Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival
Saturday, February 1: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Lake of the Isles
Join us on Lake of the Isles for Minneapolis most iconic winter event, the candlelit Luminary Loppet.
Ski, walk, or snowshoe with friends, family and neighbors on the groomed trails around the lake, immersed in a serene landscape of ice luminaries in the heart of Uptown.
Refreshments in the form of hot chocolate, cookies, and smores are offered at the four registration tents, and Surly beer is served at the REI Luminary Party.
The Luminary Loppet is the Loppet Foundation’s most important fund raising event of the year, giving the organization the financial resources needed to advance its mission.
Registration for the Luminary Loppet is capped, as are each of the six start times: 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 and 8:30 pm. Register early to be sure to get your preferred start time.
Registrants receive an official Luminary Loppet glow stick which they wear on the outside of their coat throughout the event to demonstrate that they have registered.
The glow stick entitles participants to all of the following:
- To ski, snowshoe or walk the course on Lake of the Isles.
- To experience the fire dancers, Ice Cropolis, Ice Henge, Ice-Ster Island, the Enchanted Forest and the groomed trails.
- Cocoa and treats along the way.
- Entrance into the REI Luminary Party featuring live music.
- A free Surly Beer (for adults, of course) at the REI Luminary Party.
|Status||Through Sep 23||Through Dec 2||Through Jan 6||Through Jan 27||Through Jan 29||Final In-Person||Register on Event Day?|
|Luminary Loppet - Adult Rate||Open||$15||$19.50||$22.50||$25.50||$30||$35||Yes|
|Luminary Loppet - Youth Rate (16 and under)||Open||$8||$10.40||$12||$13.60||$16||$20||Yes|
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.
The Luminary Loppet is an active experience. Participants ski, snowshoe or walk around Lake of the Isles through the breathtaking beauty of the Luminary Loppet’s many features: luminaries perfectly spaced around the lake, the Ice Pyramid, Fire Dancers, the Enchanted Forest, Ice-Cropolis, Ice-Henge, and Ice-ster Island.
Registration and glow sticks
The Luminary Loppet is a paid event; participants must register to take part. Most register in advance online and receive a discount, but registration can also take place online or in person the day of the event.
Registrants pick up an official Luminary Loppet glow stick which they must display at all times as they ski, snowshoe or walk on the groomed trails around the lake.
Glow stick pick-up
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
Participants may pick up their glow sticks on Thursday or Friday between 5pm and 8pm at Loppet Village in The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park.
Saturday glow stick pick-up
Participants may pick up their glow sticks on Saturday from 10am until 3:30pm at Loppet Village in The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park.
Glow stick pick up is also available at Calhoun Square Mall, in the Rotunda, from 10am until 4pm.
Finally, many participants pick up their glow sticks from the Luminary Party Tent at the Bde Maka Ska Lagoon from 2pm to 8:30pm or from the Lake of the Isles on-ice remote tents from 6pm to 8:30 pm.
When and where do I start?
During registration participants choose a preferred start time: 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, or 8:30 p.m. Participants may start any time after their start time, and may stay as long as they like.
There is no official start or finish location. Participants may start at any of the four designated registration tent locations around Lake of the Isles or in the Lagoon between Lake of the Isles and Bde Maka Ska – or ski, walk or snowshoe in from another location.
So long as participants are displaying their official Luminary Loppet glow stick they may start and move anywhere on the lake.
It’s dark out there
It is dark on the lake. In keeping with the spirit of the event, there are no electric lights allowed on the lake.
Participants should make a plan to meet up with their friends and family if they become separated. The five registration tents can be a good option for a rendezvous with your companions. For example: “If we become separated meet at the tent near Ice-Cropolis.”
Limited ski rentals are available from The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park.
Parking & Transportation
There is no one plan for parking and transportation for Luminary Loppet participants. Instead, there are a number of options.
Many Luminary Loppet participants live nearby, or park on public streets or in Uptown parking garages nearby and walk to Lake of the Isles.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for a position listed below.
2020 Luminary Loppet Volunteer Opportunities
2020 Luminary Party Volunteer Opportunities