Here in Minnesota, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday season. Santa visits, Christmas carols, and twinkling lights make the season magical. In 2020, many favorite events are canceled in light of COVID-19 restrictions. But other fun attractions have sprouted up all across the state that allow safe social distancing. Among the most popular events are drive-thru lights shows. You can find them at Duluth’s Bentleyville USA; Glow at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds; Christmas In Color at ValleyFair; Sovereign Estate Wine drive thru in Waconia; Winter Lights at the Minnesota Arboretum. And to add another light show to your list: Severs Holiday Lights in Shakpoee, Minnesota, home to a 1/2-mile drive-thru light show that you will love.! Here’s what you need to know:
Bentleyville Tour of Lights opened at the Bayfront Festival Park! This year is a drive thru experience and the cost is $10 per car. Although it’s different this year we are thankful for the hard work that was put into it to bring some joy this season. Visit thru Sunday December 27th: Open 5-9pm Monday thru Thursday and 5-10pm Friday thru Sunday.
This dazzling light show is a 1/2-mile path through enchanting lights synchronized to music. Simply turn on the radio and enjoy the colorful dance of 1.2 million lights!
When we originally bought our tickets, this was not a drive-thru event. In fact, visiting this vineyard for their light display is one of our very favorite early winter activities. We bundle up, walk the grounds, ooh and ahh over the lights, play in the snow, and end with a hot chocolate on their heated patio.
We knew this year would be different, but still hoped to get out on foot in a winter wonderland of lights. But the governor’s orders came through this week, and @sovereignestatewine quickly pivoted to a drive-thru so as not to cancel the event. Was it as charming as previous years? No. Did the kids still love it? Yes. Lots of squeals came from the car seats. Was it worth the money? Depends. Our family cost about $25. The experience only took about 15-minutes. We did receive a $5 voucher toward wine, which we gladly used to try a new bottle of wine. We are writing this one off as supporting a business we really enjoy visiting. We also have spent almost nothing on activities this year because of so had room in our budget. But I realize that’s not true for everyone.
All of this to say please consider visiting in a future year if you don’t head out this year!