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Bentleyville, Christmas City of the North Parade return this week

Bentleyville organizers are still looking for volunteers to pick up shifts.

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Vehicles line up to visit Santa on Nov. 21, 2020, during the opening night of the Bentleyville Tour of Lights at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. Bentleyville temporarily switched to a drive-thru format last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — The Christmas City of the North Parade is just around the corner, and so is the opening day of Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park.

The annual KBJR-TV-hosted Christmas City of the North Parade will take place Nov. 19, ahead of the first day of the Bentleyville season Nov. 20.

Bentleyville goers will once again be able to walk through the tour showcasing more than 5 million lights. Last year, the free event was temporarily switched to a drive-thru-only format.

Attendees will be greeted by Santa, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer.

The 128-foot-tall centerpiece, metal-framed, light-bedecked Bentleyville Tour of Lights tree at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune free

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MORE ABOUT BENTLEYVILLE: Photos and video: Setting up for Bentleyville 2021 This year marks the 18th anniversary of Bentleyville “Tour of Lights,” which began at Nathan Bentley's homes in Esko and Cloquet, and is now at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth for the 13th straight year. After using a drive-thru format in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bentleyville is reverting back to a walk-through format for 2021. It is free to attend Bentleyville, which opens Nov. 20 and wraps up Dec. 27. Organizers say they are in need of volunteers to help continue with the set up and for other roles during the season. For more information, visit bentleyvilleusa.org.
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is returning its Christmas Cookie Cream Ale Beer, according to a news release from Bentleyville. The vanilla-, almond- and cardamom-infused ale will be on tap at the gift shop on-site and at Bent Paddle Brewing in Lincoln Park.

The limited-time Christmas brew will also be available in December at both Grandma's restaurant locations and Little Angie's Cantina in Duluth.

Anyone who buys a growler of the Christmas Cookie Cream Ale Beer will be donating $5 to support Bentleyville and will receive a Bent Paddle- and Bentleyville-themed ornament.

Bentleyville staff members Craig Vanneste, of Proctor, right, helps his daughter, Emma Jo Vanneste, of Proctor, with attaching an awning on the Cookie House at Bentleyville in Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune free

Bentleyville organizers are still looking for volunteers age 16 and older to help run the event. To sign up for volunteer shifts, visit bentleyvilleusa.org/volunteer-live.

Bentleyville is open from 5-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The Christmas City of the North Parade, featuring marching bands, dancers, floats and an appearance from Santa, is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 19 and will be broadcast on KBJR 6 and on the station's website. The parade starts near the Fitger's Complex, travels west down Superior Street and through downtown Duluth.

The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man looms over the 2020 Christmas City of the North Parade in Duluth. Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune free

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