Saturday, February 5, 2022

Luminary Loppet

Walk, Ski, or Snowshoe through a fun-filled, candlelit night at Lake of the Isles

The candlelit Luminary Loppet on Saturday, February 5, is the Twin Cities’ most magical event of the season.

Come out to Lake of the Isles and enjoy the Luminary Loppet where you can walk, snowshoe, or ski on the candlelit trail winding across the lake. Experience 1,200 luminaries lining the trail with unique ice features such as Ice Henge, The Spires, Ice Cropolis, as well as Ice Music, Fire Dancers, and much more – all in the heart of Uptown.

Refreshments such as hot chocolate, cookies, and s’mores will be offered at tents across the lake. Food trucks, Surly beer, and music are located at the REI Luminary Party.

Participants must have their official Luminary Loppet glow sticks showing at all times while on the lake as proof of registration.

The Luminary Loppet is part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival, which includes cross-country ski, fat-tire bike, snowshoe, and skijor races and tours, youth events, and more. The Luminary Loppet is NOT a race.

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To avoid congestion, there are six start wave times for the Luminary Loppet:

  • 6:00pm
  • 6:30pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 7:30pm
  • 8:00pm
  • 8:30pm.

Each start wave is capped, so remember to register early to get your preferred start time before the waves sell out. Participants may start at or after their registered start time (NOT before), and they may stay on the lake as long as they like.

All registered participants will receive an official Luminary Loppet glow stick, which must be displayed at all times during the event to gain access to the lake and the Luminary Party, and take advantage of the many Luminary Loppet activities.

 StatusStarting Opening DayStarting 1/11/22Day-Of Event (2/6/22)
Luminary Loppet - AdultOpen$20$30$40
Luminary Loppet - Youth (age 4-16; 3 and under free)Open$12$14$15

Proceeds from the Luminary Loppet benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

Registration and transaction fees are non-refundable, including in the event of delay, rescheduling, or cancellation of an event or program. An event or program registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Participating under another person's name will result in disqualification.

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Join us for the “coolest” party in town. The REI Luminary Party kicks off and heats up with an outdoor concert and dancing. The party also features Surly beer (for attendees ages 21+), photo booths, fire pits, food trucks, Loppet merchandise for sale, and prize giveaways/sweepstakes.

The REI Luminary Party is free for registered Luminary Loppet participants. For those not registered, tickets exclusively to the REI Luminary Party go on sale for $10 at the door at 7pm.

One can of Surly Brewing Co. beer is included for all registered Luminary Loppet participants who are 21+ years old (with a valid ID). Additional Surly beer is available for purchase for $5/can. Party-only guests may purchase beer for $5/can.

Please note: The REI Luminary Party last call is at 9:45pm, with music and Surly beer service ending at 10pm.

Photo by Leslie Hale

All registered participants will receive an official Luminary Loppet glow stick, which must be displayed at all times during the event to gain access to the lake and the Luminary Party, and take advantage of the many Luminary Loppet activities.

Please see below for glow stick pickup options. To ensure the quickest pickup experience, please have your check-in pass with the QR code (emailed to you when you registered) displayed on your phone/device or printed out for our staff to scan. Picking up your glow stick ahead of time allows you to skip the registration tent lines on the lake. 

Glow Stick Pick Up

The Trailhead

  • Thursday, February 3, 4pm – 8pm
  • Friday, February 4, 4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, February 5, 7am – 3pm

Calhoun Square

  • Saturday, February 5, 10am – 4pm

Lagoon Tent (between Lake of the Isles and Bde Maka Ska)

  • Saturday, February 5, 2pm – 8:30pm 

On Lake of the Isles (Registration tents)

  • Saturday, February 5, 6pm – 8:30pm
  • Dogs (and other animals) are not allowed at the Luminary Loppet. Please respect the experience of other Luminary Loppet and City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival participants.
  • Flashlights and personal lights are not allowed (this includes strobe lights, blinking lights, and light-up toys, jewelry/clothing, sleds, etc.). The trail will be plenty bright for you to comfortably see where you are going.
  • Rentals: Limited ski and snowshoe rentals are available from The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park, Hoigaard’s, and REI Co-op at their Bloomington location.
  • Transportation: As a sponsor of the City of Lakes Loppet, Metro Transit is providing complimentary bus rides to the Luminary Loppet for registered participants. Visit for information on bus service to the Uptown area.
  • You must have a valid ID to receive your free Surly Brewing Co. beer (1 per attendee).
  • There is no official start or finish location. Participants that have already picked up their glow stick prior to their start may begin their evening from anywhere around Lake of the Isles.
  • ADA compliant entrances to the lake are available at Euclid and Lagoon. Contact for more information.

Volunteer to work alongside great community members and help to make the Luminary Loppet come to life. Opportunities are available prior to and on the event weekend. Please dress appropriately according to the weather, as you will be outside.

Volunteer signup: Coming Soon

If you are interested in a leadership position, please contact our volunteer coordinator at

*Please note: Volunteers will not be permitted to walk through the course during or after their shift. While it is possible that you may be placed along the course to assist with traffic flow, you will not be guaranteed an opportunity to view the Luminary Loppet in its entirety unless you purchase a ticket.

Help sponsor the event! If you are interested in supporting the 2022 Luminary Loppet, please contact Amber Hoover at

The Loppet Foundation
1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422

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