Freeze the Day

by | Dec 2023

2024 World Snow Sculpting Championship

Photo: Winter Fun, LLC.

Winter is here, and for us hearty Midwesterners that means taking advantage of the unique things to do across our beautiful region. Luckily, the East Metro plays host to endless winter opportunities fit for the entire family. Which of these activities will you and your family embrace this season?

Hit the Slopes

Celebrating its 60th anniversary on December 21, Afton Alps features fun for the whole family. Skiers and snowboarders will revel in 300 skiable acres and more than 50 runs, plus its 18 lifts and five chalets. 6600 Peller Ave. S., Hastings; 651.436.5245;

See You on the Trails

Washington County offers several cross country skiing trails. Trails are located at: Big Marine Park Reserve, 17495 Manning Trail N., Marine on St. Croix; Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, 9653 Keats Ave. S., Cottage Grove; Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave. N., Lake Elmo; Pine Point Regional Park, 11900 Norell Ave. N., Stillwater; and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, 10191 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings. Skiers must purchase a Washington County Ski Pass online or at a pay station or park office.

Shop ’til You Drop

Get a taste of Germany at St. Paul’s European Christmas Market, open the last weekend of November and the first three weekends in December. 240 E. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul;

Ice, Ice Baby

From January 17–21, witness teams from around the world come together in Stillwater to compete in the 2024 World Snow Sculpting Championship. Visitors can watch ice carvers work their magic and participate in family-friendly social events, activities, ceremonies and a people’s choice award. 201 Water St. N., Stillwater; 651.439.4001; greater


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