Saturday, February 1, 2020

Luminary Loppet

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

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Saturday, February 1: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Lake of the Isles

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The candlelit Luminary Loppet is the Twin Cities’ most magical winter event.

Ski, walk, or snowshoe with friends, family, and neighbors on the lake’s groomed trails while being immersed in a serene landscape of glowing ice luminaries in the heart of Uptown.

Enjoy free hot chocolate on the lake and one complimentary Surly beer (with valid ID) at the REI Co-op Luminary Party.

The Luminary Loppet is the Loppet Foundation’s largest ticketed event of the year, giving the non-profit organization the financial resources needed to advance its mission.

Saturday, February 1: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Lake of the Isles Lagoon

Join REI Co-op for the “coolest” party in town. The party kicks off and heats up with an outdoor concert featuring Dr. Mambo’s Combo, dancing, Surly Brewing Co. beer, and giveaways.

The REI Co-op Luminary Party is free for registered Luminary Loppet participants and $10 at the door for everyone else.

Luminary Loppet participants (with a valid ID) will receive one free Surly beer. Please note: The Surly Brewing Co. last call is at 9:45 p.m. with music and beer service ending at 10 p.m.

There are six start times for the Luminary Loppet: 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, and 8:30pm. Participants may start at or after their registered start time, and may stay on the lake as long as they like. Each start wave is capped at 1,500 people, so register early to be sure to get your preferred start time.

Registrants receive an official Luminary Loppet glow stick which they must wear on the outside of their coat throughout the event. The official glow stick entitles participants to all of the following:

  • Skiing, snowshoeing, or walking access to the groomed trail on Lake of the Isles.
  • Access to the fire dancers, Ice Cropolis, Ice Henge, Ice-Ster Island, the Enchanted Forest.
  • Free hot chocolate provided by Nestle.
  • Entrance into the REI Luminary Party featuring live music.
  • A free Surly Beer (with valid ID) at the REI Co-op Luminary Party.

Standard Registration

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If you do know the names of all the people for whom you will be purchasing tickets, please use the registration button above. Please note you MUST have and enter unique, actual names for each attendee.

Group Registration

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If you are purchasing tickets for a large group or do not know the names of all the people for whom you will be purchasing tickets, please use the registration button above.

 StatusThrough Sep 23Through Dec 2Through Jan 6Through Jan 27Through Jan 29FinalRegister on Event Day?
Luminary Loppet - Adult RateOpen$15$19.50$22.50$25.50$32$40Yes
Luminary Loppet - Youth Rate (16 and under)Open$8$10.40$12$13.60$16$20Yes

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

Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Competing under another person’s name will result in disqualification.

A Note About the Data We Collect

Volunteer to work alongside great community members and help to make the Luminary Loppet event at the Loppet Ski Festival a wonderful event for everyone. Opportunities are available prior-to and on the event weekend. Please dress appropriately according to the weather we will be outside.

Browse the sign up list below for volunteer opportunities such as:

  • Luminary Freezing and Hatching
  • Ice Hauling
  • Food and Firewood Distribution
  • Stop Attendant

If you are interested in a leadership position, please contact our volunteer coordinator at or sign up for a position listed below.

2020 Luminary Loppet and Party Volunteer Opportunities

Luminary Loppet Event Maps

Glow Stick Pick-up

In keeping with the spirit of the event, there are no electric lights allowed on the lake. Instead, each participant will receive an official Luminary Loppet glow stick.

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 (preferred) or printed out for our staff to scan.

Early Glow Stick Pick-up

Friday: 5pm-8pm at Loppet Village in The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park. Click here for parking information.

Saturday Glow Stick Pick-up

10am – 3:30pm at Loppet Village in The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park. Click here for parking information.

10am – 4pm at Calhoun Square Mall, in the Rotunda.

2pm – 8:30pm at the Luminary Party at the Bde Maka Ska Lagoon

6pm – 8:30pm from one of the four on-ice remote tents on Lake of the Isles.

Start Location

There is no official start or finish location. Participants may start at any of the four registration tents located around Lake of the Isles or in the Lagoon between Lake of the Isles and Bde Maka Ska. Participants that have already picked up their glow stick can ski, walk or snowshoe in from anywhere around Lake of the Isles.

Ski Rentals

Limited ski and snowshoe rentals are available from Boulder Nordic Sport in The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park, Hoigaard’s and REI Co-op at their Bloomington location.

Parking & Transportation

Free Metro Transit Service

Take advantage of a free ride to the Luminary, courtesy of Metro Transit!

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. Download your pass here.


Bicycle trails are plowed in the winter! The Midtown Greenway, Cedar Lake Trail, Kenilworth Trail and the entire Grand Rounds are great to ride on all year. Please note the Luce line is not plowed as to not interfere with the ski trails! Get some great winter riding tips.

All Metro Transit buses can accommodate bikes.

Park Nearby

Park on public streets or in Uptown parking garages nearby and walk to Lake of the Isles. Please make time for traffic if planning to try and park close to the lake!

Join the Adventure!

Detailed sponsorship opportunities and packages are available.
Please contact the Loppet Foundation Sponsorship Manager:

Title Sponsor

Major Sponsors

Luminary Loppet Host Sponsors

REI Luminary Loppet Party Sponsors


The Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422

Registration Questions:


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