Duluth resident's popular holiday light show is moving to Glensheen Mansion

It has been hosted by Marcia Hales since 1998.
Publish date:

A popular holiday lights show put on by a Duluth resident for more than 20 years is moving to a new home: the famous Glensheen Mansion.

Marcia Hales has hosted the Spirit of the Lights show in the garden of her Park Point home since 1998, but that is coming to an end this year.

Stepping in to ensure the tradition continues however is Glensheen Mansion, which is adding the outdoor display to its usual Christmas celebrations.

"While the volunteers she [Marcia] had were great and incredibly helpful, it still is quite the event for someone to put on by themselves," Glensheen spokeswoman Jane Pederson told BMTN.

"She was hoping that someone in the community would want to carry on the tradition of the lights, and Glensheen was willing and honored to take it on."

"To say this is a uniquely special display is an understatement," she added. "And, Glensheen can’t thank Marcia enough for choosing Glensheen as the new home for these lights, which have such a storied past."

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

The light display opens to the public on Tuesday, with Glensheen saying the event will continue to be free as it was at Marcia's, with free cider and cookies offered in the Fireplace Room of the mansion's Carriage House.

The display will run between Dec. 10-28th, except for Christmas Eve and Day, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Next Up

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

covid-19, coronavirus

Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.29.12 AM

Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Minneapolis police

Mayor Frey, Minneapolis police chief reveal new 'no-knock' policy

The new policy for Minneapolis Police Department was announced Wednesday.

Teddy Bridgewater

Coller: It's a what-if Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater's return

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Ambulance hospital emergency

15-month-old girl's death being investigated by police in Fargo

The child died four days after being found unresponsive.

PD Shimmers closeup

Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.


Glensheen Mansion is free to visit on Sunday

The popular stately home is throwing open its doors for no charge.

Glensheen makes USA Today's 'Best Holiday Historic Home' shortlist

You can now vote for the Duluth mansion to make the Top 10.

Screen Shot 2020-11-10 at 9.03.20 AM

ValleyFair the latest to introduce drive-through holiday lights display

The announcement follows similar events planned in Duluth and at the State Fairgrounds.

Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 9.58.42 AM

The murder at Glensheen that you've never heard of

Decades before the famous mansion was built, blood was spilled on its grounds.