Annual Rice Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 30


This year's tree lighting ceremony will feature a brilliantly lit six-foot star at the top of the holiday tree and a spectacular fireworks display following the lighting celebration. 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 with 30,000 energy-efficient LED lights, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The park will sparkle with millions of twinkling lights, classic Nutcracker and angel statues, and other holiday decor. Make downtown Saint Paul your family holiday destination!

Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy has partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota and their Season of Wishes campaign. Granting a child's wish at the holidays is what makes this season magical. And for a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, no wish is too big or too small.


Sam is a five-year old from Zimmerman who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He loves playing outside; whether it’s playing soccer, jumping on the trampoline or playing on the jungle gym at school. Sam’s one true wish is to have a play-set for his backyard. He looks forward to many happy backyard adventures on his planet.

Click here to read Sam's story


Text WISH to 27722 to make a donation


Season of Wishes™ combines the spirit of holiday giving with hope, strength and joy that is generated from a Make-A-Wish experience. The campaign also provides a tremendous opportunity for the public to experience the extraordinary emotional impact that comes from fulfilling a child's greatest wish.

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays by joining our Season of Wishes campaign, visit for more information.