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Winter Events

Christmas City of the North Parade
November 16 • 6:25 pm • Learn More »

The Christmas City of the North Parade dates back to the late 1950’s when the holiday shopping season ran particularly short one year. Original owner of KBJR 6 Bob Rich wanted to give his advertisers an extra retail boost by kicking off the holiday shopping season early. Since then, the parade has marched through downtown Duluth each Friday night before Thanksgiving. It has been nearly as reliable as Santa in the department stores to mark the start of the season. Enjoy floats, marching bands, dancers, and much more along Superior Street from Fitger's to 5th Avenue West. Santa ends the parade every year.


November 17 - December 26 • Time: Open daily at 5:00 pm at Bayfront Festival Park • Learn More »

America's Largest Free Walk Through Lighting Display, Bentleyville invites guests to stroll under the glow of over 5 million lights in a 20-acre park situated on the shores of Lake Superior, while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn and roasted marshmallows!

Get your photo taken with Rudolph, visit with Santa to share your Christmas wishes (kids 10 and under will receive a new knit hat after visiting with Santa) Mrs. Claus will also be at Bentleyville to tell stories and hand out candy canes! Take the Jingle Bus (pick-up locations in Downtown and Canal Park) or the Bentleyville Train from Fitger's.


AMSOIL Snocross National
November 23 - 25 • Friday at 10:00 am/Saturday at 8:30 am/Sunday at 8:15 am • Learn More »

This snowmobile race kicks off the racing season for hundreds of racers and over the 27 year history has been deemed the most important. Duluth sets the tone, sets the tempo, sets the bar and undoubtedly sets example for the races to follow. Spirit Mountain becomes the destination for all snowmobilers. Race Times Subject to Change! Held at Spirit Mountain Recreation Area, 9500 Spirit Mountain Place in Duluth.

AMSOIL Snocross National Program
Published yearly, the Duluth National Program delivers exclusive information about the event that kicks off the National Snocross season on Thanksgiving weekend. The program features must-read information about the event, the city of Duluth, the world-class racers, and the inside scoop on what’s new. View the Program »


Duluth Winter Village
December 1 & 2 bull; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm • Learn More »

More than 40 local businesses will bring their goods to display in their own winter village cabin. Shop everything from reclaimed wood art to blown glass to clothing for all ages. Local makers and artists bring their best items to share with you. Held in Glensheen parking lot and grounds.

IMPORTANT: NO PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT GLENSHEEN. Due to overwhelming response, please park at UMD Lot B (from College St, take University Drive entrance) and use our FREE shuttle service to the event. FREE Shuttle service will be running between Glensheen and parking lots at UMD (Lot B) and Congdon Park Elementary School.


John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
January 27 - 30. Sunday races starts at 11:00 am • Learn More »

Established in 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. World class mushers including Susan Butcher, Jamie Nelson, John and Jason Baron have competed in the nearly 400 mile event – facing off against other seasoned competitors as well as the extremes of northern Minnesota weather and the deceivingly rugged terrain of the trail. The “Beargrease” is a qualifier for the famed Iditarod race in Alaska. The organization hosts a Mid-Distance race as well; like the marathon mushers, the mid distance racers also travel through the rugged Sawtooth mountains of the North Shore of Minnesota.


Festival of Trees Holiday Craft Fair at the DECC
November 10 & 11 • Saturday at 9:00 am & Sunday at 10:00 am • (218) 727-0341 • Learn More »

Start your holiday shopping at this wonderful craft show. Enjoy Junior League Duluth’s famous toffee and beautiful hand-decorated trees. Santa arrives with his sleigh on Saturday for pictures. Several live entertainment acts perform throughout the weekend. Something for everyone! Held at Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), 350 Harbor Drive.


Downtown Duluth Holiday Window and Lights Display
November 16 - December 31 • Time: Evenings • (218) 740-3747 • Learn More »

Fun window displays, lights, and Christmas cheer at local downtown businesses along the route for the Christmas City of the North Parade which runs along Superior Street in Downtown and some places in Canal Park participate as well.


A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at the DECC
November 18 • Time: 3:00 pm • (218) 727-4344 • Learn More »

Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols performed by the Peanuts characters. There’s no better way to discover the magic of the season! Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.


Santa and his live Reindeer at Fitger’s
November 23, 24, and 25 - December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 • Times: November 23 Noon – 3:00 pm/Saturdays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sundays Noon – 3:00 • (218) 722-8826 • Learn More »>

Santa and his live reindeer will be “flying” to Duluth from the North Pole. They will be stationed in the Fitger’s courtyard. Bring the kids to see Santa (let him know they’ve been good, because he’s making his list and checking it twice). It’s a great time to snap some memories, so bring your camera!


Christmas City Express Train Ride
November 23, 24<, 30 – December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15th, 16, 21, and 22 • Times: 4:15, 5:15, 6:15*, and 7:15* (*except Sunday) Sundays at 3:15pm as well. • (218) 722-1273 • Learn More »

The performance of the Christmas City Express begins in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum (included with all tickets), 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, climb aboard the train for a 30- minute ride up to Lake Superior. Onboard, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and holiday tunes. Trains board and depart at the Duluth Depot. Full experience is about 90 minutes.


Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra – Home for the Holidays
December 1 • Time: 3:00 pm • (218) 623-3776 • Learn More »

This musical day trip takes us home where we should be to celebrate with family and friends. Enjoy this traditional DSSO afternoon of song, costumes and an abundance of holiday spirit.


Minnesota Ballet performs The Nutcracker
December 7, 8, & 9 • Times: Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm/Sunday at 3:00 pm •(218) 529-3742 • Learn More »

This magical family favorite by Allen Fields is an enduring holiday treat. It lights up the season in so many ways. The lively holiday party where young Clara receives a nutcracker dressed as a soldier. The soldier grown life size leading his troop against the Mouse King and his warriors. Clara’s intervention to save the fallen Nutcracker. The Ice Fairy and glimmery snowflakes waltzing with Clara and her nutcracker-turned Prince. The pair off on a magical journey to lands of wondrous dance ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy. A batch of gingerbread children emerging from Mother Ginger’s huge skirt. A bouquet of waltzing flowers crowned by a radiant Dew Drop Fairy.


The Underground Theatre presents: The Santaland Diaries
December 6 – 8 • Time: 8:00 pm • (218) 733-7555 • Learn More »

The Underground returns to the Macy's department store for this delightfully devilish holiday hit based on the essays by David Sedaris. David, is the desperate out-of-work New Yorker who takes a job as a SantaLand elf named Crumpet. For mature elves only.


NorShor Theatres plays: It’s a Wonderful Life
December 23 • Time: 7:00 pm • (218) 733-7555 • Learn More »

Enjoy this Holiday classic on the big screen in the newly renovated NorShor Theatre. George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all - and it's Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence - who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all his good deeds over the years.


Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra – New Year’s Eve Journey
December 31 • Time: 7:00 pm • (218) 733-7555 • Learn More »

Don’t stop believin’ this is going to be an epic New Year’s Eve adventure as the full orchestra rocks the house with a tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Journey. Don’t miss this one.

Winter Activities

Spirit Mountain Spirit Mountain
(218) 628-2891 | 800-642-6377 • Visit Website

With 22 downhill runs, the Midwest’s largest Terrain Park, and 22 km of Nordic Ski Trails, there is definitely something for everyone. Plus, Spirit Mountain Adventure Park offers the year-round “Timber Twister” Alpine Coaster and a NEW Snow Tubing Park.


Day Tripper of Duluth Day Tripper of Duluth
(218) 390-1605 • Visit Website

Offers a wide range of activities for small and large groups of all ages and ability levels. Snowshoeing and Snow Biking and skiing tours available.


The Duluth Experience The Duluth Experience
(218) 464-6337 • Visit Website

Winter is an amazing time of year to explore Duluth and while most folks are off hibernating until the spring thaw, The Duluth Experience is hitting the trails and exploring the beautiful winter landscapes in and around Duluth. If you’ve ever wanted to try fat tire biking or snowshoeing and experience more of Duluth… then their winter adventures are designed for you!


Outdoor Edventures Outdoor Edventures
(218) 391-0147 • Visit Website

Offers a wide range of activities for all ages and ability levels. Dog Sledding, Sleigh and Wagon Rides, Skijoring, Rock and Ice Climbing.


Mont du Lac Recreation Mont du Lac Recreation
(218) 626-3797 • Visit Website

Offers 424 wooded acres, just 15 minutes from Downtown Duluth/Superior where guests can ski or snowboard on a variety of runs from beginner to expert.


#AuthenticDuluth Winter Photos


Explore the Outdoors
Cross-country ski, skijor, snowshoe, or fat tire bike
one of the many trails throughout Duluth.
Hit the Road
Take a drive along one of Duluth's Scenic Byways:
Skyline Drive or North Shore Scenic Drive

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