MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Loppet Foundation's annual Luminary Loppet is back in 2018. The action happens Saturday at Lake of the Isles starting at 6:00 p.m.
This year, like all years, you'll find more than 1,000 candlelit luminaries made of ice dotting the lake.
The Loppet Foundation received a grant to expand the attraction this year to include ice spires, illuminated penguin puppets and a concert featuring instruments made out of ice.
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"We think it freshens it up, gives people a new reason to come out if they've been coming for five years they have something new to see this year," said Hal Galvin, a volunteer with the Loppet Foundation and who founded the first Luminary Loppet more than a decade ago.
About 10,000 people are expected to participate in this year's event.
This celebration comes in the middle of the Super Bowl, so it's another way Minneapolis is showing visitors how it embraces winter.
"People gasp the first time they see it. You get that glance of the whole lake lit up in candlelit luminaries and thousands of people out laughing and enjoying the winter and enjoying being out here and it's really breathtaking," said Jim Young, a volunteer.
The event is a fundraiser for the Loppet Foundation, a non-profit organization which focuses on year-round outdoor adventure and bringing those opportunities to underserved families. Day-of registration is at the Columbia store in Uptown or at the Loppet tent on the lagoon between Lake of the Isles and Bde Maka Ska. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids 16 and younger.