Dec 05 2011

Sertoma Winter Wonderland in Brainerd-Baxter, Minnesota

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.

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2 Comments to “Sertoma Winter Wonderland in Brainerd-Baxter, Minnesota”

  1. Scott @ Alaskan Cruise Advisor on 06 Dec 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Awesome! I love that tunnel of lights at the very end. Great pics of this.

  2. Virginia Boggs@facelift on 19 Dec 2011 at 1:45 am

    Aaah! you have reminded me of the good old time we used to have, our father used to take us out for a drive before Christmas and we used to admire the lightnings and decorations.

    I realize i have never really made this efforts for my own kids, they are so preoccupied with things and they have so many other things to do.. i think in our times we had little less things to do, so it was a fun activity, i dont know how my kids will react to that!

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