Kids Invited to Visit Santa on the Tug at DCMM

Santa Claus will make his annual visit to the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay to gather gift requests from area children. He will welcome children aboard the tug John Purves, the Museum’s 94-year-old in-water exhibit, from 10 am to 1 pm on Dec. 7.

Santa’s visit offers a double treat for the children since it not only presents an opportunity to see Santa, but to also step aboard an historic tugboat.

“I know Santa Claus needs a little break from his workshop,” said the museum’s executive director Bob Desh. “We feel fortunate to have Santa visit the museum during such a busy season.”

Once on board the 149-foot tugboat, 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.

The event will be held in conjunction with the museum’s Merry-Time Festival of Trees. Admission to the museum is free to children through age 17 until the festival’s closing on Dec. 10, adults will be admitted to the tug and museum’s galleries for only the price of a raffle ticket. Tickets sell for $5 and allow the purchaser to try to win a decorated Christmas tree of their choice.

The Door County Maritime Museum is located at 120 N. Madison Avenue, between the two downtown bridges. For more information, call 920.743.5958 or visit