Saturday, February 6, 2021

Luminary Loppet

Walk, snowshoe, or ski through a fun-filled, candlelit night on Lake of the Isles

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

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Saturday, February 6: 6:00pm 10:00pm
Lake of the Isles

The non-competitive, candlelit Luminary Loppet is the Twin Cities’ most magical event of the season, as well as the primary financial driver that enables the Loppet Foundation to pursue its mission of creating a shared passion for year-round outdoor adventure in the Minneapolis area, focusing on underserved youth and families.

Ski, walk, or snowshoe with friends, family, and neighbors on Lake of the Isles’s groomed trails while immersed in a serene landscape of glowing ice luminaries in the heart of Minneapolis’ Uptown. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate by the glow of a campfire.

After exploring the icescape, retire to the REI Co-op Luminary Party on the Lagoon. There, party-goers can enjoy live tunes, food trucks and, for those of age, Surly beer.

Saturday, February 6: 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 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.

There are six start wave 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, 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 glow stick adds to the event, demonstrates that the wearer supports the mission of the Loppet Foundation, and entitles the participant to:

  • Skiing, snowshoeing, or walking access to the groomed trail on Lake of the Isles that is lined with 1200 plus ice luminaries.
  • Access to all of the features on Lake of the Isles including fire dancers, Ice Cropolis, Ice Henge, and the Enchanted Forest.
  • Free hot chocolate provided by Nestle.
  • Entrance into the REI Luminary Party featuring live music.
Register Now!
 StatusThrough 9/21/20Through 11/30/20Through 1/4/21Through 2/1/21Through 2/5/21Final PriceRegistration Deadline
Luminary Loppet - Adult RateOpen$20$24$28$32$36$40None
Luminary Loppet - Youth Rate (16 and under)Open$10$12$14$16$18$20None

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.

A Note About the Data We Collect

Complete information regarding event maps and logistics, parking and transportation, registration and packet pick-up can be found here.

Stay tuned to our Trail Conditions page to be the first to learn if conditions-based event adjustments must be made

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.


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.

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.

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:


Questions About Luminary Features on the Ice:

Questions About Luminary Party, Day of Logistics, Glow Sticks: