Winter Events: Celebrate the Season in Saint Paul

Winter Events: Celebrate the Season in Saint Paul

Embrace the cold-weather winter wonderland and hit the town for these seasonal events.


Wells Fargo WinterSkate, Landmark Plaza 

Dust off your skates and venture downtown to the Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink, kicking off with the grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 17. You’ll also want to check out the downtown lights along Rice Park and the holiday tree in Hamm Plaza. Nov. 17-Feb. 3.

Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, The Ordway

The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to The Ordway with a Smoky Mountain spin. Enjoy this Eastern Tennessee Christmas tale of past, present and future, set to a live acoustic band playing an all-new original score by Dolly Parton. Nov. 17-18.

Hip Hop Nutcracker, The Ordway 

See the traditional Christmas tale told in a way that you've not seen it before. The Ordway's Hip Hop Nutcracker will stun you with its impressive showcase of dance, and you'll want to let loose as Kurtis Blow emcees. Nov. 20-21.

James J. Hill House Christmas Traditions Tour

Join a guided tour to learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family and their servants. Guides bring visitors through the home while sharing family stories and memories, including Mrs. Hill's lavish seven-course holiday meal in 1910, how the servants kept their own holiday traditions, and family stories and memories that still resonate today. Nov. 22-Dec. 31

A Victorian Christmas, Alexander Ramsey House

Another holiday event that’s unique to Saint Paul is the Alexander Ramsey House’s Victorian Christmas experience. This guided tour by the Minnesota Historical Society showcases the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. WeekendsNov. 23-Dec. 30.

Kick Off The Holidays, Keg and Case Market

Spend Black Friday and Small Business Saturday with Keg and Case Market's 23 local Saint Paul businesses. Friday features include a 6 p.m. tree lighting ceremony and visit with Santa. Nov 23-24. 

Hmong New Year, Saint Paul RiverCentre 

Traditionally, a Hmong New Year is celebrated in November or December as a holiday of thanks at the end of a harvest season. Take part in the celebration at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and prepare for the coming year through song, dance, food, beauty competition and more. Nov. 23-25.

Holiday Market, Schmidt Brewery

Give something extra special this year with a gift from the 5th Annual Holiday Market at the Schmidt Brewery, a free event featuring goods from local artists. Nov. 23-25.

Landmark Center Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar 

In its 40th year, this holiday tradition is your go-to for finding unique and handcrafted merchandise. With over 75 of the area's best artists, there's a wide variety of what you'll find at the Landmark Center's Bazaar with holiday music and refreshments. Nov. 29-Dec.1.

Black Nativity, Penumbra Theatre

Langston Hughes' homegrown Christmas show, Black Nativity, comes to Saint Paul's Penumbra Theatre with exceptional lead vocals, choreography and spirit. Nov. 29-Dec. 23.

Tree Lighting and Movie Night, Union Depot

Join Union Depot for their annual tree lighting and movie night, featuring a holiday performance by Cities97's Keri Noble prior to the lighting at 7 p.m. and Elf movie showing at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

European Christmas Market, Union Depot

Union Depot has become a holiday hub in recent years thanks to its tree lightings, movie nights, bake sales and decorated train exhibits. For two weekends, you can browse this European-inspired, open-aired market for locally made ornaments, décor, art, gifts, food and drinks. Nov. 30-Dec. 2; Dec. 7-Dec. 10. 

Brews 'N Bulbs Holiday Craft Brewery Tour, Experience TC

Cheers to the holiday season on a Brews 'N Bulbs Holiday Craft Brewery Tour. In between brewery stops, you'll take in multiple festive light displays in the Capital City. Saturdays, Dec. 1-29.

Grand Meander, Grand Avenue

Now in its fifth year, Grand Meander takes place on the first Saturday of December. This is one of the best ways to explore the avenue: boutiques offer exclusive deals, and restaurants square off in voter-based sample competitions. Take advantage of a trolley ride down the avenue’s 20 blocks or follow carolers as they move from spot to spot. Dec. 1.

Elf The Musical, The Ordway

If you know that an elf's four main food groups are candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup, you won't want to miss the tale of Buddy's epic journey to New York City at The Ordway this holiday season. Dec. 5-Dec. 30.  

It’s a Wonderful Life, The Saint Paul Hotel

See the classic Christmas movie brought to life through a live radio performance at The Saint Paul Hotel. The ticket price includes a three-course luncheon or dinner, the performance, coat check and a social hour. Dec. 6-24 (select days), matinees and evenings.

Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas, North Garden Theater

Groove along to your favorite Christmas songs at North Garden Theater's special holiday concert. Dec. 7. 

Holiday Market, RiverCentre

Take care of your last minute shopping and snap a few photos with Santa while you're at it at RiverCentre's free Holiday Market featuring dozens of local businesses. Dec. 15. 


Night Trains, Twin City Model Railroad Museum

For more than 80 years, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum has created to-scale displays of trains and depots. The annual Night Trains events illuminate these tracks at this great family outing. Saturdays, Nov. 3-Feb. 23.

Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, RiverCentre

Gear up for ice fishing season with over 190 exhibits showcasing winter sports products and services at RiverCentre's Ice Fishing and Winter Sports ShowNov. 30-Dec. 2. 

Omnifest's 20th Birthday

Celebrate 20 years of one of the Science Museum of Minnesota's most popular traditions. The museum will be showing five giant screen films it has helped produce: Ring of Fire, Journey to Space, The Greatest Places, National Parks Adventure and Tornado Alley. Jan. 4-Feb. 28. 

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The most famous of all Capital City winter events is the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, an outdoor spectacle that has been delighting locals and visitors since 1886. Take in the ice sculptures, multiple parades or frolic in the snow at Vulcan Snow Park. Jan. 24-Feb. 3. 

Winter Beer Dabbler

Join the hardiest of Midwesterners at the 10th Annual Winter Beer Dabbler, an outdoor beer festival featuring over 500 beers from 160 different breweries. Feb. 23. 

Hockey, Hockey and More Hockey

It doesn't really feel like winter in State of Hockey's Capital City until you've made a trip to the Xcel Energy Center for a Minnesota Wild game. The Minnesota Whitecaps are also new to the state's pro sports scene—the professional women's team plays out of Downtown's brand new TRIA Rink in Treasure Island Center. Cap off the season by watching the best high school hockey around at the Minnesota Girls' and Boys' State High School Hockey Tournaments at Xcel Energy Center (Feb. 20-23 and March 6-9, respectively.)

New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day

Make Saint Paul your event headquarters for all of the holidays this winter. Check back for updated event listings on our New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day blogs. 

Of course, there are plenty of winter activities and holiday cheer to share in Saint Paul—we'll let you know what’s coming next on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL

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