The unveiling of the Saint-Paul Winter Carnival button lifts the curtain on the 2022 festival

An icy royal family, their fiery nemesis and a Klondike Kate belted with saloon songs were on hand at St. Paul’s Union Depot on Saturday to raise the curtain on Act 1 of the 2022 St. Paul’s Winter Carnival: Button Unveiling .

Drum roll covered in snow, please.

Featured in conjunction with Union Depot’s lighting of its 60-foot-tall Christmas tree, the four official 136th Winter Carnival macaroons were designed by local designer and illustrator Kevin Cannon. He recently designed the 2021 Minnesota State Fair poster.

Each button design focuses on a different popular carnival element: the first shows how Minnesotans embrace the cold; the second shows carnival medallion hunters looking for their treasure; the third features the royal family of the Winter Carnival as well as their flagships, the Vulcans; and the last shows the carnival ice sculptors at work in Rice Park.

The Winter Carnival 2022 buttons cost $ 5 each, with the four-pack available for $ 19. The Button Sales are the largest single fundraiser for the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, the non-profit organization that runs the Winter Carnival.

Buyers of buttons will be eligible for prizes, including $ 1,000 in cash. For more information on where to buy them, visit

This year’s carnival is slated to run Jan. 28 through Feb. 6 and will include events at Rice Park, Landmark Center, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and RiverCentre. Most events are free.

The coronation of King Boreas and Aurora, Snow Queen, will take place on Friday January 28 at the RiverCentre. The King Boreas Grande Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday January 29 and the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade is scheduled for Saturday February 5.