12 ways to spend the holidays in Duluth

 There are many festive events happening in Duluth and the rest of the Twin Ports. Photo by Morgan Pint

There are many festive events happening in Duluth and the rest of the Twin Ports. Photo by Morgan Pint

With Thanksgiving done, now is the time many people, especially Duluth citizens and students, become invested in the winter holidays. Many people may want to find ways to celebrate the festive season.

Here are 12 ways people in Duluth can spend the winter holiday season.

1. Bentleyville Tour of Lights

More Details: “Duluth’s mega Christmas-light spectacular is the largest walk-through display of lights in America. Guests are invited to stroll under the glow of over 4 million lights in a 20-acre park on the shores of Lake Superior. Mr. and Mrs. Claus, along with Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, will be on hand for photos and handing out candy canes,” according to Perfect Duluth Day.

When: Nov. 21 to Dec. 26

Time: Sundays-Thursdays: 5-9 p.m.

Fridays-Saturdays: 5-10 p.m.

Where: Bayfront Festival Park

Cost: Free

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2. Glensheen Christmas Tours

Cost: Free tours for University of Minnesota Duluth students. $5-$30 for others and tickets can be found on Glensheen’s website.

More Details: Christmas trees and other holiday decorations are put in Glensheen and all the tours are related to Christmas. There is also a Christmas display outside the mansion.

When: Nov. 23 to Jan. 6

Time: Sundays-Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fridays-Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Glensheen

3300 London Rd.

Duluth, MN 55804

3. Pepperkakebyen: Gingerbread City Duluth 2018

Cost: Free with a $5 donation recommended

More Details: Gingerbread houses were decorated on Nov. 10 and they are on display for Duluth’s seventh annual Norwegian Gingerbread Village Nov. 24. These houses will be displayed on Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 17 to Dec. 8.

When: Nov. 24

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Where: Nordic Center

23 N. Lake Ave.

Duluth, MN 55802

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4. Christmas City Express

Cost: Adults $18, children 3 years old and older $16, children age 2 and younger free

Buy tickets on their website or call (218) 722-1273

More Details: “Tickets include the performance of the Christmas City Express, live music, the train ride, a visit from Santa Claus, hot cocoa and cookies and a magical souvenir ornament to take home,” according to Perfect Duluth Day.

When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Nov. 23 to Dec. 22

Time: Fridays-Saturdays: 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Sundays: 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m.

Where: Northshore Scenic Railroad at Lake Superior Railroad Museum

5. Duluth Winter Village 2018

 The Duluth Winter Village is one of the many events going on at Glensheen in December. The mansion also features a Christmas display outside that visitors can walk through, especially at night with the lights lit up. Photo by Morgan Pint

The Duluth Winter Village is one of the many events going on at Glensheen in December. The mansion also features a Christmas display outside that visitors can walk through, especially at night with the lights lit up. Photo by Morgan Pint

When: Dec. 1-2

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Glensheen

3300 London Rd.

Duluth, MN 55804

Cost: Free

More Details: “Tour the mansion and peruse your favorite local shops surrounded by the warmth of the holidays,” according to Glensheen. Tours of the mansion are free to University of Minnesota Duluth students, and tickets for others can be found on Glensheen’s website.

6. 3rd Annual Holiday Shopping Expo

More Details: The DECC will have over 100 vendors with more than 100 prizes being handed out. There will be a food concessions and a blood drive where the people who donate blood will be entered into a special drawing. Santa Claus will also be there from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When: Dec. 1

Time: 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Where: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)

Cost: $2 advanced tickets found on Facebook or Eventbrite

$4 at the door of the event

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7. Holiday Marketplace

Cost: Free admission and free parking

More Details: “Nice Girls of the North is hosting a Special Holiday Marketplace on December 1st & 2nd. Featuring Duluth Flower Farm with seasonal greens and hot cocoa & cookies around the fire. Locally made Arts and Crafts with Artists on hand to help you pick out the perfect gift for everyone on your list,” according to their Facebook event.

When: Dec. 1-2

Time: 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Where: Second Saturday Marketplace

106 N. 54th Ave. E.

Duluth, MN 55804

 More events in Duluth can be found on Facebook or  Perfect Duluth Day . Photo by Morgan Pint

More events in Duluth can be found on Facebook or Perfect Duluth Day. Photo by Morgan Pint

8. Wreath Making at Glensheen

When: Dec. 5, Dec. 12, and Dec. 19

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Glensheen

3300 London Rd.

Duluth, MN 55804

Cost: $20 cash or check, but not credit cards. Participants will pay at the door at the night of the event.

More Details: Making a wreath is first come first serve, and will fill up at 50 participants. People attending the event will make a holiday wreath at Glensheen and the proceeds go to educational programing at Boulder Lake.

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9. Celtic Christmas with Katie McMahon

Cost: Adults $20, seniors and students $15, children $10

More Details: “The College of St. Scholastica hosts singer Katie McMahon for her annual ‘Celtic Christmas’ performance of Christmas carols backed by her band. The show also features high-stepping Irish dancers,” according to Perfect Duluth Day.

When: Dec. 7

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica

1200 Kenwood Ave.

Duluth, MN 55811

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10. Minnesota Ballet’s Nutcracker

Cost: $15-$44 Tickets found on the DECC’s website

More Details: Minnesota Ballet presents a ballet for the Nutcracker.

When: Dec. 8

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)

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11. One Christmas Carol

Cost: $18/$20 Tickets and show times found on their website

More Details: A one-man show called One Christmas Carol. This is the story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens but with only one actor, Rick Breuer.

When: Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 19-23

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery

2035 Highway 33 S.

Cloquet, MN 55720

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12. A Holiday Spectacular Extravaganza Pageant

Cost: $5

More Details: A holiday celebration with performances by Renegade Improv, Colder By The Lake, Superior Shorts on the Teatro Stage, Beer & Hymns, and others.

When: Dec. 18

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Zeitgeist Teatro

222 E. Superior St.

Duluth, MN 55802

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CultureBrianna Taggart