Opening early January (weather permitting)
Long Lake Regional Park, New Brighton
If you’re in search of the perfect winter selfie, the Ice Castles return this year with frozen waterfalls, illuminated icicles, tunnels, and caves. Over the past few years, the castles have been in Eden Prairie, Stillwater, and Excelsior, while this year’s site will be in New Brighton. Construction is expected to begin in November and wrap up in early January, with crews creating more than 10,000 icicles every day. Tip: If you’re transporting little ones, bring a terrain-friendly sled instead of a stroller.
January 7-February 20
Brookview Golf Course, Golden Valley
Want to try your hand at a new winter sport? Curling keeps gaining popularity in the Bold North, and Brookview Community Center is the newest spot to debut outdoor curling rinks. Winter League play begins January 7 and the “pub curling” atmosphere is casual and friendly, so beginners can learn the game too. Grab some buddies and sign up your team before the end of 2019.
Cost: $175 per team of four
Warehouse District, Minneapolis
Come one, come all to the Great Onesie Bar Crawl! Participants are invited to don adult footie pajamas, animal print sleepers or, really, any one-piece costume and (warmly) shuffle the streets in search of booze. The crawl takes place at Brothers, 508, Cowboy Jack’s, Wild Greg’s and other Warehouse District bars and includes cover, food and drink specials, and the chance to win $500 in the costume contest. Hey, no matter what happens, you know you’ll stay comfy.
January 18-February 9
Lake Harriet, South Minneapolis
In Minnesota, we can make anything work on ice -- even an art festival. The Art Shanty Projects began almost 15 years ago as an experiment in which works of art were displayed inside ice fishing shanties for an unexpected experience. The event drew more than 40,000 visitors in 2018, but was canceled last winter due to lack of funding. Fortunately, Art Shanty Projects has announced its return this year with 20 exhibits featuring musicians, dancers, and the chance to create your own works of art.
Cost: Free; donations suggested