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Luminary Loppet!

  • Feb 1, 2014 · 6:45 PM
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See HERE for FAQs / info you need to know for tomorrow. 

We will meet at the tent marked as the "First Aid / Lost & Found" tent on the map below (the tent nearest the map legend below). Please have your glow stick and be ready to go at 6:45.


I have also posted this event on Hiking and Outdoor Snow Lovers meetups  as well as Get Out and Get Social meetup group pages. You only need to RSVP on one of the sites. Thanks! 


This is a great and fun annual event. Join us for the annual Park Nicollet Luminary Loppet! I have registered for the 7:00 start time. If you want to join the group, you will also want to register for 7:00 p.m. You can find the registration info here. You must be registered to participate. Cost breakdown and time requirements for registration are on the registration page.

As always, please don't RSVP "no" just to let us know you're not coming. I get an email with every RSVP; trying to avoid 1000+ emails from people who want to let me know they are not coming. If you don't RSVP "yes", we know not to expect you. Thanks for your consideration!

Also please be considerate with your RSVP and change it if your plans change. That way we know who to look for at the start of the event. Thank you!

Finally…in past years the Loppet has had to make last-minute changes to this event because of weather conditions. Be sure to check the Loppet event page and this calendar posting prior to heading out for the event, to make sure that nothing has changed re meetup location etc.


From the web page:

Registration Information

Registrants can start and finish anywhere along the course. To alleviate congestion participants sign up for a specific start time: 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m.

Pre-registration: We recommend that participants pre-register as it is less costly and it is more likely that the participant’s preferred start time will still be available.

Day-of registration:  Participants can register day of and pick up their packets for the Comcast Luminary Loppet on Saturday, February 1. Participants may also register and/or pick up their official glow stick at one of several smaller tents strategically placed around Lake of the Isles.

Packet pick up: Participants can pick up their packets on Friday, January 31, from 5 – 9 p.m. or on Saturday, February 1, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Big Tent in Loppet Village at Lake Calhoun Center. (see map).

Once participants have their official Comcast Luminary Loppet glow stick they may start at any location around Lake of the Isles. The loop is approximately 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) but shortcuts are an option.

No Glow – No Go: All participants are required to wear and display an official Comcast Luminary Loppet glow stick throughout the event. Read more about the “No Glow – No Go” policy.

With more than 1,000 luminaries, an ice pyramid, the Enchanted Forest, the Brock White Ice-Cropolis, four stations with fire pits and goodies including (at two of the stations) hot cocoa and even some fire-spinners, the Comcast Luminary Loppet can be enjoyed by anyone on skis or snowshoes, or even walking*.

*Note that walking on the trails without snowshoes or skis will destroy the ski trails. Registrants can walk the Luminary Loppet course, but walkers and snowshoers must stay in the official walking and snowshoe lane.

People who do not register may not ski, snowshoe or walk on the lake in any capacity on the evening of Saturday, February 1! Read more.

Start Times

To prevent crowding and make for a better experience for all the Comcast Luminary Loppet has five start times – 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Participants register for a specific start time – but the start times are just guidelines to prevent crowding and participants can start any time after their designated start time.


All Comcast Luminary Loppet participants are encouraged to take the bus with a free bus pass provided by Metro Transit.

Post-Luminary Loppet Party

Warm up after the Luminary Loppet at the Post-Luminary Loppet Party – featuring live music. Make a night of it and come tell stories, dance, and enjoy live music in the Big Tent in Loppet Village at Lake Calhoun Center. Beer for sale, with complimentary hot cocoa for the kids. The Post-Luminary Party is free for Comcast Luminary Loppet registrants and $10 for everyone else.

people among ice luminaries - Steve Kotvis photographer

Packet Pickup

Find packet pickup information here.


Find maps here.

Additional Information

Article in Southwest Journal

Behind the scenes: The making of the Luminary Loppet

Poetry inspired by the Luminary Loppet

2012 Ice Henge – Making and Unmaking – by Stefan Botterman


Proceeds from City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival events benefit the Loppet Foundation. The Loppet Foundation provides opportunities and creates passion for year-round outdoor activities and adventures in the Minneapolis area, especially among inner-city youth.


I (Mary/MJ) am not "leading" this event - just putting the word out so that those of us who want to go with others from the meetup groups can. :) If you would like to ski/snowshoe/walk with us, you will want to register for the 7:00 start time. It will sell out, so register early! You must pay the fee and register for a start time.

If you want to snowshoe/walk/ski w others from the meetup group, you should register for 7:00 p.m. This time will sell out, so register early.

Per Loppet rules, you must register and pick up your Loppet glow stick at the Loppet tent in the Lagoon area between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun and at event headquarters in Calhoun Square from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2. Once participants have their official Luminary Loppet glow stick, they may start at any location around Lake of the Isles. So grab your glow stick and meet at the Loppet tent near the registration area by 6:45.

Parking can be a bear. HERE is info on bus service for the event and some parking options.

We will meet near the registration area where you pick up your glow stick at 6:45, and be ready to start at 7. I (Mary) will have a balloon and headlamp so that you can find me. I will be snowshoeing (or walking).

People who are XC skiing will probably go much faster around the lake than walkers or snowshoers. You may be on your own or with just a few others when you're skiing/snowshoeing/walking. I am sure we won't all stay as a group through the entire loppet, so please don't expect us to "lead" or keep people together.

There is a party at the end of the Loppet - if you want to hang around afterward, that might be a fun time. Or, if we feel like it we can head to a nearby restaurant for libations after the event.


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  • Linda

    It was a beautiful event! First time at the LL. Will be back next year!

    February 2, 2014

  • Rose L

    We had such a good time - wonderful people and what a fun event!

    February 2, 2014

  • JZ

    Is there a plan pre loppet ?

    January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all. Please be sure to update your RSVP if your plans change so that I know for sure who is coming. We have a large group going from 4 different meetups. Also, if you are not registered, the 7p is full so you will not be able to go off with the group. You can try registering for 6:30 or 7:30, but I do not know if they are still open.
    Post-loppet, as for me, I expect that I will hit the after-party in the loppet tent, but I do not know if I will be partying post loppet tent event. So if you want to connect with us, look for the balloon bobbing on the course or in the loppet tent post-party. If I leave early, I'll be sure to hand off the balloon. :)

    January 27, 2014

  • Douglas

    I have never had the opportunity to participate. maybe this year I can convince my wife to join in with me.

    1 · January 4, 2014

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