Department 56 Ice Palace Model
Established in 1886, the St. Paul Winter Carnival remains one of Minnesota's most enduring seasonal celebrations. Perhaps the most renowned symbol of the festival is the Ice Palace, an ornate edifice made of ice from Minnesota lakes. Over the years, the image of the Ice Palace has been applied to everything from buttons to advertising cards, providing a wealth of memorabilia for Winter Carnival collectors.
In 1995, acclaimed Minnesota giftware manufacturer Department 56 introduced the "Snow Carnival Ice Palace" as part of their line of fine quality collectibles. In keeping with company tradition, the model was made for a limited time and then retired from production to enhance its rarity.
The Minnesota Historical Society maintains a rich and diverse collection related to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival dating from the late 19th century to the present. The collection includes clothing and uniforms, medallions and buttons, musical instruments, flags and banners, plaques, commemoratives, film footage, posters, and photographs. These items document the evolution of the festival and its royalty and clubs, as well as the participation of Saint Paul businesses and organizations.