So, have you been through the Tour of Lights yet? If you’re new to Duluth, allow us to explain.
Billed as “America’s Largest Free Walkthrough Lighting Display,” Bentleyville started with just an overly-enthusiastic-about-Christmas guy, Nathan Bentley. In the beginning, his enthusiasm was displayed on his own home. Every year he added to the display and his legend grew. In 2008 Duluth’s mayor invited Bentley to bring the show to Duluth and the rest is history.
Bentleyville Tour of Lights runs until December 27th this year and is held at Bayfront Festival Park. Here you’ll find an amazing array of light displays such as Rudolph’s Campgrounds, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and more.
The star of the show, however, has to be the 128-foot tall steel Christmas tree bejeweled with more than 100,000 LED lights.
If you’re bringing the kids for a visit with Santa, remember that there may be a line, so dress warmly.
Admission is free, but they’re asking that you bring an unwrapped toy or a can of food to donate to a needy family through the Salvation Army.
There is a $5.00 fee to park in front of Bayfront Festival Park or at the Convention Center or Aquarium. Of, park free downtown and grab a free shuttle – or JingleBus as it’s called -- to Bentleyville Tour of Lights.
The tour of lights is open every day. Visit Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. or Friday and Saturdays until 10:00 p.m.