A steady stream of people ventured out to shop at the Duluth Winter Village on a mild Sunday morning underneath overcast skies at Glensheen Mansion.
The 40 vendors and the miniature wooden storefronts were placed over a greater area on the grounds of the estate this year giving a more relaxed feel to the event than in previous years. Glensheen event sales manager Emma Deaner remarked, "We spread things out this year and we are finding out that people staying longer and spending more money."
Dan Hartman, director of Glensheen, says there was about 8,000 people at the event on Saturday which is down from almost 15,000 visitors on Saturday during last year's event. "This year we have a much more locally focused crowd. It does not seem that we had all of the people from the cities like we did last year," Hartman said. He believes that the large amount of snow we received last weekend kept many of the visitors from the Twin Cities home. The number of visitors for both days of the event this year was about 13,000.
The free community event is organized by Duluth Loves Local and focuses on showcasing local businesses during the holiday season.