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November 21: Find It In Duluth!

Happy Thanksgiving! Duluth has a wide array of ways to celebrate this holiday weekend.

By: Maarja Anderson Hewitt | November 21, 2018

Happy Wednesday before Thanksgiving! Can it really already be Thanksgiving?! November has flown by – but let’s try to slow it down this weekend, because there is so much to do this holiday weekend! Here’s a look at what you can find happening in Duluth:

First up, one of our favorites – Bentleyville is officially open for their 15th season! Every year they add displays and make changes, and this year is no exception. A few engagements have already taken place at a new romantic heart display that looks out over the Lift Bridge. Awwwww! Bentleyville will be open every night (Sun-Thurs 5pm-9pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-10pm) through December 26. Every year we hear from folks who get frustrated with the traffic and crowds on weekends – there are ways around that frustration! Visit during the weekday, park downtown and take the Jingle Bus (free shuttle service) directly to Bentleyville, or ride the Bentleyville Train from Fitger’s. You can find other tips and tricks of enjoying Bentleyville here, thanks to the Duluth Mom’s Blog.

Photo Credit: Northern Images

Thursday is, of course, Thanksgiving and did you know you can get a free, warm Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings in Duluth? Volunteers work hard each year to put on the Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the DECC for 5,000 folks in need of company or a warm meal. The buffet runs from 11am-3pm and the DTA offers free service to and from the DECC in the Duluth area. More info.

All aboard the Christmas City Express! The North Shore Scenic Railroad kicks off their holiday excursions on Friday, November 23. The experience begins in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum 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. On-board, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and holiday tunes. New this year, the train boards and departs at the Duluth Depot. Get tickets, here.

Photo Credit: Facebook - North Shore Scenic Railroad

Perhaps you’re looking for a bit of excitement this holiday weekend? AMSOIL Snocross National hits the track at Spirit Mountain for a 27th year on Friday, with races running through Sunday. This is the big kickoff of the season and often sets the tone for upcoming races. Ticket info.

Also, at Spirit Mountain this weekend, they are kicking off their 45th season on the slopes! Several runs will be open, but please note, due to Snocross, all ski/snowboard operations will be run out of the Grand Avenue Chalet at the bottom of the hill. Be sure to check their Mountain Message for the latest conditions before you head out.

November is nationally recognized as Native American Heritage Month and this Saturday, November 24 is being marked as Native American Heritage Day at the Depot. The St. Louis County Historical Society, in partnership with the Depot Foundation, the 1854 Treaty Authority, and the Historic Union Depot Corporation, are teaming up for this special event, which will celebrate local Ojibwe history, art, and culture. Native American Heritage Day is free and open to the public.

Saturday is also a good time to get some of that holiday shopping done – it’s Small Business Saturday! Many local shops downtown and around Duluth will have specials throughout the day to enjoy. Duluth Loves Local has organized a Small Biz Hop, which offers a great list of shops and restaurants to check out, and the Greater Downtown Council has also made a list of downtown businesses taking part in deals and specials. Shop Small!

Be sure to take a look at our Event Calendar for more fun coming up in our beautiful city. We hope you have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving and as always, we hope to see you soon!

Happy Adventuring!



Maarja Anderson Hewitt

Media Communications Manager, Visit Duluth