2022 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division

The 2022 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division, starts on January 30 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 Rice Park for the duration of Winter Carnival (weather carnival)!

 

Winter Carnival Puzzle Contest

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 is manufactured by the company behind PuzzleTwist® branded jigsaw puzzles and will be a special keepsake! The competition will be split into five divisions over four time slots – 4 people per team:

TO REGISTER: Click on the bracket below and that will take you to the form.

Adult 1  Experts   

Adult 2    

Adult 3   

Family With Children Bracket and Adult 4  

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Check-in opens at 8 a.m. Onsite registration will also be available as space allows.

2023 In-Person Event:
Our puzzle contest will take place on Saturday, January 28th, 2023, at the Landmark Center in Downtown Saint Paul.

The contest will feature four divisions:

  • Adult 1 Experts  
  • Adult 2  
  • Adult 3 
  • Family With Child(ren) and Adult 4 (happening simultaneously but separately)

Teams are made up of four individuals, and the cost to participate per team is $60. Sign up early as this event sells out! Spots are reduced per division once again. Our expert division features top-placing finishers from previous Winter Carnival Puzzle Contests who have been personally invited to join us again.  See schedule below. 

Schedule of Events

Saturday, January 28, 2023 – The Landmark Center 
8:00 AM – Adult 1 Experts Check in 
8:30 AM –  Adult 1 Experts Begins
10:00 AM – Adult 1 Experts Ends

10:00 AM –  Adult 2 Check in
10:30 AM – Adult 2 Begins
12:30 PM – Adult 2 ends

12:30 PM –  Adult 3 Check in 
1:00 PM – Adult 3 Begins
3:00  PM – Adult 3 Ends

3:00 PM – Family With Child(ren) and Adult 4 Check in 
3:30 PM – Family With Child(ren) and Adult Begins
5:30  PM – Family With Child(ren) and Adult Ends

In-Person Rules & Regulations:

  • Teams get to keep the puzzle they worked on, and more copies of the 2023 puzzle PLUS other puzzles from PuzzleTwist® will also be available for purchase after the event.
  • Contestants will be given their puzzle at check in.
  • No early starts! If you open your bag and begin your puzzle before the start of the contest you will be disqualified.
  • Hands only! The use of any puzzle tools, cutting devices, flashlights or phones is grounds for disqualification.
  • Judges will be monitoring the area and watching as teams get close to finishing. When your team is close to finishing, raise your hand and a judge will come to your table to watch you finish and record your time. If a judge is unable to get to your table when you finish please record your own time on the time card provided at your table.
  • Winners will be announced immediately following the competition.
  • Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams in all brackets.

**The same Puzzle will be used for all competitions**

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2022 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition

The 2022 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 27 at 7 pm and ends Saturday, January 29 at 7 pm.

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 Rice Park for the duration of Winter Carnival (weather permitting)!

2020 Saint Paul Winter Carnival

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.

2019 Cinco de Mayo- West Side Saint Paul

Please join us at our Cinco De Mayo-West Side Saint Paul Festival on Saturday, May 4th.

Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul celebrates the West Side community’s Mexican heritage and the traditional annual celebration of Mexico over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Join us on Cesar Chavez street in Saint Paul for a day filled with cultural entertainment, delicious food, live music, excitement and exploring all the West Side has to offer!

Visit www.cincodemayosaintpaul.com for more information.

Hops & Hounds

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 events@spfhf.org 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.

2019 Winter Carnival Orchid Show

Hundreds of orchid plants owned by the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, as well as individual and commercial orchid growers, will transform the Conservatory into a tropical wonderland where instead of King Boreas, orchids rule. Besides witnessing the beautiful plants and displays, vendors will be offering plants and other wares.

Now in its 45th year, the Winter Carnival Orchid Show has become the premier winter event for orchid lovers throughout the Midwest, attended by nearly 5,000 orchid enthusiasts. Perhaps in response to those long cold winters, Minnesotans are avid plants-men and women and welcome the chance to see and purchase something out of the ordinary.

The Orchid Society of Minnesota and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory work together to exhibit the largest display of privately owned orchids in the region. The Winter Carnival Orchid Show is an American Orchid Society (AOS) judged event. Orchid judges from throughout the Midwest travel to Saint Paul to bestow awards and points.

The Winter Carnival Orchid Show will be held on January 26 and 27 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12 ($1 off admission for Como Friends Members or for visitors with Winter Carnival button).

Fire & Ice: 2019 Winter Carnival Art Show

Please join us at the AZ Gallery as we celebrate winter, the vibrancy of Saint Paul, and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival with Fire & Ice, the third annual Winter Carnival Art Show. Local artists are tasked with creating masterpieces depicting the powerful forces of winter battling the hopeful promises of spring.

Featuring over 100 works of art from Minnesota-based artists, Fire & Ice runs from January 10 through February 17, 2019. A reception will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 5 PM-9 PM.

Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 5 PM-8 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM. 

2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the 133rd 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 Kellogg Mall Park and the Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 
  • Enjoy live entertainment in Kellogg Mall Park, watch ice carvers compete to create the best masterpiece, visit vendor booths, and more!
  • Enjoy hot mulled wine, beer, and other beverages at the ice bar in Kellogg Mall Park.