December’s Holiday Events in Door County

The holidays are in full swing on the peninsula. To help get you in the holiday spirit, check out the events happening throughout the area:

Final Weekend for Christkindlmarkt
Dec. 8-10
This weekend is your last chance to check out the Sister Bay Historical Society’s Christkindlmarkt at the Corner of the Past Museum. The event features handcrafted, locally-made goods from numerous vendors, and unique northern European fare prepared by local chefs. For parking, shuttle and other details go to: Corner of the Past Museum is located at 10310 Fieldcrest Road, in Sister Bay.

Ephraim Scandinavian Holiday Traditions
The Ephraim Historical Foundation will hold its Scandinavian Holiday Traditions event on Dec. 13, 11 am – Noon. RSVP at 920.854.9688. The Ephraim Historical Foundation is located at 3060 Anderson Lane in Ephraim.

Holiday Book Sales At Sturgeon Bay Library
Dec. 13
Friends of Door County Libraries holds its annual Holiday Book Sales over multiple dates in December: Dec. 2, 9:30 am-1:30 pm; Dec. 6, 11 am-1 pm; and Dec. 13, 11 am-1 pm. Proceeds from the sales fund numerous programs and projects that benefit Door County libraries. All sales are held in the lower level, Mel Madel Friends Room at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.

Crossroads At Big Creek Holiday Events
Dec. 1, Dec. 2, Dec. 5, Dec. 16
Crossroads at Big Creek will host several holiday-related events in early December.

Advent Music Events
The Episcopal Churches of Christ the King and Holy Nativity presents an Advent Concert on Dec. 3 at 3 pm at Christ the King Church.
Christ the King and Holy Nativity, partnering with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Sister Bay, will celebrate the Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols at the historic Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Jacksonport at 5 pm on Dec. 9. A reception will be held immediately following the service. Holy Nativity Episcopal Church is located at 3434 Cty Road V in Jacksonport.

Open House At The Clearing
Dec. 7-8
The Clearing will host its annual Holiday Open House on Dec. 7 and 8, from 10 am – 4 pm. The free event takes place at the Clearing’s Jens Jensen Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay.


Harbor Holidays In Baileys Harbor
Dec. 9
Santa and his reindeer will be at the Baileys Harbor town hall with cookies, cocoa and crafts from 6-8 pm. Tree lighting at 7:30 pm. The town hall is located at 2392 Cty Road F. Details at

A young boy shares his wish list with Santa at Harbor Holiday in Baileys Harbor. File photo by Rachel Lukas.

Natural Christmas At The Ridges
Dec. 9
The Ridges Sanctuary gives families and friends an opportunity to participate in an old-fashioned holiday event while surrounded by natural beauty. The event offers a wreath-making workshop and free holiday crafts for all ages. Guided hikes and tours of the Range Light are available throughout the event. Admission is free. The fee for the wreath-making workshop is $30 and includes all materials for one wreath. Natural Christmas runs from 3-6 pm, Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Cabins at The Ridges, 8288 Cty Road Q, Baileys Harbor. For more information, call 920.839.2802 or visit

Ridges Sanctuary Natural Christmas at the Kaye Cabin. Submitted.
DCMM at night. Submitted.

Jingle Mixer At Door County Maritime Museum
Dec. 12
The Door County Maritime Museum will host its “Jingle Mixer” event on Dec. 12 from 6-10 pm. The event will feature live and silent auctions for wreaths, decorations and trees on display at the museum.
Tickets are $55 in advance or $60 at the door. The cost includes heavy appetizers, spirited hot beverages and holiday desserts. RSVP and order tickets at or call 920.743.5958. The Door County Maritime Museum is located at 120 N. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.