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  • Winter Carnival

    St. Paul, MN

    This outdoor festival around Rice Park downtown features ice carving, parades, scavenger hunts, pop-up outdoor concerts, ice-fishing and softball and puzzle tournaments.

    The King Boreas Grande Day Parade is at 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Kids and Family Day is Feb. 5, with the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade at 5:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.

  • Winterfest and U.S. Snow Sculpting Championship

    Lake Geneva, WI

    In this lake town, there's music, magic shows, a human sled-dog race, a cocoa crawl, ice bars and an ice castle, plus the U.S. snow-sculpting championship.

  • Winter Festival

    Ely, MN

    There's a snow sculpting contest, an arts walk, music, beard and mustache championships and snowshoe tours to Sigurd Olson's Listening Point.


  • Winter Dance Party

    Clear Lake, IA

    The Surf Ballroom marks the 61st anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, with concerts, luncheons, dance lessons and crash-site tours.

  • WinterFest

    Crosslake, MN

    In this Brainerd Lakes area town, there are horse-drawn sleigh rides, bonfires, soup sampling, ice car races, Friday fireworks and Italian Outdoor Olympics.

  • SocialICE

    Rochester, MN

    At Peace Plaza downtown, five ice bars each offer a different theme and signature drink, with ice sculptures illuminated by lights and nightly DJ entertainment. On Saturday afternoon, there's a FAM JAM for families.

  • Hot Air Affair

    Hudson, WI

    There will be balloon rides, moon glows and such events as geocaching, bird-watching, a fat-tire bike race and a corn-hole tournament.

  • Knickerbocker Ice Festival

    Lake Mills, WI

    The festival in this town east of Madison includes such events as a fish toss, snowball-eating contest, dad-sled race, chili cook-off and Iceberg Open golf tournament. There's ice carving and ice wine, too.

  • Ice Breaker

    South Haven, MI

    There's an ice-carving competition in this Lake Michigan town, plus a chili cook-off. curling lessons, frozen-fish fling,cardboard-sled race and disc golf tournament.

  • Candlelight ski/snowshoe/hike

    Around the region,

    There's nothing better than skiing (or snowshoeing or hiking) through a twinkling forest or across a luminary-lined lake. There's usually a bonfire and hot chocolate to enjoy afterward.

  • Magical Ice Fest

    St. Joseph, MI

    Watch the pros carve sculptures in this Lake Michigan town. There's also entertainment, a scavenger hunt and magic and crafts for kids.

  • Banbury Art Crawl

    Eau Claire, WI

    Visit more than 100 artists at studios in the Building 13 art complex. Many will give demonstrations. There will be also music, food and art projects for children.