Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar

Winter Festivals

We present the 2021 Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar – because festivals aren’t just for summer here in Minnesota. Many of our favorite winter traditions have been “iced out” this year or have yet to be announced, but check back here for the latest. Then bundle up and get out there!

For more frosty fun, be sure to check our:

January Family Events Guide

February Family Events Guide

Family Winter Survival Guide


Ice Castle Beauty - Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar

Through February 26, 2021: Plymouth Fire & Ice Festival

Reimagined this year with a snow sculpture contest, a winter selfie scavenger hunt, and a medallion hunt. See the website for submission dates.

January 4-22, 2021: Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

It’s a DIY Kite Festival this year! Register for your $5 take-home kit with pick up dates in February. Each kit includes a science experiment, art activity, a kite and hot chocolate. Register online thru Jan 22.

January 15-18, 2021: Stillwater Winterfest

Wintry highlights include snow sculptures, an ice maze, games and a free LED light show displayed nightly in the historic downtown.

Downtown Stillwater Minnesota lit up for the Holidays 2020

January 16, 2021: Winter Fete SledstravaganZa | Bloomington

Bloomington’s annual winter festival has been scaled down this year, but you can enjoy sledding (free sleds to borrow), treats, prizes and cocoa. 1-4pm, no registration necessary.

January 28 – February 7, 2021: St Paul Winter Carnival | St Paul

See our Top Family Activities from this year’s drive-thru snow and ice, new themed treasure hunts (available on the Goosechase App starting January 28), virtual family days and a Frozen Family Fun Night.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Banner

January 29-Feb 7, 2021: Mid-Winter Fest | Apple Valley

Activities include: a snowman contest, AV police & fire department scavenger hunt, a mystery photo game & medallion hunt.

January 30-February 2, 2021: Coon Rapids Snowflake Days

The community parade runs Feb 2 at 6pm. Create your own snow sculpture and enter it for a chance to win a prize.

January 30, 2021: Snow Day | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes

Try out a variety of winter outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, ice fishing, kick sledding and cross-country skiing. 1-4pm, FREE. SORRY, EVENT FULL.

Feb 1-6, 2021: Febuary Fest (Feb Fest) | Chanhassen

Register to enter the virtual ice fishing contest and get information on the annual medallion hunt.

Feb 13, 2021: Kites on Ice | Downtown Buffalo

Kites fill the sky above Buffalo Lake, kite building workshop for kids, food trucks, hot chocolate and treat vendors. 11am-3pm, FREE.

Kites on Ice - Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar

Feb 13, 2021: Polar Fest | Neill Park, Burnsville

An afternoon of free winter fun including ice skating, sledding, ice bowling, and snowman building. 1-4pm, FREE.

Feb 13-14, 2021: Embrace the North Festival | Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, Brooklyn Park

Register for free family snowshoeing (Feb 13 only) and a medallion hunt all weekend.

Feb 20, 2021: Wonders of Winter | Central Park, Maple Grove

Skating on the Central Park Ice Loop, a scavenger hunt & ice luminaries. More outdoor activities! 1-4pm, FREE.

Feb 20: Brooklyn Park Winterfest

Stop by the Community Activity Center for a snow art contest, sugar cube ice castle or fort, snow-bowling, a scavenger hunt and more activities. Feb 20, 1-3pm. FREE, must pre-register.


Sledding is another favorite outdoor activity in our neck of the woods. Where to find the best slopes from bunny hills to steep thrills? Check our Best Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide.

Strapping on a pair of ice skating is one way to embrace the winter season! Hit up our ice rink-finder to seek out the free skating rinks across the Twin Cities.

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    1. Funny, whenever I think of Boston, I think of the lyrics to Dismemberment Plan’s The Ice of Boston.

      Hey! The ice of Boston is muddy
      And reflects no light, in day or night
      And I slip on it every time

      I think you do your share of embracing winter. Good Luck in the Super Bowl.

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