2023 Saint Paul Winter Carnival
January 26-February 5Free
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival returns Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, February 5, 2023. This will be the festival’s 137th anniversary further fortifying the fact that it is the oldest winter festival in the U.S. The event kicks off with the inaugural “Light Up The Park” event in Rice Park. The Royal Family lead the festivities with the telling of the Winter Carnival Legend to confirm the start of the “festival in Old Saint Paul.” A Countdown to Carnival will be conducted with attendees lighting up provided glow sticks and hot air balloon pilots will raise their flames to officially start the 10-day celebration.
The majority of events will take place in downtown Saint Paul, in and around Rice Park and Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Historic Rice Park will once again serve as the central location for many Saint Paul Winter Carnival festivities, including live musical entertainment, ice carving competitions, food vendors, beverages at the ice bars, and the culmination site of both parades.
• Ice Carving Competitions – Beginning January 27
• Snow Sculpting Competitions – Beginning January 28
• King Boreas Grande Day Parade – January 28
• Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade – February 4
To learn more about these events and the many others taking place at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, visit https://www.wintercarnival.com/
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