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Rice Park Tree Lighting

Downtown Saint Paul lights up for the Holidays when we celebrate Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy and the opening of the Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink for the season on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Rice Park Tree Lighting

Grand Opening festivities begin at 3:30pm with Reindeer and a sleigh in Landmark Park, adjacent to the Wells Fargo WinterSkate warming house. Saint Paul Mayor Coleman and dignitaries from Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy will make remarks. Additional entertainment includes the Teddy Bear Band, the Saint Paul Hotel singers from “It’s a Wonderful Life” radio play, the Wells Fargo Choir, the Saint Paul Police Drumline, and much more! Fireworks take place at 6:30, immediately following the lighting of the majestic Rice Park Christmas Tree and the thousands of beautiful twinkling lights in the park.

Skating performances on the rink add color and interest during the afternoon and conclude with a ribbon cutting at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink at 7:00pm.

For more information on the Grand Opening and events taking place at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink, including six Saturdays of free skating lessons, click here.

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Activities begin at 3:30 p.m.
Program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Rice Park, 109 W. 4th Street, St. Paul, MN
Cost: FREE!
Parking: Visit Smart Trips for updated parking information

Macy's Believe

Macy's Believe

Macy’s invites believers of all ages to write a letter to Santa through December 24th and help make wishes come true. For every letter dropped off at a Macy’s store or sent online at, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $1 million nationally. Learn more at  

This year, Macy’s will celebrate $100 million in total giving to Make-A-Wish since 2003.

View our events calendar to discover other events benefitting Minnesota wishes this holiday season.

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