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Minnesota Visitor, Issue #17--Winter Fun to Begin 2013
January 01, 2013

Winter Fun Ideas to Begin 2013

Winter fun in 2013 begins with visits to an ice castle, a sled dog race, and a winter festival. Add free ice skating in a metro winter wonderland. As we always say: don't hide from winter; get out and play!

Ice Castles at the Mall of America: Dec. 31, 2012 - Feb. 20, 2013

The Mall of America has constructed a 40-foot tall Ice Castle completely out of icicles. View this one-of-a kind spectacle spanning more than one acre, from late December to February 20, 2013. The Ice Castle is constructed from icicles grown from 4 million gallons of water and fused together to form shimmering archways, tunnels, walls and caverns that you can walk through. Take memorable photos within this unique creation.

Tickets may be purchased at the Ice Castle gate or at any Mall of America guest service desk. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Call (952) 883-8809 or email for rates and hours the Ice Castles can be explored.

Dress warmly!

Hotels near the Mall of America

Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race: 1/6/2013-1/9/2013

Plan to watch the first-ever running of the Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race! The race features mushers competing over three days for a $25,000 purse. The race begins in Grand Portage, and proceeds up the Gunflint Trail. The next day, mushers race from Trail Center to Grand Marais. On the final day, they will return to Grand Portage.

For information email: or call 218-387-3572.

Discounted rooms are available for the Gichigami Sled Dog Race Event, at the Best Western Superior Inn and Suites in Grand Marais. Call (218) 387-2240. More lodging in Grand Marais

Wells Fargo Winter Skate in Rice Park in Saint Paul at 109 West 4th Street: 11/24/2012-2/3/2013

Enjoy free ice skating in Rice Park, located in the heart of the city. The park is lighted for the holiday season and includes a tree as tall and bright as the iconic Rockefeller Center tree in New York City.

Call (651) 228-1664 for more information. For a stay in the city explore these Saint Paul, Minnesota Hotels.

Breezy Point Ice Fest: 1/4/2013-1/5/2013, 9252 Breezy Point Drive, Breezy Point Phone: 218-568-8911

Kick off 2013 at Ice Fest in Breezy Point. There are activities for all ages:
  • Youth and Adult Pond Hockey Tournament
  • World Championship Ice Auger Competition
  • Wagon Rides
  • Vendor/Craft Fair
  • Daily Bonfires and Fireworks
  • Food and Beverage Tents, Live Entertainment at Breezy Point Restaurants, and Much More!
Breezy Point area hotels

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