7 Unforgettable Christmas Activities in Shipshewana

This post originally appeared on shipshewanatradingplace.com

By Anna Pasquali

Shipshewana is a town that loves to go all out for the holidays. Beautiful lights start appearing in town in early November, and the Christmas events and activities start soon after. If you love Christmas, spending time with your loved ones, and small-town hospitality, then you’ve got to visit Shipshewana this holiday season. Here are seven unforgettable things to do this year.


1. Lighting of Shipshewana – Light Parade & Ceremony

7 Christmas Activities in Shipshewana for 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017


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 the Shipshewana Corn Maze, the Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market, a visit from Santa, downtown shopping and entertainment.


2. Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market

7 Unforgettable Christmas Activities in Shipshewana

Fridays & Saturdays, October through December 16


The Shipshewana Across the Raod Indoor Market is a unique holiday shopping experience! Shoppers can expect to see 60+ vendors in a smaller-scale indoor version of the famous outdoor Shipshewana Flea Market with unique gift items, a selection of local crafts, and a variety of other goods.


Shipshewana Across the Road is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays through December 16, 2017, 10 am – 5 pm. It will feature the “Best of Shipshewana” where shoppers will find unique items you won’t find anywhere else. Enjoy holiday shopping from your favorite Shipshewana Flea Market vendors, as well as a selection of local vendors.


Location: Farmstead Expo Barn (368 S Van Buren St). Admission and parking are free!


3. Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show Holiday Bazaar

7 Christmas Activities in Shipshewana for 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017


The Ship-Chic (pronounced ship / sheek) Craft & Vintage Show Holiday Bazaar is an indoor Christmas market featuring over 80 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 Bazaar is on Saturday, December 9 from 9am – 3pm inside the Shipshewana Auction Building at 345 S Van Buren St in Shipshewana.


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4. Wana Night Out

7 Unforgettable Christmas Activities in Shipshewana

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


It’s a rare night in Shipshewana when the stores stay open until 8:00 pm! This may seem early to you, but here in Shipshewana, a town full of tradition, it’s a rare night when stores stay open past 6:00 pm! Not only do most places have extended hours for Wana Night Out, but they also offer giveaways, deals and discounts. Be sure to check local newspapers for coupons, or shipshewana.com for advertisements and details.


The new Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Flea Market will also be open on Tuesday, November 28 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm (As opposed to its normal Friday / Saturday hours).


5. Chocolate Day Walk

7 Unforgettable Christmas Activities in Shipshewana


Saturday, November 18, 2017


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.


6. Kids Day


7 Unforgettable Christmas Activities in Shipshewana

December 2, 2017


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 Ice Festival

7 Unforgettable Christmas Activities in Shipshewana

December 28 & 29, 2017

At the annual Shipshewana Ice Festival, teams of carvers take over 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 them at work.


On December 29th, there is an ice carving competition at the Wolfe Building parking lot at 345 Morton St. The public is welcome to watch them compete! Bring your cameras. During the competition, head inside the Wolfe Building for the annual Chili Cook-Off. Admission is $5 to taste all the chili you’d like!


To get the full experience, visitors can purchase the 2017 Shipshewana Ice Festival Pin, which will get you FREE entrance to the Chili Cook-off plus approximately $100 of discounts in Shipshewana during the month of January.