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Sturgeon Bay night-day parade doubleheader continues holiday celebration

Destination Sturgeon Bay ensures you get your fill of holiday parades in before Christmas on November 18th and 19th.


The fun starts on Friday with the Sturgeon Bay Unwrapping Car parade, which began during the first year of the pandemic when local leaders had to nix the traditional Christmas by the Bay. Cars are invited to meet in the Sawyer Park parking lot between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. before departing for downtown with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Door County law enforcement and emergency personnel, and the Door County Daily News van leading the way. Businesses along the parade route will then “unwrap” their windows to show off their holiday windows as the parade of cars drive by. Friday’s activities end with lighting the city’s Christmas tree in front of the Door County Community Foundation building at 7 p.m.


At 10 a.m. the next day, the Christmas by the Bay parade will kick off with car floats, bands, and more. Destination Sturgeon Bay Executive Director Cameryn Ehlers-Kwaterski believes it is special how the community has embraced both parades.

Christmas by the Bay continues on Saturday, following the parade with a visit by Santa at the Door County Historical Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Breakfast with Santa from 9:30 a.m. until noon at Stone Harbor Resort on Sunday.


Picture courtesy of Destination Door County


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