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!
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JANUARY 2021 WINTER FAMILY FESTIVALS & FUN DAYS
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.
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.
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.
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-bowl
MORE WINTER OUTDOOR FAMILY FUN IDEAS
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.