Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Carving Competition and More

St Paul Winter Carnival Ice Sculpture

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival has begun! It’s time to bundle up, get outdoors and enjoy. I know it’s cold out, but that’s the whole purpose of the Winter Carnival – to get out there and take advantage of what winter has to offer and show that cold weather who’s boss! 

Yesterday I headed to Kellogg Mall Park to check out the beginning stages of the 2019 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition. Each team in this skillful competition has only 48 hours and several blocks of ice to create their frozen masterpieces. These is a serious competition with strict rules that require incredible attention to details.

St Paul Winter Carnival Ice Sculpting

On Sunday, January 27th, the Individual Block Ice Carving Competition begins, which is a 6 hour competition that kicks off at 9am. Visit the park to watch these artisans in action.

Once the ice carving for both competitions is complete, the masterpieces will remain on display in Kellogg Mall Park throughout the duration of Winter Carnival! I’m looking forward to heading back to see the creations once they are finished. I’m looking for a sunny day since I just love the way the sunlight sparkles as it hits that crystal clear ice.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Sculpture

When you head to Kellogg Mall Park to check out the sculptures there are lots more activities going on as well. See the full calendar of events HERE, which includes suggestions of fun things for you to do like visit vendor booths, grab a bite to eat, listen to some live music or even enjoy hot mulled wine, beer, and other beverages at the Ice Bar.  

Winter Carnival Hours

A couple of events to consider are: 

Winter Carnival Frozen Family Fun Night

Frozen Family Fun Night (Tuesday, Jan 29) 

Families will find lots to do at Landmark Center from 5-8pm! There will be DIY crafts, a chance to hang out with Disney Princesses and specialty skating acts by Iceformance at the Wells Fargo Winter Skate Rink. This event is sponsored by Storm Creek.

Kids Day Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Family Day (Saturday, February 2nd)
Enjoy family-friendly activities, live ice carvings, and live music throughout Kellogg Park and Landmark Center.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Fireworks

Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade (Saturday, February 2nd)
The grand finale of the Winter Carnival is this annual parade, complete with fireworks!

…and lots more!

To stay up to date and be made aware of any weather changes/cancellations, follow the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Facebook page.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Sculpture


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  1. It is amazing…. some of those ice carvings. So beautiful and they look like they are made out of glass

  2. Cheryl Eugenio says:

    Looks like so much fun (even if it’s colder than heck!)

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