration form to enter the 2019 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt with the opportunity to win up to $10,000. In order to win the full $10,000, treasure hunters must find and turn in the medallion, register the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival button, and clip and save the daily clues in the Pioneer Press.
Other prizes include $1,000 cash; tickets to the Minnesota Wild, St. Paul Saints, and Science Museum of Minnesota; a Vulcan fire truck ride for 20; a chance to feed the giraffes at Como Zoo; and so much more!
Button sales remain the largest annual fundraiser for the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, which proudly produces the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo Festival- West Saint Paul. Single buttons are for sale for $5, while the 4-button value pack retails for $19. Purchase your 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival buttons in our online store OR at participating metro Cub foods and Speedway locations.
With over 150 4-person teams participating from as far away as New York, Texas and California, this year’s Jigsaw Puzzle Contest at the 2018 Winter Carnival was a sight to see. Using strategy and teamwork, teams battled head to head to complete their 500-piece puzzles the fastest to win exciting prizes and bragging rights in this nationwide competition. This year’s contest took place on Saturday, January 27th at Landmark Center.
Unlike your typical speed-puzzle contest, this one comes with a twist! Each division (Adult and Family) were provided with different puzzles that they weren’t allowed to see until time began. To make it even harder, not only were the PuzzleTwist® designs created specifically for the competition and drawn by local artists, but each puzzle’s design included up to 25 hidden elements that were not included on the box cover image!
Not discouraged, the winning puzzlers finished the competition at just around the 40-minute mark of their 2-hour allotment. Congratulations to this year’s winning teams!
Adult Division Results:
1st Place: Wicker Kittens | Time = 38:25
2nd Place: The Collectors | Time = 39:25
3rd Place: Cutting Tools | Time = 44:11
Family Division Results:
1st Place: Pillager Puzzlers | Time = 37:28
2nd Place: Thala-Sirens | Time = 39:17
3rd Place: Puzzle Masters | Time = 41:55
Click here to see all team times from the Family Division.
Click here to view more photos from the Family Division.
Want to try this year’s cool designs for yourself? They’re available for sale in the Winter Carnival online store!
Find other fun designs at PuzzleTwist!
Take part in the third annual “Freeze Your Bags Off” Frozen Bean Bag Tournament. This is a 16-team bean bag tournament that takes place on 4th Street near the James. J. Hill Library in Rice Park. It is outside so come prepared!
This year, the bean bag tournament will run from Feb. 9th through Feb. 10th. On February 9th it will start at 7 p.m. and Feb. 10th at noon, so you can choose which day to participate or come for both!
The tournament requires pre-registration to participate. Cost is $25.00 per team. Entry fee includes entrance into the tournament; 2 drink tickets for the ice bar (non-alcoholic options available for participants under 21) and prizes for winning teams. Click here to register
Witness a true Minnesotan cook-off at the premiere Fancy Hotdish Competition, presented by Kowalski’s Market & US Foods,
on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at The Lexington in Saint Paul from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
4 p.m. – Cocktail Hour
5 p.m. – Competition Starts
During the pivotal challenge, 7-8 local chefs will go head to head in this riveting competition to reveal who can dish up the best Fancy Hotdish!
Come for the unique combinations, stay for the samples and to vote for your favorite as the People’s Choice!
Chefs competing from:
- The Lexington
- Joan’s in the Park
- Saint Paul Grill
- Red Cow
- Marjorie Johnson, Blue Ribbon Baker
- Jack Riebel, The Lexington
- Bob Kowalski, Kowalski’s Market
- Jess Fleming, Pioneer Press
- Winter Carnival Royalty
The Individual Block Ice Carving Competition will be held Saturday, February 3.
Each competitor (Professional and Artisan) will receive 1 ½ – 2, 10″ x 20″ x 40″ blocks of ice to turn into their own dazzling display of skilled artistry. As a timed challenge, sculptors will begin no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and will be stopped promptly at 3:00 p.m. for judging.
Completed designs will be on display throughout the Winter Carnival. Check out the live competition on February 3 or stop by to see the final masterpieces!
Click here to enter the competition
The 2018 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 25 and ends Saturday, January 27.
Each contestant or team will be given 48 hours and 20 blocks of ice sized approximately 40″ x 20″ x 10″ to complete their ice sculpture. Finished carvings must be no more than 12′ above the ground and no wider than 12′ by 10′. Judging will take place immediately following completion of the contest.
Completed designs will be on display throughout the Winter Carnival. Check out the live competition January 25-27 or stop by to see the final masterpieces!
Click here to enter the competition
In progress and finished carvings may be viewed throughout the Winter Carnival.
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