Holiday Highlights and Winter Festivals

2016 Holiday Highlights and Winter Festivals

Holiday festivities are in full swing in Door County, with great activities for the whole family or romantic escapes for just the two of you.

Don’t forget to check the calendar for January and February events too, when the county comes to life with winter festivities and fun in the snow!

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2016 Holiday Events

Christmas in the Village  

Dec. 3

Experience the traditions of the holiday season in the historic, picturesque village of Ephraim. Featuring fun family crafts, soup and chili, and a meet-and-greet with Santa and his reindeer. 

Christmas Tree Lighting and Chili Supper

Ellison Bay
Dec. 3

Join in the spirit of the season and gather around the tree for the tree lighting, carols, and enjoy a warm bowl of chili.

Harbor Holidays

Baileys Harbor
Saturday, Dec. 3, 1-6pm

Activities throughout town on the lakeside. Meet Santa, enjoy arts & crafts, live music, tree lighting ceremony and more in town and visit cozy bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and gift shops.

Nature of Romance

Dec. 3 - March

Treat yourself and a loved one to a special getaway, from December thru March, dozens of romance packages are offered including cozy lodging, scrumptious food and romantic extras.

Play it Forward for the Holidays

Fish Creek
Dec. 17

Reflecting the best of Door County life. Benefiting regional, national, and international causes selected by Door County performers.

Home for the Holidays with Northern Sky Theater

Dec. 31
Old Gibraltar Town Hall, Fish Creek

Warm and whimsical evening of song with holiday classics, original folk tunes, Northern Sky favorites, and plenty of laughs.

Sister Bay New Year's Eve Celebration

Dec. 31
Sister Bay Ice Rink

End the year in style with fireworks booming over Sister Bay at Theresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink.

Jacksonport Polar Bear Swim

Jan. 1

Start the New Year by testing your bravery in the chilly waters of Lake Michigan with hundreds of brave friends. It's a tradition that dates back more than 20 years.

New Year's Day Parade

Egg Harbor

Jan. 1
Egg Harbor's goofy parade rings in the New Year with food and warm drinks. 

Winter Rally on the 'Roo

Baileys Harbor
Jan. 28, 2017

Test out your sled, ATV, dirt bike or anything with a motor in drag races, radar runs and time trials on the north side of Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor. Live music, snow volleyball, and bonfire. Hot food and snow bar outside of Coyote Roadhouse. Free to attend. $5/machine to race.


Fish Creek Winter Festival

Fish Creek
Feb. 3 - 5, 2017
In its 30th year, Winter Festival continues to entertain locals and visitors the first weekend in February. Enjoy family-friendly games, music, food and a festive atmosphere under the large heated tent overlooking the frozen waters of Green Bay. Partake in the Kickball tournament on the harbor, the chili cook-off, minnow racing, a bike toss, candlelight skiing, a Stumpf Fiddle Contest, Fruit Loop fun run and more!

Celebrating Winter on Washington Island

Washington Island
Feb. 11-18, 2017
A week-long celebration of ice and snow with food, fun, adventure and entertainment at the biggest of the winter Door County festivals. Sample chili entries for $5 at the annual Chili Cook Off, enter a photo contest, or register with the Lions Club to participate in the Fishing Derby and more! You’ll also find local food specials, bake sales, live music, Island Players performances, and a “surprize” event!

Sturgeon Bay Fire & Ice Festival

Sturgeon Bay
Feb. 18 – 19, 2017

Stroll around town or climb aboard the Door County Trolley for a complimentary tour of the community.  Witness novice, intermediate, advanced and professional carvers transform blocks of snow and ice into works of art.  On Saturday evening, check out the annual Fire & Ice Dinner, Dance and Auction at Stone Harbor Resort with live music.

View the full December 2016 Newsletter here.