Dec 05 2011
When I was a kid, we’d drive to the big city each December and make the rounds of various neighborhoods, oohing and aahing at the holiday light displays as people lit up their decorated homes. Those memories were brought back as we drove through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland in the Northland Arboretum in Baxter, Minnesota, recently.
The Sertoma service organization in Brainerd-Baxter has set up this drive-through light display for visitors to enjoy. For $10 a car, you can snake through the arboretum and see the various light displays, most sponsored by area businesses. Tuning to a local radio station adds holiday music and information about the displays to your journey.
Some displays are whimsical, others traditional, but all serve the purpose of getting visitors in the holiday spirit.
After driving through the display, you can stop in the visitor center to purchase some cookies or hot cocoa, play some kid-friendly games, and visit with Santa. Special events, such as sleigh rides, are offered on certain dates.
The Sertoma Winter Wonderland is open weekends from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Check the website for dates, hours, and special events.