The 2019 winter season is in full swing, and in our opinion, there’s absolutely no place in the world that does it better than the state of Minnesota. Here’s a roster of Artful Living–approved events that will ensure you’re wintering like a true Minnesotan.

Photography provided by Mall of America

Mall of America Skating Rink

Now through January 27

This winter season, Mall of America officially opened its inaugural ice-skating rink. The 12,000-square-foot rink welcomes visitors to enjoy an outdoor glide adjacent to the newest wing of the mall. All proceeds from the skating experience benefit Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities and its mission to help young people reach their full potential.

Photography provided by U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

January 24–27

Celebrating the defining sport of the north, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships is a highlight of the season. The four-day event draws thousands of hockey fans to Lake Nokomis to see who has what it takes to get their names carved into the legendary Golden Shovel — the official symbol of Minnesota’s love for the outdoor sporting event.

Photography provided by Saint Paul Winter Carnival

St. Paul Winter Carnival

St. Paul
January 24–February 3

Held in the heart of St. Paul’s historic downtown district, the Winter Carnival is a premier celebration of our region’s tundra-like tendencies. Including parades, ice sculptures, food trucks, ice skating and more, the extravaganza brings together the larger Twin Cities community in celebration of the season that makes Minnesota Minnesota.

Photography provided by Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

The Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza

January 26

Officially the world’s largest charitable fishing event, the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza returns this winter for the 28th year. Debuting in 1991, it was originally created to raise money for local Minnesota charities and has since grown into a million-dollar philanthropic event, rallying communities across the North to join gather on the ice to engage in the most patient of sports.

Photography provided by John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

January 25–30

The longest sled-dog race in America, the annual John Beargrease marathon returns this year, hosting 60+ world-class mushers. Known as one of the strongest displays of dog athleticism across the country, the race is accompanied by activities like silent auctions, the fan favorite Cutest Puppy Contest and a new Whiskeys of the World event.

Photography provided by the Loppet Ski Festival

City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

January 31–February 3

Looking to celebrate winter rather than hide from it? Look no further than the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival. Including cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking, Captain Ken’s Kubb Tournament and more, the festival is a Minneapolis backyard event that has something for everyone to enjoy.

On the hunt for more winter events for your seasonal romp? The Great Northern has a complete roster of all the wind-chill-braving happenings across the Twin Cities, promoting a healthy and active outdoor lifestyle.