Bentleyville is a kid’s paradise: Festive music. Free cookies and hot cocoa. Bonfires for roasting marshmallows. And the largest free walk-thru holiday light extravaganza in the nation.
Visiting Bentleyville is a unique Duluth holiday tradition for our family.
The kids love it.
It’s like walking through a storybook made of hundreds of thousands of lights during the dark days of December.
“Mom, loooook!” exclaimed Finley this year, “Clifford the Big Red Dog!” (one of her favorite bedtime books bigger than life in bright lights).
Here is a video of Finley and her Grandma dancing to the holiday tunes while Tim and Daley savor the free cookies and hot cocoa.
Daley and Finley also enjoyed being goofy with the human-sized Rudolf, chatting with Mrs. Claus, and visiting Santa Claus to recieve free Bentleyville hats (which are given to the first 15,000 (!) kids).
The spirit of community runs deep at Bentleyville with a cadre of volunteers and collections of non-perishable food items and toys to donate to the Salvation Army. Such communal generosity allows our family to talk about the importance of volunteering and sharing with others.
And the best part of the whole experience: it’s active, outside, winter fun!
What does your family love about Bentleyville? Share your experiences in the comments box below. Thanks!