Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau

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Hometown Holiday Season

There isn’t a more festive place than Bayfield during the holidays. Sparkling lights decorate this quaint little town, which rests on the shores of Lake Superior and welcomes visitors as the gateway to the Apostle Islands. Whether holiday shopping, celebrating with friends, or taking advantage of Bayfield’s wealth of outdoor activities, bring the entire family to experience the holiday magic that this historic fishing village has to offer.

The season officially begins with the town’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4:30pm to 6pm on Saturday, November 26. Enjoy holiday treats and warm beverages while listening to Christmas carols performed by the talented Rittenhouse Inn Singers in the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion. Then, join in the procession as the crowd moves outside to serenade the holiday tree as it is ceremoniously lit for the season.

Come see what Bayfield has in store for you! Get an early start on your holiday shopping during Bayfield’s Shop Local for the Holidays Night on Friday December 2, from 5pm to 8pm. Participating Bayfield shops and restaurants will be offering exceptional specials and deals to reward customers on a unique shopping night.  A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Bayfield Area Food Pantry, with a matching donation of up to $1,000 by the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau.

Don’t miss the Holiday Spirit Gallery Tour, December 3 from 10am to 5pm. Guests will enjoy demonstrations, refreshments, special promotions and sales at our local galleries, featuring handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings, quilting and more. With so many unique stores, galleries, and boutiques, you’ll find something right here in Bayfield for everyone on your gift list!


Bring the kids to Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus as they make a memorable appearance in Bayfield on the Madeline Island Ferry, on Saturday, December 10. Upon their arrival, children will get an opportunity to meet Santa and have a picture taken (bring your own camera) in the Lakeside Pavilion from 11:30am to 1pm. Each child will also receive a goody bag from Mrs. Claus and refreshments compliments of the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce.

The Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau has organized a Holiday Shop Hop to encourage you to shop local for the holidays! The Shop Hop kicks off on Black Friday, November 25, and runs through Monday, December 12.

This year, 29 local businesses are participating in the Shop Hop. We will be mailing a Shop Hop Passport to residents in Bayfield, Washburn and La Pointe the week of November 21. The idea is to take the Passport to participating businesses and get it stamped at as many possible. There will be no purchase required, you just have to stop in and get a stamp. Passports will also be available at participating businesses and online.


The complete list of participating businesses:

Keeper of the Light
Bayfield Regional Conservancy
Howl Clothing & Adventure
Kelly & Crew
Morty’s Pub
Apostle Islands Booksellers
Big Water Coffee Roasters 
Sweet Sailing
Brownstone Centre
Roxanne’s Gifts
Bayfield Artists’ Guild
The Fat Radish
Silverwaves Jewelry
Joanne’s Scandinavian
Orchard’s Edge Quilt Shop
Bayfield Wine & Spirits
What Goes ‘Round Bookstore
Stone’s Throw Gallery
The Egg Toss Bakery & Cafe
Maggie’s Restaurant
Eckels Pottery & Fine Craft Gallery
Hitching Post Woodcarving
The Apple Branch at Sunset Valley Orchard
Peterson’s Foods & Smokeshop
Madeline Island Candles
Washburn Cultural Center
Big Top Chautauqua
Cafe Coco
Lake Superior Drifting Stone Jewelry

Want to enjoy the scenic beauty of Bayfield while recreating outside? Check out the Winter Sports and Activities page for information on downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoe trails, ice fishing, snowmobiling, Apostle Islands Ice Caves and dogsledding adventures and the famous “Ice Road” to Madeline Island. You’re sure to appreciate Bayfield’s quiet pace and unassuming atmosphere while enjoying the winter splendor of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.

And don’t forget to enjoy all of Bayfield’s fun wintertime activities:

  • Downhill skiing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Show shoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice cave adventures
  • Art classes
  • Ice skating
  • Shopping
  • Ice fishing

Check out all of our winter activities.