Saturday, February 1: 6:00 – 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.
There are no electric lights on the ice. Instead the environment is lit by candle, by fire, and by the twinkle of Luminary Loppet Glow Sticks worn by registrants. Those glow sticks serve two purposes: they add to the magic of the event and at the same time demonstrate to all that the wearer has paid to attend the event and supports the Loppet’s work.
Complimentary hot chocolate is served on the lake by our partners REI and North Memorial Health.
After exploring the icescape retire to the REI Co-op Luminary Party on the Lagoon. There, party-goers enjoy live tunes from Dr. Mambo’s Combo and, for those of age, a complimentary Surly beer.
REI Co-op Luminary Party
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 of age 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 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.
- 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.
|Status||Registration Open||Starting Sept 23||Starting Dec 2||Starting Jan 6||Starting Jan 29||Starting Jan 31||Register on Event Day?|
|Luminary Loppet - Adult Rate||Closed||$15||$19.50||$22.50||$30||$36||$40||No|
|Luminary Loppet - Youth Rate (16 and under)||Closed||$8||$10.40||$12||16||$20||$20||No|
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.
Event Day Information
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.
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.
As a sponsor of the City of Lakes Loppet, Metro Transit is providing complimentary bus rides to the Luminary Loppet for registered participants.
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.
The Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422
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