Held the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Night We Light festival rings in the start of the holiday season with a parade filled with illuminated floats. Following the parade, the switch is thrown lighting the iconic Paul and Babe the Blue Ox statues, as well as brightening up the Bemidji downtown! Ornaments made during the event are hung on the Christmas tree in the Bemidji Visitors Center, and there is carol singing, food trucks on scene at the ceremony, awards given for the best parade floats, and a traditional Night We Light bonfire.

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