Darrin Johnson


2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Daily from Jan. 29-Feb. 4
Time Varies
Daily from Feb. 7-10
Time Varies
Many events are free, some are ticketed
Art, Family Events, Festivals, Holiday

With an influx of visitors expected for the Super Bowl, the organizers of the 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival are more determined than ever to demonstrate the festive side of our frozen climes with expanded events and dates. The celebration will mark its 132nd season with its three signature parades (the Moon Glow Pedestrian, the King Boreas Grand Day, and the Vulcan Victory Torchlight), as well as such popular standards as the coronation of winter royalty, a winter fun run, and ice carving and snow sculpting contests. A more recent highlight, the Autonomous Snow Plow Competition, returns to challenge young minds to devise robotic innovations. Of the many new attractions, the U.S. Olympic Committee-sponsored Team USA Winterfest aims to draw attention to the 2018 Winter Games with the help of former Olympians and activities such as “bobsled boomerang.” Rice Park will once again serve as the carnival’s main stop, where the snow-encrusted environs will be adorned with a garden of ice statuettes, a giant ice castle, and live music all three weekends. Even more fun can be discovered at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds where the Vulcan Snow Park offers two Polar Plunges, a giant snow slide, and lawn mower and bar stool ski races. For complete prices and event schedules, see the official website,, or call the main hotline at 651-223-7400 for details. 

PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Join us at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival!

The 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival is gearing up for another fantastic year with more than four dozen events and new attractions, including the towering 70-foot-tall Ecolab Ice Palace, presented by Spire Credit Union. 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. Join us January 25 – February 10, 2018 for a 17 day celebration of winter and visit for a full listing of events and activities!