Kick Off the Holiday Season in Shipshewana, Indiana


The holidays come early in Shipshewana, and we love that. At the end of October, the elves are out hanging lights and decorating all over town. It’s a nice mix of fall and Christmas decor for a period of time, but once November arrives, it’s an all-out Christmas mood.

The Lighting of Shipshewana Parade & Ceremony

Every year the holiday season is kicked off the same way with a tree lighting ceremony and parade. On November 9, the holiday spark will come alive. Santa even flies in to give gifts and spread cheer to the children, while parents enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. The sound of Christmas music fills the air as performers jump start everyone’s spirit before the parade starts at 6 pm. The festive floats travel through the entire town, so pull up a chair, grab a hot drink and enjoy. Following that, the famous Blue Gate Christmas tree is lit, officially declaring it Christmas in Shipshewana. Click here for full event information including the parade route and times.

Shipshewana Lights of Joy Drive Thru

Lights of Joy

Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy Drive-Thru begins on November 8. Every Thursday-Sunday, load up the car and hit the “dusty trail.” This 1.4 mile-long cruise will guide you through more than 2 million LED lights in fun holiday scenes. The displays are sure to spark holiday cheer in you. So much so, you’ll want to start a new tradition, so why not create one this year?!

The Christmas Tree Ship

Every now and then the holiday season can seem stressful, and the Blue Gate Theatre’s musical, The Christmas Tree Ship, brings this to life in a light-hearted drama. The epic and heartwarming tale of a family’s mission to transport Christmas trees from upper Michigan to Chicago will have you on the edge of your seat. There’s plenty of showtimes, so catch one while in town for an event, or make a special evening of it.

Chocolate Day

Chocolate Day

There aren’t many people in the world that wouldn’t be intrigued by Chocolate Day. On November 16, purchase a one-of-a-kind chocolate box at Aunt Millie’s Candy and Nuts, then hit the town to try and fill it up! Different stores will have different kinds, letting you end up with a delicious variety. As if you needed another reason to participate, all proceeds will go to a local charity.

Wana Night Out

Wana Night Out

It’s the biggest town-wide sale of the year! Wana Night Out always falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, which is December 3 this year. Make a night of it and shop Shipshewana for some great deals as the gift-giving season is coming up. Whether you’re shopping for the clothing lover, home decorator, or antique collector, the variety of stores will have something for everyone.

Kids Day

Kids Day

If you see Santa flying over your house early this year, he’s on his way to Shipshewana. He’ll be making a visit on December 7 for Kid’s Day. Children will enjoy visits with Santa, along with plenty of other activities. Just a warning, after coming to Kids Day your children will be begging you to come back every December.

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