Visitor Information

Welcome to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.  We have put together some information for you but PLEASE contact us if you’re not finding what you need.  We’re happy to help you.

Not sure where to start?  Check out our signature events including Rice Park, our 3 parades and our Snow Park events.  If you’re the adventurous type don’t miss the Securian Winter Run or the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt.


Saint Paul is located approximately 30 minutes from the Minneapolis/Saint Paul airport and is easily accessible by car or bus.  Enjoy the festivities and then set out to enjoy Saint Paul and all that it has to offer.  The majority of our events take place in and near Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul.  We also have many events at the MN State Fairgrounds (about 10 miles from Rice Park) and throughout Saint Paul.


Many of our events are low or no cost. The majority of the activities at Rice Park and the snow park are free. Landmark Center activities including Kids’ Day and Family Day, an ice palace replica and memorabilia display are free as well. Visit our calendar page to review activities and cost.


Guaranteed Parking – Reserve your spot for the Winter Carnival today!
We have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking at many convenient locations in downtown Saint Paul for the 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

Once purchased, parking passes are emailed instantly and guarantee you access to your selected location. Parking is very limited and locations fill up, so we strongly recommend that you reserve your 100% guaranteed parking space now! Parking Panda does not reserve handicapped parking spots. If you have questions or need assistance booking your reservation, call Parking Panda at (800) 232-6415.

Reserve Winter Carnival Parking

Non-Reserved Parking Information

With over 20,000 parking spaces in downtown Saint Paul it is easy to come and enjoy the festivities. Visit St. Paul Smart Trips for ramp and rate information. Many of the festivities take place near Rice Park and/or the Landmark Center (75 W. 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN  55102).

Public Transportation

Don’t care to drive?  Visit Metro Transit to plan your trip, get maps, schedules and fare information. Click on the link to the right to get a free ride to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The pass is good for February 4 from Noon until 10 p.m.!

Use the Green Line to see all of Saint Paul. The 10th Street Station and the Central Station are closest to Rice Park, where most carnival activities are centered. It’s 3-4 blocks to Rice Park from the Central Station – just walk up the hill on 5th Street to the Landmark Center – you will see a building that looks like a castle with a green rooftop and the skating rink.


Use this link to save 20% on many Amtrak routes when you book 14 days in advance.  You’ll arrive at the beautiful and recently renovated Union Depot in Saint Paul, just minutes from our downtown activities and close to our Preferred Hotels.

Preferred Hotels

Looking for a place to stay and enjoy the festivities.  Consider staying at one of our partner hotels.

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Our Dining Partners

Many restaurants support the Saint Paul Winter Carnival all year long.  If you’re so inclined stop on in and say “THANKS” for us!  They will be happy to see you and will take good care of you!


Charitable Gambling Partners

Want to help support Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and have some fun at the same time?  Visit one of our charitable gambling partners.

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Also available at:
Cozy Cantina – 202 Cesar Chavez Street
Trend Bar – 1537 University Avenue West

Visit Saint Paul

Make it a Weekend in Saint Paul!  With so much going on it would be easy to stay for days!  Checkout the Visit Saint Paul website to download maps and find information on  hotels, restaurants and museums. Come for the Carnival, stay for the fun.  Need additional information?  Just give ‘em a call – 651-265-4900 or email them at – they’re happy to help you plan your stay!


Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.