Duluth Winter Village: Tips & Tricks 2022

Duluth Winter Village

Date: THIS Saturday, Dec 3 & Sunday, Dec 4

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, both days

Where: Outside by the harbor at the Duluth Convention Center, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth

What is Duluth Winter Village?  It’s a magical shopping and family experience inspired by outdoor European Markets.  Think pleasant hustle & bustle meets Northern woods charm to make holiday shopping an experience all in itself.

There are 26 wooden cabins decked with winter greens & filled with ONLY regional goods. In fact, there are over 50 local vendors with items for stockings and bellies! And by bellies, we mean all kinds of tasty food. Come hungry!

There are also 5 bonfires, animals to pet and free ice skating.

Quick Video Here courtesy of Story North Productions

Getting the most out of Duluth Winter Village:

Dress to be outside (mostly)

The cabins, animals, Stoked firewood bonfires, and a beverage bar are located alongside the harbor behind the DECC. The event stretches all the way to our festive red freighter – the William A. Irvin. This is the dress warmly part of the Winter Village.

But don’t fret, there are many ways to warm up!

  1. 5 bonfires to rub your hands over
  2. Warm beverages are available, both outside & in
  3. Get a little cardio going with our free ice skating inside the DECC Arena
  4. And — there’s an INSIDE with hot food & more vendors!

Our magnificent Yule Hall and North & Shore Market Makers Space. We’re talking a 25-foot tree (thanks Duluth Flower Farm!), plenty of seating with swags of lights, hot food, photo op, bathrooms and more vendors.

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Come Hungry!

There will be 8 food vendors set up in our Yule Hall serving up the tastes of the region


Minnesota Comfort Food:

Chicken Pot Pie
Tater Tot Hotdish
Mac & Cheese with Bacon Bits
Tomato Basil Soup
Vegan Chili
Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese Dipper
Wild Rice Cranberry-Apple Chutney Dog

Look for New Scenic Cafe, Duluth’s Best Bread, Beyond Nuts, Love Creamery, TBSP Waffles, Yes Cheese, Kettle Cravings & the DECC.

Enjoy a Cup of Cheer! 

Mike & Jen’s Cocoa
Duluth Coffee Co. Coffee
Signature Bloody Merry
Peppermint Patty Cocoa
Warm Mulled Wine
Cedar Gin & Apple Cider
Aquavit White Russian
Local Beer Selection
and other soft drinks
PRO TIP:  Look for the bar inside at the back of Yule Hall. You might want to hit it first before a line forms.

Parking your Sleigh

One of the nicest things about the DECC is parking right on site. The DECC offers paid parking ($10) in its ramp and lot. There is also parking across the Minnesota Slip Bridge (the Blue Bridge) in Canal Park, and also Downtown with skyway walking to the festival.


DECC Parking

Nearby Parking


BYO – Large Bag

After doing this for a few years, we know that bringing your own large bag is gold. While vendors will have sacks for their wares, it’s really convenient to have a large bag from home to tote all your purchases around – making it easier to eat a grilled cheese or sip a Bloody Merry.

Off-Peak Hours

Looking for a little more elbow room? Come Sunday and/or late afternoons of either day. Things are a little quieter on the second day and as it gets nearer to the 5 PM close time.

This sets you up perfectly to walk to Bentleyville Tour of Lights when it opens at 5:00 PM.

Other times to note:

  • Mayor Emily Larson will give her welcome toast on Saturday at 9:30am
  • The Choralaires in their beautiful costumes will be singing carols on Saturday from Noon to 1:00pm

Family / Friends Photo Ops

Make sure there’s space in your camera for a family/friend photo at the Photo Backdrop, sponsored this year by Flora North. We love seeing all your pictures online.

Please consider tagging #duluthwintervillage and #deccduluth

BYO – Ice Skates

Atomic Ice Skating is free and located in DECC Arena, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM on both afternoons. Enjoy live DJs, The Crunchy Bunch and limited, no-cost ice skates courtesy of Duluth Parks & Rec. Bring ’em if you got ’em!

Lastly, a “What’s New” Round-Up

  • More free ice skating on both afternoons 2 – 5pm with live DJs The Crunchy Bunch
  • Outdoor bars providing seasonal drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages
  • Live animals on both days
  • More than 50 participating businesses
  • Expanded indoor areas at the Yule Hall with expanded decor including a 25′ tree
  • Indoor heated family areas from Duluth Mom with diaper changing areas and nursing spaces
  • DECC Mobile Box Office to put show tickets in stockings
  • More Stoked wood bonfires for more lounge-y Lift Bridge Views

Parting Shot …see you this weekend!

Photo credit to Jane Cane Photography