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November 20, 2019: Find It In Duluth!

This is the weekend Duluth is transformed into the Christmas City of the North!

By: Maarja Anderson Hewitt | November 20, 2019

Happy Wednesday! For those ready to kick-off the holidays, this is a big weekend in Duluth – or should I say, Christmas City of the North?! Get ready for a festive weekend – here’s some of the fun you can find in Duluth:

Friday, November 22, Superior Street will shutdown to traffic for the 61st Annual Christmas City of the North Parade! Local businesses, groups, and marching bands will march downtown, waving to the community lining the street. The parade is broadcast live on KBJR6 and streamed online. Get all the details, here.

Friday is also opening day at Spirit Mountain! The downhill season kicks of at 12pm. Get pass information on the Spirit website.

Saturday, November 23, head to the St. Louis County Depot for Native American Heritage Day. The day will include a drum circle, speakers, and traditional foods. Events run from 11am-3pm and are free and open to the public. Find more information on their Facebook Event.

Saturday evening Santa will be parachuting into Bayfront Festival Park for the beginning of the 2019 Bentleyville season! 5 million lights on the harbor, free hot cocoa, popcorn, marshmallows, tons of holiday cheer – it’s hard to beat! The lights turn on at 5pm and Santa should be arriving just before. Bentleyville is open every night through December 28 – Sunday-Thursday 5-9pm and Friday-Saturday 5-10pm. Don’t forget to bring food and toy donations! And take advantage of downtown parking ramps and the skywalk, the Jingle Bus, and Bentleyville Train to avoid parking headaches. If you are a local or can make a mid-week visit work, Bentleyville is much less crowded Monday-Thursday. Saturdays can be packed! Get more information here and check out the 2019 guide courtesy Duluth Moms Blog.

Also, Saturday, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra presents A Night at the Opera. Lyric Opera of the North joins the DSSO for an evening of opera’s greatest hits. The performance takes place in the DECC Symphony Hall at 7pm and you can find tickets here.

Also (x2) this Friday and Saturday – the UMD Men’s Hockey team takes on Colorado College at AMSOIL Arena. As you’ve read through this blog, you may have noted – “My, that’s a lot of busy events all in one area!” And you are quite correct. With the parade, DSSO, hockey, and Bentleyville opening, the DECC parking lot will fill up quickly – the Canal Park area and downtown offer several ramps and lots within walkable distance. Check out this parking map for options.

Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more festive fun coming up in Duluth – we hope to see you soon!

Happy Adventuring!



Maarja Anderson Hewitt

Media Communications Manager, Visit Duluth