Christmas By The Bay Events Nov. 17-19

Get ready for Sturgeon Bay’s annual Christmas by the Bay Weekend, Nov. 17-19.

The weekend kicks off with the Unwrapping Sturgeon Bay community car cruise at 5:30 pm on Friday Nov. 17. The cruise route is new this year: from Door County Fairgrounds, turn left on Egg Harbor Road, proceed down Jefferson Street, turn left on 3rd Avenue, turn right on Michigan Street, cross the Steel Bridge to Madison Avenue, follow Green Bay Road and then disband at the Door County Cooperative parking lot. The car cruise will pass participating businesses as they “unwrap” their storefronts for the first time this holiday season and unveil their festive displays.  

The annual tree lighting ceremony will take place at 7 pm at Community Foundation Square on 3rd Avenue. Enjoy live music by Josh Gregory, Mike Raye, Hervy Hodges and Paul Taylor, and warm up with hot chocolate from Door County Mobile Bar. 

On Saturday Nov. 18, the Christmas by the Bay parade begins at 10 am. Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead the parade as it travels from Sawyer Park via Oak Street, down Madison Avenue, crossing the Michigan Street bridge, down 3rd Avenue, finishing at Jefferson Street. Parade participants will be entered in either the ‘Best Non-Profit’ or ‘Best Business’ float competitions. After the parade, Santa will be at the Door County Historical Museum for a meet and greet from 11 am – 1 pm, and free trolley rides will be available around downtown Sturgeon Bay from 11 am – 3 pm. 

During Saturday’s events, Third Avenue Playworks (TAP) will host its first winter market of the season, 10 am – 2 pm. The market will feature local Sturgeon Bay area vendors. TAP will host five indoor markets this winter which will fall on the third Saturday of each month, November through March. 

The weekend comes to a close during brunch with Santa at Stone Harbor Resort on Sunday, 9:30 am – 12 pm. Tickets include breakfast, photos with Santa, and treats for kids. Reservations can be made at 877.746.0700.

For additional information on Christmas by the Bay Weekend, contact Destination Sturgeon Bay at 920.743.6246 or visit 

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