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Holidays in the Heart of Amish Country

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 The holiday season in Shipshewana, Indiana, the heart of Amish Country, is a joyous time filled with fun, food and festive traditions!

Step into a slower pace where you will breathe in the enticing aromas of freshly baked pies while feeling warmth from friendly Amish businesses as they invite you for a peek into their unique world at this special time of year. Treasure memories of Christmas past and present as you delight in the magnificence of two million twinkling lights. Delight in the sounds of Christmas music and top-notch entertainment. You will discover why the holiday season in Shipshewana Amish Country is truly something special like the Hallmark Channel brought to life! 

Explore downtown Shipshewana for handmade pottery, reclaimed wood pieces, art, fashion, décor, and more. Start at the Davis Mercantile, filled with 4 floors of boutique shops. Take time to ride on the hand-carved wooden full-size Carousel. Feast on a warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven pretzel. Wander down the streets to find more treats for everyone on Santa’s list! 

Drive through the amazing Shipshewana Lights of Joy display on the famous Shipshewana Flea Market grounds. Over 2 million LED lights and specialty displays will be viewed in a mile-and-a-half-long symphony of colorful light scenes. 

Shipshewana Lights of Joy

After a peaceful night’s sleep in a cozy, locally owned hotel, get ready to stuff your stocking with treats and trinkets from one-of-a-kind Amish businesses as your step-on guide takes you off the beaten path on the “Stocking Stuffer Tour”. Travel down gravel roads and country lanes to Amish businesses. We will supply the Christmas “Stocking” Bag before you set off on an adventure like no other, stuffing your stocking as you go from stop to stop with items perfect for gift-giving or just as a treat for yourself. Choose your Stocking Stuffer Stops from an Amish Bakery, noodle maker, Popcorn Shop, wind chime maker, Bulk Food Store, leather shop or toy maker. 

A group at an Amish buggy maker’s shop

Get to know local Amish entrepreneurs and see first-hand authentic experiences as they operate their unique enterprises. Hear the stories of friendly, hardworking people who use their special talents to create products and build businesses including a one-room Amish School, rug weaver, or buggy maker. Enjoy Hands-On Make and Take Experiences Including Wooden Basket Weaving, Barn Quilt painting, Amish Doll or peanut butter making, or pretzel rolling! 

Make and take your own doll

Enjoy a brand new, live musical production with the Blue Gate Buffet Dinner & “When Calls the Heart” at the Blue Gate Theater. Janette Oke’s famous book and Hallmark Channel TV Show become a theatrical celebration of truth, adventure, faith and – above all – love. “When Calls the Heart” The Musical is brimming with excitement, comedy and romance. Join Elizabeth Thatcher as she bids goodbye to family and sets off for an adventure of a lifetime. Be captivated and entertained by world-class performers as this enchanting musical takes you on a journey you will never forget! 

It is not too late. Contact Judy McConnell to customize your Small-town Shipshewana Christmas itinerary!