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Bentleyville Holiday Light Display
Bayfront Festival Park
Duluth, Minnesota

Bentleyville Holiday Village, Duluth, MN
The 120 foot Christmas Tree is located in the center of the
fantasy Christmas Village of Bentleyville in Duluth, Minnesota.
(see more photos below)

The Bentleyville Tour of Lights is a Christmas Holiday village constructed in Duluth's Bayfront Park out of wire and almost 3 million lights. The centerpiece of the village is a 12 story illuminated Christmas Tree.

A path runs through the village allowing holiday visitors to stroll along at their leisure enjoying the illuminated creations. Kids, big and small, can also enjoy visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, stopping at the Cookie House or Popcorn Igloo for treats, roasting Marsh mellows by the fire, and visiting the General Store for gift ideas. Bentleyville visitors are also treated to Christmas music broadcast throughout the village. There is no admission charge, however, donations are accepted (No one will pressure you for a donation so families and folks of modest means should feel free to enjoy the Christmas spirit without obligation)

Transportation and parking. A special Polar Express train also runs between Fitgers and Bentleyville. Parking adjacent to the park is available for a modest fee. After 5pm parking is free at a number of Duluth downtown parking lots plus there is a special free Jingle Bus shuttle service runs from downtown and Canal Park on the weekends to and from Bentleyville.

Sponsored by a number of area businesses and organizations, Bentleyville is a great holiday fun activity for all ages.

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Entering through the Castle Gates

Santa's band at Bentleyville Lights


Santa's band entertains visitors arriving at Bentleyville

Entrance to Bentleyville


< < < We arrive at the entry gate.

The Bentleyville Castle and Tree

The Bentleyville Castle. In the background is the 120 ft tall Christmas Trees whose lights change and flash in time with the music.

Inside Bentleyville

Bentleyville Cookie House

The Cookie House offers complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies

Popcorn House


The Polar Popcorn House offered free popcorn.


12 days of Christmas at Bentleyville


Ginger Bread Man

The exhibits included traditional Christmas themes like the "12 Days of Christmas" and the "Ginger Bread Man" plus . . .

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The Bentleyville Lift Bridge and Tree
. . . displaying iconic Duluth landmarks like the Enger Park Tower (left) and the Aerial Lift Bridge (right).

Tall Ships at Bentleyville Christmas Lights

Bentleyville John Beagrease Lights

The popular summer Tall Ships Festival was represented in lights as is legendary north shore dog sled mailman - John Beargrease - for whom the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is named.

Bentleyville Golf Course

Bentleyville Christmas Lights Golf Course

"Frosty Fairways" portrays Duluth's popular municipal golf courses, Enger Park and Lester Park.
Junping Fish at Bentleyville Lights Village

The pond at the edge of the golf course featured "jumping fish."

Downtown Lights Tunnel

Chrismtas Lights Tunnel
The village walk takes visitors through different districts of Bentleyville-Duluth (like Downtown, left) and through tunnels simulating those that run I-35 underneath city parks.

Bayfront Pavilion with holiday lights


After the magnificent 120 ft tall Christmas Tree, I thought the decorated Bayfront Pavilion was the most impressive lighting scene.

More Kid Fun

Talking to Penguins, Roasting Marsh mellows, Visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Penguin at Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Roasting Marshmellows

Mrs. Claus at Bentleyville


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Light Show Donations


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