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. 6, 2022.


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


The 136th 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. There's so many great ways to experience the Coolest Celebration on Earth. We are thrilled to welcome back the FREE Ice Sculpture Park back to Rice Park this year, along with some new events plus those you have come to know and love.


Jan. 28 - Feb. 6, 2022

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

Jan. 1 - Jan. 31

  • Ice Fishing Tournament (Participate digitally through the FishDonkey Mobile App. Find out how)

Jan. 27 – Feb. 6

  • NEW: Gangsters and Ghosts Walking Tours

Friday, Jan. 28

  • First Day of Winter Carnival
  • Ice Sculpture Park (Open all 10 days of Winter Carnival in Rice Park)
  • Vulcan Snow Sculpture Park (Open all 10 days of Carnival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds)
  • Royal Coronation of King Boreas the LXXXV and Aurora, Queen of the Snows (Saint Paul RiverCentre

Saturday, Jan. 29

  • King Boreas Grande Day Parade presented by Hamernick's Interior Solutions
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Competition (in-person)
  • Vulcan Reveal
  • Klondike Kate Cabaret and Royal Guards’ Rock the Palace
  • Orchid Show, through Sunday, Jan. 30 (Marjorie McNeely Conservatory)
  • Saintly City Cat Show, through Sunday, Jan. 30

Sunday, Jan. 30

  • NEW: Ice Palace Minecraft Event (Victoria Theater Arts Center)

Monday, Jan. 31 – Sunday, Feb. 6

  • Saint Paul Scavenger Hunts

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Saturday, Feb. 5

  • Kids and Family Day
  • Union Depot’s Doggie Depot
  • BEAR’ly Open “Golf on Ice” on White Bear Lake
  • Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade presented by Xcel Energy followed by Fireworks


Winter Carnival events take place at a variety of locations in Saint Paul. 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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