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Duluth Winter Village returns first weekend in December

Free ice skating with live musical performances inside the DECC will be a new addition to this year's Duluth Winter Village.

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Erin Koskela, of Proctor, and Terry Koskels, of Esko, look at African market baskets on sale at the Blue Heron Trading Company booth during the Duluth Winter Village. The 2021 event will be on Harbor Drive. Clint Austin / 2019 file / Duluth News Tribune
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The Duluth Winter Village returns the first weekend in December outside the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, alongside the waterfront on Harbor Drive.

The free outdoor market will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, according to a news release from the DECC. The market, which features more than 40 businesses, is a way to support small, local and regional businesses during the holidays.

Free ice skating with live musical performances inside the DECC will be a new addition to this year's market. The ice skating will take place from 3-5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

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The Duluth Winter Village will also host a heated dining space, campfires, llamas, carolers and much more, paired with shopping, food and beverages.

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The event was previously held at Glensheen Mansion until attendance grew too large for the estate to accommodate. The last Duluth Winter Village, in 2019, saw more than 20,000 attendees. The market's move to the DECC allows for more parking and better flow of traffic.

“We’re excited to take advantage of the new location to enhance what’s available at the Winter Village," Duluth Winter Village President Mallory Moore said in the news release. "As always, we have some fun surprises in store for this year.”

DECC Director Dan Hartman said hosting the village at the DECC is a natural addition for those enjoying Bentleyville and the Christmas City Express Train.

“We are thrilled about the Duluth Winter Village moving locations and I believe it will make for a more holistic experience showing off why Duluth is truly Christmas City,” Hartman said.

Some of the retailers that will be present at the market include Hucklebeary, Duluth Coffee Company, Frost River, Blue Heron Trading Company and Anna Bailey Art. Food and drink options will include New Scenic Cafe, Hungry Hippie and Love Creamery.

Parking costs $10 at the event. Otherwise admission to the market is free.

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