Enjoy the magic of the holidays in Ely, starting with the Festival of Trees on Nov. 23. This annual fundraiser for Northwoods Partners features decorated trees and wreaths donated by local businesses and community members that are auctioned off from Nov. 23-Dec. 3. It kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving at Grand Ely Lodge, featuring refreshments and entertainment. Then, enjoy a night of shopping downtown Ely, starting at 6 p.m. The Holiday Fantasy Arts and Craft event will take place Nov. 24-25 at the Miners Dry Building. And on Saturday, Nov. 25, the Dancing Snowflakes Holiday Parade will begin at 5 p.m. After the parade, the festivities will continue at Whiteside Park with a tree lighting ceremony, carolers, hot refreshments and cookies. ely.org/mn/events
On Friday, Nov. 24, Grand Marais will host the quirky small-town Oh Ole Night Christmas Parade at 5:30 p.m. downtown. Following the parade will be a tree lighting ceremony and caroling in Harbor Park, and fireworks over the harbor. On Saturday, Nov. 25 the party moves to the west end of the county for Light Up Lutsen. Enjoy photos with Santa and Murray the Moose, carolers and tree lighting ceremonies throughout downtown Lutsen. There will also be a bronze pour demonstration at 4 p.m. at Last Chance Gallery and a special tasting at Lutsen Liquor. Festivities will be held from 4-7 p.m. visitcookcounty.com/events
A Holiday Sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Grand Marais Community Center. Held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the Girl Scouts will sell poinsettias and there will be a bake sale lunch by Alyce’s. Also on November 25 is the Hovland Artisans Pre-Christmas Sale event, held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hovland Town Hall.
Now in its 4th year, the bi-annual Craft Revival will take over the Waterfront District of Thunder Bay, featuring 13 local venues and over 100 artisans, musicians and performers.
The Craft Revival first started as a small group of friends gathering in a living room around Christmas time, crafting and trading; but the concept caught on and the event organically grew.
“I have an incredible support network, including my family, close friends and volunteers. It would be impossible to run this event without them,” said Maelyn Hurley, creator and organizer for the event.
The 7th seasonal Craft Revival now encompasses 13 venues: The Foundry, Sovereign Room, Red River Trade Company, Prime Gelato, Prince Arthur Hotel, Red Lion Smokehouse, The Chanterelle, Pneumaticity, Déjà Vu Consignment, Madhouse, Sweet North Bakery, Mars Clothing and The Loop.
“I give huge props to The Foundry, which was the very first location for this event,” said Hurley. “They supported the vision I had and believed in a unique way to support the local art scene in Thunder Bay.”
Held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be handmade products and wares, art, live music, demonstrations, acro yoga, tribal dancing, aerial silk performances, fire spinning, and artisan donated door prizes at all 13 venues. And all musicians, performers and sound technicians for the event are paid.
You can also enter to win a two-night stay at Beyond the Giant Nature Retreat. To enter the draw, you must participate in the Craft Revival Passport, where patrons must visit and receive a stamp from at least six of the 13 venue locations. thecraftrevivaltbay.com
At the annual Julebyen Christmas Village festival in Knife River, you will find an outdoor market with ethnic foods, unique, hand-made gifts by local artisans, an indoor bazaar full of hand-crafted decorations for your home, and the Troll Village with an assortment of exciting things to see and people to meet. This family-friendly festival will also include craft workshops and demonstrations, outdoor recreation, animals, live music, storytelling, the Tour of Homes event, a silent auction, train rides to Troll Canyon, and more. Santa will also be available for photo ops. Julebyen will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday; admission is free. julebyen.us
Organized by Duluth Loves Local, the Duluth Winter Village brings more than 30 local businesses together to sell holiday gifts out of wooden cabins on the grounds of the historic Glensheen Mansion. Along with shopping, visitors will enjoy local food and beverages from Sir Ben’s, Canal Park Brewery, Bent Paddle and Vikre, plus choral singers, fire pits and s’mores, wreaths and holiday greenery, animals from 12-3 p.m. both days, face painting, gift wrapping, a custom photo wall, children’s activities and more. Held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, this event is free to attend and parking is available off-site with free shuttle service provided. Glensheen will also run their Christmas Tours; tickets available in the ticket house. duluthwintervillage.com