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Winter Wonderland

UMD Football Cheerleaders Pick Top Things to Do in Winter

UMD Football Cheerleaders visit with some furry friends. They all agree, sled dogs are one of the best things about Duluth in the winter.

Top row: (l-r) Megan Bakken, Lizzie Esberg, Alexis Houule, Jasmine Sward, Nicole Facciato, Kathy Aune, Jessica Chaney, Libby Aritt, Megan Halver, Meredith Olson, and Danielle Bladholm. Bottom row: Ashley Oertle, Brittany Friday, Amanda Paulson, Paige Hardekopf, Ellie Neigebauer, Paige Odegard, and Jessica Lindquist.

Winters in Duluth can get long... and they seem even longer if you stay inside watching Netflix all night. From skiing and snowboarding, to shopping for gifts, to exploring unique sites, this city on the lake has a lot to offer.

10 Canal Park

Ship going through the lift bridge

The ships keep coming through the canal until the lake freezes.

Even in the chilly winter months, Canal Park offers much to do... restaurants, shopping, and of course- watching the final ships come in.

9 Glensheen Historic Estate

Glensheen holiday decorations

Glensheen Historic Estate is decorated for the holidays.

This year, Glensheen is offering a Holiday tour, complete with costumed tour guides. See the beautiful lights and decorations.

8 Decorating a Tree

Amanda Paulson decorating the Christmas Tree

Amanda Paulson's favorite thing to do during the holidays is decorating her house with her roommates.

Shops in Duluth have unique ornaments and decorations to get your trees looking festive for the holidays.

7 Ugly Sweater Parties

Nicole Facciato and Liz Northrum in ugly sweaters

Nicole Facciato (left) and Liz Northrup (right) are getting in the spirit with their ugly holiday sweaters.

Ugly sweater parties are trending for college age students, so head down to Ragstock or Goodwill to get in on the fun.

6 Skating at Outdoor Rinks

UMD students skating

UMD students skate at one of the outdoor rinks near campus.

Duluth has several outdoor skating rinks that are free for the public to enjoy. Whether you are an avid skater or are looking to learn, checking out one of these rinks may interest you.

5 Minnesota Power Tree

Christmas tree at MN Power plaza

Niccole Facciato and some friends make a stop at the Minnesota Power tree.

Once a year Minnesota Power puts up the giant tree on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street.

4 Beargrease Sled Dog Race

Ellie Neigebauer and puppies

Ellie Neigebauer poses with one of the Beargrease Sled Dogs before a football game at UMD.

This year marks the 30th annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. The race will be held on January 26, starting at Duluth East High School.

3 Spirit Mountain

Brittany Friday snowboarding at Spirit Mountain

Brittany Friday's favorite winter activity is snowboarding at Spirit Mountain.

Ski season is here and the slopes are open! Spirit Mountain is a great place to get in the spirit of winter and enjoy the great outdoors.

2 Attend a UMD Hockey Game

See a UMD Hockey Game

See a UMD Hockey game! Cheerleaders Libby Aritt, Brittany Friday, and Jennifer Johnson cheer on the Bulldogs.

Enjoy a night out watching the sport Minnesota is known for. Tickets to a Bulldog Hockey game are reasonably priced, and who doesn't love the smell of beer and sweat?

1 Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Bentleyville tree

There are three million lights illuminating Bayfront Festival Park and it is right on the shores of Lake Superior.

Lizzie Esberg and Alisha Holecek at Bentleyville

See Bentleyville! Lizzie Esberg (right) goes one step further. She volunteers at the popcorn stand with her friend Alisha Holecek (left).

Come see America's largest free walk through a lighting display! Bentleyville is open through December 28.

Story by Ellie Neigebauer

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