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The Holidays are in full swing, so expect time to ZIP by super fast. Don't let it go by so fast you miss out on the fun things happening in and around Rochester and in Minnesota.

PMR set about finding the 150 most festive destinations in the USA...maybe not the best known, but certainly places you don't want to miss. One of these I think most of us have heard of...but the other two are new to me.

Scroll slowly and figure out which ones you'd like to take your family to.

The Holidazzle Celebration in Downtown Minneapolis

See the Fun of Holidazzle 2021 in Downtown Minneapolis

Holidazzle 2021 from Peavey Plaza to Loring Park In Downtown Minneapolis

A free and fun-for-the-whole-family experience complete with seasonal
entertainment, Santa, local foods and beverages, holiday shopping from local small businesses, and amusement rides (Ferris wheel, carousel, and a giant slide). Plus, Friday and Saturday feature festive fireworks at 7 p.m.

The 2021 Holidazzle will feature:

November 26 – December 3: Holidazzle Yeti at Peavey Plaza
December 4 & 11: Free Santa Zoom virtual calls
December 17 – 19: Holidazzle in Loring Park:

HOURS: Friday 5 - 9 p.m., Saturday 2 - 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Bentleyville's Tour of Lights in Duluth

"With more than four million lights decorating the nation’s largest free walk-through lighting display, the Bentleyville ‘Tour of Lights’ is the place to be when visiting Duluth. The Christmas tree centerpiece serves as a beacon of direction while navigating large displays, a tunnel of lights, and more." (Bentleyville)

 

What the heck is Bentleyville? According to the website,

"In 2001 Nathan Bentley first started decorating his home in Esko, MN for the Christmas season. For the next two years he continually added more lights to create a larger holiday light display; his home quickly became known as the “House with all of the lights in Esko.” In 2003 Nathan changed his light display from a “drive by” to a “walkthrough” with Santa Claus visiting on weekends."

And it grew, and grew, and eventually, Duluth said, "Hey, Mr Bentley, would you consider moving Bentleyville to Bayfront Park? Mr. B said,"Yup!" and now it has grown to a year round endeavor in preparation for the Christmas season.

  • WHAT: Bentleyville's Tour of Lights
  • WHEN: Now thru December 27, 2021
  • OPEN: 5-9 PM Sunday thru Thursday. 5-10 PM Friday and Saturday
  • COST: Free to enter, parking is $10/vehicle.

You will do very well to check the visitor guide for very useful info: just click here.

Como Park Conservatory Holiday Flower Show

According to their website:

"The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the most anticipated and visited flower attraction at the Conservatory today. Red, orange, and yellow novelty Poinsettias will fill the Sunken Garden with warmth and light. Several new varieties of poinsettias will be on display including ‘Orange Glow’, the first truly orange poinsettia and ‘Christmas Mouse’, a red poinsettia with rounded bracts that resemble the shape of mouse ears."

Reservations are required for both members and nonmembers at this time. Reservations are currently available on this website only. Click HERE to make your reservation.

  • WHAT: Holiday Flower Show
  • WHEN: December 4, 2021 through January 9, 2022
  • OPEN: 10 AM - 3 PM
  • COST: Free, BUT you must make a reservation AND they do ask for a free will donation.

Check out the full list of all 150 destinations here:.

As always, if you have a comment, complaint, or concern about something I wrote here, please let me know: james.rabe@townsquaremedia.com

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