December Holiday Events
Bentleyville "Tour of Lights"
November 22nd - December 27th, Mon-Thurs 5 pm-9 pm/Fri-Sun 5 pm-10 pm
Come experience the magic, as America’s largest free walk through lighting display takes over Bayfront Festival Park! This quintessential holiday event has something for everyone, no matter the age. Bring the family and the camera, Bentleyville takes care of the rest! Visitors will be amazed by the nationally recognizable displays, the 128’ LED tree and the free concessions! Hot cocoa, popcorn, cookies and roasting marshmallows will be provided to guests. Children 10 and under, who visit with Santa, will receive a knit hat and a bag of cookies. Handicap accessible.
The Train to Bentleyville "Tour of Lights"
December 12th - 13th, 19th - 20th:
Times: 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:00 pm (return trips at 6:00 pm, 6:50 pm, 7:25 pm, 8:20 pm and 9:00 pm)
Board the train to Bentleyville at Fitger’s – enjoy the scenery – Lake Superior, the Aerial Lift Bridge and the looks on the children’s face when they see the lights at Bentleyville. After you have experienced the walking tour of Bentleyville, board the train for the return trip to Fitger’s. $6.00 per person. Call (218) 722-1273 or (800) 423-1273 for reservations/tickets
North Shore Scenic Railroad presents: Christmas City Express Train
December 12th - 14th, 19th - 21st:
Times: Trains at 4:15, 5:00, 5:45, *6:30 and *7:15 (*except Sunday) Sundays a 3:45pm train is added.
Travel from Fitger’s to the Duluth Depot, where you'll be treated to a reading of the new Christmas City Express story, enjoy carolers, and a visit from a special guest! Then travel back to Fitger’s Experience the magic of the holidays. Tickets are $18 for adults/$16 for children. Call (218) 722-1273
Holiday Spirit in the Lights
December 5th - 31st: Time: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm/Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Duluth's original interactive, walk through holiday light display. Santa will here every weekend from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Held at 3738 Lake Avenue South on Park Point.
Breakfast with Santa!
December 13th & 20th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Bring the children down to enjoy a meal with Santa, menu features scrambled eggs with cheese, fresh fruit, hashbrown potatoes, sausage and a muffin. Or Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce, hashbrown potatoes, fresh fruit, and bacon. $10.00 per person. Held in the Midi Restaurant inside Fitger's at 600 East Superior Street. Call (218) 727-4880
The Duluth Playhouse presents: Irving Berlin's White Christmas
December 10th - 14th, 17th - 21st:
Times: Thursday - Saturday 7:30 pm/Sunday 2:00 pm
A Holiday Card Come to Life! Bob Wallace and Phil Davies are partners in a song-and-dance duo looking for love when they meet the Haynes sisters. They follow the girls to an idyllic Vermont inn which needs help rustling up some business! Irving Berlin's White Christmas is a merry and bright experience for the whole family! Tickets are $25.00. Held at 506 West Michigan Street. Call (218) 733-7555
A Christmas Carol
December 12th - 14th, 19th - 21st, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 pm/Saturday & Sunday Matinees 2:00 pm
Join Scrooge, Marley, and a host of spirited characters in this original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story! Wise Fool Shakespeare presents “A Christmas Carol”! A brand new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Christmas ghost story, with all your favorite characters. Admission $17.00 for adults/$14.00 for students and seniors/Matinees are pay what you can at the door. Held at Teatro Zuccone, 222 East Superior Street. Call (218) 336-1416
Zinema 2 presents: Screening of ELF starring Will Ferrell
December 17th, 7:00 pm
Come down and enjoy this fun holiday movie. $10.00 - includes a free cup of cocoa and a trip to the Four Food Groups Cocoa Bar where you can top your cocoa with candy, candy canes, candy corns and maple syrup. Before the movie swing into The Zeitgeist Arts Cafe's dinner specials for the night are in honor of ELF: Spaghetti with maple-syrup glazed Elk Meatballs ($16.00) and Housemade M&M and Marshmallow Cookies ($5.00). A kids sized portion of spaghetti and meatballs is also available for $5.00. Held at Zinema 2 at 222 East Superior Street. Call (218) 336-1416
Star Wars Holiday Special Viewing Party
December 18th, 7:00 pm
Life Day has passed, but we can still get our fill of Bea Arthur, cartoon Boba, Wookies young and old, and the Tree of Life. The Star Wars Holiday Special is back! Stiff drinks, fine food and mixed company make this the safest way to watch the worst thing in the galaxy. Join us along with costumed characters from The 501st Legion. We will be collecting Toys For Tots while celebrating the holidays by watching a wookiee family sit around their tree house. An unwrapped toy donation gets you into to the strangest holiday celebration of the year. Seats are limited, those donating to Toys For Tots get priority and get in free. Held at Teatro Zuccone, 222 East Superior Street. Call (218) 336-1416
Ornament Making Class
December 20th, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
This class is a fun and relaxing way to try torchwork glassblowing! You will create unique, custom ornaments as you learn to manipulate hot glass. Make your own holiday ornaments for friends, family or even yourself! 50% down payment and reservation required. Call or email us to schedule your class today! $59.00. Held at Lake Superior Art Glass at 202 East Superior Street. Call (218) 464-1799
A Congdon Christmas - Self-Guided Tours
December 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st, 27th & 28th, January 3rd & 4th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Featuring 15 Christmas trees, 500 ft. of garland, 5,000 Christmas lights This holiday season, Glensheen mansion transforms into Duluth’s largest indoor Christmas display. Decked out in festive glory, celebrate Christmas in the same spirit as the Congdon family. As you look through the house, learn about how the family celebrated this joyous holiday 100 years ago. $10.00. Glensheen is located at 3300 London Road. Call (218) 726-8910
Twinkling Tuesday Nights
December 16th, 23rd, 30th, doors open at 7:00 pm
Take in the sparkle of the decorated mansion after dark at your own pace during these festive open houses. Sample hot cider and seasonal treats as you explore all three floors of this beautiful home. Hosts scattered throughout the home will share Victorian customs and stories. $8.00 adults, $6.50 seniors/students, children 5 and under are free. Held at Fairlawn Mansion. Call (715) 394-5712
Minnesota Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
December 12th - 14th, Friday & Saturday 7:00 pm/ Sunday 3:00 pm
The Minnesota Ballet presents the holiday favorite, set in Manhattan in the early 1900’s, complete with a party in an elegant townhouse, a battle between toy soldiers and mouse warriors, and a magical journey beginning in Central Park, snow-topped and glittery, then, led by the Sugar Plum Fairy, on to exotic lands of beautiful dance. The UMD Department of Music Sinfonietta plays the Tchaikovsky score live. Held at Symphony Hall/DECC. Call (218) 529-3742
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra presents: New Year's at the Oscars
December 31st, 7:00 pm
End 2014 Hollywood style at our New Year's Eve extravaganza featuring music from your favorite films. Tickets start at $20.00 for adults/$18.00 for seniors/$10.00 for students. Held at the Symphony Hall at the DECC - 350 Harbor Drive. Call (218) 623-3776
Zeitgeist Arts presents: New Year's Easy
December 31st, 9:00 pm - Midnight
Exorbitant covers. Overpriced drinks. Loud music. Intoxicated strangers. Does that sound like the perfect way to ring in the New Year? We don't think so, either. So get dressed up and get out on the town, but spend your New Year's Eve in a beautiful place where you can actually hear what your friends are saying. We'll have live acoustic music from Blake Thomas (creator of the TAKE IT WITH YOU live radio theatre show and podcast) plus more board games than you can shake a die at, drink specials, a special late-night menu and a free champagne toast at midnight! The cost to get in? Zero in bucks. Held at 222 East Superior Street. Call (218) 336-1416