The Christmas Tree Ship, hosted by Main Street Vermilion, takes place on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10:30 am to 12 pm at McGarvey's Landing in Vermilion, Ohio.
No other community has a Christmas tradition quite like this one. Main Street Vermilion invites everyone, young and old, to bundle up and gather riverside at McGarvey's Landing for the arrival of the Christmas Tree Ship, an icebreaker stocked with Christmas trees and holiday cheer. It's a heartwarming sight to see the breaker make its way down the river.
There's music from Vermilion's own Sid Jordan and the Vermilion Community Band, cookies, donuts and hot chocolate to keep you warm...and awards for the winners of the Christmas coloring contest.
Quaker Steak and Lube will host lunch with Santa following the event.
Go back in time to watch as the legendary Christmas Tree Ship enters the Vermilion h
arbor. This is a nautical tradition from long ago when ships brought the family Christmas tree. A reenactment of the 1887 fishing schooner will carry trees ashore available for purchase. Community bands, caroling, lunch with Santa and more will provide fun for the entire family throughout the day.
THE CHRISMTAS TREE SHIP is a story of faith, hope, and love about Captain Herman, affectionately known as "Captain Santa", and his yearly voyage from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Chicago with a load of freshly cut Christmas trees. Families would wait anxiously at the docks for their choice of the best of the trees. Captain Schuenemann's voyage of 1912 was to be his last. Fully loaded and ready to sail his crew set out for it final destination on the southern end of Lake Michigan. Despite the crew's best efforts, the ship was unable to withstand the gales of the Great Lakes and went down off the coast of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. This Christmas classic features the artwork of Charles Vickery.