In 1885 a New York Times reporter penned his opinion of our Capital City during winter, stating it was “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.” Offended, the St Paul Chamber of Commerce created an event to show that wimp that not only was the city habitable, but its residents were lively and active all year round. The first King Boreas was crowned in 1886, giving life to the  St Paul Winter Carnival.

The 2011 incarnation will run from January 27th to February 6th. The website doesn’t have a list of events up yet, but there are always ice sculptures, parades and art. You could also run in the Securian Frozen 5K or half marathon.