Santa Claus is Comin’ to Tug

Santa Claus will be making a return visit to the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay this year to gather gift requests from area children. The jolly gent will welcome children aboard the tug John Purves, the museum’s 90-year-old in-water exhibit, from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, Dec. 12.

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

Desh remains optimistic that a naval arrival is likely and will add a new twist to the many adventures of the Christmas icon.

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 donations will be appreciated.

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