Saint Paul Kicks off the Holiday Season with the Grand Opening of Rice Park

Still not in the holiday spirit? Maybe a 70-foot-tall, 20-foot-wide holiday tree, ice skates and hot cocoa will do the trick! This Saturday, Saint Paul officially kicks off the holiday season with the grand opening of Rice Park and the Wells Fargo WinterSkate ice rink. Come out for a day chock-full of events and fun for the whole family!

The event will be taking place at Rice Park, 109 W. 4th Street, Saint Paul Minnesota from 3:00pm – 10:00pm. Here’s a full rundown of the schedule:

Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy Stage
4-4:20 p.m. — Performance by Minnesota Dance Collaborative
4:30-6:30 p.m. — Jack the Dog from Wells Fargo for photo opportunities
4:30-6:30 p.m. — Hot Cocoa compliments of Xcel Energy
4:45-5:30 p.m. — Teddy Bear Band on Rice Park Stage
4:45-5:15 p.m. — Nordy from the Minnesota Wild for photo opportunities
5:45-6 p.m. — Winter Carnival button unveiling & performance by Winter Carnival Vulcans
6 p.m. — Saint Paul Police Drumline performance, Wells Fargo Choir performance, welcome speeches, Saint Paul Hotel “It’s a Wonderful Life” singers, Make A Wish introduction and check presentation, countdown to tree lighting by Saint Paul Police Drumline.
6:30 p.m. —Tree is lit and fireworks in the park

Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink/Landmark Plaza
3-4:45 p.m. — Reindeer and sleigh in Landmark Plaza (photo opportunity)
4:30 -7 p.m. — Stuff the stagecoach (toy donations for Salvation Army)
4:30-6:30 p.m. — Hot cocoa compliments of Wells Fargo
5:00-5:45 p.m. — Skating performances by Hastings River Blades
6:30 p.m. — Saint Paul Police Drumline performance, Wells Fargo Choir, Ordway performances, Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink ribbon cutting
7 p.m. — Saint Paul Police Drumline performance
7-7:20 p.m. — Rink cleared
7:20-10 p.m. — Rink open for skating

We hope you can come out for a spectacular holiday celebration and from your friends at Uptown, we’re wishing you a very happy and safe holiday season!