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.
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.
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.
Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt | Ramsey County public land sites When: First clue is published in the Pioneer Press on Sunday, Jan 21. A new clue will be published daily through Feb 1 or until the medallion is found.
Details: A St. Paul tradition since 1952, the hunt challenges readers to solve daily clues and be the first to find the medallion hidden on public land in Ramsey County. A great way for families to explore outside together and vie for a prize of up to $10,000.
Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt | Ramsey County public land sites
When: First clue is published in the Pioneer Press on Sunday, Jan 21. A new clue will be published daily through Feb 1 or until the medallion is found.