Door County Maritime Museum Host Santa Clause

Santa Claus is coming back to town. The jolly gent will be making a return visit to the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay this year to gather gift requests from area children. He will welcome children aboard the tug John Purves, the museum’s 91-year-old in-water exhibit, from 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday, Dec. 11.

“Santa will arrive at the museum on board a Coast Guard boat. At least that’s the plan, provided ice doesn’t prevent it like it did last year,” said Bob Desh, the museum’s executive director.

“The Coast Guard and Santa have a special relationship during the holidays,” said Desh, a retired Coast Guard captain. “We feel fortunate to be able to share in that tradition.”

Once on board the 149-foot vessel, Santa will eagerly accept children’s Christmas wishes. However, due to the cramped conditions on the vessel, only two adults will be permitted to escort the children. While they wait, children will be entertained by holiday videos in the museum’s Reddin Bridge Room.

There is no cost for visiting Santa, but a donation of $5 is suggested.

The Maritime Museum is located at 120 N. Madison Avenue, between the two downtown bridges. For more information on Santa’s visit and/or the museum call 920.743.5958 or visit