The Great Northern celebrates Minneapolis’ cold winters through 10 days of diverse programming to invigorate mind and body. With a full lineup of winter events and some serious FOMO (fear of missing out), we make sure to get out and experience the winter wonderland that encapsulates us for a few months out of the year. The three main events are the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, City of Lakes Loppet/Luminary Loppet and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.
The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships are played on frozen Lake Nokomis – the way hockey is meant to be played. The just-for-fun tournament brings out the best pond hockey players from all over the country to compete in our state’s favorite sport.
The City of Lakes Loppet is a cross-country ski festival for the whole family that includes ski races for all ages, skill levels and abilities. Be sure to experience other fun events like the Minne-Loppet, skijoring, dog sledding, and the popular Luminary Loppet – the most magical event of the season with a candlelit trail winding across Lake of the Isles.
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival features a Torchlight Parade, Fire and Ice Winter Run, ice-carving competition, ice fishing tournament and more.
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