Saint Paul Winter Carnival – St. Paul, MN

Jan 22, 2023 | people/passions

Returning for its 137th year, the Winter Carnival is St. Paul’s annual winter celebration that shows the world we know how to party. Attracting over 100,000 visitors to St. Paul, the carnival fills downtown with winter buzz. From Rice Park, the Landmark Center to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the area becomes a wonderland of fun winter activities.

Most events are free, open to the public, and will take place in downtown Saint Paul, near Rice Park and Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

The 2023 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 26th at 7 pm and ends Saturday, January 28th at 7 pm.

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The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival in the United States.


Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area.

“The Saint Paul Winter Carnival puts forth a celebration of legendary proportions each and every year. Calling upon the community for support, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival is able to create a sense of pride, belonging, and connectedness for fellow Saint Paulites and Minnesotans. The history and heritage of Saint Paul is celebrated during the Carnival through fun and educational events and experiences. The Legend continues.”

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Winter Carnival Ice Palace 1887 St. Paul, MN. Photograph: H.M. Smyth Printing Company.




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