Celebrate the Holidays
in Door County

Take a step back from the busy season and enjoy the lazy winter days of Door County. The temperature has dropped and it is time to pull out those skis, snowmobiles, and snowshoes to prep for the upcoming snow. This time of year is all about celebrating family and those quiet times you spend together. There is still lots to do on the peninsula though. Enjoy tree lightings, caroling, holiday shopping and more as you prep for the holiday season.

Turkey Trot

Sevastopol Town Park, Institute
Nov. 2

 4-, 2-, 1- and 0.5-mile run. Visit sevastopol.k12.wi.us for more information.

40th Annual Southern Door Arts, Crafts & Vendor Show

Southern Door Schools
Nov. 3  

New this year are photos with Santa, taste of Door County, a silent auction, and demonstrations/seminars. Concessions available. All proceeds benefit the Southern Door Athletic Booster Club. $2/admission.

Tug Lighting

Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 8  

Celebrate the holidays with hot cocoa and carols for the opening of the Merry-Time Festival of Trees and lighting of the tug John Purves.

Merry-Time Festival of Trees

Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 8-30  

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.

Christmas by the Bay

Throughout Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 22-24  

Kick off the holiday season during the annual tree lighting ceremony near the clock tower on Third Ave. The fun continues with the Holiday Parade, a meet and greet with Santa, and more holiday themed activities. Visit sturgeonbay.net for more information.

Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl

Throughout Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 22-24

Offering the public an opportunity to learn about the creative working process at 24 unique sites, with artists opening their studio and gallery doors. For more information and a map of participating locations, visit Sturgeon Bay Holiday Art Crawl on Facebook or sturgeonbaystudios.com.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Chili Supper

Throughout Ellison Bay
Nov. 24

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.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Lakeside Park, Jacksonport
Nov. 28

Eclectic floats and characters mixed with traditional color guard, a Jacksonport fire truck, some horses and maybe a camel, and Santa. Visit jacksonport.net for more information.

Friends of Gibraltar Holiday Art Fair

Sister Bay Village Hall
Nov. 29-30  

Shop for gifts created by talented artists in Door County. Proceeds help support programs at Gibraltar School.


Holly Days

Throughout Egg Harbor
Nov. 29-30

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.

Capture the Spirit

Throughout Sister Bay
Nov. 29-30  

The village lights up for the holidays with special decorations, caroling, Santa Claus, refreshments, extended shopping hours, art fair, and cookie decorating for kids.

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, and 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.