New Year’s Eve Dining & Parties

A perfect place for fresh starts and new beginnings, Door County rings in the new year with delicious dining options at the following restaurants.

  • English Inn in Fish Creek – OPEN New Year’s Eve 4pm-Close. Reservations recommended: 920.868.3076 or text to 920.559.6837
  • Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay – OPEN New Year’s Eve Live music 6-9pm. Pre Fixe Menu + Cocktails. Balloon Drop & Champagne Toast. Reservations recommended: 920.854.7999
  • Harbor Fish Market and Grille in Baileys Harbor – OPEN New Year’s Eve Serving Regular Menu + Specials including Oysters, Elk, and more + Complimentary glass of champagne and decadent dessert buffet with every entree. Reservations recommended: 920.839.9999
  • Sonny’s Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay – OPEN New Year’s Eve 11am-9:30pm. 920.743.2300
  • White Gull Inn in Fish Creek – OPEN New Year’s Eve Regular Hours + Special Dinner 5-9:30pm. Reservations Required: 920.868.3517
  • Wickman House in Ellison Bay – OPEN New Year’s Eve 9pm-Close. Champagne Toast, Cocktails, Sushi, hors d’ouvres. Photo booth! Cocktail seating first come first served! NYE MENU Reservations Required for Dinner seating: 920.854.3305 

New Year’s Day Activities

Polar Bear Plunge: January 1, 2018 | At Noon sharp on January 1, 2018, hundreds will gather at Lakeside Park in Jacksonport to plunge into the icy waters of Lake Michigan in celebration of the New Year. From the very first solo Plunger in 1986 to the 600 who showed up in 2000, to the record 900 in 2010, there must be something magical about this chilly tradition to keep the numbers climbing! Last year here were 800 participants with the air at just 25° and water temp at 35°. Check out the Swim History at where you can see the air and water temps and number of swimmers for past years, see the official Plunge count-down, and join the club! There is no cost to participate, but if you plan to take the plunge, make sure you read the Tips & Forms section for swim instructions and helpful hints you should read before New Year’s Day!

New Year’s Day Parade: January 1, 2018 | Door County’s New Year’s Day Parade is held in Egg Harbor and starts at1pm running through the village on Highway 42. Now in it’s 35th year, all are invited to participate or spectate – decorate your vehicle, dress yourselves and your pets up for the festivities, and don’t forget to dress for the weather! For more information visit No formal registration is required, just line up at Stella Maris Parish (7710 Hwy 42) before 1pm. Parking is available on Church Street. Get creative, get festive, and celebrate the New Year with us!

Check out the Full 2017 Holiday Restaurant Hours blog for complete hours and more photos!

Find all these restaurants and more with the Open for Winter category on the Door County Chefs Mobile Dining App – FREE for iPhone and Android with click-to-call phone numbers and GPS directions, plus DC Chefs Member menus! Find festivals, live music, theatre and more on the Peninsula with the Door County Events Calendar, accessible from the DC Chefs App!

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Last Minute Lodging in Door County: Dec. 29, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018

Glidden Lodge Beach Resort is located on the shores of Lake Michigan north of Sturgeon Bay and south of Jacksonport near Whitefish Dunes State Park where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. 1 and 2 bedroom suites are available at Glidden Lodge for  New Year’s Eve and weekend! All of our units have a king bed in the master bedroom, full kitchen, whirlpool in the master bath, gas fireplace in the living room, and private deck overlooking Lake Michigan. We have an indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna, and are non-smoking and pet free. Two night minimum stay. Enjoy dinner with a view at the adjacent Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant to wrap up your day. LODGING SPECIALSPlease call for more information or visit online! (920) 746-3900 or (888) 281-1127

Bridgeport Resort in the center of historic Sturgeon Bay offers an array of on-site recreational amenities including indoor/outdoor heated swimming pools with an indoor splash park and playground for the kids, a whirlpool, a sauna, and a fitness center. 1, 2, and 3-Bedroom Suites are available for New Years (3 night minimum stay unless we are able to fit you in between other reservations). We will feature a Welcome Reception Friday December 29th from 6-8 pm with complimentary Hors D’oeuvres. Saturday and Sunday we will have a complimentary Continental Breakfast from 7:30–10am. Supervised Children’s Party on Sunday for guests from 6–8pm. There will be pizza, snacks, ice cream, punch, movies, crafts, and games. Monday we will have a complimentary New Year’s Brunch from 9am-Noon featuring Egg Bake, Salmon, Sausage, Bagels, Sweet Rolls and more. All Suites Include: In Room Whirlpool, Snack Bar or Full Kitchen, King Bed, Hair Dryer, TV and DVD Player, Glasses and Silverware, Coffee Maker, Toaster, Iron and Ironing Board and a Guest Service Directory. LODGING SPECIALS and LODGING ADD-ONS. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 746-9919 or (800) 671-9190

Country House Resort in Sister Bay offers a quiet, relaxed, adult atmosphere and a perfect place to get away from it all. We cater to adults and provide privacy to those who savor it. A couple of rooms are still available for New Year’s Weekend, Eve & Day! 46 rooms & suites, most with private, water view balconies, are nestled on 27 secluded, wooded acres on a rolling bluff overlooking the waters of Sister Bay. In-room whirlpools and fireplaces are available. Amenities include 1,100 feet of private shoreline, an oversized outdoor whirlpool, heated outdoor swimming pool, kayaks, multi-speed bikes, a nature trail along the water, free WI-FI, a shoreline dock for gazing, fishing or swimming, tennis court, lawn games and more. A deluxe European buffet breakfast is included with all rooms during spring, fall and peak seasons. Pet-Friendly with approvalLODGING SPECIALS. Please call for more information or visit online! (920) 854-4551 or (800) 424-0041 *PET-FRIENDLY W/ APPROVAL

Open Hearth Lodge in Sister Bay is located on 6.5 acres of scenic Door County open space with landscaped lawn, rural meadows and young forest. A couple of rooms are available for New Year’s Weekend, Eve & Day with no minimum stay. 2-Night minimum stay for specialty rooms (Premium or Whirlpool) on New Years Eve. Offering King Whirlpool rooms,Premium King Rooms,  Lodge Rooms, Deluxe 2 Queens, One-Bedroom Suites, and the Evergreen Suite (perfect for larger groups). Amenities include a heated pool, wifi, breakfast lounge, outdoor grill and fire ring, playground, and a sitting area with a fireplace, computer area, patio, laundry and fitness center. Some suites and rooms have fireplaces, Continental Breakfast is included with your stay and Free WiFi in all rooms. LODGING SPECIALSPlease call for more information or visit online! (920) 854-4890 *PET-FRIENDLY W/ APPROVAL

Bay Shore Inn in Sturgeon Bay is located along Bay Shore Drive just minutes from all the fun shopping and delectable dining in town, and offers On-Site Massage Packages as well as Dining Packages, please inquire when making your reservation. Over New Year’s weekend, and NewYear’s Eve & Day, we do still have a few rooms available with a 2-night stay (1-bedrooms starting at $109). Bay Shore Inn offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom suites, all with private decks to watch the sunset over Potawatomi State Park. Featuring updated kitchens with granite counters, WIFI, indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, game room, sand beach to lounge, campfire area, bikes, paddle boats, kayaks, tennis, basketball courts and more! LODGING SPECIALS. Please call for more information or visit online! (800) 556-4551

Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay is located on scenic Bay Shore Drive just 3 miles from shops, restaurants, scenic parks and a variety of attractions. Rooms are available this weekend with no minimum stay, and New Year’s Eve with a 2 night minimum! Westwood Shores offers one and two bedroom suites featuring whirlpools, fireplaces and kitchens and a breathtaking view of the bay from every suite. In addition to gift certificates, Westwood Shores offers great lodging packages, and ask about reservation Add-Ons including Flowers & Chocolate, a Relaxing Basket, Winery Tours, Spa Gift Certificates, and more! On-site amenities include indoor/outdoor heated swimming pools, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center. Free paddle boats and row boats. Free property wide WiFi too! LODGING SPECIALSPlease call for more information and reservations! (920) 746-4057 or (800) 440-4057

Rent Door County (Door County Property Management) offers a variety of private lodging options in Door County, Wisconsin. Waterfront and inland properties with great views and access to the natural beauty of the peninsula, as well as a host of amenities to enhance your stay! Some properties are open year-round and some are pet-friendly with approval. We do have some properties that are available for 3+ night stays for your Holiday Vacation (and some properties welcome 2 night stays with a cleaning fee or adjusted rate). Visit online to view the properties, amenities, rates, and availability. (920) 854-4865 *PET-FRIENDLY W/ APPROVAL

The White Lace Inn in Sturgeon Bay is the epitome of a romantic bed and breakfast with cozy rooms and extravagant suites, with luxurious queen or king size Victorian beds, oversized whirlpools and fireplaces, and, of course, a full, scrumptious breakfast. Relax by the gazebo and fish pond, accessible by garden pathways, perfect for wandering, which surround and connect the four turn-of-the-century homes that make up the Inn’s 18 elegant rooms. B&B rooms are still available for New Year’s Eve and Weekend! Please call for more information or visit online! (877) 948-5223 or (920) 743-1105

Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay offers rooms and suites with whirlpools, fireplaces, balconies, separate bedrooms, and/or full kitchens, as well as resort amenities including a 21 slip marina, indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzi and sauna, a hot tub, free WiFi, business center, on-site dining, and live entertainment nearly every weekend! Rooms and suites are available with no minimum stay requirement this weekend! (Full NYE) LODGING SPECIALSPlease call for more information or visit online! (920) 746-0700