Ring in 2020 with celebratory events throughout Door County! With live music, polar bear plunges, nature hikes and more, there are many and various ways to welcome the new year on the peninsula.
Northern Sky’s Gould Theater, Fish Creek
Reunite with Northern Sky favorites Eric Lewis, Katie Dahl and Rich Higdon for an uplifting evening of intimate seasonal songs, dazzling instrumental fireworks and delightful holiday humor at Northern Sky’s new Gould Theater. This special holiday show will run for five performances, Dec. 27-31. To find out details about showtimes and buy tickets, visit northernskytheater.com.
Algoma Public Library, Algoma
Meet at the Algoma public library for a family-friendly celebration. There will be music, games, dancing, light refreshments and more. Plus, there will even be a ball drop at noon!
Crossroads at Big Creek, Sturgeon Bay
On Dec. 31, 3:30 pm, walk to the Utah Street Bridge, and, weather cooperating, see the final sunset of the year over The Cove. Hikers should be back by dark. Meet at the Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St.
Carrington Pub and Landmark Resort, Egg Harbor
Welcome 2020 with an evening to remember. Start in the pub at 4 pm; then enjoy an inspired buffet dinner plus late-night hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be served 5-9 pm, with reservations taken for every half hour. Guests will receive party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and a pizza buffet at 11 pm. Rock out to live music by Appleton-based Ifdaka, followed by karaoke until 1 am. Call 920.868.3205 to make dinner reservations.
Sister Bay Sports Complex, Husby’s, Sister Bay Bowl and throughout Sister Bay
Sister Bay celebrates New Year’s Eve with a shopping extravaganza throughout the village, ice skating and a bonfire at the sports complex, dining specials and an early-evening fireworks show at 8 pm. The 106.9 The Lodge Cherry Drop will begin at 10:30 pm. It’s like the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop, but instead of a ball, a roughly 300-pound cherry outfitted with red lights, a stem and leaves is hoisted 150-plus feet above Husby’s Food & Spirits and slowly lowered to mark the arrival of 2020. As midnight approaches, 106.9 The Lodge will warm up the evening by playing the biggest party tunes of all time and broadcast live from both Husby’s and the Sister Bay Bowl. Learn more at cometosisterbay.com.
Stone Harbor Resort, Sturgeon Bay
Play and stay at Stone Harbor Resort to ring in the new year! The New Year’s Eve Party will feature live music by The Cougars starting at 9 pm, a balloon drop, complimentary hats and horns, plus a champagne toast at midnight. To make reservations and get lodging information, visit stoneharbor-resort.com.
Crossroads at Big Creek, Sturgeon Bay
On Jan. 1, 11 am, start your 2020 bird list, or keep your resolution to get more exercise with an hour-long walk at the Ida Bay Preserve. Park along the side of Zenith Street.
Lakeside Park, Jacksonport
The Jacksonport Polar Bear Club invites swimmers and spectators to Jacksonport each New Year’s Day for a refreshing dip in the icy water of Lake Michigan, as the club has done since 1986. More than 500 swimmers are expected to take the plunge, which makes this polar bear swim among the nation’s largest. Registration and festivities will begin in Lakeside Park at 10:30 am, with the brisk dip at 12 pm. All swimmers are asked to sign a liability-release form before participating. Take towels, blankets and clothes to warm you up afterward. Visit jacksonportpolarbearclub.com to get tips and download the registration form.
Waterfront Mary’s, Sturgeon Bay
Enjoy the crisp temperature of the water of Green Bay by jumping in the hole! Drink specials and live music by the Velveetatones will follow until 4 pm. Learn more at waterfrontmarysbarandgrill.com.
Newport State Park, Ellison Bay
If getting more exercise is one of your 2020 resolutions, hike the easy, 1.2-mile loop on the Fern Trail. Meet at Parking Lot 3. Take poles, walking sticks, snowshoes or Yak Tracks if conditions warrant. Then stay for refreshments in the Nature Center afterward. See more details at newportwildernesssociety.org/activities-events.
Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek
A family-friendly 1-3 mile trek led by the Friends of Peninsula State Park followed by hot chocolate and cookies at the warming shelter. Participants are advised to bring a water bottle, binoculars and field guide, and to dress for the weather, with hiking boots or snowshoes. State park vehicle sticker required. No pets allowed. Meet at the Warming Shelter on Highland Road, parking available in Lot 5.
Village of Egg Harbor
The New Year’s Day parade, starting at 1 pm, is embarking on its 41st year and is open to anyone to join in. The parade lineup will begin at Stella Maris Parish, 7710 Hwy 42 in downtown Egg Harbor. Then it will run north through Egg Harbor on Highway 42 from Harbor School Road to County E. Parking is available on Church Street. No formal registration is required. Dress up in great costumes; take pets; and decorate an old car, motorcycle or any piece of heavy construction equipment. Participants are limited only by their ingenuity and practicality! More information is available at eggharbordoorcounty.org/events/new-years-day-parade.