The Northland is bursting with holiday spirit and so much to see for every person in the family.  Sights, sounds, taste, arts and motion come together in an array of holiday favorites that will become must see traditions for the whole family.  Here's just some of my suggestions to get you started.


  • Homie Kates
    Homie Kates


    Glensheen is already an amazing tour with it's 39 rooms, but during the holidays even more so.  They go all out decorating those rooms, they put up 25 Christmas trees and lay 500 feet of garland.  See if you can find all 25 elves they have on display.  Plus, before your tour you can go to the Carriage House for free hot chocolate and a sample of shortbread that was made from Clara Congdon's recipe.

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    Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth


    Bentleyville has the dubious honor of being "America's Largest Free Walk Through Lighting Display" and makes great winter use of Bayfront Festival Park.  It takes many volunteer hours to put the display up and even more to keep it open nightly throughout the holiday season.  But, the community comes together to make it happen.  Many family memories are made, some engagements happen and there's always free cookies, cocoa, popcorn and marshmallows for roastin'.  Not to mention frequent visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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    Getty Images/Stringer

    Duluth/Superior Tour Of Lights

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    Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

    Minnesota Ballet - Nutcracker

    Every year the Minnesota Ballet performances an amazing Nutcracker.  Old and young alike are entranced by the graceful moves of the artists and the amazing music accompaniment as they tell the story of the Nutcracker.  It's truly a holiday tradition for many Northland families.

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    Homie Kates

    Polar Express

    The Christmas City Express is another must experience from the North Shore Scenic Railroad.  This will be especially memorable for the little ones.  While you are enjoying an enchanted train ride you'll be treated to a reading of the Christmas City Express and carolers.

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