2018 Winter Carnival Ice Palace Exterior Day with People


The 2018 Ice Palace was a modern interpretation of past Winter Carnival palaces and rose majestically in Saint Paul’s beautiful downtown Rice Park. Surrounded by ice block battlement walls and an ice sculpture filled forest, the Palace’s six spires ranged in height from 25’ to 70’ and represented the Carnival’s monarchs, Boreas Rex – the King of Winter, Aurora – the Queen of the Snows and Boreas’ brothers – Titan, Notos, Euros and Zephyrus who ruled the Four Winds. The towers spiraled, stepped and tapered as they rose to their angled and open pinnacles. Multicolored lights streamed up from these pointed peaks extending them further into the winter sky. A balcony overlooked the Palace’s gateway from which the Carnival’s Royal Party welcomed all into their regal realm. In addition, thousands of loyal subjects sat for keepsake photographs on Boreas and Aurora’s ice thrones.