Roast chestnuts, make wreaths, take a luminaria-lit stroll at The Ridges' Natural Christmas

BAILEYS HARBOR - The Ridges Sanctuary gives visitors a chance to spend a few hours this holiday season surrounded by its natural beauty, and make a wreath if desired, with its Natural Christmas.

Guests at the annual holiday celebration can warm themselves around an outdoor campfire and stroll down the softly luminaria-lit Hidden Brook Boardwalk to the decorated Kaye Cabin, where guests can sip on warm cider, munch on cookies and listen to holiday music.

The event also has a wreath-making workshop (for a fee), holiday crafts for all ages, and roasting marshmallows and chestnuts around an open fire. Guided hikes and tours of the Range Light are available throughout the event, and The Ridges' Nature Store will be open.

Established in 1937, The Ridges Sanctuary is the oldest land preserve in the state. Natural Christmas runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Ridges, 8166 State 57, Baileys Harbor; parking for those with accessibility tags or plates will be available in the lot next to the cabins at 8288 County Q.

Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. The fee for the wreath making is $25 and includes all materials for one wreath per household; additional wreaths and swags can be made for $15 each.

For more information, call 920-839-2802 or visit

Contact Christopher Clough at 920-562-8900 or

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Guests can gather around an outdoor fire to get warm and roast chestnuts and marshmallows during Natural Christmas, taking place Dec. 10 at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor.

This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: The Ridges' Natural Christmas offers chestnuts, wreaths in Door County