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?
Join us as we thank the 2018 “Notos” Prince of the Southwind, Steve Doody, and his lady Maggie for an incredible year and welcome the 2019 “Notos,” Prince of the Southwind.
11:30- Social Hour
12:30- Lunch Buffet followed by a Short Program
Tickets are $40 per person via check or $42 per person via Paypal.
YEE HAW… Cowboys, Cowgirls, and Cow Folks!!!!
You are invited to attend the 2019 West Wind Organization Shindig!! This event is the wildest gun-toting, boot-knocking, and 10-gallon-hat-wearing hoedown during Winter Carnival.
During our Shindig we will say Farewell to our beloved 2018 West Wind Prince Daryl Wahl, his West Wind Princess Dani Ross, and Guard Brenda Hocum. Our Honored Guest for this “BIG SOIREE” event will be the new 2019 West Wind Prince, Randy Graff, and Lady of the West, Shelley Duran. Horses, whiskey, and tall-tales are all welcome!!
6 P.M. – Social Hour
7 P.M. – Dinner & Program
The King Boreas Grand Day Parade presented by Arctic® Apples is our daytime procession down West 7th Street featuring dozens of bands, floats and, of course, the newly crowned King Boreas and his Royal Family.
Lori Koutsky, longtime coordinator of the Securian Winter Run, will serve as Community Grand Marshal for the King Boreas Grand Day Parade. Since 1994, Lori has led Securian’s community involvement and philanthropic programs. Community is a core value at Securian, which is why they were recently honored with the National Jefferson Award for exemplary corporate giving and community involvement. Lori is a true Minnesotan and enjoys all things outdoors, such as hiking and kayaking. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Dennis, and son, Dan. We are honored to have Lori Koutsky as our Community Grand Marshal.
Our Media Grand Marshals are KSTP’s Dave Dahl and Lindsey Brown. St. Paul’s own and Twins great, Joe Mauer, will serve as Celebrity Grand Marshal.
- Businesses, governmental agencies, community groups are all welcome to participate. Click here to join the parade
- Location start: Smith Avenue to Rice Park, along West 7th Street
- Location end: Kellogg Mall Park
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 magical journey of King Boreas LXXXIII along with Aurora, Queen of the Snows; the four Winds and Wind Princesses; as well as the Royal Guard begins with the Royal Coronation. A 130+ year old Winter Carnival tradition.
Royal Dinner and Royal Coronation Schedule of Events:
Advanced reservations are required, please scroll to the bottom of the page to reserve your tickets today!
Tickets are $85 per person; $800 per table of 10.
Prices go to $105 per person; $1050 per table of 10 on January 4, 2019.
5:30 pm – Social Hour
7:00 pm – Royal Dinner
8:00 pm – Coronation of the 2018 Royal Family
10:00 pm – The Royal Family Greet Their Loyal Subjects
Public Viewing of the Royal Coronation:
Admission is $15 with a 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Button; admission and buttons can be purchased at the Saint Paul RiverCentre from 6:30pm to 8pm January 26th only.
The public is welcome to attend the Royal Coronation portion of the evening. Doors open for general seating at approximately 7:30pm. Public seating is first come first served- seating is limited. To guarantee entrance, it is recommended to purchase a dinner ticket. See above for schedule of evening.
250 General Admission tickets for the Coronation only – will be available at the door, day of only. Tickets will go on sale at 7 pm and will be first come first serve.
Operation Glass Slipper Donations:
At the 2019 Royal Coronation, we will be collecting donations for Operation Glass Slipper. Operation Glass Slipper is a Minnesota 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing prom gowns and accessories at no charge to high school girls and boys throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin who would otherwise be unable to attend prom due to difficult financial or family circumstances.
We Would Love:
- Prom, wedding, & bridesmaids dresses
- Dressy shoes
- And More!
For more information about what Operation Glass Slipper needs this prom season, please visit operationglassslipper.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s the most wonderful time of the Carnival year! Join the Ambassadors at the Hotel 340 to warm up after the 2019 Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade! Greet the Visiting Festival Guests and stroll through the Winter Carnival memorabilia Exhibit and Ice Castle models. Have a hot chocolate, some refreshments, or perhaps an adult beverage to toast to the beginning of the Coolest Celebration on Earth.
Light hot and cold appetizers will be served. Cash bar is available.
7:20 P.M.- Candidate Introductions and Awarding of Top Button Sales
7:45 P.M.- Klondike Kates Performance
Free for members, $5 for non-members.
Join us as we showcase the Queen of the Snows Candidates and enjoy a look back at historical royal costuming from the Saint Paul Winter Carnival
11:30 A.M.- Doors Open
12:00 P.M.- Social Hour
1:00 P.M.- Lunch & Fashion Show
Tickets are $45. Parking available for $5 CASH ONLY at Securian Ramp (entrance on Minnesota Ave, across the street from Double Tree Hotel). For Special dietary needs please contact Anne Auger 651-491-9196.
Please join us in your finest purple garb as we honor the 2018 Euros Bill Wearn and his Lady Julie and welcome the 2019 Euros Charlie Pizel and his Lady Denise!
Social- 6:00 PM
Dinner- 7:00 PM
Live & Silent Auction to follow.
Tickets can be purchased online HERE or by check by following the instructions HERE. When you purchase your tickets, please specify your food selection, the names of the attendees you are purchasing tickets for, and whom you would like to be seated with during the dinner.
Join us for the last Ambassador social before the start of the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival.
As always, our socials are from 5 to 7 P.M., and open to everyone. Please feel free to come and go as it works in your schedule.
If you have not yet joined the Ambassadors, we would love to have you. Please see anyone of our many board members to submit your application. We also have some board seats opening up this spring if you would like to be more involved. Men and women are both welcome. No need to have ever played a role or been part of Winter Carnival.
Join us for an evening of sophistication, dining, and celebration as we introduce the 2019 Winter Carnival Queen of Snows Candidates. Meet the candidates and learn about their past accomplishments and future plans, listen to why they want to join the Royal Family, and hear their responses to the ever-looming “fishbowl” questions!
Social Hour: 6 P.M.
Dinner: 7 P.M.
Tickets can be purchased HERE through December 28, 2018.
Please join us for the Past Princess Association’s 25th Anniversary Brunch! We will be honoring our 2018 Wind Princesses: North Wind Princess Elizabeth Mark, East Wind Princess Heather Westling, West Wind Princess Dani Ross and South Wind Princess Jacquelyn Chatelaine at this celebratory brunch.
Wind Basket will be available via raffle, along with our live auction items and, of course, our raffle for the bottomless mimosa during the brunch!
Schedule of Events:
Brunch and Program 10:30am
Tickets are $40; please RSVP by December 17th. Please go to www.pastprincess.com to purchase your tickets.
We ask that all past princesses dress in their wind color, and non-princess guests to wear their finest black, silver, or grey in celebration of our silver anniversary!
Join the current Saint Paul Winter Carnival Junior Royalty Court, as well as 2019 Candidates for the 4th Annual Kettles of Fire chili cook-off and silent auction on Sunday, December 9th, 2019.
The $10.00 ticket includes:
Chilis to sample and vote on. Who will reign SUPREME?!
Large Silent Auction – Get some holiday shopping done early!
Beverages and Bake Sale items are also available for purchase.
Support the Junior Royalty Program with friends and family and have some great food at the same time!
The 2018 Winter Carnival Royal Family and the Vulcan Krewe are putting their rivalry aside for 1 day in support of autism and mental health awareness!
We’ve been challenged by the Minneapolis Aquatennial to a tug-of-war across the Mississippi for WCCO’s Pulling Together and are more than up to the challenge! Join us at this great event and cheer on Team St. Paul as we compete to determine which of the Twin Cities is truly the ruler of the land.
Team Weigh-in: 1:15pm
Competition Pull: 2:30pm
100% of the proceeds from this event are donated to Fraser! As the largest and most experienced provider of autism services in Minnesota, Fraser’s mission is to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of children, adults and families with special needs.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 for this wonderful organization and we need your help! And, did we mention we’re competing against Team Minneapolis? Whether it’s $5 or $100, your donation is going to a great cause.
Click here to donate
Text “pullstpaul winter18” to 50155 to help Team St. Paul beat Team Minneapolis in fundraising. Your donation directly supports Fraser!
Meet the Carnival legends at the 2018 All Carnival Barbecue! Join the Winter Carnival Royal Family and members of the Royal Court from past and present at this fun event.
This event is open to the public and free to attend.