Two Duluth Holiday-Themed Attractions Up For Top National Honors
The holiday season is fast approaching and it's also the time of the year when USA Today puts together its 10 Best Readers Choice Awards, which is a chance for communities to show hometown pride and earn national recognition.
As has been the case in years past, two popular Northland attractions are up for recognition in separate holiday-themed categories and voting is open now.
Bentleyville Tour Of Lights has once again been nominated in the Best Public Lights Display category, competing with light displays from across the country.
Here is how USA Today describes Bentleyville Tour Of Lights, which opens for the 2023 season on Saturday, November 18:
Bentlleyville "Tour of Lights," one of America’s largest free walk-through lights displays, invites visitors to stroll among more than 5 million lights spread across a 20-acre park on the shores of Lake Superior. Guests can get their photo taken with Santa and enjoy cocoa, cookies, roasted marshmallows, and popcorn.
Currently, Bentleville is sitting in 5th place, trailing the Chickasha Festival of Light in Chickasha, Oklahoma, the Circle of Lights in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Holiday in Paradise in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Johannessen Lights in Winter Park, Florida.
Surely Bentleyville deserves much better than 5th place. You can click below to cast your vote. You're allowed to voice once per day until the polls close on Wednesday, November 29 at 11:00 a.m. CST.
The top 10 winning displays, determined by total votes, will be announced on Friday, December 8. However, before you cast your vote, you should know that another popular Duluth attraction has been nominated in another category and they need your votes too!
Glensheen Mansion is up for honors in the Best Holiday Historic Home Tour category. Here is how USA Today describes the Duluth attraction, which officially opens for the Christmas season on Friday, November 17.
Duluth's Glensheen Mansion is a 20,000-square-foot masterpiece of Jacobean architecture, set on the shores of Lake Superior. It's a stunning property to visit at any time, but their holiday tours are especially poignant, as the house offers Christmas candlelight tours, with the whole mansion enhanced by the glow of 27 illuminated Christmas trees. This tour allows guests to go self-guided, and you'll have access to the first, second, and lower level of the storied Glensheen historic home.
Glensheen currently sits in 3rd place, trailing Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, The Christmas Mansion, formerly Stetson Mansion in DeLand, Florida, and Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan.
You can cast your vote for Glensheen using the link below. As is the case with Bentleyville, you are allowed to vote once per day until the polls close on Wednesday, November 29 at 11:00 a.m. CST.
Let's spread the word and vote each day for our Northland attractions so that when winners are announced on December 8, they're both sitting rightfully at #1.
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