Candlelight events

Candlelight event

 

If candlelight events are not already an annual tradition for you, let this be the season where you get out and experience winter adventure in a whole new light!

Short, easy trails will be lit with lanterns or luminaries, and you can drop in any time during the events to go whatever distance is comfortable for you. Afterward, warm up with refreshments by a crackling fire.

  • Anyone age 16 or older must carry a signed ski pass when using groomed cross-country ski trails in state parks or state forests, or on state trails or grant-in-aid trails.
  • Many parks offer rentals. See a list of cross-country ski rentals or snowshoe rentals.
  • Be safe and smart in cold weather - follow these tips.
  • Restrooms and vault toilets are open daily at all Minnesota state parks throughout the year.
  • Before you go... Find out the snow conditions.
  • Please note: Occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. Generally a candlelight event will go on even when there's no snow - it just becomes a candlelight hike, rather than snowshoe or ski! When in doubt, call the park.

Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.

Events Calendar

12/31/18

Fort Snelling State Park

New Year's Eve Candlelight Walk

01/12/19

Blue Mounds State Park

Candlelight Hike - *Date Change

01/12/19

Start at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Itasca's Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski Event

01/12/19

Hayes Lake State Park

Candlelight ski and snowshoe

01/12/19

Held inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Music Under the Pines: Lori Goulet Reich

01/19/19

Minneopa State Park

Winter Fest

01/19/19

Lake Bronson State Park

Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe

01/19/19

St. Croix State Park

Candlelight Event

01/19/19

Lake Carlos State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

01/26/19

Buffalo River State Park

Candlelight Ski

01/26/19

Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Snowshoe

01/26/19

Split Rock Creek State Park

Candlelight Hike

02/02/19

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Candlelight Snowshoe/Hike

02/02/19

Lake Maria State Park

Candlelight Hike

02/02/19

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Candlelight Ski Event

02/02/19

Afton State Park

Candle light Walk and Snowshoe

02/09/19

Glendalough State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/09/19

Wild River State Park

Candlelight Night Ski/Snowshoe/Hike

02/09/19

Jay Cooke State Park

Candlelight Event

02/09/19

Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/09/19

Hayes Lake State Park

Candlelight ski and snowshoe

02/16/19

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Candlelight Event

02/16/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Candlelight Event

02/16/19

Start at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

Itasca's Lantern Lit Snowshoe Event

02/16/19

Lake Bronson State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

02/16/19

Lake Carlos State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

02/16/19

Held in the Caf at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Julie and Bill Kaiser