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The St. Paul Winter Carnival was the brainchild of local business leaders, in 1886, as a way of dispelling an NYC reporter's description of their city as "Another Siberia - unfit for human habitation in the winter." With activities and attractions such as blanket-tossing, toboggan rides, parades and an ice castle, the chilly, 2-week carnival was warmly received and has become a much-anticipated yearly tradition in the Twin Cities community.

The carnival still runs for 10 days and has a large list of happenings around St. Paul. These include ice and snow sculpture competitions, evening Torchlight parade, ice skating, sledding and other sporting events, beer tasting, fireworks, food, dances and all sorts of fun stuff. It even has its own royalty - King Boreas, the Queen of the Snow and their court - and their infamous foe, the Vulcan Crewe. You can thaw out your toes and catch a band at LandMark Center or stop into any of the bars and restaurants in the downtown area.

Check the website for dates (roughly the last 10 days of January), details and event listings.

Address: Multiple locations in St. Paul
Website: http://www.winter-carnival.com

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  • Updated Apr 30, 2014
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