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Light Up the Lakes in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

A Fun-Filled Holiday Season

The holiday season is a special time for you and your family in Detroit Lakes! Enjoy the magic of Christmas through the sights and sounds of specials events and activities in November and December in Detroit Lakes.

Delight in the sounds of Christmas during several concerts and musical presentations at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Craft and art shows help you select the perfect gift for that special someone on your list. Imagine how much a friend or relative will cherish a handmade gift from your children at special sessions offered at the Washington Square Mall and Becker County Museum.  

Are you ready for floats decked out in twinkling lights amid the snowy landscape of downtown Detroit Lakes? The Grand Parade of Lights is Monday, December 2, 2019 along Washington Avenue. Join the tree lighting by the American Cancer Society on the Library lawn at 5:15 pm, followed by the parade at 5:30 pm. Be sure to catch Santa in the Mall afterward!

Santa will visit Detroit Lakes several times during the holiday season. Sit atop his lap, whisper your Christmas wishes and have your photo taken with Jolly ol' Saint Nick!

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will return to Detroit Lakes at 2:30 pm on Friday, December 13 at the Holmes Street railroad crossing to help fill the food pantry shelves for the holidays. Decked with festive lights and a live band rockin' your Christmas favorites, it's entertainment for your whole family. Watch for Santa, too!


There are many more fun events in Detroit Lakes to bring the biggest smiles for the holidays: free kids movies, open houses, shopping specials, concerts and more! See the November and December event schedules to plan your visits to Detroit Lakes over the Christmas holiday season.

You're invited to join the Light up the Lakes events in Detroit Lakes and make your holiday season a festive one!