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Winter Skate Opening and Downtown Saint Paul Tree Lighting

  • Hamm Plaza 99 West 6th St. SAint Paul, MN 55102 (map)

Locations were changed up a bit to accommodate the Rice Park renovation - the exterior trees of Rice PArk will be lit, but the main holiday tree will be placed in Hamm Plaza, closer to the WinterSkate Rink. Winter Carnival events have been moved to Kellogg Park this year for the same reason.

Saturday, November 17: 3:30pm-10pm thru February 3rd.

Landmark Plaza Performance Stage

3:30-7 p.m.: Hot Cocoa compliments of Xcel Energy at the Energy Resources Trailer
4:30-6 p.m.: KS95 music at the rink
4:30-6 p.m.: Photos with Jack the Dog from Wells Fargo 
4:30-7 p.m.: Photos with the Wells Fargo Stagecoach
5:30-6 p.m.: Ice skating performances on the WinterSkate Rink
6 p.m.: Saint Paul Police Band Drumline arrives
6-6:45 p.m.: Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy and Wells Fargo WinterSkate Grand Opening Ceremony

  • Winter Carnival Performance

  • Emcees Paul Folger and Jackie Cain from 5 Eyewitness News and Staci Matthews from KS95 Afternoon Show with Moon and Staci

  • Saint Paul Hotel’s “It’s a Wonderful Life – Live Radio Play” performers singing “The Christmas Song”

  • Skating performance

  • Make A Wish check presentation

6:45 p.m.: Hamm Plaza Christmas Tree lighting and Fireworks show
7 p.m.: Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink opens for skating

Open Skate Hours
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Free Skating Lessons - December: Noon - 1 p.m. on the 1st, 8th and 15th, January: Noon - 1 p.m. on the 12th, 19th, and 26th

No skates? No problem. You can rent skates for $4 or get them for free by showing your Wells Fargo debit or credit card (one pair per card). (Other Wells Fargo accounts, documentation, or correspondence are not accepted for free skate rental.) Figure skates and hockey skates are available from little tyke up to adults’ size 13.

Click here for information on parking. As always, we recommend Metro Transit for those looking to skip the hassle.

Check out our Winter Fun page for more on Winterskate and other great cold weather activities in Saint Paul.