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The temperatures are dropping, but the county remains a great place to visit during the off-season. It’s time to dust off your skis, pull out the winter coats and mittens, and make sure your snow pants still fit, for there are plenty of festivals and events to take part in.
The celebrations start early with opportunities throughout November and December for family and friends to jumpstart seasonal spirit, while also enjoying everything the winter landscape has to offer.
Sevastopol Town Park, Institute
Celebrate the month of the turkey and food induced mid-afternoon naps, with a 4, 2, 1 and 0.5 mile run. Visit sevastopol.k12.wi.us for more information.
Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 10 - Dec. 11
Joyously celebrate the holidays by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the Museum’s galleries. Lovingly decorated by local businesses and organizations, each of these extraordinary trees is adorned with beautiful ornaments and special surprises. Best of all, every tree will go home with a lucky winner in our Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle. Enjoy a live auction, a silent auction, the tree raffle drawing and a score of heavy hors d’oeuvres at the event’s final gala, “Jingle, Jingle, Mix & Mingle”. Create a new holiday tradition for your family and friends by joining in this wonderful festive event. Visit dcmm.org for more details.
Throughout Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 16 - 18
Kickoff the holiday season during the annual tree lighting ceremony near the clock tower on Third Ave. (Friday, 6-8pm). The fun continues with the Holiday Parade (Saturday, 10am) followed by a meet and greet with Santa, and horse-drawn carriage rides (Friday & Saturday). The weekend comes to a close during brunch with Santa at Stone Harbor Resort (Sunday, 9-11am). Visit sturgeonbay.net for more information.
Throughout Ellison Bay
Join in the spirit of the season and gather around the tree for the lighting, to sing carols, and enjoy a warm bowl of chili. Sponsored by the Ellison Bay Service Club. Visit doorcountynorth.com for more information. Free to all in the community, donations of canned goods for area food pantries encouraged.
Lakeside Park, Jacksonport
Eclectic floats and characters mixed with traditional color guard, a Jacksonport fire truck, some horses and maybe a camel, and Santa. Money collected for Jacksonport native Marsha Wilson. Visit jacksonport.net for more information.
Throughout Sister Bay
The village lights up for the holidays with special decorations, caroling, Santa Claus, refreshments, extended shopping hours, art fair and cookie decorating for kids.
Throughout Egg Harbor
An exciting old-fashioned winter weekend including Breakfast with Santa, an elf hunt for children, Mistle Dough shopping contest, tree lighting, caroling, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Visit eggharbordoorcounty.org for more information.
Ephraim Village Hall
Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. Festivities feature fun family crafts, sing alongs and carols, a sweets sale, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Don’t forget to stop for a visit with Santa! Visit ephraim-doorcounty.com for more information.
Throughout Baileys Harbor
Head over to the lake side and celebrate the holidays with an afternoon of family fun. Activities will be held throughout town. The day features arts & crafts, cookies & hot chocolate, a parade with Santa waving hello from a fire truck, caroling, a tree lighting and more. Visit baileysharbor.com for more information.
Ridges Sanctuary Cabins
Enjoy the decorated Kaye Cabin, while sipping on warm cider, eating cookies and listening to holiday music. Optional wreath making workshop and holiday crafts are available to try. Enjoy treats around an open fire. Guided hikes and tours of the Range Light are available throughout the event. Free.
Alexander Noble House Museum, Fish Creek
Celebrate the Christmas spirit at this historic location in downtown Fish Creek. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, a tree lighting, and caroling with friends new and old.
Throughout Sister Bay
Ring in 2019 with the county's only New Year's Eve fireworks display. Enjoy ice skating, bonfires, and the Cherry Drop, newly added to the festivities last year, at midnight. Visit cometosisterbay.com for more info.
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