Sister Bay Prepares to Capture the Spirit of a Door County Christmas

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Sister Bay Prepares to Capture the Spirit

of a Door County Christmas


One of our favorite holidays (Thanksgiving, with much to be thankful about in 2018) leads directly into one of our favorite Door County festivals, Sister Bay's "Capture the Spirit" celebration in preparation of the upcoming December and January holidays.  


Thanksgiving in Door County

MaryKay Shumway's Thanksgiving


We've been watching the Village employees prepare the streets around the village, as well as the village businesses, begin preparations for this two-day holiday event immediately following Thanksgiving Day.  And Thanksgiving remains a BUSY holiday weekend in Door County--most of the establishments serving Thanksgiving Dinner have stopped taking reservations--they are full--time to think Christmas if you were thinking about dining at the Harbor Fish Market & Grill in Baileys Harbor (one of the best holiday meals around) or Alexander's in Fish Creek (delicious!)--both establishments are no longer to taking reservations at the time of publication on Thanksgiving Day because they are full.   

Door County Snow Man

Even though it's a busy weekend throughout the County (with many visitors taking home their freshly-cut Door County Christmas tree this weekend), Sister Bay takes a special approach, with a community tree lighting, visits with Santa, a special craft fair, and fun for the entire family. 


The events begin at twilight the day after Thanksgiving.  As dusk approaches late Friday afternoon, luminaires fill the streets under the village's rustic street lights downtown, creating a soft glow.  Santa Clause will help the Village light the tree, while carols are sung by all.  Afterward, many of the local businesses have special treats available, as well as holiday sales in place so you can start your Christmas list, including On Deck in Sister Bay, as well as the shops at The Country Walk on the top of the Sister Bay Hill (where we have a fantastic Sister Bay retail space available on the market for your future Sister Bay business!).


Santa Clause greets holiday revelers 

in downtown Sister Bay

Sister Bay Santa

The events are truly family-friendly, with many coming from all over the Peninsula (and the state and the world) to enjoy the festivities.


Earlier in the day, you'd be able to catch some wonderful and creative hand-made gifts, from soups to personalized ornaments, at the Capture the Spirit Holiday Art Fair, at the Village Hall, which also serves lunch on Friday and Saturday.  This is a place I love to visit annually to find unique gifts that I can use year-round, from incredible photography used on personalized cards to knit-wear.


See the 2018 Calendar of Events for Capture the Spirit here:

2018 Schedule

Friday, November 23 – Waterfront Park

Santa Arrives – Holiday Lighting Ceremony

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Take a photo with Santa’s Elves and Reindeer

4:30 pm – Santa arrives for the Holiday Lighting Event

5:00 pm  – Storytelling with Santa and Holiday crafts at the Library

 Saturday, November 24 – Sister Bay Fire Station

Christmas Cookie Decorating

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Christmas Cookie Decorating

 Friday and Saturday – November 23/24 – 10:00 am – 4:00pm Village Hall

Holiday Art Fair

Friends of Gibraltar Holiday Art Fair

Lunch Served 11:30 – 2:30 pm

Annual “Big Bundle Up”  Warm Clothing Drive: When you join us for the Tree lighting on Friday at 4:30 p.m., please be sure to bring new or gently used warm winter clothing items like hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters and coats to help others less fortunate stay warm this winter.

Special Holiday Sales Events throughout the Village Friday  and Saturday



Of course, we also feature our Sister Bay listings on this special holiday weekend--focusing on homes that allow you to walk into downtown Sister Bay, including 10611 Chalet Lane, Sister Bay.


What a gorgeous home for the holidays!

4 bedroom Sister Bay home for sale for the Holidays


Other featured homes this year include a 3 bedroom water view home for sale at gorgeous Sister Bluff Estates, a one-bedroom unit on the shore (where they do incredible rental) at the Yacht Club at Sister Bay, plus our new property listing, a lovely 3 bedroom home for sale with a fireplace for cozy evenings at 2203 Hill Road, Sister Bay, in a lovely, private setting that allows you to walk downtown.


Of course, we can't forget Sister Bay's newest addition, in the heart of the action, Sister Bay's Marina View Condominiums for sale--ready for 2019!



After the festivities, be sure to stroll around the Village.  Enjoy coffee and hot chocolate, or a glass of wine or stein of beer at any of our fabulous Sister Bay eateries, from CHOP to The Sister Bay Bowl.

It promises to be a wonderful holiday weekend filled with warmth, food, family and fun at Sister Bay's Capture the Spirit festival this weekend.  Our family truly enjoys going downtown to see the trees, decorations and lights. 


If you're looking for a fantastic weekend in Door County, visit Sister Bay for its annual Capture the Spirit of a Door County Christmas festival.  If you're ready to make Sister Bay and all of its charms a permanent part of your life,  learn more about Sister Bay properties for sale, including homes, businesses, land and condominiums, search our site at for all things Door County or visit me at my office this weekend, directly across the street from the Sister Bay Marina and Marina View Condominiums. 


Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and a

wonderful holiday weekend.


Sister Bay's Capture the Spirit Celebration

and Festival of Lights gets better each and every year.

Come enjoy the Village at its finest.

Sister Bay Festival of Lights


Sister Bay Prepares to Capture the Spirit

of a Door County Christmas

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 Thank you for reading!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and enjoys working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, mother of two and a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  She represents listings throughout the Door County Peninsula and also represents many Buyers that want to purchase the perfect property to make Door County a part of their lives.  CONTACT MARYKAY ABOUT YOUR DOOR COUNTY PROPERTY QUESTIONS TODAY.

MaryKay Shumway has a consistent multi-million dollar producer for over thirteen years.  Representing both listing clients and buyer clients full time, MaryKay is also a mother of two and active in the Door County community in the local school district, nonprofit groups and governmental affairs.  A member of the Door County Board of Realtors Honors Society from 2005-2016, the Door County Realtor of the Year 2008, a member of The Real Estate Group's Chairman's Circle in 2010-2015, and an member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2014 & 15.  She has served as President and Vice President of the Door County Board of Realtors  and as a member of its Advocacy Committee.  MaryKay is a top MLS producer and has held the position of top producer at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. since 2016.


Contact MaryKay.  "As a multi-million dollar producer and senior associate at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency selling Door County real estate, I focus my balance on both  featured listings and representing Buyer Clients looking for the perfect Door County Property.  I turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions by helping you own your own Door County real estate, and I represent exceptional properties in all price points on the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, and all inland lakes and properties in between. Call, text or e-mail me today."


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