40th Annual Midwinter Ball

 Mark Your Calendars: The 40th annual Midwinter Ball will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

This much anticipated winter event is right around the corner. Come dance the night away this Saturday, February 3, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at the 38th annual Midwinter Ball with fellow students, faculty, and staff.  Semi-formal attire is requested.

Entertainment is as follows:

Although formal dance experience is not required to enjoy the evening, the student organizations will provide swing dance lessons in Great Hall on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. No partners needed, just stop by!


You will receive a Midwinter Ball wristband in your mailbox on the Thursday before the event. This wristband must be worn at all times during the event. This will help identify Carleton students from uninvited guests.

Guest Policy

Guests should be registered by 5:00 p.m. on the night of the event through the online form. Upon arrival, guests should come to the Office of Health Promotion (OHP) with a government-issued ID to receive their wristband (Sayles-Hill 160). Guest wristbands will be available beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Coat Check

A free coat check will be staffed by Fellowship in Christ in upper Sayles. Donations welcome. Students are encouraged to use this service rather than leaving belongings (coats, boots, bags, etc.) near the mailboxes as thefts have occurred in the past.

Photo Booth

A free photo booth hosted by the Coalition of Hmong Students (CHS) will be located in Sayles 251 from 9:30 p.m. through 11:00 p.m.

Shuttle Service (9:15 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.):  

Look for the small charter shuttle. The shuttle will run from 9:15 p.m. - 2:00 a.m., approximately every 15 minutes. The last two pick-up times are 1:30 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. in front of Sayles-Hill. The shuttles will pick-up/drop off at the following locations:

  • Rec Center
  • Cowling/Evans Circle
  • Parish House

Food & Beverages

Pizza provided 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. at the mailroom while supplies last. Water stations will be located in Great Space near the Info Desk, outside the Office of Health Promotion, outside the Great Hall, and outside the Severance Tea Room.

Bon Appetit Dining Information

Sayles Café will be open for business on the day of the event until 7:00 p.m. and return to regular business hours on Sunday. The Severance Tea Room will be unavailable for seating on Saturday; however other seating options will be available in Burton. Please use the ground floor Burton/Davis entrance on Saturday.

Alcohol & Drugs

No alcohol or smoking is allowed at Midwinter Ball. Personal beverage containers are not permitted (i.e. Nalgene/SIGG bottles, flasks, cans, soda bottles, water bottles, etc.). Water will be provided throughout the night. Bags will be checked upon entrance into the event.

The Student Wellness Associates (SWAs) and the Office of Health Promotion has created a list of helpful tips to ensure you have a fun and safe Midwinter Ball.

Lost & Found

Items found at Midwinter Ball will be available at the Information Desk Monday morning. Items of particular value (e.g., cell phones, wallets, keys, etc.) will be held in the Office of Health Promotion (OHP) during the event and turned into Campus Security at its conclusion.


If you need assistance during the event, feel free to ask any of the Security Officers or staff members from the Division of Student Life stationed throughout the building. The Office of Health Promotion (OHP) will also be open during the event for any questions or concerns.

With anticipated attendance of 1,800 students, faculty and staff, we ask that all members of the Carleton community work together in creating a welcoming, safe and respectful environment.

Questions? Please contact the Student Activities Office at x4462.

Sponsored by the Carleton Student Association (CSA) and the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB).