Countdown to the 2015 Winter Carnival

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at 11:34am.


We’re less than two weeks away from this year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival and I thought it might be fun to take a look, both this week and next, at what’s on tap this time around.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


The Wells Fargo Winter Skate opens for everyone on Thursday, the first official day of the Winter Carnival. Head to Landmark Plaza for the fun. Skate rentals are available ($4 unless you have a Wells Fargo bank card, then there is no charge).

Skating is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays you can skate from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Runs through February 1.


When was the last time you went on a scavenger hunt? Get ready for Checkpoint MN, which will take place at 12 locations across the state.

Billed as “a celebration of winter time in Minnesota,” the scavenger hunt requires you to take your photo with the checkpoint signs and then post to the Checkpoint MN website. Not only is it a lot of fun, but you can win prizes.  Got to the website to learn more.


To be more accurate it should say “Watch!” One of our favorite Winter Carnival features is the ice carvings. You can watch the artists at work or visit the completed carvings. Rice Park is the place to be for this event and it all starts on January 22 at 9:00 a.m. with the Multi-Block Ice Carving competition. The individual carving competition is going to be held on January 25 at 9 a.m.


The official kick-off of the Winter Carnival is the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade on January 22. Get to downtown St. Paul by 5:15 p.m. (get there earlier for cookies and hot chocolate). The parade begins at 6 p.m. and everybody gets to be in the parade.

You’ll walk from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce offices (401 Robert Street) to Rice Park. Bring luminaries, glow sticks, lighted clothing or anything else that casts a glow and get set for the spectacular end-of-parade display of lit-up, tethered hot air balloons. There will also be live music and drinks.

Parading is free and all ages are welcome.

See you there!



Image: "2004 Winter Carnival Ice Castle (night)" by Original uploader Wheresmysocks at en.wikipedia/Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons 

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