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Welcome Winter: Guide to Grand Opening of WinterSkate and Rice Park

Welcome Winter: Guide to Grand Opening of WinterSkate and Rice Park

Kick-off the holiday season at the Grand Opening of Wells Fargo WinterSkate and Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy

Who

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

What

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 11th annual lighting of Rice Park’s iconic holiday tree. The event will also feature live music, photo opportunities with live reindeer, fireworks and more.

WinterSkate and Rice Park

When

Saturday, November 18: 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy Stage

  • 4-4:30 p.m. — Performance by Minnesota Dance Collaborative
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. — Jack the Dog from Wells Fargo for photo opportunities
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. — Hot Cocoa compliments of Xcel Energy at Energy Resources Trailer
  • 4:45-5:30 p.m. — Teddy Bear Band on Rice Park Stage
  • 5:45-6 p.m. — Winter Carnival button unveiling with Royal Family and Vulcans
  • 6 p.m. — Saint Paul Police Drumline arrives
  • 6-6:30 p.m. — Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy Grand Opening Ceremony
    • Wells Fargo Choir performance
    • Emcees Dave Dahl from 5 Eyewitness News and Crisco from KS95 Afternoon Show with Moon & Staci
    • Welcome Speeches by Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Xcel Energy-Minnesota President Chris Clark
    • Saint Paul Hotel’s “It’s a Wonderful Life — Live Radio Play” performers singing “The Christmas Song”
    • Make A Wish check presentation by Wells Fargo Region Bank President Joe Ravens and Mia Hoagberg from Make A Wish Foundation
  • 6:29 p.m. — Countdown to tree lighting by Saint Paul Police Dumline
  • 6:30 p.m. — Christmas Tree and Rice Park tree lighting and fireworks show

Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink/Landmark Plaza

  • 3-5:00 p.m. — Reindeer and sleigh in Landmark Plaza (photo opportunity)
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. — Children’s activity tents
    • Appearances by COCO from a Disney Pixar movie and THE STAR from a Columbia Pictures movie
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m. — KS95 at the Rink (music)
  • 4:30 -7 p.m. — Stuff the Stagecoach with gently-used skate donations for Wells Fargo WinterSkate
  • 5:30-6:00 p.m. – Skating performances on Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink
  • 6:30-7 p.m. — Wells Fargo WinterSkate Grand Opening Ceremony
    • Saint Paul Police Drumline & Wells Fargo Choir
    • Emcees Dave Dahl from 5 Eyewitness News and Crisco from KS95 Afternoon Show with Moon & Staci
    • Welcome speeches by Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Wells Fargo Region Bank President Joe Ravens
    • Performances by Erin Schwab and skaters
  • 6:59 p.m. — Wells Fargo WinterSkate Ribbon Cutting
  • 7:20 p.m. — Rink opens for skating

Where

Rice Park & Landmark Plaza

109 W 4th Street | Saint Paul, MN 55102

Landmark Plaza Saint Paul

Why

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

How

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). If your problem is TOO many skates, you can help "Stuff the Stagecoach" by donating your gently used skates from 4:30-7 p.m.

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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