Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2019: Top Free Family Activities


We’ve got the scoop on the coolest carnival in town! From ice sculptures to the thrilling Vulcan snow slide, browse below for our top picks for FREE family fun during the run of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, Thursday, January 24-Saturday, February 2, 2019:

Snow Park at the State Fairgrounds | Falcon Heights

When: Activities run Jan 25-Feb 3, 2019 (Snow top 1/19/2019)
Details: Chill out at the Fair with the following fun family-friendly events:

  • Jan 19: Snow Park Stomp. Calling all kids who like heavy equipment! Watch as it assembles the giant snow blocks and walls created for the annual snow sculpting contest. 9am-4pm.
  • Jan 25-27: Come watch works of art whittled out of the snow during the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition (Fri) and the Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest (Sat). Sculptures will remain on display at the Fair.
  • Jan 25-Feb 3: Plummet down the Giant Snow Slide (if you dare!) A fee of $2 per ride is charged, sleds provided.
  • Jan 27: Hail the Vulcs on Vulcan Fun Day with free fire truck rides, a mini-medallion hunt for kids and more. 11am-3pm.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2017

Winter Wonderland in Kellogg Mall Park | St. Paul

When: Thursday, Jan 24-Sunday, Feb 2
Details: Take a stroll through the 2019 Winter Carnival ice carvings and pick out your favorite and enjoy live music and other entertainment. Note the new location.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2017

WinterSkate @ Rice Park

When: Ongoing through February 3rd.
Details: While most of the Winter Wonderland has moved a few blocks over to Kellogg Mall Park, WinterSkate remains at Rice Park.

Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade | 401 W Robert St to Rice Park, St Paul

When: Thursday, Jan 24 • 6-8pm
Details: The Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade officially kicks off the first day of Carnival, January 28, in downtown Saint Paul. Fuel up with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies then join in cool winter walk from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce offices to Rice Park. Bright your light-up gizmos! Open to the public, all ages welcome. Festivities start at 5:15 pm, the parade starts at 6 p.m.

Winter Carnival Kids Day | Landmark Center & Kellogg Park, St. Paul

When: Saturday, Jan 26 • 2-6pm
Details: Need a break from the cold? Warm up inside the beautiful Landmark Center Cortile with kid-centric activities like inflatables, crafts and camp games with the YMCA.

King Boreas Grand Day Parade, West 7th, St. Paul

When: Saturday, Jan. 26 •  2-4pm
Details: This
 daytime procession proceeds down West 7th Street with bands, floats and the newly crowned Royal Family.

Winter Carnival Family Day | Landmark Center & Kellogg Park, St. Paul

When: Saturday, Feb 2 • 11am-5pm
Details: Stop by the Landmark Center for entertainment and events for all ages.  There will be activities for children and adults alike

Frozen Family Fun Night | Landmark Center, St Paul

When: Tuesday, Jan 29 • 5-8pm
Details: Watch a movie on the big screen, make DIY holiday crafts, and sip on warm cocoa.

Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade, 5th Street, St. Paul

When: Saturday, Feb 2 • 5:30-7:30pm
Details: The Winter Carnival grand finale

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