Merry-Time Festival of Trees
November 11 – December 12

Joyously celebrate the holidays by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the museum’s galleries. Lovingly decorated by local businesses, organizations and residents 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. Museum admission includes a daily festival rate of $10 for adults (includes a free $5 Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle ticket). Children are free with a nominal Cana Island restoration donation.


November 11, Saturday

“Stress-Free” Holiday Cooking Demo with Thyme Catering – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

No need to spend the whole day in the kitchen to enjoy the holidays. Thyme Catering will walk you through how to make your pantry and freezer your friend this holiday season. Start with an hors d’oeuvre and if need be, make it a meal. Arm yourself with the tools to prepare for unexpected guests. Less stress holidays for all. Registration is $30 and includes cooking demo, samples of prepared foods, recipes and free admission to the museum.


Bake Sale in Museum Store–Baked goods for sale! Get your Christmas treats here!

10:00 am – 1:30 pm  Southern Door Parents Involved in Education (PIE)

1:30 pm – 5 pm Zion Lutheran School


Make Your Own Precious Holiday Ornament–Quilt the Old-Fashioned Way-2 pm to 4 pm

New this year we have three different Door Peninsula quilting groups to help you make a quilted ornament. Make a small quilted tree ornament for your tree or a present for someone else! You can bring your own material (at least 6” squares) or pick material from what the quilters bring. Think how happy your friends and relatives will be to receive a hand-made ornament from you. Or, you can start a new tradition with your family and make your own ornaments. Registration is $20 and includes everything you need to make an ornament.


Nov 25, Saturday

Kid’s Merry-Time Fun Day

10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Pilot the 400-foot freighter, the Elba, through the bridges of Sturgeon Bay, enjoy our featured Sea Dogs exhibit and participate in crafts, games, and much more. New this year is a children’s raffle. Remember how much fun you have putting raffle tickets in containers for the Merry-Time Trees? Children will be able to put a free raffle ticket in a bucket to win a prize from Child’s Play! Adult admission is $10 (includes a $5 Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle ticket). Children are free with an adult and a nominal donation to the Cana Island Restoration Fund. Children then receive one free Merry-Time Festival children’s raffle ticket.


Santa on the Tug John PurvesDec 2, Saturday

Santa on the Tug, “John Purves” – 10 am to 1 pm

Join Santa onboard the historic tugboat to share your Christmas wishes! Due to the size of the tug, only two adults can accompany each child. Adult museum admission includes Santa visit. Children will also be able to put a free raffle ticket in a bucket to win a prize from a local children’s store! 



DOOR CANcer Holiday Home Tour – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

DOOR CANcer supporters have opened their hearts and homes to help people of Door County. Tour homes beautifully trimmed for the holidays including the Merry-Time Festival of Trees display. Tickets are $30 and are available at the museum.


Bake Sale in Museum Store–Baked goods for sale! Get your Christmas treats here!

10:00 am – 1:30 pm  Maplewood Missiles 4-H Club

Book Signing with Author Sue Jarosh
Join author Sue Jarosh for the book signing of her Door County book “Mouse in a Lighthouse” from 10am-2pm

Randy Peterson in the Reddin Bridge Room – 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm

Children’s singer and storyteller Randy Peterson will be playing guitar, banjo and mandolin while he sings songs for the audience. Be sure to stop in at the Reddin Bridge Room at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30 to hear well-known Christmas holiday favorites and original audience-pleasing songs and activities. It’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit and let the children enjoy singing along.


December 12, Tuesday

Jingle, Jingle, Mix & Mingle – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join our festivities, a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, a live auction, a silent auction and our Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle drawing. Tickets are $30 for members or $35 for non-members. Advanced reservations are required.


Live Auction Items (more to come)

  • A Washington Island Experience Package; Lodging, food, golf, ferry services, shopping, the arts and lavender
  • Watch the 2018 Fourth of July Fireworks from the top of the Cana Island Lighthouse, Baileys Harbor, WI
  • Beautiful jewelry from Draeb Jewelers
  • Sturgeon Bay Fire Department’s Fire Engine Red Hot Pizza Party/Delivery




Thank You to Our Sponsors

Santa Claus Sponsors

Door County Daily News

Nicolet National Bank

Reindeer Sponsors


Marine Travelift/ExacTech

Sleigh Sponsors

Roger and Sandy Anderson

Bay Electric Systems

Bay Shore Inn

Cadence, Inc.

DC Printing, LLC

Dentistry by Design

Door County Eye Associates, Inc.

Flanigan Distributing

Jim Olson Motors


Synergy Geothermal Heating-Cooling

Therma-Tron-X, Inc.

Thrivent Financial   Door County Team

Other Sponsors

Child’s Play

DC Printing, LLC

Dancing Bear

Hanneman-Gosser Insurance & Financial Services, LLC

Stoneman-Schopf Agency, Inc.

Sturgeon Bay Utilities

Cana Island Restoration Donation Matching Fund Sponsor

ERA Starr Realty


Tree Sponsors

AmericInn of Sturgeon Bay Land of the Free

BlissA Blissful Holiday Season

Bridgeport Resort Family Fun Night

Brown County Graphics Woodland Creatures

Nancy Cogan, Susan Loesl & Lucy Richter Knot’ical

Cornucopia Kitchen Shop A Cornucopia Christmas

Door County Ace Hardware ­Birds of a Feather

Door County Generous Citizens White Elephant Giving Tree

Door County Maritime Museum Gift Shop Toast the Door

Door County Medical Center Sounds of the Season

Door County Sunglass Company Christmas at the Beach

Door Guide Publishing – Swedish “Jul” Tree

Edward Jones Financial Adviser–Tara Pierre Sweeten Up Your Retirement Picture, Plan Today

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Sea Who Is Nauti or Nice

Kevin’s Automotive, LLC Maritime Memories

Kitty O’Reillys Irish Pub Irish Glow

Rhys Kuzdas20,000 Leagues Under the Tree

Mary Lentz & Amy Paul Once Upon a Cookie

Maas FloralAll the Glitz & Glamour

Midsummer’s Music FestivalExsultate, Jubilate, K165 – Rejoice, Be Glad

Newport Resort I Believe in Santa Paws

Nicolet National Bank/Westside Business Association – Mad Hatters on Madison

Northern Territory–Country Cabin & Beachside CottageCountryside Christmas

On Deck Clothing Co., Inc. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Norm Paul & DCMM Wondrous Outdoor Glass Bottle Art

Portside Builders Holiday Team Building

The Purves Family – Beverly Purves & Lori Moe Hard Candy Christmas

Roen Salvage Company Green Bay Packers

Sturgeon Bay High School CheerleadersClassic Clipper

Sunnypoint Landscape LLC A Rustic Christmas

Sunshine House We Are All Stars

Target Warm Hearts and Hands

Holly & Heather Voll Silver Bells and Seashells

Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort Halloween Tree

Wood Orchard Market Santa Claus and His Sleigh Full of Gifts

Wulf Brothers, Inc./HiTec Fabrication Steeling Summer


THANK YOU to all who participated in this year’s event! We wouldn’t be able to do it without you!