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 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division

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. 

Kids’ Day, presented by ECOLAB

Presented by ECOLAB and hosted by Saint Paul YMCA, Kids’ Day is filled with fun and interactive activities for kids of all ages! Kids will be able to exercise in the YMCA Sports Zone, jump around in the bouncy house, and play in the gaga pit. But that’s not the only action packed area of this event – The Scouts will be bringing in their archery inflatables as well!  There will be areas for various crafting activities such as ornament making, coloring flags, and creating snowman photo booth materials and bingo cards! 

Join us for kid-friendly fitness classes & activities presented by the Saint Paul YMCA! 

Performances are listed below.

2:30pm-3pm Jr. Oula with Liz

3:15pm-3:45pm Kids and Family Fitness with Annie

4pm-4:30pm Family Latin Hip Hop with Jocelyn

4:45pm-5:30pm Kids and Family Fitness with Annie

We will also be joined by our friends at Kidcreate Studio from 2pm- 4pm as they demonstrate how to make melting snowman slime!

Other featured vendors include New Horizon Academy, UCare, Silo Apparel, and Face Painting by Maria Brereton.

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. 

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).

2019 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition

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!

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. 

Frozen Family Fun Night

Bring the kids to Rice Park on on Tuesday, January 30 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 and the Saint Paul Mounted Police! Don’t forget to share your photos with #wintercarnival!

Securian Winter Run

It’s cold outside, which can mean only one thing – it’s race time!

Gather up your thermal underwear and neck warmers and start training today for the 33nd running of this Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and NEW Kids Fun Run on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Securian Financial Group embraces what Winter Carnival is all about – enjoying Saint Paul’s great outdoors, all year long. The Securian Winter Run features four races: the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Kids Fun Run – each starting at Securian Center on the corner of Sixth and Jackson Streets. The starting gun for the Half Marathon will go off at 9 a.m., while the 5K, 10K and Kids races will begin just minutes later.

Visit Securian Winter Run for race details and to register.

All proceeds from this event benefit Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, proud producer of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo West Side Saint Paul.