Bentleyville Tour of Lights Open to Public

By KBJR News 1

November 18, 2012 Updated Nov 18, 2012 at 12:04 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM)--- There's 3M illuminating lights in downtown Duluth. The largest holiday light display in the Midwest is now open to the public.

Thousands of people welcomed Santa as he flew in for the first night of the Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Bayfront Festival Park.

Back by popular demand, the nearly 130 foot steel Christmas tree is topped with an 8 foot wide ball with 28, 3-foot LED blue spikes.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and cookies from the Cookie House.

A dazzling lighted tunnel leads you to Santa, 15 fire pits for roasting marshmallows and the Polar Popcorn Hut.

New features this year include a Christmas camping display as well as a Santa Clause Amusement Park.

"It was so pretty and just a wonderful place to come and start your holiday," Chris, a visitor said. "It was great, I loved it," Angie, a visitor said. I've never been here before so it was really awesome. I'll definitely come back again later."

"I cannot believe it's free for one thing," Angie, a visitor said. There was so much to see and so many beautiful lights and so many wonderful displays. I was amazed."

Admission into the tour is free, but visitors are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items and new unwrapped toys for families in need.

The Bentleyville Tour of Lights is an official drop off site for the Salvation Army.

Jennifer Walch
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