The Best Holiday Attractions in Duluth, Minnesota

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everyone is searching for different ways to celebrate the holidays and we are no different. Duluth, MN offers a slew of festive options for celebrating Christmas! From historic mansions to festive train rides Duluth has a wide option for all ages. Enjoy our recommendations for the best holiday attractions in Duluth.

Christmas City Express

Christmas City Express - Duluth Trains
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The first Duluth holiday attraction is the Christmas City Express. The Christmas City Express is an interactive ride along the north shore in a Christmas-themed train. The performance of the Christmas City Express begins in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, where you’ll be treated to a reading of the story of the Christmas City Express, enjoy carolers, and a visit from a special guest! Then climb aboard the train for a 30-minute ride up to Lake Superior. Onboard, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, and holiday tunes. This is a great family-friendly event that anyone can enjoy! Make sure to sign up ASAP as their tickets tend to sell out.

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Duluth Winter Village

Duluth Winter Village • Visit Duluth
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The Duluth Winter Village has been a hallmark of Christmas festivities in Duluth for years! Created by the owner of a popular Instagram page, @duluthloveslocal, the Duluth Winter Village has been a ‘must see’ for as long as it has existed. The Duluth Winter Village was previously held at the Glensheen Mansion but has relocated to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. This new location offers scenic views of Lake Superior and the famous Duluth lift bridge. Besides shopping at all the amazing local vendors, there is plenty of fun to be had. A petting zoo, ice skating, and a wide assortment of delicious food are just a handful of things you can expect to find at this festive event. This event is usually held around the first weekend in December with 2022 dates being announced soon. Check out their website for up to date information on the event.

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Christmas at Glensheen

Christmas - Glensheen

Glensheen Mansion is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city of Duluth. During Christmas time, however, there is even more of a reason to visit. What was once home to the second richest family in Minnesota goes all out for the Christmas season. The house and grounds are fully decorated for the holidays touting both an indoor and outdoor display giving you hours of fun. There are also several different tours you can go on throughout the property. These tours include the classic, full, and even self-guided candlelit tour. Throughout the tour, keep an eye out for the 25 naughty elves and the 25 nice elves. There will be a special prize for those who find them all!

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Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Bentleyville returning to walk-through display |
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What Duluth Christmas list would be complete without Bentleyville? This iconic Duluth light show is a must-see holiday attraction! What started as one family’s holiday lights has transformed into one of the most visited Christmas attractions in the state of Minnesota! This is a free event that lasts from the end of November through just after Christmas. Bentleyville is completely free and accepts donations/toys which they donate to those in need. This is an event that you really must see in person to understand. The lights paired with the free snacks and cocoa make for a magical evening. You can even meet Santa!

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Well, there you have it, a list of our top holiday attractions in Duluth. Make sure to check out their websites for more information.

More about Aspis Consulting

Our holiday attractions in Duluth blog were created as part of a 3-blog series showcasing the top activities in all of our locations. Aspis has offices in 3 locations: Duluth, Minnesota | Kansas City, Missouri | Washington D.C. Check out the other blogs on the best holiday attractions in Duluth, Kansas City, and Washington D.C.

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