Whoa! What a month – it’s absolutely packed with events, shopping opportunities and more. Get your calendar out so you can check the dates for those you want to attend.
Spirit of Duluth Hockey Tournament
Get ready Duluth – we’re about to be playing host to young hockey players and their families from around the state. View the schedule of events here
A Christmas Carol
Wise Fool Shakespeare is presenting their original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic at Teatro Zuccome Performing Arts Theatre. Catch evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. New this year are Thursday evening performances at 7:30. Tickets are $14 and $17 and they’re available online. The theatre is located at Zeitgeist Arts at 222 E Superior St. in Duluth.
Jingle Bell Run
Dubbed one of The Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a festive way to get into the holiday spirit and help support a good cause. Wear a holiday costume, tie bells t your shoelaces and you’re off! Get all the details online here.
Julebyen Christmas Village
Celebrate the holidays Scandinavian style at the third annual Knife River Julebyen. This is your chance to shop for handmade gifts, holiday décor and Nordic baked goods. Entertainment will be presented in the Gnome Dome, a heated tent. Outside you’ll stroll among the colorful huts and do your shopping while being serenaded by roving carolers.
Take the Julebyen Express train from downtown Duluth to Knife River for $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Get details here.
Arrowhead Ice Fishing, Snowmobile and Holiday Show
Winter sport aficionados owe it to themselves to head to the DECC for this year’s Ice Fishing, Snowmobile and Holiday Show at the DECC. Learn about and purchase augers, ice houses, snowmobiles, winter clothing and everything else you’ll need to have an amazing experience in our Minnesota winters. This is also a great place to get in some holiday shopping for the outdoors person on your gift list. Hours on Friday are from noon until 9 p.m., Saturday they open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. and on Sunday you can attend from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Get details here.
The Minnesota Ballet is presenting The Nutcracker at the DECC Symphony Hall. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by attending a performance of this visually stunning holiday classic? There are only three performances so get tickets online now. DECC Symphony Hall is located at 350 Harbor Drive in Duluth.
Handel’s Messiah Sing-along 2015
Gather up the family and head to the Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica for the annual “Messiah” singalong. You do the singing, accompanied by the St. Scholastica Center for Early Music Orchestra. This event is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. at 1200 Kenwood Avenue in Duluth. Learn more here.
Skate with Santa and Rudolph
Sure, open skate happens every Wednesday night (thanks to Duluth Parks and Recreation!) but we heard from our secret source that on December 16 two very special attendees will be there – Santa and his favorite reindeer Rudolph! Get there by 5:30 if your kids want to meet Santa and share their wish lists with him. There will also be special events in the lobby, including face painting, crafts, cookie decorating and more. Duluth Heritage Sports Center is located at 120 S 30th Avenue West in Duluth.
Duluth Gun Show
This is Duluth’s “original” gun show and you can attend on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is $5 and children 12 and under are admitted free. The Duluth Gun Show is held at City Side Convention Center at the DECC, 350 Harbor Drive in Duluth.