Saturday, February 1, 2020

UCare 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.

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 fundraising 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 8:30pm. 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.

Ticket Purchasing

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 immediately above. Please note you MUST have and enter unique, actual names for each attendee when using this link (i.e. not duplicate names or fictional names).

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 immediately above.

 StatusThrough Sep 23Through Dec 2Through Jan 6Through Jan 27Through Jan 29Final In-PersonRegister on Event Day?
Luminary Loppet - Adult RateOpen$15$19.50$22.50$25.50$30$35Yes
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

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.”

Ski Rentals

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.

Park Nearby

Many Luminary Loppet participants live nearby, or park on public streets or in Uptown parking garages nearby and walk to Lake of the Isles.

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.

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 Volunteer Opportunities

Coming soon!

2020 Luminary Party Volunteer Opportunities

Coming soon!

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

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