Grand Rapids has a charming Christmas Village Light Show just nine miles south of Grand Rapids. This light show is in its fifth year this year.
Creator Doran and his wife, Robin Newton started this because not many people in town do Christmas Light Shows, and Doran wanted to create an old fashioned Christmas light show where people could drive through and enjoy the lights. Doran is retired from MN Power. He has lived in Grand Rapids since 1981. Doran has created many of his holiday lights by hand, like his trees made of PVC pipe, wire and lights, or shooting star displays
The Christmas Light Show starts on Saturday, November 24th and runs through December 24th. The hours are 5pm-10pm every night of the week. During the week he plays special Christmas music for kids from 5:30pm-7pm. On Wednesday’s he plays Country Christmas music, and on Sunday’s he plays Gospel Christmas music. Doran is a 50’s and 60’s music fan, and really enjoys the Beattles. He has even found a Beattles tribute band who has remade famous Christmas carols to popular Beattles music.
In addition to the Christmas Light Show, Doran and Robin have created a gift shop that features handmade wood ornaments, wall art, children’s toys, and much more. Doran has a booth at several craft shows and community festivals throughout the year. His woodworking is done by hand and not by a laser cutter, but by a scroll saw. He has thousands of patterns in his wood shop for future wood projects. The Santa’s Workshop will be open starting November 26th through December 24th for a one of a kind Christmas gift.
Head north to Grand Rapids this Holiday Season to enjoy a unique Christmas Village Light Show in northern Minnesota. This year with the early snow on the ground the Newton’s Christmas Village is the perfect place to take children of all ages for a memorable drive through the winter wonderland of beautiful Christmas lights. As you drive through the light show, remember to turn your radio to 90.3 FM to hear the music that syncs with the lights.