It takes months of preparation and planning along with an army of volunteers to get Bentleyville all setup and ready for the holidays down at Bayfront Festival Park. Last year because of the pandemic coordinators had to think fast on how they could still have Bentleyville go on without having crowds of people walking around. As we all know they came up with a drive-thru path which wasn't ideal but they made it work.

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Founder Nathan Bentley said he will be looking for lots of volunteers starting September 25th. He went on to say he hopes the community will continue to embrace them and the crew will be down at Bayfront every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am-4:00pm or Wednesday Nights from 5-8p up until opening night of the display. If you are someone who is not a fan of the cold, now would be an ideal time to volunteer to help.  Bentleyville Tour of Lights at Bayfront Festival Park starts Saturday, November 20 - Monday, December 27, 2021 Hours: Sun - Thurs 5 pm to 9 pm Fri - Sat 5 pm to 10 pm.

Bentley said to WDIO:

We're gonna be bringing back all the traditional things -- from marshmallows and the cookie house, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the fire pits. Just trying to bring things back to somewhat normalcy down there.

Volunteers are the backbone of what makes Bentleyville a world class display and if you and your friends and family would like to volunteer they will make sure that you are fed and know that you can take pride in your hard work when the time comes and they hit the lights. Everyone is looking forward to the beautiful displays like the giant Christmas Tree and a new display this year will be a giant snowman. As the weather starts to get cooler the holiday spirit will soon fill the air as thousands of people from all over the country will be coming back to Duluth this winter to see and stroll through a magical winter wonderland.

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