Welcome Winter: Guide to Grand Opening of Rice Park Powered by Xcel Energy

Welcome Winter: Guide to Grand Opening of Rice Park Powered by Xcel Energy

Kick-off the holiday season at the Nov. 23 Grand Opening of Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy.


Everyone and anyone—all ages are welcome. This is a great event to invite your neighbors, friends and family to attend.


The Grand Opening of Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy—the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season in Minnesota’s capital city. Attendees of this free event will witness downtown Saint Paul come to life with all the magic of the season as the holiday tree is lit. The event will also feature music, photo opportunities, fireworks, hot cider complements of Xcel Energy and more.


Saturday, November 23: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.


4-4:45 p.m.: Minnesota Dance Collaborative on the Rice Park Stage
5-5:45 p.m.: Teddy Bear Band on the Rice Park Stage
5:50-6:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies and speeches, including the Winter Royal Family, Saint Paul Police Band Drumline, Mayor Melvin Carter, Xcel Energy's John Marshall and a performance of The Christmas Song by "It's a Wonderful Life"'s live radio performers.
6:30 p.m.: Holiday tree lighting and fireworks show


Rice Park

109 W 4th St. | Saint Paul, MN 55102


Because it's magical, duh.


Click here for information on parking. As always, we recommend Metro Transit for those looking to skip the hassle.

Check out our Winter Fun page for more on WinterSkate and other great cold-weather activities in Saint Paul. 

Be sure to share your Rice Park photos with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL!

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