There is so much more to January in Saint Paul than playing in the snow! Locals have looked forward to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival every year since 1886. Over seventeen days, the city hosts a fun and fantastical array of activities spread throughout the city. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2018 runs from January 25th through February 10th. All events are an easy drive from our Valley Creek Apartments.
Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2018
The carnival is the oldest winter festival in the United States! In the fall of 1885, several Eastern newspaper correspondents visited Minnesota and returned home to report that the state was another Siberia and unfit for habitation. Local businesses responded by creating a winter festival that highlighted the beauty of Minnesota’s winters. Today it welcomes thousands of visitors yearly.
Not-to-Miss Events at the Carnival
Find out everything you need to know about the carnival on their website. But here are a few highlights:
Securian Winter Run
Lace up your running shoes for the Securian Winter Run. Participants can choose to run a half marathon, 10K, or 5K fun run. Finishers receive a Storm-Creek performance fleece pullover and a collector’s mug.
Vulcan Snow Park
The Vulcan Snow Park provides hours of fun. It features barstool ski races, lawn mower races, and a polar plunge. Don’t miss the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition. There’s an amateur contest too if you feel like testing your ice skills!
The ice bars are popular among those 21 and over. Drink choices include Not Your Father’s Root Beer and wine from the Barefoot Winery.
Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade
On February 10th, the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade will light up the streets of downtown. The route begins at 5th and Wacouta. The evening ends with an incredible fireworks display.
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2018 is just one of the many annual events you can enjoy if you call Valley Creek Apartments home. Please contact us to arrange a tour.Back to all posts