Candlelight events

Candlelight event

 

Enjoy Minnesota state parks in a whole new light

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!

Snowy trails, ice luminaries, and a gentle candlelight glow are all waiting for you at one of our winter candlelight events. These events feature short, easy trails lit with lanterns or luminaries. Enjoy their glow as you ski, snowshoe, or walk the trails. Go as far as you like and warm up with refreshments and a fire when you’re done. These events are free, family friendly, and perfect for anyone looking to spend a fun evening in Minnesota state parks!

Before you go:

  • 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

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12/21/19

Winter Solstice Celebration

Lake Bemidji State Park

12/31/19

New Year's Eve Candlelight Walk

Fort Snelling State Park

01/03/20

Candlelight Walk

Luce Line State Trail

01/04/20

Candlelight Event

Lake Carlos State Park

01/11/20

Winter Fest

Minneopa State Park

01/11/20

Itasca's Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski Event

Itasca State Park

01/11/20

Cancelled: Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

Lake Bronson State Park

01/11/20

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Event

Zippel Bay State Park

01/11/20

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

Itasca State Park

01/17/20

Cancelled Candlelight Snowshoe

Hayes Lake State Park

01/18/20

Candlelight Event

Rice Lake State Park

01/24/20

Candlelight Walk

Gateway State Trail

01/25/20

Candlelight Hike

Blue Mounds State Park

02/01/20

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike Event

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

02/01/20

Candlelight Walk

Afton State Park

02/01/20

Candlelight Snowshoe

Big Bog State Recreation Area

02/01/20

Itasca's Lantern Lit Snowshoe Event

Itasca State Park

02/01/20

Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Walk

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

02/01/20

Candlelight Hike

Lake Maria State Park

02/01/20

Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer

Itasca State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Ski

Glendalough State Park

02/08/20

Cancelled Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

Lake Bronson State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Event

Frontenac State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Ski

Lake Bemidji State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Event

Zippel Bay State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Event

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Event

Fort Ridgely State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Night Ski/Snowshoe/Hike

Wild River State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Event

Lake Carlos State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe, Walk event

Jay Cooke State Park

02/08/20

Candlelight Hike - Lake That Speaks Luminary Hike

Lac qui Parle State Park

02/14/20

Cancelled Candlelight Snowshoe

Hayes Lake State Park

02/14/20

Candlelight Snowshoe

Lake Bemidji State Park

02/15/20

Gooseberry Falls State Park Candlelight Event

Gooseberry Falls State Park

02/15/20

Candlelight Walk

Myre-Big Island State Park

02/22/20

Candlelight Event

Maplewood State Park

02/29/20

Leap Day- Candlelight Event

Lake Carlos State Park

03/07/20

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Event

Zippel Bay State Park