No matter the time of year, Ely Minnesota is a special place to visit. Filled with a variety of unique shops, lodging facilities, attractions and recreational opportunities there is always something to see and do.
Winter in Ely is a special time. Pristine trails, lined with pines covered in glistening snow, await you. Travel our trails and lakes on foot, skiis, snowshoes or kicksleds. If you are an adventurer at heart, consider leading a team of sled dogs as they wind along forest trails while enjoying the quiet swoosh of sled runners. Of course, snowmobilers enjoy our winter wonderland too. Our local snowmobile clubs take great care in grooming local trails that connect between area communities and across the Superior National Forest.
Our first glimpse of winter comes around Thanksgiving. Bring your holiday celebration north and enjoy a serene cabin nestled in the woods. Spend Thanksgiving gathered together and then come to town and join in with Elites as we enjoy our annual Thanksgiving Night Shopping. While there is plenty of shopping done it is also a time when we gather together and celebrate the beginning of our winter season.
Our Small Town Christmas celebration is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Friends and neighbors come out to shop local and support our many unique businesses and restaurants. In the afternoon, parade entries begin to line up. If you have never been to a small town parade - especially in Ely - you are in for a wonderful experience. Following the parade Elyites gather at Whiteside Park for hot cocoa, cider and cookies. Santa spends time with the kids and then we all gather for the Tree Lighting ceremony.
We hope you can join us for a wonderful adventure. Keep in mind there is Christmas, New Years Eve and Valentime's Day to celebrate too. Ely is a beautiful destination with plenty of adventure, amentities and home spun fun. We hope you will join us soon.