All Day Throughout Town (Most stores open at 10am)
All Day Throughout Town
A visit to this street will nudge you into the holiday season, stroll and shop and enjoy a Country Christmas. Stores Open 10 am-9 pm. Join a fun scavenger hunt! Pose in photo opportunities staged along Harrison Street to create that perfect Christmas card. Warm yourself with hot chocolate, donuts and other delicious foods served up by local food vendors in the afternoon and into the evening as you wait to watch the magical Shipshewana Light Parade!
The Christmas Tree Ship the Musical
10:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Blue Gate Theatre
more info ->
Meet the Reindeer
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Front of Blue Gate Restaurant - Photo Opportunity - provided by Animal-Grams from North Manchester
Father Christmas Greets Children
3:00pm - 7:00pm
Father Christmas will be located on the Front Porch of the Davis Mercantile (corner of Harrison St & Main St). He will be giving gifts, and there will be Cookies & Hot Chocolate at Aunt Millie's for $3.
Begins at 7:00 pm
(from Flea market Grounds)
See Parade Route Map
7:45 (approx.) Immediately after parade at the Main Stage on Middlebury Street
Blue Gate Shops, Harrison St., Davis Mercantile & other town shops are open until 9pm!
See the NEW EXTENDED parade route,
over a mile of viewing locations!
Feel Free to arrive early, claim a spot and then enjoy beautiful downtown Shipshewana! Bringing your own chairs and blankets is allowed and encouraged.
(Printable Event Map)
Lighting Ceremony Location
The Lighting Ceremony is located on Middlebury St between SR5 and Harrison St. The Ceremony lasts for 15-20 minutes and everyone is encouraged to stand and join everyone on the street.
The downtown area parking will fill up,
so we've added extra parking at the town park and
ball fields with Shuttle Service to downtown!
State Route 5 will be closed starting at 6pm from North Village Drive to Farver St on the South Side of Town, a quick detour with signage will be clearly marked to help you find the available parking and shuttle to a spot within walking distance of the parade route. If parking downtown you may be unable to leave immediately following the parade due to street closures and traffic, so stay and enjoy our Shipshewana hospitality!
NOTE: If coming from the North, State Route 5 is closed north of town at 450N (marked on map), follow the detour East to 675W for a quick way to the best parking. (Printable Parking Map)