We are proud to sponsor the Drive-Thru Ice and Snow Sculpture Park at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. This year, attendees can drive through a winter wonderland at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds featuring snow and ice masterpieces sculpted by local artisans including a unique sculpture created specifically for the Lottery. There will be hot air balloons, swag bags, treats to purchase and visits with the Vulcans, the Royal Family and the Klondike Kates.


As the story goes, in 1885 a New York newspaper writer visited Minnesota, only to return home and write about the state as “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation”. A group of St. Paul business leaders hatched a plan to prove him wrong, and the Winter Carnival was born. And so, for ten glorious days, we celebrate the great north. We feast, we play baseball on skates and we toss people into the sky on hand-held trampolines. There have been parades, bobsledding and ice castles built to honor King Boreas.

This year, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival will feature an ice fishing tournament, puzzle contest, ice golf and Crafted, your chance to support local businesses with a new carnival craft drink experience.

While you’re celebrating the Winter Carnival, show us what the True North means to you by entering our True North Photo Contest. Share your photo on Instagram with #MyTrueNorth AND mention @mnlottery in your post to be entered and then tell your friends to go vote for your photo! First place wins a prize pack that includes a $100 Visa gift card, $100 of True North scratch tickets, Sota Clothing socks, Minnesota Lottery-logo trapper hat and more.

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival runs from January 28 through February 7. Many of the events are free to the public. Find out more.