• Cost: Free
  • Location: Rice Park in Downtown Saint Paul. View Map.
  • Parking: visit Smart Trips for updated parking information.

Rice Park
Powered by Xcel Energy

Open November 29 – January 1

Visit Saint Paul, the City of Saint Paul, and Xcel Energy invite you to experience Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy, downtown Saint Paul’s winter holiday destination. Downtown Saint Paul’s historic Rice Park transforms into an enchanting winter wonderland.


Wanted: A beautiful evergreen tree, about 80 feet tall, to serve as the sparkling center of Saint Paul’s downtown holiday festivities this winter.

Visit Saint Paul and the City of Saint Paul are searching for an evergreen that fits this description to become this year’s featured holiday tree for the Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy celebration from November 29, 2014 to January 1, 2015.

For trees to be considered, they must have overgrown their location or otherwise need to be removed, but still in good condition. Citizens interested in donating their tree for this event should email their address and a photo of the tree to jeff@wearenord.com or call 612-859-4555. The owner of the chosen tree will be eligible to have the tree removed and the stump ground down at no charge, and may also be eligible for a tax deduction.

The Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy tree will be chosen by October 8, and will be cut, transported, and installed in Rice Park by November 11.


Where: Rice Park: Tree Lighting 5pm
Date: November 29, 2014
Time: 4:00p-6:00p 

Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy captures the spirit of the holiday season with a tree as tall and bright as the iconic Rockefeller Center tree in New York City. The gigantic tree in Rice Park will be lit 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 2013 – 2014 tree will be lit with 15,000 energy-efficient LED lights. The park will sparkle with millions of twinkling lights, classic Nutcracker and angel statues, and other holiday décor.

Make downtown Saint Paul your family holiday destination!

More Info: http://www.wellsfargowinterskate.com/grand-opening/