Celebrate the Holidays with The Ridges’ Natural Christmas

Take a break from the chaos of the holiday season and spend a few hours surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ridges Sanctuary at Natural Christmas on December 8, 3 – 6 pm. Now in its fifth year, this Christmas event has become a Ridges tradition.

In the beautifully decorated Nature Center, visitors can help themselves to hot cocoa, cider and cookies while listening to live seasonal music. Outdoors, there’s a crackling fire complete with marshmallows for toasting. Short, guided hikes through the forest end on the luminaria-lined Range Light boardwalk where visitors can climb to the lantern room of the Upper Range Light and view the boardwalk as lightkeepers did years ago.

Children and adults will enjoy making natural decorations for the tree, and, for a small fee, participants can make wreaths or swags.

“People have always admired the natural, handmade decorations used to transform the Nature Center,” said Steve Leonard, Director, “so, this year, we decided to make them available for sale.”

Copies of the Sanctuary’s 75th Anniversary Memories book will also be for sale.

“This collection of personal essays and poems by Ridges members, past and present, makes a wonderful keepsake,” Leonard added. “And, of course, a gift membership is always a great choice for anyone on your list who loves the outdoors.”

A special 75th anniversary release of Ridges Gin produced by Door County Distillery will also be on display at the event.

For more information call 920.839.2802 or visit