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. 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!

The Festival runs daily at the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay (120 North Madison Avenue) from November 13 through January 2, 10am-5pm. Uniquely decorated trees and wreaths donated by businesses and individuals in the for chances to win one of the beautiful decorations.

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 10:30am. 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 from November 13-19, 2021.

The Festival culminates with the annual Jingle Mixer Gala on Tuesday, December 14. Wear your holiday best, and experience the Museum at night, and the view of Sturgeon Bay from the top of the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower. Guests will be entertained by live music and auctions, and enjoy catered hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

Tickets for the Jingle Mixer Gala are limited and will go on sale November 1.
Museum guests may bid on auction packages online starting #CyberMonday, December 2.

More information about tickets and auctions coming soon!

If you are interested in decorating or creating a tree, table decoration or wreath, please contact Paige Funkhouser, Community Engagement Manager (pfunkhouser@dcmm.org or 920-743-5958).
Sponsors of the Merry-Time Festival of Trees benefit from over 30 days of advertising exposure including a listing on our website, event brochure, and sponsor board. All proceeds raised during the Merry-Time Festival of Trees supports the Museum’s annual operating fund.