January 29-31 & February 5-7, 2021

Luminary Loppet

Walk or snowshoe through a fun-filled, candlelit night at The Trailhead

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

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Friday-Sunday, Jan 29-31, 6pm-10pm
Thursday-Friday, Feb 4-5, 6pm-10pm
The Trailhead, Theodore Wirth Park (1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway)

Please read the Luminary Loppet update statement which outlines the important changes for this weekend’s event.

The non-competitive, 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. Walk or snowshoe over Theodore Wirth Park’s groomed ski trails alongside candle-lit luminaries outlining a serene landscape of glowing ice celebrating winter in the Bold North.

Update

We sent ticket confirmation emails with your assigned start time to all Luminary Loppet registrants on Tuesday, January 26. The email came from registration@loppet.org. Please check your spam/junk/promotions folders if you have not seen it yet. If you are still unable to locate the email, please send a message to registration@loppet.org.

Please print your confirmation email and bring it with you to the park as your ticket. You will show this at the check in table and drop the ticket in a box. Please be sure to have your mask on by this time. Please have your ticket printed (as opposed to on your phone, as many phones’ batteries tend to die in the cold). To clarify, this year your ticket is your start time confirmation email, not a glowstick.

Registration Information

The 2021 Luminary Loppet has officially filled. There are unfortunately no more tickets available.

If you were not able to get a ticket this year, please understand how challenging it is for us to not be able to just let everyone enjoy the Luminary Loppet this year, especially since we know this is an annual tradition for so many of you. Please know how much we at the Loppet Foundation appreciate and understand the importance of those traditions to our community. And while we expect this year to be spectacular, we are now even more inspired to do everything we can to ensure everyone is able to enjoy a remarkable Luminary Loppet in 2022.

THERE IS NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION. Please buy your tickets online in advance this year. If you show up without a ticket, we will have to turn you back. Due to COVID-19, it isn’t safe for volunteers or others to create this kind of touch point or potential gathering spot.

Friday, January 29

Registration Full

Saturday, January 30

Registration Full

Sunday, January 31

Registration Full

Friday, February 5

Registration Full

Saturday, February 6

Registration Full

Sunday, February 7

Registration Full

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

Supporting the Front Line During COVID-19

In a year in which so much has been taken from us, front line and essential workers have been there for the rest of us. To help return the favor, the Loppet Foundation will be connecting with our own neighboring North Minneapolis front liners to provide them with free Luminary tickets. It is our hope that a peaceful evening winter walk through light in the dark helps them find and bolster their own peace, light, and hope.

However, we will need your help to do this. Because of the pandemic, we expect to have very limited participation compared to normal years but would still like to use as many spots as we can for those who have continued to serve us and stand in the face of risk. You can help by donating to the cause.

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

The Luminary Loppet will be what it always is – a magical, peaceful night of light, ice, snow and wonder. In order to make the best experience possible for everyone, we ask that you please adhere to the following:

  • Masks will be required. You must wear a face covering at all times during the event to help protect yourselves, other participants, and volunteers from COVID-19.
  • This year the Luminary Loppet will be for walking and snowshoeing only (No Skiing). While our ski trails are very wide, there isn’t as much space as on Lake of the Isles and we feel it is safer to not mix travel types (especially of such varying speeds) during the time of COVID-19. Please check out one of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival’s ski events happening that week if you would like to ski our trails.
  • As has always been the case, dogs (and other animals) are not allowed at the Luminary Loppet. We love dogs, but especially this year, we need to keep space for social distancing – and 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.

Your Ticket and Start Time Confirmation

We sent ticket confirmation emails with your assigned start time to all Luminary Loppet registrants on Tuesday, January 26. The email came from registration@loppet.org. Please check your spam/junk/promotions folders if you have not seen it yet. If you are still unable to locate the email, please send a message to registration@loppet.org.

To keep social distancing, we are starting 20 participants per five-minute interval. Your official start time will indicate this exact five minute time. It is important that you aim to arrive as close to this start time as possible.

Please print your confirmation email and bring it with you to the park as your ticket. You will show this at the check in table and drop the ticket in a box. Please be sure to have your mask on by this time. Please have your ticket printed (as opposed to on your phone, as many phones’ batteries tend to die in the cold). To clarify, this year your ticket is your start time confirmation email, not a glowstick.

Transportation and Parking

Visit metrotransit.org for information on bus service to the Theodore Wirth Park.

All Luminary participants who choose to drive should park in the Mortenson Construction company parking lot. Please allow 10-15 minutes to park and walk to the Luminary Loppet. Volunteers will be available to help guide you (look for their vests and lighted batons) and the route will be marked with lighted tiki torches.

Directions to the Mortenson Construction company parking lot: From Hwy 55, turn north on Meadow Ln (just one block west of Theodore Wirth Pkwy). The address is 700 Meadow Lane N, Golden Valley, MN, 55422.

Location / “Course”

The 2021 Luminary Loppet will be held on the trails near The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park, unlike past Luminary Loppets which were held on Lake of the Isles. Walkers and snowshoers will enjoy a wide, machine-groomed, loop covering 2.5 km of the Twin Lakes section of the park, which includes starry views from the “prairie”, a moonlit lake, trails through the woods, and even a hidden and largely unknown frozen pond to explore.

There will only be one start area and one finish area. You will be allowed one time through the “course” per ticket.

For a preview of the course (and parking location), check out the Luminary Loppet Map.

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.

*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 2021 Luminary Loppet, please contact Anne Olson at olson@loppet.org.

The Loppet Foundation
1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422
612-604-5330

Registration Questions:
registration@loppet.org

Sponsorship:
olson@loppet.org

Questions About Luminary Features on the Ice:
chief.luminarian@loppet.org

General Luminary and Day of Logistics Questions:
luminary.info@loppet.org

Public Relations/Media and Marketing Inquiries:
marketing@loppet.org