In the late 19th and early 20th century, schooners laden with Christmas Trees, would make their final run of the season delivering the trees to port towns across Lake Michigan. In 1915, the Rouse Simmons, one of the famed Christmas Tree Ships, was lost in a storm taking her crew and cargo of trees intended for Chicago to the bottom of the lake—thus the legend of the Great Lakes Christmas Tree ship!
We renew this tradition at the National Museum of the Great Lakes by bringing in freshly cut Christmas Trees by boat to our dock to be sold as a benefit for the organization. We add to the tradition by having Santa Clause accompany the Christmas trees!
Visitors to the museum on Saturday November 28, 2015 around noon, can watch Santa and the Christmas trees sail up-river aboard a decorated tugboat. Santa will supervise the unloading of the Christmas Trees and then be available for pictures and to discuss wish lists in the museum. Cookies and hot drinks will be available for purchase.
Christmas trees are available by purchase by pre-order through the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Call for more information at 419-214-5000 in November