Merry-Time Festival of Trees 2022 at Door County Maritime Museum

Celebrate the holiday season with the opening of the 11th annual Merry-Time Festival of Trees, visits with Santa, activities for children, and the holiday lighting of the Tug John Purves. The Museum turns into a winter wonderland with extraordinarily decorated trees, decorative displays, wreaths and gifts donated to DCMM by businesses and individuals in the community – and you could take one home during the Festival of Trees raffle!

See the Museum Aglow

The trees, wreaths and decorative displays will be on display at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay (120 North Madison Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) from November 12 through January 2, 10am-5pm.

However! If you want a chance to win one of the displays, buy your raffle tickets and enter before the Jingle Mixer on Tuesday, December 13! All tree winners will be drawn during the Jingle Mixer.

Raffle tickets for chances to win the beautiful and festive trees, wreaths and decorative displays on display around the Museum are sold at the Admissions Desk of the Museum in Sturgeon Bay. These uniquely decorated trees and wreaths are donated by area businesses and individuals!

The Festival culminates with the annual Jingle Mixer on Tuesday, December 13.Female and male couple wearing festive holiday attire to the DCMM Jingle Mixer 2021

Wear your holiday best, and experience the Museum at night. Guests will be entertained by live music and auctions, and enjoy light appetizers and an open wine & beer bar.Teal colored button with words Buy Tickets


Register to bid on one-of-a-kind Museum Experience packages during the Merry-Times Auction!

DCMM is hosting this online auction to provide our far away friends and supporters a chance to take part of the fun of the Jingle Mixer.
All auction proceeds support the Museum’s programming and mission, and give you a chance at a behind-the-scene or unique opportunity few people get to experience!
Bidding on auction lots for the 12 Days of Merry-Times Auction will be open from Thursday, December 1 through Monday, December 12, 2022 (the day before the Jingle Mixer).
Each auction lot showcases an opportunity for you to experience the Museum and partner properties like never before. Enjoy behind the scenes exclusives, use of Museum event spaces, special tours, and holiday parties – if you’re the highest bidder.

Online Auction Bidding open December 1-12:

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We ask that you bid high, and often to support the Museum. All auction proceeds benefit the mission of the Door County Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Preservation Society to preserve Great Lakes maritime history, and provide interpretive and education opportunities for current and future generations.


Visit with Santa Claus

There will be many special days throughout the Festival, but none as special as Family Day & Santa at the Museum on Saturday, November 12.

  • Children of all ages are welcome to participate in holiday activities and explore the Museum beginning at 10 am.
  • Santa is scheduled to arrive via U.S. Coast Guard boat at 10am.
  • Visit and take pictures with Santa from 10:30am-2pm.
  • Each child – 17 and younger – accompanied by 1 adult receives 1 FREE admission to this event AND to the Museum on Sundays during the festival – November 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18.

All proceeds raised during the Merry-Time Festival of Trees supports the Museum’s annual operating fund.