Image courtesy MN DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting candlelight events across the state this winter, including one at Fort Ridgely State Park on Saturday, Jan. 27. Drop by any time between 5 and 8 p.m. for snowshoeing or hiking as stars twinkle overhead and candles flicker in the snow.

“Candlelight events are a magical way to experience parks and trails,” said Ann Pierce, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “On a cold winter’s night, there’s something beautiful about the flicker of candles. Plus, being active outside in winter is a great way to beat cabin fever. Bundle up and come join us on a candlelit trail.”

Visitors can hike two different loops. A 1-mile trail starts at the Chalet and is suitable for beginner-level snowshoers or hikers of all ages. There is also a 0.75 mile trail.

The evening wraps up with a cup of hot cocoa near a crackling bonfire. Roasting sticks are available for visitors.