Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2020: 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 Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Thursday, January 23-Saturday, February 2, 2020:

Snow Park at the State Fairgrounds | Falcon Heights

Chill out at the Fair with fun family-friendly events. Activities run Jan 18-Feb 2, 2020.

  • Jan 18: 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 24-26: 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 25-26 & Feb 1-2: Plummet down the Giant Snow Slide (if you dare!) A fee of $2 per ride is charged, sleds provided.
  • Jan 26: 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 Rice Park | St. Paul

Take a stroll through the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival ice carvings and pick out your favorite and enjoy live music and other entertainment. Thursday, Jan 23-Sunday, Feb 2, 2020.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2017

Wells Fargo WinterSkate | CHS Field

Strap on your skates for a brand new location this year. Wells Fargo’s WinterSkate has moved to a backdrop of CHS Field. Skating is still free with rentals available for $5/pair or one free rental with a WF card. Open through Feb 22, 2020.

Not free, but CHS Field is again hosting the 40-foot Super Slide this winter! Open through Feb 22, 2020, Thurs thru Sun. Tickets are $10/adults, $7/children and are good for unlimited rides during a one-hour slot. The Green Line light rail transit will bring you directly to CHS Field in downtown St Paul.

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

This daytime procession proceeds down West 7th Street with bands, floats and the newly crowned Royal Family. Jan 25, 2-4pm.

Frozen Family Fun Night | Landmark Center, St Paul

Watch a movie on the big screen, make DIY holiday crafts, and sip on warm cocoa. Jan 30, 5-8pm.

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

Stop by the Landmark Center for entertainment and events for all ages.  There will be activities for children and adults alike. Feb 1, 11am-5pm.

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

The Winter Carnival grand finale complete with the Vulcan overthrow of King Boreas on the steps of the St Paul Central Library! Fireworks to follow. Feb 1, 5:30-7:30pm.

Pioneer Press Winter Carnival Treasure Hunt 2020 | Ramsey County public land sites

Take the family on a real treasure hunt! The first clue is published in the Pioneer Press on Sunday, Jan 19, 2020. A new clue will be published daily through Jan 30, 2020, or until the medallion is found.

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.






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