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In Duluth, we don’t believe in boredom. With 12 months of festivals and fun-filled events, our calendar is packed with great times all year long and all across the city.


Bentleyville Getaway Special at Pier B

You can’t stay closer to Bentleyville! Join us November 19 – December 26 to take in the magnificent view of the lights from the warmth of your room, while enjoying dinner at Silos Restaurant, or better yet, from our outdoor hot tub! It is impossible to stay closer to the magic than at Pier B Resort Hotel. We also offer on-site winter activities for the entire family to enjoy, including s’mores around our numerous fire pits, pedal cart rides, and wagon rides that take you right to the edge of the Bentleyville magic.

Holiday & Christmas Tours at Glensheen Mansion

No matter if you’ve been before or if this will be your first time, Glensheen is a must-stop destination for your holiday vacation or trip to Duluth. The entire estate glows during the winter, and after your tour, you are free to wander the grounds and explore to your heart’s desire. Not only can you experience brand-new decorations and themed rooms, but we are also hiding 25 elves throughout the mansion to find as you take your tour. The sneaky elves like to hide in funny places throughout the mansion, making for a great scavenger hunt for guests of all ages!

December 5 • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Glensheen
Annual Event

Bentleyville “Tour of Lights”

Bentleyville Tour of Lights is a walk through holiday lighting extravaganza! We take over Bayfront Festival Park, on the shores of Lake Superior in Downtown Duluth, and decorate it with over 5,000,000 lights! We are very popular and we often see large crowds – be prepared to wait if you are visiting on a weekend or right when we open for the evening. Many guests prefer to visit later in the evening or on weeknights. Learn more at!  

December 5 • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Bayfront Festival Park

Bentleyville Helicopter Tours

See Bentleyville’s lights from above with our 15 mile or 25 mile night time helicopter tours. You’ll experience the lights of the city like never before as you enjoy breathtaking views of the illuminated aerial lift bridge, Downtown Duluth, Lake Superior, and of course Bentleyvilles city of lights. Through our partnership with Bentleyville USA, 10% of all sales proceeds will go toward funding the Annual Bentleyville ‘Tour of Lights’ for years to come.

December 5 • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Lake Superior Helicopters

Inspired By: Emmy Lou Packard Linocut Prints

Multiply your art! Learn how to transfer your designs onto a linoleum block, carve, print, and repeat. Artist Alyssa Swanson facilitates creating imagery based on the print “Coral Fantasy” by the renowned printmaker Emmy Lou Packard using a collaborative process. Packard was known for her paintings, prints, and murals, as well as her activism. At the end of class, students will have 3 prints to gift, keep, or trade. This class is structured for students ages 13+. No experience is necessary.

December 5 • 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Park Building