Saturday, February 5, 2022

Luminary Loppet

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

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

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2022 Date/Time: Feb 5, 2022
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, celebrating winter in the Bold North.

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

Join us 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 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.

Your ticket entitles you to:

  • Skiing, snowshoeing, or walking access to the groomed trail on Lake of the Isles that is lined with 1,200+ 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.
  • Entrance into the Luminary Party featuring live music.

Please buy your tickets online in advance.

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

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

Guidelines & Expectations

In order to make the best experience possible for everyone, we ask that you please adhere to the following:

  • Dogs (and other animals) are not allowed at the Luminary Loppet. We love dogs, but we have to respect those who do not feel the same or who have severe allergies. Plus, we have to keep our ski trails clean for the other festival events.
  • In order to amplify the soft yellow light of the luminaries, personal lights are not allowed (this includes flashlights, strobe lights, blinking lights, light-up toys, jewelry/clothing, sleds, etc.). The trail will be plenty bright for you to comfortably see where you are going.

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 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 City of Lakes Loppet Winter 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.

Each year, we have 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

*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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