Holiday Happenings







We’re so fortunate to have a variety of great shops, restaurants, events, entertainment and just plain fun in our downtown—whether it’s for the holidays, or any day. As always, we encourage you to support your local businesses, especially when you are looking for that perfect gift for someone special on your Christmas list.

2017 Annual Holiday Window Display & Lighting Contest

Windows will be unveiled on Friday, November 17th, prior to the Christmas City of the North Parade. Downtown residents, employees and visitors are all encouraged to vote for their favorite holiday window and become eligible to win one of many downtown prizes........... CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF PRIZES

Participating in the window display contest are: Art in the Alley, CSL Plasma Services, Duluth Energy Systems, Duluth Pack, Duluth Trading Company, Electric Fetus, Grandma's Marathon, Kitchee Gammi Design Co., Lake Superior Art Glass, Lester River Trading Co., Mainstream Fashions for Men, Market Day Duluth, Minnesota Power, Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union, Minnesota Surplus & Outfitters, PS Rudie, Salon Capelli, Security Jewelers, Sheraton Duluth, Spirit Bay Duluth, Tischer Photographic Gallery, UBM, Whimsy, and the YMCA CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE WINDOW

Between Black Friday & Cyber Monday...It's Small Business Saturday! Duluth's own Downtown Waterfront is the perfect destination for an array of unique gifts this holiday season. And, by shopping downtown, you are supporting local businesses. Many will be hosting open houses and offering special promotions, demonstrations and workshops. We encourage you to join us on November 25th. Shop Local! Shop Downtown!

Click here for Small Business Saturday Events & Deals.



Don’t want to drive? Take the Jingle Bus!

The Greater Downtown Council is again providing free shuttle service to the Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” on Friday and Saturday nights.  Bentleyville attendees are encourage to hop on the “Jingle Bus”!

Two routes will be offered, one in Canal Park and another Downtown along Superior Street, to allow visitors to park nearby and board the bus to Bentleyville.  It also means you can make a night of it:  enjoy dinner, shopping and Bentleyville without the hassle of parking and re-parking.

Jingle Buses will have color-coded banners for each route and stops will be marked.

Canal Park Route – Candy Cane Red – (every 20 minutes–4:30 pm – 9:50 pm)
Pick-up location:

  • Buchanan Street near Canal Park Drive

Downtown Route – Green – (every 30 minutes–4:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
Pick-up locations:

  • Greysolon Plaza
  • Holiday Center
  • Radisson Hotel

Wheelchair accessible service is available upon advanced notice by calling (218) 724-1707 before 2:00 p.m. the previous day.

Jingle Bus Pick Up Times at Bentleyville






Member Kick Off Letter

2017 Holiday Timeline

2017 Get Downtown For The Holidays Details

2017 Get Downtown For The Holidays Registration Form

Get Downtown Holiday Marketing Opportunity




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