St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration & The Greatest Parade in the Nation is Back! – St. Paul, MN

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration & The Greatest Parade in the Nation is Back! – St. Paul, MN

Irish Celebration

Landmark Center: Experience all things Irish at this event featuring Celtic music, dancing and authentic vendors. Produced by the Irish Music and Dance Association, hosted by Minnesota Landmarks.

Thursday, March 17th – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Landmark Center

75 5th Street W
St Paul, MN 55102 

Landmark Center

75 5th Street W
St Paul, MN 55102 

(Visit for full vaccination policy.)

The Greatest Parade in the Nation is Back!

Thursday, March 17th – 12 p.m to 12:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Parade

109 W 4th St
St Paul, MN 55102 

St. Patrick’s Parade: Join us as we paint the city of St. Paul green again! Shenanigans begin at noon starting at Rice Park, traveling down 5th St, and ending at Mears Park.

This year’s parade will be a reversal of our traditional route in years past. The fun begins at Rice Park (5th St & Market St) and will travel along 5th Street, ending near Mears Park (5th St & Sibley St).

We reversed the route this year so we can all head straight on to CHS Field to celebrate the return of St. Paul’s beloved St. Patrick’s Day Parade with a big party! The Ballpark Hooley presented by Guinness will start immediately after the parade (12:30 pm) and will feature live music by The Northerly Gales and Tim Sigler, Irish dancers, and some great food and drinks. Tickets for the Ballpark Hooley are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. (Parade is free)

St. Patrick’s Parade

109 W 4th St
St Paul, MN 55102 


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~ 136th Winter Carnival ~ St. Paul, MN

~ 136th Winter Carnival ~ St. Paul, MN

~ 136th Winter Carnival ~ 

The final International Competition Ice Designs are now on view thru February 6th, weather permitting!

The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation’s 136th Saint Paul Winter Carnival will run for 10 days – all day on weekends and evenings during the week. Now through Sunday, February 6th, the festival will attract 250,000+ people from Saint Paul and beyond to celebrate winter in Minnesota. Landmark Center, located in the heart of downtown Saint Paul, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and businesses throughout the city will be venues for event festivities, which include ice carving competitions, family-friendly artistic and educational activities, and much more!

The festival has expanded each year to provide new programming that reflects changing demographics of the community. Landmark Center features free entertainment activities from diverse cultures: music and dance by local artists, hands-on crafts, and food and merchandise booths from around the world.

Most events are fred, 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.

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History of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival


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 is the oldest winter festival in the United States. It predates the Tournament of Roses Festival by two years.

Several Eastern newspaper correspondents kindled the start of the Winter Carnival by visiting Saint Paul in the fall of 1885 and returning home to report that Minnesota, in general, was another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.

A group of business owners decided to retaliate by creating a wintertime festival which would showcase all the beauty of Minnesota winters. They worked with the City of Montreal which already had a winter carnival in place. Due to a small pox epidemic which suspended the 1886 Montreal Festival, Saint Paul lured Alexander Hutchinson, the designer of Montreal’s ice palaces in 1883, 1884, and 1885 to blueprint Saint Paul’s first ice castle. The castle was constructed on February 1, 1886 at a cost of $5,210 with a height of 106 feet. A comparison to this first castle is the Pepsi Palace of 1992 with a cost of $1,900,000 and a height of 165 feet (a Guinness record).

As with the concept of the Montreal Festival, the legend and other activities were also adapted. Montreal’s Ice King accompanied by Queen Aurora. The Saint Paul characters in turn became King Boreas and the Queen of the Snows. The mischievous Vulcan and his red-caped Krewe were created from the Germanic tradition of the energy and disruption which springtime brings to the final days of winter.

The Winter Carnival Legend itself was initially written down by newspaper columnist Frank Madden in 1937 and has been updated and revised ever since.

Today, King Boreas and the Queen of the Snows rule over approximately 21 members of the Royal Family including Boreas’s four brothers Titan, Euros, Zephyrus and Notos along with their four princesses, the Prime Minister and up to ten Royal Guards. The culmination of the Winter Carnival is the dethroning of Boreas by the Vulcan Krewe.

The Royal Family and Vulcan Krewe are made up of volunteers that make over 400 appearances during the year to local and national festivals, nursing homes, schools and hospitals on behalf of the Winter Carnival and the City of Saint Paul.

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is produced by the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and is funded by private donations and corporate contributions. The Board of Directors, supported by hundreds of corporate and individual members, employs a full time staff to help plan this community celebration.

Winter Carnival History Elements 

Thank you and credit to the Minnesota Historical Society; the Ramsey County Historical Society; archives of the Pioneer Press and “Fire and Ice” by Moira Harris for helping contribute to this collection of history! Also, thank you to Winter Carnival’s own, Tom Barrett, for helping us digitize all this history!


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Holiday Cheer from the Landmark Center: Holiday Lights in Saint Paul Out of a Fairy Tale!

Holiday Cheer from the Landmark Center: Holiday Lights in Saint Paul Out of a Fairy Tale!

Holiday Cheer from the Landmark Center

Landmark Center — a dynamic cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums, and more — hosts countless special events for the community. During COVID-19, our website will serve as primary host to engaging, enlightening virtual programs for every age! As we implement future events and activities at Landmark Center, we will continue to put the health and well being of our audience, artists, community partners, and volunteers as a foremost priority and ensure Landmark Center is a safe, clean and healthy environment.

Please join us online for Landmark Center social media pages – see below for virtual holiday events:
Best Places to See Holiday Lights in Saint Paul

Best Places to See Holiday Lights in Saint Paul

An insider guide on where to catch the most stunning light displays this holiday season.

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit this winter by taking a journey through Saint Paul’s best light shows. From Summit Avenue to the East Side, these displays are sure to dazzle you with all of their festive glory.

Rice Park

A virtual park lighting was held in lieu of the annual tree lighting ceremony to flip the switch bringing Rice Park Powered by Xcel Energy to life. Make plans to enjoy this twinkling winter wonderland when you come downtown to shop, pick up takeout or simply to enjoy the lights.

Mears Park

Take a stroll through the colorful lights at this beautiful and beloved park. The signature tree this year is the spectacular blue Hope Tree, designed for you to admire its beauty and take a moment to reflect on what hope means for you.

Union Depot

Just down the block from Mears Park you’ll find Union Depot’s giant holiday tree, the perfect backdrop for some socially distanced photos! In place of the usual kickoff tree lighting, Union Depot will be sharing a Holiday Tree Lighting video special — premiering Fri., Dec. 4 at 7 p.m on the Union Depot website and Facebook. The tree will be lit through the remainder of December on the North Plaza.

Summit Avenue

Home to the Minnesota Governor’s Residence and some of the state’s most historic homes, the 4.5-mile stretch is a great destination for a cool winter walk or for those looking to experience the lights from the warmth of their cars.

Find a similarly lit tree a few blocks off Summit at Cathedral Hill’s Boyd Park.

Cathedral Illuminated: The Manger

This large-scale light mural projected on the front of the Cathedral of Saint Paul will tell the Christmas story. Accompanied by uplifting music, the production is 12 minutes long and will be shown on a continuous loop between 6-9 p.m on Dec. 17-19 and streamed live on Facebook.

Experience the Twin Cities All is Bright Holiday Lights Tour

Bundle up for this open-air fun bus tour — with a covered top and open sides, it’s the perfect way to view twinkling lights along brightly decorated streets in a fun safe way. Choose your date and time slot to book the bus for your private party of up to 13. Every weekend through Dec. 27.

York Avenue

Make a stop at 1526 York Ave. to see 60,000 lights choreographed to “Rockin’ Rudolph” on 91.5 FM. The display is put on by the Schultz Family and runs nightly from 5-10 p.m., Nov. 27 to Dec. 31. Don’t forget to bring some canned goods — the site supports the Greater East Side by collecting food for the Merrick Food Shelf.

GLOW Holiday Festival

This brilliant event for the whole family is a 1-mile drive-thru with a dozen seasonal scenes featuring over a million holiday lights, a 100-foot illuminated tree, icicle and art installations, a festive gingerbread house, and other attractions. The festival runs through Jan. 3. Purchase tickets.

Nature Illuminated

Minnesota Zoo has a magical world waiting for you with Nature Illuminated, a one-of-a-kind drive-thru experience featuring stunning light work and larger-than-life animal art installations. The display is up through Jan. 17. Purchase tickets here.

Saint Paul Park

While the judging of Saint Paul Park’s annual holiday lights contest only runs from Dec.16-20 (with lights on each night from 5-10 p.m.), you can enjoy the views all season long. Keep an eye on the city’s website for a complete list of nominated homes.


42nd Annual Landmark Center Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar – Online Only


Out of a fairy tale.
St. Paul, MN
Landmark Center
Rice Park
JJ Hill Library


The 42nd Annual Landmark Center Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar is moving online for the 2020 event, December 3-13. Would-be shoppers can still find the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists by visiting Landmark Center’s Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar webpage, exploring a linked list of vendors and visiting their online stores directly.

The bazaar features items such as jewelry, décor, woven and wearable art, children’s toys and clothes, handmade lotions, soaps, food items and more. This year, in addition to online shopping, Landmark Center will include links to some favorite local musicians that regularly perform at the Holiday Bazaar, and a recipe for a festive holiday cocktail and mocktail for guests to make at home and enjoy while they shop.

The online-only 42nd Annual Landmark Center Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar will go ‘live’ December 3, and remain open on Landmark Center’s website through December 13. For more information visit: LandmarkCenter

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