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Beat the Winter Blues: 8 of the HOTtest Winter Activities in the Twin Cities

Winter Activities in the Twin Cities

 

What’s the best way to beat the winter blues? By embracing the cold, bundling up and hitting up local events and activities. And the good news is that Minnesota has plenty to offer.

Below we offer you a guide to a number of Twin Cities winter events and activities that you can partake in this January, February and March.

1. St. Paul Winter Carnival

Dates: Jan. 26 through Feb. 5, 2017
Locations: St. Paul

Why Go: Part of The Great Northern tradition in Minnesota, the St. Paul Winter Carnival is 11 days of fun in the snow and ice, with events such as: Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt, Disc Golf Ice Bowl, Autonomous Snowplow Competition, Ice Palaces and more.
Website: https://www.wintercarnival.com/

2. United States Pond Hockey Championship

Dates: Jan. 26-29, 2017
Location: Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis

Why Go: Hockey. The way nature intended. Instead of nets and goalies you’ll find homemade goals crafted out of wood. Entering its 12th year, the tournament features numerous divisions of competitive play as well as a open rink designated for family skating. Bundle up and head down to South Minneapolis to check out this awesome event that will leave you yearning to lace up your skates and play some backyard hockey.

Website: http://www.uspondhockey.com/

3. Ice Castles in Stillwater

Dates: Jan. 6 through the end of winter
Location: Lift Bridge in Stillwater

Why Go: While ice is unpleasant to drive on, it can be breathtaking to look at. Head to Stillwater this winter to gaze at the spectacularly-sculptured ice castles. The spectacle is open six days a week and can be visited both during the day or at night, where the ice is colorfully lit. Special events are hosted at the Ice Castles including Disney Princess appearance and star-gazing parties with local meteorologists. Tickets can be purchased at Ice Castles official website

Website: http://icecastles.com/stillwater/

4. Winter Light at the Arboretum

Dates: Through mid-April
Location: The Arboretum in Chaska

Why Go: Minnesota is home to dozens of fantastic art museums. But very few are specifically designed to be enjoyed outside in the cold. This winter, acclaimed artist Bruce Munro has transformed the Arboretum into a stunning light exhibit. Featuring six large-scale installations and a series of animations, the Arboretum is a chilly visual delight. Need a fresh idea for date night? Grab a couple glasses of wine and a pair of sandwiches to enjoy as you walk through the exhibits. Tickets and event information can be found at the arboretum’s official website.

5. 5k’s and Other Races

There are pros and cons to the all the tremendous holiday food you’ve been eating this winter. Need I say more? Get a head start on summer by participating in one of the many local races. Need more incentive? Most of the races align with tremendous non-profits to help raise funds and awareness.

February:

March:

6.Red Bull Crashed Ice

Dates: February 3-4
Location: Downtown Saint Paul

Why Go: Have you been craving a sports fix now that the Minnesota Vikings season, sigh, is over? With the historic Cathedral of Saint Paul acting as a beautiful backdrop, the Red Bull Crashed Ice race is among the more entertaining sporting events that Minnesota plays host to. The event features world-class ice skaters racing on a downhill ice track. Pretty intense, am I right? Check out this footage from a recent race to learn more about the action. Grab some friends and a thermos of hot cocoa and check out this action for this annual event.

Website: http://www.redbullcrashedice.com/en_INT/event/saint-paul-1

7. Loppet Cross Country Ski Festival

Dates: Feb. 3-5, 2017
Location: Minneapolis

Why Go: Did the prospect of entering a race this winter garner your interest, but leave you desiring a bit more? How about participating in a cross country ski race? The Loppet festival features a weekend of events for participants and spectators. Among the events are:

  • Youth Sprints
  • 25k Speed Skate
  • Classic Marathon
  • Kubb Tournament
  • Age Gap Relays
  • Snowshoe race
  • Surly Brewing Beer Garden

Website: http://www.loppet.org/

8. Siege of Leningrad Exhibit at The Museum of Russian Art

Dates: Feb. 18 through June 4, 2017
Where: Minneapolis

Why Go: Are you feeling compelled to enjoy a winter-like experience but hate the idea of pretending that your enjoy the wintry elements? Sounds like museums are your speed. The Siege of Leningrad exhibit at TMORA doubles as a excellent winter activity as the subject matter is cold and endlessly miserable. The exhibition will feature photographs, films, maps and tragic stories that will inform you on the infamous siege. If you go, make sure you visit the gift shop and try a cup of Russian Tea before you head back out into the cold. It’s fantastic.

Website: http://tmora.org/2016/12/26/the-siege-of-leningrad/  

We hope you stay warm and active this winter—and far away from the winter blues. If you make it to any of these events, please share a photo or two from your adventure with us on Facebook or Twitter.

And, of course, if you need any furnace repair help, we’re here for you. Get in touch with us today.

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Beat the Winter Blues: 8 of the HOTtest Winter Activities in the Twin Cities

Winter Activities in the Twin Cities

 

What’s the best way to beat the winter blues? By embracing the cold, bundling up and hitting up local events and activities. And the good news is that Minnesota has plenty to offer.

Below we offer you a guide to a number of Twin Cities winter events and activities that you can partake in this January, February and March.

1. St. Paul Winter Carnival

Dates: Jan. 26 through Feb. 5, 2017
Locations: St. Paul

Why Go: Part of The Great Northern tradition in Minnesota, the St. Paul Winter Carnival is 11 days of fun in the snow and ice, with events such as: Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt, Disc Golf Ice Bowl, Autonomous Snowplow Competition, Ice Palaces and more.
Website: https://www.wintercarnival.com/

2. United States Pond Hockey Championship

Dates: Jan. 26-29, 2017
Location: Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis

Why Go: Hockey. The way nature intended. Instead of nets and goalies you’ll find homemade goals crafted out of wood. Entering its 12th year, the tournament features numerous divisions of competitive play as well as a open rink designated for family skating. Bundle up and head down to South Minneapolis to check out this awesome event that will leave you yearning to lace up your skates and play some backyard hockey.

Website: http://www.uspondhockey.com/

3. Ice Castles in Stillwater

Dates: Jan. 6 through the end of winter
Location: Lift Bridge in Stillwater

Why Go: While ice is unpleasant to drive on, it can be breathtaking to look at. Head to Stillwater this winter to gaze at the spectacularly-sculptured ice castles. The spectacle is open six days a week and can be visited both during the day or at night, where the ice is colorfully lit. Special events are hosted at the Ice Castles including Disney Princess appearance and star-gazing parties with local meteorologists. Tickets can be purchased at Ice Castles official website

Website: http://icecastles.com/stillwater/

4. Winter Light at the Arboretum

Dates: Through mid-April
Location: The Arboretum in Chaska

Why Go: Minnesota is home to dozens of fantastic art museums. But very few are specifically designed to be enjoyed outside in the cold. This winter, acclaimed artist Bruce Munro has transformed the Arboretum into a stunning light exhibit. Featuring six large-scale installations and a series of animations, the Arboretum is a chilly visual delight. Need a fresh idea for date night? Grab a couple glasses of wine and a pair of sandwiches to enjoy as you walk through the exhibits. Tickets and event information can be found at the arboretum’s official website.

5. 5k’s and Other Races

There are pros and cons to the all the tremendous holiday food you’ve been eating this winter. Need I say more? Get a head start on summer by participating in one of the many local races. Need more incentive? Most of the races align with tremendous non-profits to help raise funds and awareness.

February:

March:

6.Red Bull Crashed Ice

Dates: February 3-4
Location: Downtown Saint Paul

Why Go: Have you been craving a sports fix now that the Minnesota Vikings season, sigh, is over? With the historic Cathedral of Saint Paul acting as a beautiful backdrop, the Red Bull Crashed Ice race is among the more entertaining sporting events that Minnesota plays host to. The event features world-class ice skaters racing on a downhill ice track. Pretty intense, am I right? Check out this footage from a recent race to learn more about the action. Grab some friends and a thermos of hot cocoa and check out this action for this annual event.

Website: http://www.redbullcrashedice.com/en_INT/event/saint-paul-1

7. Loppet Cross Country Ski Festival

Dates: Feb. 3-5, 2017
Location: Minneapolis

Why Go: Did the prospect of entering a race this winter garner your interest, but leave you desiring a bit more? How about participating in a cross country ski race? The Loppet festival features a weekend of events for participants and spectators. Among the events are:

  • Youth Sprints
  • 25k Speed Skate
  • Classic Marathon
  • Kubb Tournament
  • Age Gap Relays
  • Snowshoe race
  • Surly Brewing Beer Garden

Website: http://www.loppet.org/

8. Siege of Leningrad Exhibit at The Museum of Russian Art

Dates: Feb. 18 through June 4, 2017
Where: Minneapolis

Why Go: Are you feeling compelled to enjoy a winter-like experience but hate the idea of pretending that your enjoy the wintry elements? Sounds like museums are your speed. The Siege of Leningrad exhibit at TMORA doubles as a excellent winter activity as the subject matter is cold and endlessly miserable. The exhibition will feature photographs, films, maps and tragic stories that will inform you on the infamous siege. If you go, make sure you visit the gift shop and try a cup of Russian Tea before you head back out into the cold. It’s fantastic.

Website: http://tmora.org/2016/12/26/the-siege-of-leningrad/  

We hope you stay warm and active this winter—and far away from the winter blues. If you make it to any of these events, please share a photo or two from your adventure with us on Facebook or Twitter.

And, of course, if you need any furnace repair help, we’re here for you. Get in touch with us today.

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