6 Unforgettable Christmas Activities in Shipshewana

Post Date: Aug 30, 2018

Here are six unforgettable things to do in Shipshewana at Christmas.

1. Lighting of Shipshewana - Light Parade & Ceremony

First Saturday in November

The Lighting of Shipshewana Light Parade & Ceremony is a huge, one-of-a-kind event that ushers in the Holiday season. Thousands of visitors and residents line the streets to watch lighted floats, carriages, and more pass by during the light parade. The parade ends in front of the Blue Gate Restaurant, where there is a traditional Christmas tree lighting, complete with a reading of the Christmas story and Christmas Carols. It truly is a family-friendly event. 

There are many other activities happening in town during the day including a visit from Santa, downtown shopping and entertainment.

After the Lighting Ceremony, the tree and Christmas lights all over town are up for the entire Christmas Season for visitors to enjoy throughout the holidays in Shipshewana.

2. Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show Holiday Bazaar

Third Saturday in October and First Saturday in December

The Ship-Chic (pronounced ship / sheek) Holiday Show is an indoor Christmas market featuring 100 vendors with amazing gifts, home decor, vintage items, handmade crafts, clothing, accessories, jewelry, baked goods and more. 

Grab your girlfriends for a fun day of shopping for unique items and gifts.The Holiday Market is held the first Saturday in December from 9am - 3pm inside the Shipshewana Auction Building at 345 S Van Buren St in Shipshewana.

*The Ship-Chic Fall Market also held the third Saturday in October from 9 am - 3 pm.

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3. Shipshewana's Lights of Joy

November & December on Select Dates | Shipshewana RV Park

Make holiday memories and traditions with your family by visiting the growing Christmas Light experience in Indiana Amish Country, Shipshewana's Lights of Joy. Visitors will experience a 1.5 mile drive through, featuring more than two million LED lights in spectacular holiday displays.

Held at the Shipshewana RV Park, select dates in November and December. Shipshewana Trading Place and Blue Gate Hospitality have partnered with Winterland, Inc. to bring this holiday experience to Amish Country Indiana.

4. Chocolate Day Walk

Did somebody say "Chocolate?" On this special day in Shipshewana, visitors enjoy walking to various stores in town to collect delicious chocolates. What more could anyone want?

Start by purchasing a one-of-a-kind chocolate box at Aunt Millie's Candy & Nuts inside the Davis Mercantile. Then stroll through the delightful town collecting chocolate confections to fill your box. All inclusive. 

5. Kids Day

Kids travel to locations throughout Shipshewana for a day of fun activities and surprises, including visits with Santa.

6. Shipshewana Ice Festival

At the annual Shipshewana Ice Festival, teams of carvers take over the town to drill and shave blocks of ice into beautiful creations all over Shipshewana! The creations they design are submitted by a sponsor or are the carver's choice. Visitors can enjoy seeing the carvings at various locations, watching the special ice carving competition, and voting for their favorite chili at the Chili Cook-Off. 

To get the full experience, visitors can purchase the Shipshewana Ice Festival Pin which allows for free admission into the Chili Cook-off plus lots of discounts at Shipshewana stores during select dates!

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