Road trip anyone? The largest Northern Minnesota Drive-Thru Light Show, which has been years in the making, is becoming a reality this month, and it sounds spectacular! The event is happening up in Itasca County, but from what I've read it seems like it is worth the drive.

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The event is called Lights in the Pines, and it is being held in Grand Rapids at the Itasca County Fairgrounds (1397 3rd Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MN 55744)

According to a social media event page, there are some rules for people to follow, but it's pretty straightforward otherwise.

GRAND OPENING!!! Come visit Northern Minnesota's largest drive-thru light show at the Itasca County Fairgrounds! The cost is $10.00 per car/truck and $25.00 for small buses. No RV's, please. (The last car is let in at 9 PM, no exceptions). When you are done enjoying the lights, stop by Santaland and see all the beautiful scenes of the season. There will be hot cocoa, coffee, popcorn, and souvenirs available to purchase. Itasca Life Options will have an assortment of various gifts available for purchase! Santa will be there so you can use your phone or have the professional photographer take a picture with Santa!

The event is set to open on Black Friday and run through the end of the year, with the event mostly being open on just Friday's and Saturday's up until the last week they are open, in which the event would be open every day that week.

Starting November 24th, The Lights in the Pines, northern Minnesota’s largest drive-through light extravaganza will be open for your viewing pleasure. The west gate of the Itasca County Fairgrounds, located at 1336 Fairgrounds Road, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, is where you will start your lights and sound experience.

There will be an opportunity at the end of the light displays, to park and enter Santaland, where you will be able to visit and take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be hot chocolate, coffee, popcorn, and cookies to purchase. The Lights in the Pines has partnered with Itasca Life Options to exhibit and sell their crafts and artwork in Santaland. There will also be Lights in the Pines merchandise available to purchase.

This is a drive-through light experience. You must be in a vehicle to enter. The cost to enter Lights in the Pines is $10.00 for personal vehicles and $25.00 for small buses. We can not accommodate any school buses or recreational vehicles.

Lights in the Pines will let the first vehicle through the West gate at 5:00 PM and the last vehicle let in will be at 9:00 PM. No exceptions. This is put on and run by 100% volunteers from The Lights in the Pines and various organizations from around Itasca County.

Dates we will be open:
Fri. Nov. 24th
Sat. Nov 25th
Fri. Dec 1st
Sat. Dec 2nd
Thur. Dec 7th Military Appreciation Night – All veterans' vehicles will get in free of charge.
Fri. Dec 8th
Sat. Dec 9th
Fri. Dec 15th
Sat. Dec 16th
Fri. Dec. 22nd
Sat. Dec. 23rd
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be leaving for the North Pole and will not be with us till Nov. 2024!
Tue. Dec. 26th
Wed. Dec. 27th
Thu. Dec 28th
Fri. Dec. 29th
Sat. Dec. 30th

You can learn more about this event by heading to the event's Facebook page, and remember if you go, send us pictures using our FREE app!

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