Welcome Winter: Guide to Grand Opening of WinterSkate and Tree Lighting

Welcome Winter: Guide to Grand Opening of WinterSkate and Tree Lighting

Kick-off the holiday season at the Nov. 17 Grand Opening of Wells Fargo WinterSkate and 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 Wells Fargo WinterSkate and Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy which is the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season in Minnesota’s capital city. Attendees of this free event will have the opportunity to be the first to skate on the outdoor rink on downtown Saint Paul’s Landmark Plaza while getting a view of the lighting of the Hamm Plaza Christmas Tree—due to Rice Park renovations, the tree is being relocated for the season (though the exterior of Rice Park will still be lit). The event will also feature music, photo opportunities, fireworks and more.


Saturday, November 17: 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Landmark Plaza Performance Stage

3:30-7 p.m.: Hot Cocoa compliments of Xcel Energy at the Energy Resources Trailer
4:30-6 p.m.: KS95 music at the rink
4:30-6 p.m.: Photos with Jack the Dog from Wells Fargo 
4:30-7 p.m.: Photos with the Wells Fargo Stagecoach
5:30-6 p.m.: Ice skating performances on the WinterSkate Rink
6 p.m.: Saint Paul Police Band Drumline arrives
6-6:45 p.m.: Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy and Wells Fargo WinterSkate Grand Opening Ceremony

  • Winter Carnival Knighting Ceremony
  • Emcees Paul Folger and Jackie Cain from 5 Eyewitness News and Staci Matthews from KS95 Afternoon Show with Moon and Staci
  • Saint Paul Hotel’s “It’s a Wonderful Life – Live Radio Play” performers singing “The Christmas Song”
  • Skating performance
  • Make A Wish check presentation

6:45 p.m.: Hamm Plaza Christmas Tree lighting and Fireworks show
7 p.m.: Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink opens for skating

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Landmark Plaza

379 St. Peter Street | Saint Paul, MN 55102


Because nothing says winter in the State of Hockey like lacing up the skates and enjoying holiday lights in the Capital City.


No skates? No problem. You can rent skates for $4 or get them for free by showing your Wells Fargo debit or credit card (one pair per card).

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 WinterSkate and Rice Park photos with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL!

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