Merry-Time Festival of Trees 2021 at Door County Maritime Museum

Celebrate the holiday season with the opening of the 10th annual Merry-Time Festival of Trees, visits with Santa, activities for children, and the holiday lighting of the Tug John Purves, AND returning this year: the Jingle Mixer Gala! 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 Festival runs daily at the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay (120 North Madison Avenue) from November 13 through January 2, 10am-5pm. Raffle tickets for chances to win the beautifully 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 Gala on Tuesday, December 14.

Wear your holiday best, and experience the Museum at night. Guests will be entertained by live music and auctions, and enjoy catered hors d’oeuvres and an open wine & beer bar.
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Register to bid on one-of-a-kind Museum Experience packages during the Merry-Times Auction:

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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 13.

  • 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 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19, 26, and January 2.


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