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The Lighting of Shipshewana

November 11, 2023

There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than with the Lighting of Shipshewana! Taking place in the first part of November each year, this spectacular one-of-a-kind event brings locals and visitors together to celebrate the community and the Christmas season.

Each year, thousands and thousands of guests line the streets of our quaint town to witness this joyous event.

You can enjoy the whole day in Shipshe and not run out of things to do! Blue Gate Shops, Harrison Street Shops, Davis Mercantile and other downtown shops are open as late as 9pm so you can look for that perfect Christmas gift… or, maybe a little something for yourself.

Musical performances at the Blue Gate are available at 10am and 1pm, and there is Christmas music, Santa visits, open houses, games, and refreshments throughout town.

To get you in the holiday mood, stroll down Harrison Street and enjoy a Country Christmas.  Join a fun scavenger hunt! Pose in photo opportunities staged along the 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.

Santa will be located on the porch of the Davis Mercantile (corner of Harrison & Main St.) and there will be cookies & hot chocolate at Aunt Millie’s.

Warm yourself with hot chocolate, chili and other delicious treats served up by local food vendors in the afternoon and into the evening as you wait to watch the magical Shipshewana Light Parade.


The Light Parade begins at 7:00pm and showcases spectacular lighted floats while carolers, wagons and horses march through town delighting and surprising the whole family.

The parade ends in front of the Blue Gate Restaurant.

The light parade is followed by the official lighting of the town of Shipshewana as well as the lighting of the amazing tree at the Blue Gate Restaurant. You don’t want to miss it!



Event Location:

Downtown Shipshewana






Amish Country, Northern Indiana, Shipshewana/LaGrange County