Holiday Events on the North Shore MN

Holiday events on the North Shore MN in 2023

These holiday events on the North Shore, MN invite you to take in the small town holiday cheer in the winter wonderland of Duluth and the North Shore! Shop small by purchasing gift items from local artists and independent shops and be entertained with holiday performances. Enjoy a festive holiday season in Duluth and the North Shore in true up north style!

The first set of events are listed by dates, followed by events that are happening all season.

North Shore Holiday Event Listings by Date

Free entrance to Minnesota State Parks

Friday, November 24

Family looking over the falls at George Crosby Manitou State Park

George Crosby Maintou State Park. Photo: Anthony Quill @fromtenttotakeoff

Free entrance to all Minnesota State Parks is a great opportunity to make a new tradition to get outside and play! Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior has 8 of the best Minnesota State Parks, and they all feature spectacular waterfalls.

More info on Free entrance days at Minnesota State Parks


Oh Ole Night Parade & Fireworks

Friday, November 24 at 5:30 p.m.

 Downtown Grand Marais

Oh Ole Night Parade, Grand Marais, MN

Oh Ole Night Parade

Join the crowd at this festive North Shore holiday event and small-town community parade. Community members, businesses, and organizations join the parade with walkers, jugglers, winter bikes, four-legged furry animals, and decorated vehicles of all kinds for two laps around the block starting on Broadway. Afterward watch the tree lighting followed by fireworks. The theme of  “Oh Ole Night” celebrates the community’s Scandinavian heritage. (That’s Ole as in Sven & Ole’s!). 

More info on the Oh Ole Night Parade


Holiday Art Sale: Local Artist Pop Up Shop

Friday, November 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Surfside on Lake Superior, Tofte

Holiday Art Sale Pop Up at Surfside on Lake Superior, Tofte MN

Holiday Art Sale

Shop small at this holiday event on the North Shore featuring local artists of Lake Superior area. Fine art includes pottery, weaving, glass, jewelry, paintings and leather works. 

More info on the North Shore Artists League Pop-Up Sale


North Shore Winery Christmas Market

Friday, November 24, 12:30 to 5 p.m.

North Shore Winery, Lutsen

Holiday Events on the North Shore - shopping the local art vendors at the North Shore Winery in Lutsen

Shopping the local art vendors at the North Shore Winery, Lutsen.

The North Shore Winery’s annual Christmas Market features local artists and shops. Featuring Kari Vick, Nan Onkka, North Woven Goods, Anna Hess, The Wilder Woodshop, Wild Country Maple Syrup, pop up shops from The Big Lake and The North Country, Ann Honer’s wreaths and garlands and more! Enjoy some fresh local wine or cider while you shop, or take home a bottle to bring to the host of your next holiday party. 

More info on the North Shore Winery Christmas Market


8th Annual Small Business Saturday Craft and Bake Sale

Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Place: Two Harbors Community Center

Take in the small-town charm at this homestyle craft sale featuring handmade crafts, baked goods, and art from 18 local vendors. Experience the best of Two Harbors at this holiday event on the North Shore. 

More Info at Lovin’ Lake County


Hovland Winter Art Show

Saturday, November 25, 10 to 4 p.m.

Hovland Town Hall, Hovland 

Knotty Dawg Woodworks North Shore Retail Therapy

Wood earrings by Knotty Dawg Woodworks, Grand Portage, MN @knottydawgwoodwork on Facebook

Who would guess that the tiny hamlet of Hovland would have such a robust and well-attended art show? This popular semi-annual event showcases the artistry of local and regional makers. It’s worth the drive for this popular North Shore holiday event. 

More info about the Hovland Art Show. Find them on Facebook @HovlandArtsFestival

Northwoods Fiber Guild Annual Holiday Sale and Open House

Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Studio 21, Grand Marais Art Colony’s downtown location

Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Art Show, Grand Marais, MN

Locally hand-made fiber arts

This is one of the locals’ most favorite North Shore holiday events! The Northwoods Fiber Guild presents a number of fiber artists with one of a kind, handcrafted fiber items for show and sale. It’s a unique opportunity to meet the artists and take home a Northwoods treasure. Enjoy the holiday vibe while shopping, browsing, mingling, and watching demonstrations. 

More info at Visit Cook County


Name: Julebyen Christmas Village

Saturday December 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Knife River, MN on Scenic 61

Come to Knive River for an authentic Nordic tradition on the North Shore! Julebyen (pronounced YOOL-eh-BE-en) means Christmas Village. Julebyen is a centuries-old Scandinavian and German tradition celebrated with ethnic foods, crafts, holiday decorations, and music. Enjoy the outdoor and indoor markets with local crafts, gnome dome, troll village and train, live nativity, music, crafts, story tellers and so much more! This is a very special North Shore holiday event!

More info on Julebyen Christmas Village


DSSO Pops Holiday Spectacular

Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m.  and 7 p.m.

DECC Symphony Hall, Duluth

Enjoy your favorite holiday tunes performed by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra! You can even join the orchestra in a sing-a-long (no audition required). A casual concert will take place at 2 p.m., the main performance is at 7 p.m. Tickets start at just $10. It promises to be a joyful holiday tradition. 

More info about the DSSO Pops Holiday Spectacular


Duluth Winter Village

Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DECC (Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center), Duluth

Relish the warm holiday vibes at the outdoor Duluth Winter Village. Walk around to browse your favorite local shops and artists, while sipping hot cocoa, and enjoying the backdrop of Lake Superior and the Lift Bridge. Warm up by the firepits, visit the live animals from Ru-Ridge Farm, and enjoy carol singing by the Duluth East Choralaires. Make this a part of a heartwarming holiday weekend in Duluth!

More info on the Duluth Winter Village.


Santa at the Lighthouse

Saturday, December 9 & 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors

Split Rock Lighthouse and Fog Signal Building

Split Rock Lighthouse and Fog Signal Building

Get your photo taken with Santa Claus with the epic backdrop of Split Rock Lighthouse! The event is a donation drive for the CareFee Assisted Living in Silver Bay or the Silver Bay Veteran’s Home. Free for adults who bring an item to donate. Kids ages 5-17 are free. Bring your own camera, or we will capture the moment with a polaroid that you can take home!


Lincoln Park Craft District Handmade Holiday Market

Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dovetail Cafe, Lincoln Park, Duluth

The Lincoln Park Craft District Handmade Holiday Market takes place at several locations in the neighborhood. Skip around this revitalized historical-industrial district and discover a contemporary new hot spot in Duluth! The event will bring you to the Dovetail Cafe at Duluth Folk School, Duluth Pottery, Liila Boutique, Two Loons Gallery and Boutique, DLH Clothing, Free Air Life, and Kirsten Aune Textiles. 

More info on the Lincoln Park Handmade Holiday Market


The Great Hall Marketplace at The Depot

Saturday, December 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The St. Louis County Depot, Duluth 

Step into the historic St. Louis County Depot for a local shopping extravaganza in the Great Hall. Wrap up your gift shopping with over 50 local vendors, artisans, and makers.

More info on the Great Hall Marketplace at The Depot


Holiday Events Happening Throughout the Season in Duluth and the North Shore

Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Open evenings from November 19 through December 26

Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth

Bentlyville Tour of Lights, Duluth, MN

Bentlyville Tour of Lights, Duluth

Bentleyville Tour of Lights is one of Duluth’s true holiday traditions, and a wonderful holiday event on the North Shore! Walk through this amazing, festive light display with over  5 million lights! Bentleyville has free admission for all guests, as well as free hot cocoa & coffee, free cookies, free freshly popped popcorn, free marshmallows to roast, and free visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus! Parking is $10 per vehicle. Be sure to check out the Bentleyville Shuttle by the North Shore Scenic Railroad when you visit!

More info on Bentlyville Tour of Lights


Holiday Art Underground

Friday, November 25 through Sunday December 31, Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, Grand Marais

This North Shore holiday event is very popular with the locals! Betsy Bowen’s Holiday Art Underground features local arts and crafts for shopping and browsing. Shop handmade original art in pottery, jewelry, woodcuts and more.


Christmas Tea on the Edna G

Every Saturday and Sunday, November 25 to December 17 

Edna G Tugboat, Two Harbors

Stop by for tea and treats on the historic 125-year-old tugboat, the Edna G docked in Two Harbors. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and enjoy a relaxing hour with family and friends, partaking in an assortment of tea sandwiches and dainty desserts, while sipping tea or hot chocolate. It’s a fundraiser for Friends of Edna G, an organization dedicated to preserving Edna G for future generations, and educating the public about her place in regional and world history.

More info on Christmas Tea on the Edna G


Christmas Candlelight Tours at Glensheen

Fridays and Saturdays, November 24 – December 30, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. *December 24 & 25

Glensheen Mansion, Duluth

Explore the historic Glensheen mansion by the light of 27 Christmas trees! On this self-guided tour, one-way-traffic tour, guests will experience the decorated first floor, second floor, and lower level of the Christmas mansion. This North Shore holiday event promises an evening of history and intrigue! 

More info on Christmas Candlelight Tours at Glensheen


Christmas City Express

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 24 to December 17

North Shore Scenic Railroad, Duluth

The performance of the Christmas City Express begins in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, where you’ll be treated to a classic book reading of the new Christmas City Express story, enjoy carolers, and a visit from a special guest! Then climb aboard the train for a short 30-minute ride up to Lake Superior. Onboard, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cookies and holiday tunes.

More info on the Christmas City Express



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