Guide to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Guide to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival

With so many snow-filled activities, it can be hard to keep track of when things are happening at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Use this guide to maximize your fun at the Twin Cities’ finest winter celebration on Jan. 28 - Feb. 7, 2021.


The Winter Carnival is for everyone. And we mean everyone — young, old, short, tall, locals and visitors alike.


The 135th edition of Saint Paul's jam-packed winter extravaganza, that’s what. We know a thing or two about the cold here in Minnesota and the Winter Carnival showcases our favorite season in all of its glory. Although this year's Carnival will look a bit different, there's still plenty of great ways to experience the Coolest Celebration on Earth, highlighted by the Drive-Thru Ice & Snow Sculpture Park. Get your tickets here.

Drive-Thru Ice & Snow Sculpture Park











Jan. 28 - Feb. 7, 2021

SPECIAL EVENTS  (For a full listing of events by day, check the calendar):

Thursday, Jan. 28

First Day of Winter Carnival

Drive-Thru Ice & Snow Sculpture Park (Open all 10 days of Carnival. Get tickets here.)

Ice Fishing Tournament (through Feb. 7)

Fire & Ice: Winter Carnival Art Show (through Feb. 7)

Winter Carnival Blood Drive

Saturday, Jan. 30

Drive-Thru Ice & Snow Sculpture Park (Open all 10 days of Carnival. Get tickets here.)

King Boreas Tour de Phalen

Virtual Family Day

Puzzle Contest 

Securian Financial Winter Run

Saint Paul Hotel Hot Chocolate 

Saturday, Feb. 6 

Drive-Thru Ice & Snow Sculpture Park (Open all 10 days of Carnival. Get tickets here.)

Virtual Doggy Depot


Although Winter Carnival events typically take place at a variety of locations in Saint Paul, this year's event will look a little different. See the full event calendar for locations.


It’s kind of a long story, actually, but it began in 1886 in response to a few misguided East Coast reporters who called Minnesota "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation." You can read the full legend surrounding our mid-winter festival here or, if you've got an hour, check out TPT's episode — The Legendary Winter Saint Paul Winter Carnival


Most Winter Carnival events are free unless otherwise noted. Buy a collector’s button when they become available online or at local retailers. Your button also gives you a chance to register for great prizes and grants exclusive coupons to local businesses.

We can’t wait to see how much fun you’re having at Winter Carnival. Share with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL and #WinterCarnival.

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