5 Fun Winter Events & Activities in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Happy holidays from your friends at Livea! This winter, the Twin Cities are bustling with family-friendly events and festivals. We put together a list of the top things to see and do so you can stay active and enjoy the season!
1. Stillwater Ice Castle
Spend a fun day at the Ice Castle in Stillwater, MN! Over 10,000 icicles are used DAILY to construct the growing structure! Transport your family to another world while exploring the crystalline caves! We bet you won’t be able to stop singing “Let it Go” anytime soon.
Open: Late December-March 31
Where: 201 Water St., Stillwater MN
Tickets: Online: Adults (12+)- $9.95, Children- $6.95
Walk-up: Adults (12+)- $15, Children- $10
2. St. Paul Winter Carnival
This annual carnival is famous for its light displays in Rice Park, ice palace in front of the capital, live music and great food. There are several other events throughout the city during the carnival, such as the Disc Golf Ice Bowl, Autonomous Snowplow Competition, the Securian Winter Run, and the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt!
Open: January 26-February 5
Where: Downtown St. Paul
Help raise money for local charities while taking full advantage of the winter climate in Rochester! From ice skating to BaconFest, Ski by Candlelight to the Polar Plunge, WinterFest has activities for the whole family!
Open: January 26-February 12
Tickets: Varies by event
4. Kiwanis Holiday Lights
See gorgeous holiday displays and light-filled trees during this sparkling holiday event in Mankato! Tour the displays and take a photo with Santa, all the way until New Year’s Eve.
Open: Now-December 31
Where: Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave, Mankato
5. 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Trains
Visit the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire to see the Holiday Toy Trains! The exhibit features holiday-themed standard gauge trains running on 384 feet of track. For the younger guests, Thomas the Tank Engine makes an appearance!
Open: 10 am-5 pm
Where: Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 E. Half Moon Drive, Eau Claire
Thursday-Saturday: Adults $9, Children $6
Tuesday Evening: $2 per person (museum is free)
Museum Members: $2 anytime
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