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The Loop Ice Carnival is Winter Fun for All

By Deborah O'Brien

The Delmar Loop is one of the most popular streets in St. Louis. Crowds are drawn to the area in warmer months to enjoy outdoor dining, nightclubs, shopping and more. But the Loop also comes alive in the cold of winter for the annual Loop Ice Carnival. The free, family-friendly festival is filled with plenty of activities that make it worth the effort to bundle up and head outside on a cold January day.

For more things to do this winter, check out January 2014 Events in St. Louis.

When and Where:

The Loop Ice Carnival is held every year in mid-January. In 2014, the Ice Carnival is January 17 & 18. It all kicks off with the Snow Ball on January 17. Then, it's a full day of fun on January 18, beginning at 10 a.m.

Friday night's Snow Ball is held at the Moonrise Hotel at 6177 Delmar. Saturday's carnival is set up in the 6100 to 6600 blocks of Delmar between Rosedale and Kingsland.

The Snow Ball:

The Ice Carnival begins on Friday night with the Snow Ball at the Moonrise Hotel. Everyone is encouraged to dress in icy white attire. The most creatively dressed attendees will be crowned Ice King and Queen. The evening also includes cocktails, appetizers, music and special prizes. Tickets are $30 a person. The Moonrise Hotel is also offering a VIP package for $199 per couple that includes an overnight stay. For more information on tickets, call (314) 721-1111.

Frozen Buns Runs:

Saturday's events at the Loop Ice Carnival begin with the Frozen Buns Runs at 10 a.m. There is a 5K or a 10K route to choose from. Runners can register before the race at Blueberry Hill from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $30.

Carnival Fun:

After the Frozen Buns Runs, the Ice Carnival heats up with dozens of events and activities throughout the day. For kids, there are game booths all along the street. There are also ice slides next to Blueberry Hill and ice carving demonstrations in Fitz's parking lot. There are also many new events this year including skydiving from the Red Bull Air Force Dive Team. The skydivers will land in front of The Moonrise Hotel at 3 p.m. Here is a more detailed look at the schedule of events.

Also on the Loop:

The Loop Ice Carnival isn't the only reason to head to the Delmar Loop this winter. The Loop is home to some great venues for live music like The Pageant and Blueberry Hill. Visitors can also check out the St. Louis Walk of Fame with stars dedicated to famous St. Louisans like Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Nelly. And, don't forget about the shopping. The Loop has some of the most unique stores and boutiques in the St. Louis area.

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