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Winter Wonderland at the Northland Arboretum: A Drive-Through Holiday Experience

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

Sertoma Presents Winter Wonderland at the Northland Arboretum




As the holidays sneak up like a mischievous elf, have you caught the festive bug yet? If not, we have the perfect cure for your bah-humbug blues! Buckle up and journey to the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd, MN, where a dazzling Winter Wonderland awaits, ready to paint your December nights with shimmering lights and warm memories.


The best part? You don't even have to brave the frost! Cozy up in your car and embark on a magical drive-through tour, where breathtaking light displays dance around your windshield like joyful sprites. So, pack some hot cocoa, tune your radio to the dedicated lightshow station (105.3 FM), and create lasting memories! Ideal for the entire family or a special date night, you still have a few more opportunities to experience this magical event from December 21-31 (5:30 PM - 8:00 PM). This marks the 17th year of this incredible holiday tradition, making it well worth the adventure to witness the awe-inspiring holiday light show.

Planning your visit:

  • Tickets: Snag yours online or grab them in person at Cub Foods in Baxter or Brainerd for $15 per vehicle. Feeling spontaneous? Purchase a pass at the gate for $20 (cash only).

  • Pro Tip: Approach the Arboretum from the south(Follow the signs and look for a line of cars). While a long line might form, fear not! It moves quickly, and the anticipation only builds the excitement.

  • Hot Cocoa Hero: Pack a thermos of your favorite hot beverage to sip as you ooh and ahh at the illuminations.

  • Headlight Hideaway: When you reach the gate, the friendly staff will scan your ticket and request you turn off your headlights, leaving only your parking lights on. Trust us, the darkness truly amplifies the magic!

  • Pace Yourself: Maintain a safe distance between cars and savor the spectacle. The tour takes about 20-25 minutes, depending on the crowd.

  • Photo Finish: If you're a shutterbug, crank up the heat, roll down your windows, and capture stunning reflections-free photos.

  • Tune In: Don't forget to switch to 105.3 FM for the dedicated station playing holiday music 

So, gather your loved ones, crank up the carols, and lose yourself in the enchanting glow of the Winter Wonderland. Create memories that will sparkle long after the last twinkle fades, and maybe, just maybe, rediscover the true magic of the season.


Come one, come all, and let the Northland Arboretum's Winter Wonderland ignite your holiday spirit! Bonus Tip: Stay updated on weather-related closures by following their Facebook page. Northland Arboretum

Address: 14250 Conservation Drive | Brainerd, MN 56401 Purchase Tickets




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