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Shipshewana Holiday Celebrations Begin Nov. 10

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment
Shipshewana Holiday Celebrations Begin Nov. 10

Shipshewana Holiday Celebrations Begin Nov. 10. Photo provided by LaGrange County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and used with written permission.

By Tammy Tilley
On behalf of the LaGrange County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

The small town of Shipshewana celebrates the holidays in a big family-friendly way for nearly three months, beginning with its Light Parade on November 10, 2012.

At 6 pm on Saturday, festive floats guide through the downtown streets lined with several thousand guests. The parade ends near Blue Gate Restaurant where parade officials are decked out in period attire. Soon after the parade, the lighting ceremony takes place at the Blue Gate Restaurant, made complete with Christmas carols and a live nativity scene.

The Gospel music group The Chuck Wagon Gang performs at the Blue Gate Theater on November 9 and 10 as part of the Light Parade celebration.

Also beginning on November 10, stores unveil their holiday trees in the Shipshewana Shimmer walk. Visitors stroll through the shops and vote for their favorite tree. This event can be enjoyed through December 31.

The annual Gingerbread House contest and display begins November 23 at Yoder Shopping Center located on State Road 5 immediately south of town. Last year, these juried, ornate creations were spectacular enough that two entries were invited to participate in a national contest. The houses will be on display through December 31.

The town also hosts Kid’s Day on December 8 and a Chocolate Day on November 17. On November 27, shops stay open late during the annual ‘Wana Night Out.”

Numerous holiday concerts take place, with the new musical “Half-Stitched” wrapping up December 8, the Grand Piano Christmas Extravaganza taking place December 7 & 8, “Glory and Majesty of Christmas” staged December 12-17, and the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza featuring comedian Aaron Wilburn and gospel music’s the Brown Family.

Finally, December 27-29 features the three-day event, “Shipshewana Ice Festival.” This attraction garnered the attention of USA Today in 2008, and showcases the highest concentration of large ice sculptures (with 10 blocks or more of ice used) between Indiana and Alaska. Over 35 ice sculptures will be created throughout the downtown and surrounding businesses.

The LaGrange County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is the official agency for tourism marketing, planning and development in LaGrange County, Indiana. If you have any questions about LaGrange County or would like more information about Shipshewana and other LaGrange County attractions, please go online to or call (800) 254-8090.