More trees, more activities and more fun sum up the return of the Merry-Time Festival of Trees at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Joyously celebrate the holidays by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the museum’s galleries.
The festival will run from November 12 through December 13 and will feature artificial trees lovingly decorated by local organizations and businesses. Beautiful ornaments and special surprises adorn each of these 28 extraordinary trees and wreaths. Visitors may see this holiday extravaganza during regular museum hours of 10am to 5pm daily and have the opportunity to enter a raffle in the hopes of winning their favorite tree to take home for Christmas.
“Create a new holiday tradition for your family and friends by joining in this wonderful festive event,” says Jennifer DuPont, the museum’s new events manger. “Best of all, every tree will go home with a lucky winner in the Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle.”
Every day will be “kid’s day” during the festival, as children accompanied by an adult will receive free admission to the museum with a nominal Cana Island Lighthouse donation. The regular adult admission of $10 will apply during the festival with one free raffle ticket.
Hosts of additional special events begin on Saturday, November 12 at 10:00am with a "Merry Make & Take" Holiday Crafting Workshop. No need spending many long hours trying to come up with new and fresh holiday crafting and decorating ideas. Four gifted holiday enthusiasts will showcase their talents and participants will go home with crafts and ideas of their own. Less stress holidays for all. Registration is $25 and includes supplies, free admission through the museum and a Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle ticket. Advanced reservations are required. Purchase your tickets today by calling the museum or going online to www.dcmm.org.
What promises to be two popular family events will begin on Saturday, Nov. 26 with a “Merry-Time Fun Kid's Day” from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Children will enjoy our featured Sea Dogs exhibit interactively piloting the 400’ freighter, Elba, through the bridges of Sturgeon Bay, a scavenger hunt, kids story time, crafts, games and much more.
The popular Maritime Speaker Series presented annually by the museum will have its December program during the festival when former Door County Maritime Museum’s Executive Director, Bob Desh, will present a program on Tuesday, December 8, at 7pm. It will involve a more in-depth look at one or more of the shipwrecks featured in the museum’s current upper lobby exhibit. 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 3 from 10am to 1pm. 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.
Besides Santa’s visit on December 3, the museum will be one of several stops 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 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 13, 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 www.dcmm.org.