You may think I’m crazy when I say…I’m missing our typical, deep freeze Minnesota winter this year. I spent much of my life escaping winter, even going as far as moving to Florida for several years! Finally, I have started to embrace the icy cold climate and low and behold, we have an unseasonably warm winter this year.
One of the annual events that keeps me looking forward to winter each year is called the luminary loppet. It is a whimsical night replete with ice lanterns, live music, hot chocolate stations and a festive atmosphere.
We went this year with the entire family: myself, my husband and our 2 boys, ages 11 and 1. We took turns towing the little one along on a sled and he had a ball!
The luminary loppet takes place overlooking the Minneapolis skyline on a trail that winds along a frozen lake and into the woods. Even though I have participated in this event for the last few years, it always creeps into my mind how many people the frozen lake can accommodate! Thousands of people turn out and even in the chill of winter, you experience a warm and inviting crowd with lots of smiles and cheer. And no, the lake has never cracked! It’s completely safe. I even laid on the ice to investigate just how thick it was.
The entire trail is lined with ice lanterns and luminaries of varying shapes and sizes, including some that are even taller than us. Luminaries continue into the enchanted forest and captivate participants of all ages.
The amount of hours that the production staff invests into this is so impressive. It truly bodies the magic of winter and just how beautiful it can be. I look forward to it all year round!