November 16, 2017



The “Merry-Time Festival of Trees” has returned to fill the Door County Maritime Museum’s exhibits with 37 uniquely decorated trees and wreaths donated by businesses, organizations and individuals in our community. Create a new holiday tradition for your family and friends by joining in this wonderful festive event.

Every day is a “kid’s day” during the festival. Every child accompanied by an adult will receive free admission to the museum with a nominal Cana Island restoration donation with matching funds from ERA Starr Realty. The regular adult museum admission of $10 will apply and will include one free raffle ticket. Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to purchase additional raffle tickets that they can then place in containers alongside the trees. At festival’s end, the winning tickets will be drawn. The lucky winners will have the joy of taking home a fully decorated tree or wreath and all its associated gifts and goodies just in time for the holidays! 

Santa with Nora and Wes Whitley, Sturgeon Bay

Saturday, November 25, Merry-Time Fun Kid’s Day, will be filled with excitement from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring the children in for our first-ever children’s raffle, a scavenger hunt, elf trivia, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, bean bag toss games, cookie decorating, and cleverly creative crafts! Children’s raffle items were donated by Child’s Play. The children’s raffle will be drawn at varying times through the event. Children can also be transformed with our skilled face-painters from 10:30 to 3:30.

On Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. children will have the unique experience of telling Santa their secret wishes on the tug John Purve. Children’s entertainer, Randy Peterson, will perform Christmas favorites and more that day. “Mouse in the Lighthouse” author, Sue Jarosh, will be at the museum signing her captivating book from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, children can partake in another Children’s raffle, watch Christmas videos, or color while awaiting to see the Jolly Gent on the Tug! Children’s raffle items were donated by Dancing Bear.

The month-long event culminates with the much anticipated “Jingle, Jingle, Mix & Mingle” on Tuesday, December 12, offering a bountiful reception, the opportunity to browse and bid on silent auction items and a dramatic live auction followed by the tree raffle giveaway. The silent auction features over 70 baskets and artwork. Some historic and rare artwork is also being auctioned. There are six sensational live auction items this year; a unique pizza party, the best Baileys Harbor Fourth of July package, seminar(s) and lodging from Björklunden, a jam-packed Washington Island experience, a relaxing wine-and-cheese sunset boat cruise, and last but not least, stunning jewelry from Draeb Jewelers. Space is limited for the December 12 evening Jingle Mixer so please call (920) 743-5958 soon to purchase your ticket; $30 for museum members and $35 for non-members.

Heartfelt thanks to our many sponsors: Bill and Heather Andersen, Roger and Sandy Anderson, Bay Electric Systems, Bay Shore Inn, Cadence, Inc., Cellcom, Child’s Play, Dancing Bear, DC Printing, LLC, DC Printing, LLC, Dentistry by Design, Door County Daily News, Door County Eye Associates, Inc., ERA Starr Realty, Flanigan Distributing, Hanneman-Gosser Insurance & Financial Services, LLC, Jim Olson Motors, LfpDESIGN!, Marine Travelift/ExacTech, Nicolet National Bank, Jim and Kathy Springer, Stoneman-Schopf Agency, Inc., Sturgeon Bay Utilities, Synergy Geothermal Heating-Cooling, Therma-Tron-X, Inc., Thrivent Financial—Door County Team.

And to our tree sponsors, deepest thanks for festively decorating the museum while giving people the chance to win your beautiful creations! Thanks to: AmericInn of Sturgeon Bay, Bliss, Bridgeport Resort, Brown County Graphics , Nancy Cogan, Susan Loesl & Lucy Richter, Cornucopia Kitchen Shop, Door County Ace Hardware , Door County Generous Citizens, Door County Maritime Museum Gift Shop, Door County Medical Center, Door County Sunglass Company, Door Guide Publishing, Edward Jones Financial Adviser–Tara Pierre, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Glas Coffeehouse, Kevin’s Automotive, LLC, Kitty O’Reillys Irish Pub, Rhys Kuzdas, Mary Lentz & Amy Paul, Maas Floral, Midsummer’s Music Festival, Newport Resort, Nicolet National Bank/Westside Business Association, Northern Territory–Country Cabin & Beachside Cottage, On Deck Clothing Co., Inc., Norm Paul & DCMM, Portside Builders, The Purves Family – Beverly Purves & Lori Moe, Roen Salvage Company, Sturgeon Bay High School Cheerleaders, Sunnypoint Landscape LLC, Sunshine House, Target, Holly & Heather Voll, Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort, Wood Orchard Market, Wulf Brothers, Inc./HiTec Fabrication.

For a full list of festival events please visit  The Door County Maritime Museum is located at 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 


Media contact:

Mary Stephenson

Event Coordinator/Educational Specialist

(920) 743-5958

Santa with Graham LaBott, Sturgeon Bay