Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar

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We present the Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar – because festivals aren’t just for summer here in Minnesota. 2019 dates are starting to trickle in, but check back in late December for more.
Winter Family Festival

JANUARY FAMILY WINTER FESTIVALS & FUN DAYS

Dates weather dependent: Ice Castles | Moving to Excelsior in 2019 | $7.95-$15.95/pp | Once inside, explore the ice palaces for as long as you’d like! Read our review of Ice Castles here.


1/12/19: Winter Trails Day | Fort Snelling State Park | 11-4pm | Family highlights: Explore winter activities such as ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, skijoring, quinzee building, and more. FREE admission with $7 park vehicle permit.

1/13/19: 28th Annual Winter Ice Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina | Family highlights: Horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, ice sculpting demos and skating for families – rent skates or bring your own. FREE.

1/18/19-1/20/19: Arctic Fever | Excelsior, Shorewood & Tonka Bay | Family highlights: Free pizza and fire dance demos (Fri), sledding, sleighrides, skating and other classic winter fun.

1/18/19: The Big Chill | Firemen’s Park, Chaska | 6-7:30pm | Family highlights: Skating on the Clayhole (BYO skates), glow in the dark bowling, a candy scavenger hunt, free cocoa and smores. FREE.

1/19/19: Winter Open House | White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake | 1-3pm | Family highlights: Ice sculpting and art-making activities. FREE.

1/21/19: Winter Play Day | Silverwood Park, St Anthony | 11am-4:30pm | Family highlights: Spend the day off from school building snow creatures, then warm up with cocoa and a concert. FREE.

1/24/19-2/3/19: St Paul Winter Carnival | St Paul | Family highlights: See our Top 7 Free Family Activities from snow sculptures to the Moonglow Parade.

1/26/19: Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival | Lake Harriet Park, Minneapolis | 12-4pm | Family highlights: Kites fly over the frozen lake. Families can ice fish, snowshoe and take a wagon ride. FREE.

1/26/19: 12th Annual Art Sled Rally | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis | 2pm | Family highlights: Bring a sled of your own creation and race it or have fun as a spectator! FREE.

1/26/19: Winter Fun Day | Oak Hill Park, St Louis Park | 12-4pm | Family highlights: Bonfires, sledding, snowshoeing, music, hayrides, and cocoa & smores.

1/31/18-2/3/19: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival | Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis | Family highlights: Be a spectator (for free) at the races. Kids up to 12 can participate in the free MN Youth Ski League Super Carnival on 2/2/18 – loaner ski equipment provided, but limited.

TBA FOR 2019

15th Annual Winter Fete | Bloomington 

Coon Rapids Snowflake Days | Coon Rapids

Winter Blast | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie

Seeking Funding for 2019: Art Shanty Projects | Lake Harriet, Minneapolis | Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm | Family highlights: Not only are these 19 unique ice houses designed by local artists, they are strongly encouraged to be interactive.

FEBRUARY FAMILY WINTER FESTIVALS & FUN DAYS

2/2/19: Frosty Fun Festival | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul | 10am-2pm | $4/pp or $16/family | Family highlights: Classic winter activities, boot hockey, ice mini golf, winter art activities and nature discovery stations.

2/2/19: Fire & Ice Festival | Plymouth | 2-7pm | Family highlights: A petting zoo, pony and sled-dog rides, mini golf on the ice, snow bowling, a bonfire with s’mores, live music and fireworks. FREE.

2/9/19: Wonders of Winter | Central Park, Maple Grove | 11am-3pm | Family highlights: Skating on the Central Park Ice Loop, fireside storytelling and smores, wagon rides, snowshoeing and lots more.

2019 Details Coming Soon: Anoka Winterfest | Greenhaven Golf Course & Event Center | 10am-1pm | Family highlights: Mini golf, art activities, movies, yard games, smores and more. FREE

2/9/19: Ham Lake Snow Bowl | Ham Lake Park | 10am-3pm | $3/pp | Family highlights: Snow sculptures, ice fishing, a snow hill and games for kids.

2/10/19: Minnetonka Kids Fest | Minnetonka Community Center | 12-3:30pm | Family highlights: Crazy amount of fun stuff – dogsled rides, crafts, a bonfire with smores, horse-drawn trolley rides, magic shows and much more. All FREE.

2/16/19: Embrace the North Festival | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park | 12-4pm | Try out activities like snowshoeing and dog sledding, and play winter games. Warm up around the campfire. FREE.

2/16/19: Phalen Freeze Fest | St Paul | 2-6pm | Family highlights: Try your hand at ice fishing, then warm up and cook over an open fire, play boot hockey and snowshoe. FREE.

2/16/19: Wildlife Science Center Winter Festival | Stacy | 11am-4pm | $8-$10/pp | Meet mushers and learn about this winter sport; dogsled rides are available for an additional fee.

2018 Dates to Watch for in 2019


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