8 Magical Christmas Experiences in Shipshewana

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Date: Nov 8, 2016

8 Magical Christmas Experiences in Shipshewana

by Anna Pasquali

Ready to feel the holiday spirit? Here are 8 magical Christmas experiences in Shipshewana, Indiana - a town that goes all in for the Christmas - to help you and your family get in the festive mood.

1. The Lighting of Shipshewana - Holiday Light Parade & Lighting Ceremony

November 12, 2016

The Lighting of Shipshewana is a spectacular, one-of-a-kind event when the entire community gathers to officially bring in the Christmas season in Shipshewana. Last year, over 8000 guests lined the streets to witness this huge event. The spectacular floats, carolers, wagons and horses march that march through town will delight and surpise the whole family.

Opening Christmas Music starts at 4:00 pm. The light parade begins at 6:00 pm. The parade will begin at the Shipshewana Flea Market grounds and wander through downtown Shipshewana to end in front of the Blue Gate Restaurant. Along with the traditional tree lighting, there will be Christmas Carols, Santa visits and refreshments throughout town.  See the detailed schedule.

2. Christmas Tree Trail

November 12 - December 31, 2016

The town's merchants will unveil their Christmas trees for the Shipshewana Christmas Tree Trail, which gives visitors a chance to go to each shop and vote for a favorite display. Plus, participating merchants are offering special deals or experiences to go along with their Christmas tree displays. Trail maps are available at the Shipshewana Visitor's Center or at any of the participating businesses. Check out the trail map.

3. Chocolate Day

November 19, 2016

What could be more magical than chocolate? I mean, it's CHOCOLATE. On November 19, purchase your one of a kind chocolate box at Aunt Millie's Candy & Nuts inside the Davis Mercantile. Then stroll through town collecting chocolate confections to fill your box - it's all inclusive! For details, you can call 260-768-7728.

4. Wana Night Out

November 29, 2016

You probably know that Shipshewana is a town full of tradition, where stores typically close by 6 p.m. But on Wana Night Out, local merchants are open late offering some fantastic savings! It's the perfect day to shop for Christmas. Most stores in Shipshewana will stay open until 8 p.m. on this special evening of shopping, but individual hours may vary. Check shipshewana.com for advertisements.

5. Farmstead Inn's Christmas in Shipshewana Package

Each Friday & Saturday, Dec. 3-23, 2016

Want to experience the magic of Christmas to it's fullest? Plan to stay overnight at the beautiful Farmstead Inn. They have put othether a Christmas in Shipshewana lodging package that includes:

  • A classic room
  • A voucher for an Amish sleigh ride
  • Readings & carols by the fireplace
  • Shipshewana Sampler Gift Basket complete with an engraved wooden ornament, Yoder popcorn, fudge, yogurt pretzels and cheese!

Find out more.

6. Kids Day

December 3, 2016

Kids travel to locations throughout Shipshewana for a day of fun activities and surprises from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start at Farvers Christian Books & Gifts, located in Yoder's Red Barn Shoppes. Then, Santa arrives at the City Offices in the Wolfe Building, visiting with children from noon to 3 pm. Children receive goody bags too!

7. Shipshewana Craft & Holiday Gift Bazaar - Fall Market Series

December 10, 2016

Make plans to attend the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market's Craft & Holiday Gift Bazaar, a craft and vintage-inspired pop-up market where 100 spaces are filled with vendors. Shop holiday gifts, antiques, salvage, aritsan goods, handmade crafts, furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, baked goods and more. It's held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Miscellaneous & Antique Auction Building. Admission is $4.00 online in advance, or $5.00 at the door.

8. Shipshewana Ice Festival

December 27 & 28, 2016

Can anyone say winter wonderland? On December 27, ice carvers will be drilling and shaving blocks of ice all over Shipshewana at participating businesses. The creations they design are submitted by the sponsor or are the carver's choice. These professional carvers enjoy the challenge of creating!

Then, on December 28, the ice carvers compete with their own designs for cash awards in the Wolfe Building parking lot (345 Morton St.) While you're there, stop inside the Wolfe Building for the 8th annual Chili Cook-off! Detailed Ice Festival Schedule.

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