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First City of Lights Night We Light Celebration

November 26 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST

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One event on November 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM

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Celebrate 25 years of light as they mark the silver anniversary of the First City of Lights. This year’s display will be the largest in Bemidji’s History featuring over a half million lights!  Take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season and see some spectacular floats illuminated to showcase why Bemidji is Christmas City. The Parade travels going East on 8th Street, turning South on Beltrami Ave. to 3rd Street where it will travel West and end at Irvine Ave. Following the parade make your way down to Paul Bunyan Park for the Night We Light Ceremony. This is when the official Countdown is held and the  giant light switch is flipped to illuminate the city! Special guests, musical performances, and awards for the best parade entries are also presented at this time.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25:
Santa’s Workshop 10am – 5pm (closed during the parade)
Tourist Information Center Paul Bunyan Park
★ Photos with Santa, Holiday treats and crafts
★ Tour of Homes Map Available
★ Vote for the best Christmas Window Display
★ Heroes Rise Coffee Unit 2

NIGHT WE LIGHT PARADE ★ 6PM
Downtown Bemidji
★ Carts of Care – Food Shelf and Toy Donation drive along parade route
★ Parade travels South along Beltrami Avenue from 8th Street turns West on 3rd Street and ends at Irvine Avenue

NIGHT WE LIGHT CEREMONY ★ 7PM
Paul Bunyan Park – Following the Parade
★ Live Music & Parade Awards
★ The lighting of over a half million lights!
★ Horse drawn wagon rides starting under the downtown archway

NIGHT WE LIGHT FIREWORKS ★ 8PM
Presented by Sanford Health
On Lake Bemidji near Paul Bunyan Park

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Santa’s Workshop – Tourist Information Center – 10am – 2pm

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