Bentleyville 2019 Officially Opens for the Holiday Season

Thousands of guests waited in line for hours to be some of the first to tour the display.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Bentleyville Tour of Lights is officially open this holiday season.

Down at Bayfront Festival Park thousands of people lined up outside the gates eagerly awaiting Santa and Mrs. Claus parachuting from a helicopter signaling the start of Bentleyville 2019.

Guests waited in line for hours to be some of the first to tour the display.

“Well it’s very magical and it’s so beautiful and most years it’s really freezing and it’s great weather and it’s really warm and everyone here is happy and it’s just a great way to spend the night,” said Ann Bye who traveled from Oak Grove, Minnesota with her family for the light display.

Many families traveled from hours away, like the Cloutiers who came to Bentleyville for the very first time.

It’s just a family event, I mean it’s something you can do you can stand by the fire and roast marshmallows and just have a nice family day it’s wonderful,” said Lori Cloutier, who drove three hours with her family to attend.

Many local business owners donate to the event and help with set-up and tear-down.

“The lights, everything, it’s just completely magical. It is magical. This is our hometown this is our place of business we’re a small company in this town we love being a part of everything and part of the business around here,” said Travis Erickson who owns Mr. Biffy and his fiancĂ© Alecia Swenson.

Five million lights make up this year’s Bentleyville display.

The spectacle is a destination for many attracting families to Duluth for the holiday season.

“I think it shows a lot about this city that we are a positive city and a great place to visit and  family orientated for sure,” said Mia Androsky, a Northland resident.

Bentleyville is open through December 28.



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