December and January
Events in Door County

Winter has set in, and we are getting through the holiday season. Door County is a great place to shop for all of your gift-giving needs. One of the many artisans on the peninsula is sure to have the perfect gift. After running around for the holidays, it is nice to take a break and relax. While many local businesses go silent, the outdoor sports scene picks up. Snowshoe or ski through one of the state parks, dust off your snowmobile, and zoom on one of the trails—or try fat tire biking. Afterwards, take the time to warm up in a coffee shop and watch the world go by. Whatever your needs, Door County is here to make your winter season bright!

Merry-Time Festival of Trees

Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Dec. 1- 10

Joyously celebrate the holidays by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the museum’s galleries. Explore the museum and stroll through a sparkling forest of holiday trees, wreaths, and holiday items donated by our community for raffle and auction. Visit dcmm.org for more details.


Ephraim’s Christmas in the Village

Ephraim Village Hall
Dec. 7

Featuring fun family crafts, sing alongs and carols, sweets sale, visit with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more. Visit ephraim-doorcounty.com for more information.


Santa on the Tugboat

Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Dec. 7

Join Santa onboard the historic tugboat John Purves. Due to the size of the tug, only two adults can accompany each child. Adult museum admission includes Santa visit. Enjoy exhibits, games, storytelling, elf trivia, cookie decorating, crafts, & more.


Harbor Holiday

Throughout Baileys Harbor
Dec. 7

Activities throughout town. Featuring arts and crafts, cookies, hot chocolate, Santa on a fire truck in the parade, caroling, tree lighting, and more. Visit baileysharbor.com for more information.

Noble House Tree Lighting & Caroling

Noble Square, Fish Creek
Dec. 7

Come celebrate the Christmas spirit with good friends. Featuring a sing-along and the Gibraltar schools choirs followed by hot cocoa and cookies.


Jingle Mixer

Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Dec. 10

Guests will enjoy live seasonal entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, along with a live and silent auction, and tree raffle drawing. $35/person, in advance. $40/person, at the door.


Natural Christmas

Ridges Sanctuary Cabins, Baileys Harbor
Dec. 14

Enjoy the decorated Kaye Cabin, while sipping on warm cider, eating cookies, and listening to holiday music. Optional wreath-making workshop, holiday crafts, and treats around an open fire. Guided hikes and tours of the Range Light are available throughout the event. Free.


New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Cherry Drop

Throughout Sister Bay
Dec. 31

Ring in 2020 with the county's only New Year's Eve fireworks display. Enjoy ice skating, bonfires, and the Cherry Drop (midnight). Visit cometosisterbay.com for more info.


Egg Harbor New Year’s Day Parade

Throughout Egg Harbor
Jan. 1

Egg Harbor's goofy parade rings in the new year with food and warm drinks! Visit www.eggharbordoorcounty.org for more information.

Jacksonport Polar Bear Swim

Lakeside Park, Jacksonport
Jan. 1

Join the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club for a brisk dip in Lake Michigan. Bring towels, blankets, warm clothes and anything else you might need to help warm up afterward. Donations to Feed My People will be collected.


Frostbite Open

Red Putter, Ephraim
Jan. 1

Open tournament, anyone can play, no need to qualify. 2 rounds of minigolf will be played. Hot drinks and chili will be served. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place and Best Single Game. Trophies for all who place. $25 to enter.


Polar Plunge

Waterfront Mary’s, Sturgeon Bay
Jan. 1

Enjoy the crisp temperature of the waters of Green Bay by jumping in the hole! Enjoy live music and drink specials.


Sportsmen with Heart Ice Fishing Tournament

Wave Pointe Marina & Resort, Sturgeon Bay
Jan. 25

A fundraiser with raffles. Details to come. Visit wavepointe.com for more information.


Winter Candlelight Ski

Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay
Jan. 25

Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park and enjoy this annual winter candlelight event. Separate trails available for skiers and hikers. The shelter features a warming fire along with hot beverages, popcorn and baked goods. Please leave your pet at home as they are not allowed on the ski trails or in the shelter building. Event is free but a state park vehicle sticker is required. Call to confirm.


Fish Creek Winter Festival

Clark Park, Fish Creek
Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Enjoy wacky winter-themed carnival games for all ages, ice sculptures, music, raffles, chili cook-off, food, beverages, Fruit Loop Fun Run, and more. Visit visitfishcreek.com for more information.