Sturgeon Bay’s annual Christmas by the Bay celebration will take place Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 22 with a host of family friendly activities. The weekend begins with a tree lighting ceremony at the clock tower on Third Avenue from 6 – 8pm with live music by Josh Gregory, Hervy Hodges and Mike Raye. Complimentary horse-drawn wagon rides will also be available from 6 – 8pm, and children are invited to send their letters to Santa via the mailbox located outside of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center at 36 S. Third Ave.
The festivities continue Saturday morning with Sturgeon Bay’s annual Holiday Parade at 10 am. The parade will proceed from Sawyer Park up Oak Street to Madison Avenue where it will turn right and continue down to Maple Street. After taking a right onto Maple Street, it will proceed over the Oregon Street Bridge to Third Avenue where it will take a left and continue towards Jefferson Street. Once the procession reaches the corner of Third Avenue and Jefferson Street, it will take a right and proceed up Jefferson Street before coming to an end on the corner of Jefferson Street and Sixth Avenue.
Following the parade, the public is invited to meet Santa at the Door County Historical Museum and Elsa at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center from 11 am to 2 pm. Complimentary Door County Trolley and horse-drawn wagon rides will take place from 11 am to 3 pm.
A complete list of additional holiday activities and events taking place throughout the Sturgeon Bay area is available by picking up a copy of the 2015 Christmas by the Bay holiday brochure now available at local businesses and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. Additional information and parade applications can be found at SturgeonBay.net or by calling 920.743.6246. There is no cost to participate in the Christmas by the Bay holiday parade or attend any of the events.