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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COVID-19 Note (10/21/20)

Greetings, fans of the Luminary. We continue to work on plans for the MN Department of Health to create a safe and fun Luminary Loppet. However, until we are able to present a plan that works for the Health Department, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, and our own medical advisors, we are going to temporarily close registration for the Luminary. We hope to have good news sometime in the next few weeks but we need more time to consider all the details and angles so that we have a plan in which all concerned parties have confidence and can support.

We are exploring every avenue and strategy and hope to have answers soon. We expect some things will certainly be different, such as not being able to do some of our favorite activities like the hot cocoa stations and the party on the Lagoon. And we are looking to provide the structure for a steady and socially-distanced safe flow of participants around the lake, possibly with assigned start locations and times, an extra wide track, and restructured features. Your entrance glowstick may even be a face mask this year. On our side is the fact that this is an outdoors event with a HUGE area. Stay tuned! We will be in touch.

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.

Saturday, February 6: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Lake of the Isles Lagoon

In 2021, the “coolest” party in town may look different. But we are still planning for the Lagoon to be a unique and fun place to include on your trip around the lake. Stay tuned.

There are six start wave times for the Luminary Loppet: 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, and 9:00pm. Note that for 2021, these start times may be broken down further and it will be important for participants to start at those times. In addition, participants may have an assigned starting location.

One possible change for this year is that the official entry “ticket” may be a custom Luminary mask which registrants pick up prior to the event and must wear while at the event. This would replace the traditional glow stick but still 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 more.
  • Witness the peace and awe of a winter celebration that is truly a unique life experience.
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

Getting your “Ticket”

Whether it is a glow stick or a mask, we are exploring various avenues for everyone to safely pick up their official “ticket.” Please stay tuned for those times, dates and procedures.

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.

Start Location

You may be assigned to one of 4-5 entry locations with your start time. Wherever you need to start, Lake of the Isles and the Luminary will be the same tour of natural light, ice and snow wonders and entertainment.

Ski Rentals

More information will be coming.


As a sponsor of the City of Lakes Loppet, Metro Transit has usually provided complimentary bus rides to the Luminary Loppet for registered participants. Stay tuned for more info.

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

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