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Merry-Time Festival of Trees

Sturgeon Bay

Joyously celebrate the holidays by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the Museum’s galleries. Lovingly decorated by local businesses and organizations, 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! Peruse scores of unique gifts and holiday items in our silent auction. Museum admission includes a daily festival rate of $8 for adults and a free $5 Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle ticket. Children are free with a nominal Cana Island restoration donation (matching funds from Glen & Grace Rossman of Thrivent Financial). There are a number of special events planned through the festival beginning on opening day, Nov 15 when "Tree Tales," a story time for children will be held under a festival tree beginning at 9am. Later in the morning , "A Writing Adventure" will begin at 10am. Write On, Door County and the Door County Maritime Museum partner to present a family writing activity based on the Merry-Time Festival of Trees. Children between ages 6 and 13 and their parent or guardian are invited to explore the trees on display throughout the museum and write a story or poem about their favorite tree. Volunteers will be on hand to help with the writing activity. Children and adults will be invited to share their writings at the end of the activity. Registration is $10 per family (1 adult, 1 child) and includes museum admission. Also on Saturday, the Ministry Door County Medical Center's Children's Choir will perform at noon. Six angelic voices will perform holiday specialties. Their mission is to share the message of wellness, joyfulness, and good will through their music. Two other Saturdays are also reserved for activities during the festival. "Pirate Day" returns Nov. 29 from 10:30am-3:30pm, enjoy our featured Pirate exhibit, crafts, games and much more. On Saturday Dec. 6 there will be a book signing and story time at 9:30am and 11am. These will be held in conjunction with the always popular "Santa on the Tug" when Santa will be on board the historic tugboat to share your Christmas wishes from 10am-1pm. The museum will also be participating in the annual DOOR Cancer Holiday Home Tour from 10am-4pm.

Museum/Gallery Type

  • Other

Tour Type

  • Transportation


  • On Water
  • Disabled Access