A Firsthand Look at the Twin Ports Christmas Lighting Challenge

The Duluth News Tribune and Duluth.com teamed up to cruise through local neighborhoods in search of entrants in the Twin Ports Christmas Lighting Challenge.
Written by Christa Lawler
Video & Photos by Michelle Truax

It’s beginning to look a lot like … Whoville. A Duluth Heights home has gotten a Seussian makeover for the holiday season, and is among the dozens of entrants in the Twin Ports Christmas Lighting Challenge — a list that includes homes and businesses.

The Grinch looms over his dog, Cindy Lou Who stands under an arch and the townspeople, carolers, stand in a line. Stockings are hung from the eaves with care. Red, green and white lights are twisted into the trees.

Lest there is any question: “Welcome to Whoville,” a sign reads.

This year’s holiday trends include inflatable Olafs from “Frozen,” green lasers, icicle lights that seemingly drip and holiday projections playing out across the front of homes — gingerbreads, Santa faces, candy canes.

Some highlights: Take a seven mile drive on Lester River Road and a right onto Lakewood Junction Road, and a brightly decorated home is a sudden surprise on a dark and quiet street. The yard mixes inflatable characters — Mickey Mouse, Dory, Olaf — with a seemingly endless mix of lights extending throughout the large yard.

A home on Vermilion Road has a nativity scene, with a cross lit in white lights. On West 15th Street, a home with a balcony extending the length of the house is tastefully wrapped with lights — surpassed only by the view from this tip-top point in the city.

Meanwhile, just the top of a sort of low-lying Gingerbread house on West Sixth Street is outlined completely, adorably, in lights. Nearby, at a home and yard filled with decorations, a sign reminds passersby to vote for them in the Twin Ports Lighting Challenge.

You can do that at sweeteventduluth.com.

If you go:

CLOQUET BUSINESSES

Wood City Lights and Hardware
901 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet

Carlton County Historical Society
406 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet

Hanft Fride
1219 14th St., Cloquet

Frandsen Bank and Trust
712 Highway 33 S., Cloquet

Nooter Construction
305 Business Park Drive E., Cloquet

Pine Journal
122 Ave. C, Cloquet

CLOQUET RESIDENTIAL

Angel Lund
915 12th St., Cloquet
I was blessed to get all my parents’ Christmas decorations and for the last two years we’ve enjoyed sharing our display.

Charlene Schlenvogt
911 Carlton Ave., Cloquet

James Furnas
2206 Washington Ave., Cloquet

DULUTH BUSINESSES

A Sweet Event
1920 Springvale Road, Duluth

Solutions Insurance Agencies
215 N. Central Ave., Suite 6, Duluth

DULUTH RESIDENTIAL

Brenda Anderson
703 Ebony Ave., Duluth
Whoville

Barb Blekestad
4122 W. Eighth St., Duluth

Ruth Cpin
4707 Gladstone St., Duluth

Doug and Tami Hendricks
2871 Lakewood Junction Road, Duluth
Lights on until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Directions: Up Lester River Road seven miles, turn right on Lakewood Junction Road

Keith Hinnenkamp
1325 108th Ave. W., Duluth

Ryan and Lindsay Kern
2725 Exhibition Drive, Duluth
Tune radio to posted station to enjoy the musical Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound and Light Show.

Emily Kuhnly
422 93rd Ave. W., Duluth

Tom and Susan Muehlberger
2907 W. 15th St., Duluth

Theresa Painter
515 Winnipeg Ave., Duluth

Garrett Perrault
403 S. 71st Ave. W., Duluth

Sherry and Larry Rushing
109 Northfield St., Duluth
Woodland Avenue above Hartley Field

John Toman
21 N. 93rd Ave. W., Duluth

Tom and Jen Wicklund
1901 Gearhart St., Duluth

Micheal Wilson
3604 Decker Road, Duluth

Tom and Kathy Zeman
4410 Vermilion Road, Duluth
Directions: Woodland Avenue to Pleasant View Road to Vermilion Road; take right on Vermilion Road and we are the fourth house on the left.

Michael Zeman and Family
1421 104th Ave. W., Duluth
Directions: Turn up by the Milk House on Dickson Street in Gary; go four blocks to 104th Avenue West, turn right and we’re the last house on the left.

Tara Neveau
2305 W. Sixth St., Duluth

Sam Wick-Zeman
1421 104th Ave. W., Duluth
Stop by and enjoy a great display of Christmas lights, designed and put up with love from the Wick-Zeman’s.

PROCTOR

Eric and Deb Madson
828 Lupine Drive, Proctor

SAGINAW

Luke Grages
7229 Industrial Road, Saginaw
Music on 93.5 FM

SUPERIOR/DOUGLAS COUNTY BUSINESS

Angie’s Closet
1202 Belknap St., Superior

Engwall Wolff’s Flower Shop
1315 Tower Ave., Superior

Eagles Club
1710 N. 12th St., Superior

Capri Bar
1224 Tower Ave., Superior

Wine Beginnings
1413 Tower Ave., Superior

Twin Ports Health Services
1612 N. 37th St., Superior

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center
305 Harbor View Parkway, Superior
Come and see the only tank decked out with Christmas lights in the Northland!

Jack’s Place
1923 Tower Ave., Superior

SUPERIOR/DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTIAL

Ashley Dzikonski
7238 E. County Road E., South Range

Brandt Charles
2015 Wyoming Ave., Superior

Al and Sue Chesky
425 31st Ave.E., Superior

Brett and Amanda DeFoe
2101 E. Third St., Superior
We welcome people to walk through our display. Put car windows down to enjoy Christmas music, or just enjoy the display.

Jeff Eliason
2319 Susquehanna Ave., Superior

Jamie Howie
2211 Hammond Ave., Superior

Sarah Johnson
1107 N. Seventh St., Superior

Pat Kelly
1830 E. 10th St., Superior

Mark Mahla
22 Billings Drive, Superior

Dennis and Patricia McCauley
2017 Central Ave., Superior

Todd McKay
2012 Missouri Ave., Superior

Robert Ross
636 N. 23rd St., Superior

Tyler and Dillan Skandel
3114 Hughitt Ave., Superior

Linda Dembroski
1826 New York Ave., Superior

Tim Lisdahl
1215 Central Ave., Superior

TWO HARBORS BUSINESS

Voyageur Motel
1227 Seventh Ave., Two Harbors

Two Harbors Area Chamber
1330 Highway 61, Two Harbors

Moose-cellaneous Gifts
603 Seventh Ave., Two Harbors

Seagren’s Hardware – True Value
610 First Ave., Two Harbors

Hair Designs
620 First Ave., Two Harbors

North Shore Rotary
Thomas Owens Park
Third Avenue and Sixth Street, Two Harbors

TWO HARBORS RESIDENTIAL

Debbie Bolen
1932 Ninth Ave., Two Harbors

Bill and Philomena Carlson
1831 Seventh Ave., Two Harbors

The Gomers
512 Fourth Ave., Two Harbors

Justin Holland
406 11th Ave., Two Harbors

Craig and Amy Jussila
1704 Seventh Ave., Two Harbors

Emily Linn
507 11th Ave., Two Harbors

Warren Miller
532 13th Ave., Two Harbors

Royal Miller
620 12th Ave., Two Harbors

Scott Olson
710 12th Ave., Two Harbors

Kenneth Peterson
1431 Eighth Ave., Two Harbors

Dave and Cookie Puent
1802 Seventh Ave., Two Harbors

Mike Rousseau
1742 Highway 2, Two Harbors

Geoffrey Tolley
855 Stanley Road, Two Harbors

Jayme and Nadine Uremovich
323 Third Ave., Two Harbors

Renee Wermter
427 Eighth Ave., Two Harbors

Kyle Costley
1305 Harbor Hills Dr., Two Harbors

Lisa Heinonen
746 Valley Road, Two Harbors

Cheryl Sundstrom
524 10th Ave., Two Harbors

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