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We had a chance to visit the Bentleyville Tour of Lights this week. It is Billed as America’s Largest Free Walk Through Lighting Display. This year it is bigger and better than ever with new displays covering a larger area. Visitors are is located at Bayfront Park on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. Even better they have complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn and roasted marshmallows! If you haven’t had a chance to visit the display and you are in the Duluth area be sure to stop in. You can even purchase a book entitled “Bentleyville Tour of Lights” with many of my photos in it.

More Photographs from the Tour of Lights can be found on my website.

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We had a chance to visit the Bentleyville Tour of Lights, in Duluth, Minnesota, this past week. This was the best display I’ve seen. They really outdid themselves this year. The weather was unseasonably warm. A couple of years ago it was 20 below this year it was 40 above. There was no snow which made it a little easier to photograph the displays because there was less light reflection off of the ground. My wife and I spent a couple of hours wandering around the display. Free cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate were provided. There were also places to roast marshmallows’ over a fire.

If you have never been to Been to Bentleyville you still have time to check it out. The light display goes until December, 27th.

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More Photographs from the Tour of Lights can be found on my website.

 

I was only able to visit Bentleyville once this year. As I mentioned in an earlier post I contributed over a dozen photos to a souvenir booklet about Bentleyville. There were a few new exhibits along with old exhibits rearranged.

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More Photographs from the Tour of Lights can be found on my website.

I was contacted last fall asking if I would donate some photos of Bentleyville for a souvenir book they were producing. I agreed and now the book is available at Bentleyville. In all I have over a dozen photos in the book including the cover photo.Bentleyville Tour of Lights 14-12-_0009

If you are in Duluth, Minnesota during the holiday season be sure to stop at the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Here are a few of the photos that were included in the book.

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More photos from Bentleyville can be found on my website.

After the fireworks my wife and I decided to make one last visit to the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. It was bitterly cold so the crowds dissipated quickly after the fireworks. We were really cold after walking around the lights and taking a few photos.Bentleyville-14-1-_0252

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More Bentleyville Photos can be found on my website.

On the last day that the Bentleyville Tour of Lights is open they have a fireworks. This year the Tour of Lights remained open into January because December had been so cold that they were forced to close a number of times. We happened to be in Duluth this past week when the fireworks were being held. It was a very cold night so we drove the car down. A lot of other folks had the same idea so we just made it into the parking lot when the fireworks started.

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It was a cold evening when we made our visit to the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. In fact, it has been so cold and snowy that they had to cancel the Tour of Lights on a number of evenings. They have extended the tour of lights to January 4th when the annual fireworks will take place.Bentleyville-Tour-of-Lights-13-12-_0474

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Bentleyville Tour of Lights opened this past weekend when Santa parachuted into Bayfront Park. Bentleyville is Americas largest free walkthrough display of lights with over three million lights. If you haven’t seen it its worth a visit if you are in the Duluth, Minnesota area. Bentleyville-Tour-of-Lights-12-11-_0363

I still remember last year’s opening when my wife and I were standing on the 5th street bridge waiting for Santa to parachute into the park. A little kid came running down the sidewalk screaming that he was going to see Santa. About 20 seconds later the frantic mother came running after him and caught him just before he was going to cross the street.

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We happened to be in Duluth, Minnesota on the weekend when the Bentleyville Tour of Lights opened for the holiday season. The first shot was taken from the 5th street bridge just after sunset and before the tour was opened for the public. We had just watched Santa parachute into Bentleyville. As I was taking the photo a little boy, probably 5 years old, came running up and paused just long enough to shout that “I’m going to see Santa Clause” and then took off. About 20 seconds later a woman comes running by shouting “John wait for mom”. Fortunately she caught him before he reached the street.

Since it was opening night it was more crowded than usual so it was a little difficult to get photos. In addition to the lights there is free popcorn, cookies and hot chocolate. If you are going to be in the Duluth area you should stop in to take in the lights. They are quite the site.

There are more photos from Bentleyville on my website.

While in Duluth we spent the evening walking through the Bentleville Tour of lights. The light show claims to be the largest in the Midwest and uses over 3 million lights. The tour of lights is located in the Bayfront Festival Park by the Duluth harbor. It is open through December 26. If you are in the area it is well worth the visit. It’s free and there are places to keep warm should the weather be cold. Check it out at their website. Here are a few photos from our last visit.

 

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Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Bentleyville Tour of Lights