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Christmas in July

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We have filled many issues of this newsletter promoting the beauty of Door County during the holiday season, but we have typically taken most of the summer off from that subject. This year is different though, mostly due to the smashing success of the inaugural Door County Christkindlmarkt last year. We’re enjoying a beautiful summer and looking forward to an even bigger and better Door County holiday season.

The (real) holiday season arrives at the perfect time in terms of Door County weather – facing down a cold winter, we all take advantage of the warm, fuzzy feelings of the holidays to help us hunker down and avoid the winter blahs. By bringing a little bit of the holidays into our incredible Door County summer, we may have the perfect recipe for cheer. So relax at the beach with your beverage of choice, and join us on our mid-year celebration of the holiday season.

Why Christmas in July?

Where did this strange tradition even come from? One can choose to dig deep into the real history of Christmas in July, or choose to just go with it. It may have been started by a movie in the 50s, or by retailers looking for an excuse for a summer sale, but rest assured it’s a uniquely American tradition that brings with it just a little kitsch and is all about fun. If you need some ideas about how to celebrate, Real Simple has you covered:

A Christmas in July Celebration Might Just Be the Boost Your Summer Needs—Here’s Why

Image credit: Facebook / Sister Bay Historical Society

Authentic Old-World Christmas, in Door County

Sister Bay’s Door County Christkindlmarkt made a great impression with its inaugural year, and locals and guests alike are highly anticipating a bigger and better second year. While these traditional Christmas markets have been popping up all over the country, visitors found our version to be just the right mix of authenticity, creativity, and Door County. Book your stay and make your plans for the 2022 Christkindlmarkt.

The Door County Christkindlmarkt In Wisconsin That’s Straight Out Of A Hallmark Christmas Movie

Image credit: Len Villano

Get Your Shopping Started Early!

Door County is home to many year-round Christmas stores, offering all kinds of decor and gifts for the holiday season. Get a jump on your holiday shopping and spread some holiday cheer in the summer!

Christmas in July: Inside Door County’s Year ‘Round Holiday Stores

Image credit: Chris Miller Photography

One More Thing: Don’t Forget the Cherry Drop!

Even before the Christkindlmarkt boosted holiday cheer in Sister Bay, another holiday tradition was ringing in the new year in a uniquely Door County way. With two amazing events right here in town, why would you spend your holidays anywhere else? Book a room for the holiday season and celebrate with us!

Cherry Drop Is Back for New Year’s Eve

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