Holiday 'Tour of Lights' in Duluth wraps up record-breaking season


Red, white, and blue over bentleyville on the closing night! #duluth #fireworks #bentleyville #redwhiteandblue #capturemn #minnstagramers #minnesotaphotographer

A photo posted by Jacob Keller (@jacobkeller60) on Dec 27, 2015 at 5:39pm PST

The Bentleyville USA Tour of Lights is officially over for the year.

Sunday was the final day of this winter season for the relatively new Duluth attraction, which bills itself as the largest free walk-through lighting display in the United States.

The show had record attendance this year – about 267,000 people in all, KBJR 6 reports.

Officials with Bentleyville gave a hat-tip to the warm weather for that number, which is about 30,000 more than last year (the previous record-holder), the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Celebrations included a 6:30 p.m. fireworks show. Here's the final countdown for the year.

The FINAL countdown! Thank you to all the visitors that came for our final countdown of the 2015 season.

Posted by Bentleyville USA on Sunday, December 27, 2015

The origins of the show go back to 2001, when creator Nathan Bentley started to set up a large Christmas lights show at his home in Esko. According to Bentleyville history, it quickly got bigger from there – it took over the family's new home in Cloquet in 2004, and led to traffic problems on the roads getting there.

But in 2008, Duluth Mayor Don Ness invited him to give it a try at Bayfront Festival Park. Since then it's only grown, and Bentley formed a nonprofit group to help run it.

So what's it like? Well here are a few social media posts that give you an idea.

first time at bentleyville ✨⛄️ #allofthelights

A photo posted by Sara Gardner (@gardnersnacks) on Dec 25, 2015 at 6:06pm PST

Beautiful night! #merrychristmas #duluth #bentleyville #sparkly #lights #christmas2015

A photo posted by Sara (@sarmccar11) on Dec 25, 2015 at 9:07pm PST

#bentleyville #bentleyvilleusa #Christmas #christmaslights

A video posted by Danielle (@dbielanski07) on Dec 26, 2015 at 6:43pm PST

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