The 133rd annual Saint Paul Winter Carnival is right around the corner. Running from January 24 until February 3 in 2019, the carnival is full events to help your family embrace the winter months in classic Saint Paul fashion.
Most of the events are free and open to the public, with many of them taking place in Saint Paul’s esteemed Kellogg Mall Park. The Carnival is a 10 day celebration of King Boreas, legend has it that he claimed Saint Paul the capitol of all his domains and the winter playground of the Realm of Boreas. In honor of that, Saint Paul has kept the tradition alive for generations, for all to enjoy.
Ice Bars & More
The carnival will have different Ice Bars scattered throughout the grounds for carnival-goers to enjoy. In addition to a vast menu of beer and cold wine, house-made hot mulled wine will be available to keep you warm. Attendees can also expect to see the Carnival lined with beautiful ice sculptures up and down the Mall. The first few days will include an ice sculpting competition featuring some of the most talented local sculptors. Prizes will be dished out to the best sculptures, which will remain up for the entire carnival.
Music & Entertainment
Attendees can expect all sorts of live entertainment—great for the family to enjoy together. Live music will keep things moving across a wide variety of genres for all to enjoy. Additionally, Kids’ Day (January 26) and Frozen Family Fun Night (January 29) will feature a slate of kid-friendly entertainment such as a puzzle contest as well as ice skating.
On February 1, Saint Paul is turning back the clock for a 70’s disco night. Dance and sing along with the 70’s Magic Sunshine Band in your disco attire all night long. One theme night not enough? On February 3, the Carnival will be hosting an early celebration of Cinco de Mayo in Kellogg Mall Park. The happy hour will feature live entertainment, a jalapeño eating contest, and some of the best Mexican food Minnesota has to offer from Saint Paul’s storied West Side.
Three parades are scheduled throughout the week-long celebration. The first, the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade, is open to the public on January 24, beginning at 6 p.m. On January 26, the King Boreas Grand Day Parade runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This parade, signifying the newly crowned King Boreas, serves as his welcoming ceremony to the rest of Saint Paul. Lastly, the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade will serve as a closing ceremony for the Carnival. In this evening parade, Vulcanus Rex and his Krewe lead the charge to Kellogg Park en route to their eventual overthrow of Boreas. The parade concludes with fireworks over the River in Kellogg Park.
Vulcan Snow Park
A short 15 minute drive from Kellogg Park is Vulcan Snow Park. Located at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, there will be a number of activities and fun events for all throughout the carnival.
On January 25, the most formal event of the Carnival will take place, as it has for the last 130 years. You can purchase individual tickets or reserve a table for up to 10 people. A ticket will grant you admission to happy hour, the Royal Dinner, a coronation of the newly anointed “Royal Family,” and an opportunity to be among the first to greet the new royalty.
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is the perfect opportunity to embrace all of the outdoor winter fun this Minnesota City has to offer. With a strong emphasis on promoting local business and fun for the whole family, this year’s Carnival is guaranteed to keep your spirits up long after the holiday season.