Merry-Time Festival of Trees Begins at Door County Maritime Museum Nov. 14

More fun, more trees, more activities… sum up the return of the annual “Merry-Time Festival of Trees” at the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) in Sturgeon Bay.

Door County Maritime MuseumJoyously begin celebrating the holiday season by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the museum’s galleries.

The festival will run from November 14 through December 8 and will feature individually crafted trees lovingly created and decorated by local organizations and businesses. Beautiful ornaments and special surprises adorn each of these 38 extraordinary trees and wreaths. Visitors have an opportunity to enter a raffle in the hopes of winning their favorite tree to take home as a work of art, perhaps as a seasonal tree. You can experience this holiday extravaganza during regular DCMM hours, open from 10 am to 5 pm daily.

“Create a new holiday tradition for your family and friends by joining in this wonderful festive event,” says Jess Reinke, the museum’s new events coordinator. “Best of all, every tree will go home with a lucky winner in the Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle.”

Every day is “kid’s day” during the festival as children, accompanied by an adult, are granted free admission to the museum with a nominal Cana Island Lighthouse donation. The regular adult admission fee of $10 will apply during the festival and earns one free raffle ticket.

Hosts of additional special events begin on Saturday, November 14 at 10:30 am with a “Stress-Free” Holiday Cooking Demo by Morag Hornsby of Serves You Right Catering. No need to spend the whole day in the kitchen for the holidays. Morag Hornsby will walk you through how to make your pantry and freezer into your friend this holiday season. Start with an hors d’oeuvre and if need be, make it a meal. Arm yourself with the tools to prepare for guests and unexpected guests. Registration for this event is $20 and includes the cooking demo, samples of prepared foods, recipes, holiday refreshments and free museum admission. Purchase your tickets today by calling the museum or going online to

What promises to be two popular family events will begin on Saturday, November 28 with a “Tail Waggin’ Fun Kid’s Day” sponsored by the Ministry Door County Medical Center from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Children will enjoy our featured Sea Dogs exhibit, a doggy scavenger hunt, face painting, crafts, games and much more.

The popular Maritime Speaker Series presented annually by the museum will have its December program during the festival. DCMM’s former Executive Director, Bob Desh will present a program on Tuesday, December 1, at 7 pm. He plans to provide a more in-depth look at the current Sea Dogs exhibit by delving into the World War II K-9 beach patrols. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item requested. The Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle tickets will also be available for sale.

The second highly sought-after family event occurs with the annual appearance by Santa Claus on the tug John Purves, Saturday, December 5 from 10 am to 1 pm. Join Santa onboard the historic tugboat to share your Christmas wishes! Due to the size of the tug, only two adults can accompany each child. Adult museum admission includes a Santa visit. As a special treat, the Door County Medical Center Children’s Choir will perform holiday specialties at 11 am and will feature Dorothy Scott with a trio of angelic voices.

Besides Santa’s visit on December 5, the museum will be one of several stops that day on the inspirational DOOR CANcer Holiday Home Tour. This year, the tour includes several homes and a guest house beautifully trimmed for the holidays along with free admission to the museum, another chance to view the Merry-Times Festival of Trees displays. Tickets for the home tour are $30 and are available at the museum.

The festival climaxes on Tuesday, December 8, with “Jingle, Jingle, Mix & Mingle.” Join our festivities, a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, a new and energetic live auction, a themed gift basket silent auction and our Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle drawing. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Advanced reservations are required.

For more information relating to the festival, contact the museum at 920.743.5958 or visit