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Things to Do: Find elves, get tickets and have tea

Check out the events offered this week.

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Glensheen’s self-guided Christmas Tours now through Jan. 8. Look for 25 hidden Christmas trees and 25+ hidden elves. In addition to the 25 nice elves, the 25 more naughty elves have hidden in even sneakier locations throughout the entire mansion. All 25 naughty elves can be found on a Full Mansion tour while all 25 nice elves can be found on a Classic or Full Mansion tour. Guests who find all 25 nice elves or all 25 naughty elves will be awarded an awesome temporary tattoo claiming their “Elf Hunt Master” status at the end of their tour. Starting Friday, Nov. 26, guests will have the chance to experience Glensheen’s Christmas décor at night. Self-guided Evening Candlelight Tours and the beloved outdoor Spirit of the Lights display will launch on Black Friday. Guests can snag their Evening Candlelight Tour tickets early by purchasing them online at . Access to the outdoor Spirit of the Lights display is free and open to the public, reservations or tickets are not required to attend the outdoor light display. To learn more about the tour options to go .

Attend a Christmas Tea on the Edna G, a Minnesota treasure docked in Two Harbors. Christmas Tea fundraisers offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning Friday, Nov. 26 through Dec. 19, with varying times each day. Reservations are required; donation costs are $50 for adults and $35 for ages 10 and younger. For more information, go to , or call 218-595-0184.

The Nordic Center annual Pepperkakebyen (Gingerbread City) event in partnership with Nortun Lodge Sons of Norway can be experienced virtually or at the Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave., through Dec. 19 The experience will be available digitally on the Nordic Center website as well as on Facebook and Instagram. Go to .

North Shore Scenic Railroad offers the following train rides:

Christmas City Express , Fridays and Saturdays beginning Friday, Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 through Dec. 19. A young girl boards a train on Christmas Eve traveling to visit her grandparents in Duluth. Soon the train is engulfed in a horrific snow storm and becomes mired in deep snow drifts far from civilization. While everyone is safe, the passengers fear that Christmas will be lost. What the little girl and conductor do next saves Christmas for everyone. See a live production of this heartwarmingly original story and enjoy a train ride with complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. And there’s a special guest with a gift for everyone.


Julebyen Train goes to Knife River for this annual Christmas Village and celebration of Scandinavian heritage. Food, music, colorful, folk costumes and traditions are part of the fun. Over thirty area crafts people will have huts selling unique, handmade gifts. Trains depart at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 4-5 and return in the afternoon. Tickets include a free ride to Troll Canyon to watch the fun antics of these mischievous forest people.

For tickets, go to or call at 218-722-1273.

Deck the Depot – Capturing Memories, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 506 W. Michigan St.


  • Free admission to 3 floors of the Depot
  • Free family portraits for all
  • Festive music
  • Sweet treats from Lots of Love Sweets & More
  • Kids activities from 4-H & Youth in Action
  • Candy making demonstration & free samples in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum (with paid admission to the Railroad Museum on the track level of the Depot)

Third annual Chanukah celebration, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, next to Essentia Health in the Miller Hill Mall. There will be Giant Menorah lighting, music, arts and crafts and prizes. Go to .

Julebyen 2021, a Scandinavian-themed Christmas festival, held Dec. 4-5 on the Knife River ball field and Knife River Heritage & Cultural Center. The Julebyen Express Train that brings festival goers from Duluth will be running each day along with trains to “Troll Canyon.” Features a bakery serving lefse and krumkake, artisan crafts sold from huts in the marketplace, outdoor games, Scandinavian music and dance. For a complete schedule of activities, go to .

The Duluth Winter Village returns, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4-5, outside along Lake Superior at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's (DECC) Harbor Drive. Features 40+ local small businesses selling goods out of custom-built wooden cabins. In addition to shopping, visitors can enjoy food and beverages from local restaurants in a heated dining space, campfires by the lake, live animals, carolers and more. New for 2021, enjoy free indoor ice skating both days from 3 to 5 p.m., with live musical performances on the ice; expanded indoor dining area at the Yule Lodge; a 20-foot decorated tree; indoor heated family areas from Duluth Moms Blog with diaper changing areas and nursing spaces; and of course, Lift Bridge views. Free admission.

Pikkujoulu 2021 Finnish "Little Christmas," 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Holiday Inn, Great Lakes Ballroom, 200 W. First St. Tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for ages 9 and younger. Call Jeff at 218-591-0944 or George at 218-464-2431 by Friday, Nov. 26 for tickets.


16th Annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6, the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St. Includes a social hour, silent auction and keynote speaker, Lt. Col. Donna Bergstrom, USMC, Ret. Tickets: $50 per person and must be purchased in advance by Monday, Nov. 29. E-mail for questions or to purchase dinner tickets.

Third annual New Year’s by the Lake, Dec. 31, at four venues. The event features a five course dinner (gluten free and vegan options available) in the Greysolon Ballroom with Maxi Childs Trio performing during dinner followed by comedy by Jack Willhite in the NorShor Theater. Then back to the Greysolon Ballroom for Big Wave Dave and the Ripples or Laura Velvet in the Moorish Room with their stylish musical presentation of everything from Motown to modern. The Black Water Lounge will feature DJ Cory Bonneville playing the greatest dance hits from the 50s to today. Enjoy balloon drops, a champagne toast and party favors at midnight in all three rooms as well as a photo booth. All elements of New Years by the Lake are indoors and completely accessible via the skywalk system. Ticket packages range from $30 to $129 per person. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Bluebird Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) that provides grants and scholarships to area high school age students in the performing arts. Go to for tickets.

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