Thursday, December 27, 2012

Days of December: Visiting Bentleyville, Tour of Lights (4 pages!)

We love to visit Bentleyville (a Tour of Lights in Duluth, Minnesota). I think we've been going to Bentleyville for the past 5 or so years in a row already. It's really quite wonderful. Bentleyville started out as a guy (with the last name of Bentley) decorating his yard in Cloquet with Christmas lights. His light display was really popular and eventually he moved to a different house in Carlton, Minnesota to accommodate the crowds. He even bussed people to see his light display. It got so crazy popular that eventually the City of Duluth offered to have him show his beautiful lights in Duluth by the lake. Reading the stats, I believe they had over 150,000 visitors  last year. It's amazing. They will accept donations (which we of course always do). He gets TONS of volunteers and offers free hot chocolate, hot apple cider, popcorn, cookies and even marshmallows to roast over the fire. Santa and Mrs. Claus are even at Bentleyville and the younger kids who visit Santa even get free ski hats. Bentleyville is just such a fun way to ring in the holidays! We usually try to go Thanksgiving weekend but this year we went right before Christmas ... on December 22nd. Later than usual but still amazing!

So ... here are my 4 (yup ... FOUR!) pages for Bentleyville ...

Here are the closer-up, 12x12 views:

Here's a list of the digi supplies I used on these pages:

Tiffany Tillman Heart of the Holidays Templates 8 and 20
Karla Dudley Heart of the Holidays kit
Mye de Leon Vintage Christmas kit
Katie Pertiet Linen Buttons and Buttoned Up Holidays
Amanda Dykan Whimsical Rain (glitter stuff)
Scrap Girls Glitter Tree
LivE Designs Needs+Wants Date Stamps
Fonts: Century Gothic and Channel

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