Holiday events in Amish Country, Ohio

Holiday events in Amish Country, Ohio (2023)

Things to do in Amish Country to celebrate Christmas

The holiday season is a special time in Amish Country – the fall foliage crowds have left, traffic is quieter, and the pace of farm life has slowed after the harvest. Snow-covered hillsides and twinkling lights beckon visitors to make this the best Christmas yet! Here is my list of the best holiday events in Amish Country, Ohio. Mark your calendars full of these family-friendly events in November and December 2023.

The Berlin Main Street Merchant Open House

Haul out the holly as the shop owners of Berlin welcome you to their Christmas Open Houses! Find the special decorations you’ve been looking for as you meander downtown Berlin Friday and Saturday, November 9-11, 2023.

Some of my favorite stores & their hours:

  • Sheiyah Market – Open Nov. 9 from 10-6, Nov. 10 from 10-7, and Nov. 11 from 10-6
  • Studio4Designs – Open Nov. 10 from 10-6 and Nov. 11 from 10-5
  • Kaufman’s Kountry Accents – Nov. 10 from 9-5.
  • Streb’s General Store – Nov. 11 Open House
  • bFearless (located between Berlin and Walnut Creek) will also be having their Christmas Open House from Nov. 9-11

Holiday Events in Amish Country, Ohio - Berlin Merchants Open House is the place to find the perfect Christmas Decor
A preview of the display at Country Gatherings in Berlin, part of the Sheiyah Market

Millersburg Business Open House & Chocolate Watch

On November 11, 2023, Millersburg will be host to a festive Holiday Open House and Chocolate Walk. The hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each participant in the walk will purchase an empty box and then fill it with chocolates from Troyer’s Candy Shoppe as they visit businesses in downtown Millersburg. Stores will be decorated in holiday decor and offer sales and discounts!

Amish Country Theatre Special Christmas Shows

The Amish Country Theatre is offering a plethora of Christmas shows to bring about the yuletide cheer! Tickets can be purchased in advance HERE. The Amish Country Theatre will also play host again to shows like, “Christmas with the Celts” and “A Kenny and Dolly Christmas.” This year in November they will have a Michael Buble Tribute Christmas and a Beach Boys Christmas Tribute.

The Amish Country Theatre is connected to the Berlin Encore Hotel. This beautiful, modern property is conveniently located between Berlin and Walnut Creek. Check rates now.

Victorian House Millersburg in all of its holiday glory

The Victorian House in Millersburg will once again welcome visitors to experience the Queen Anne Mansion in all her holiday glory. November 18th from 4 pm – 8 pm is the kick-off Open House, but self-guided tours of the mansion will be available until December 31st. This year’s decorating them is “A Child’s Storybook Christmas.” Each room will take on the theme of a selection of holiday children’s books.

The Victorian House stays open until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, and I highly recommend an evening visit to fully enjoy the Christmas lights and decor. Check the Victorian House website for details.

For other things to do and restaurants in Millersburg, check out my list of things to do in Millersburg, Ohio.

Visit Ohio’s Largest Year-Round Christmas Shoppe

Looking to have more Christmas spirit than the popular character, Elf? Look no further than ‘Tis the Season Christmas Shoppe! ‘Tis the Season holds the record for being Ohio’s largest Christmas store- and it is where you’ll find everything you need to create a themed tree or the gift for someone who has everything.

Read my full review of ‘Tis the Season HERE.

Tis the Season Christmas store- Amish Country -

Berlin Live Nativity Parade

The Friday after Thanksgiving is when the live Nativity Parade passes through downtown Berlin, Ohio. Bring your singing voice for live caroling and donations for Operation Christmas Child in exchange for a hot chocolate. The event happens on November 24, 2023.

Special Holiday Shows at the Ohio Star Theater

The Ohio Star Theatre is located on the grounds of Dutchman Hospitality, which includes Dutch Valley Restaurant and the Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek. This beautiful campus is just the place to enjoy a relax before the busyness of the season.

The Ohio Star Theatre has an epic round-up for this holiday season! The Christmas Tree Ship will be the recurring holiday musical that runs from Nov 9 – Dec 30.

Journey to Bethlehem in Walnut Creek

This December 1st and 2nd in Walnut Creek, visitors to Amish Country can experience what Mary & Joseph may have encountered on their journey to Bethlehem. This popular event includes live scenes including Biblical characters like the shepherds, tax collectors, and even the nativity animals. Admission is free, but participants should be prepared to both walk and drive on the self-guided tour.

The first stop on the Journey is Walnut Creek Mennonite Church at 2619 County Road 144, Sugarcreek, OH, 44681. Stop here first to register and receive a map of the other stops. For more information check out the Journey to Bethlehem info page.

Santa arrives at the Walnut Creek Flea Market

After a long flight from the North Pole, Santa will arrive at the Walnut Creek Flea Market! Dates aren’t confirmed yet, but I’m betting the reindeer arrive on Dec 9th and 16th. Be sure to check their website or Facebook page! December 16 is also the last day of the season at the Flea Market.

Carlisle Inn Walnut Creek- Holiday events in Amish Country
After visiting the flea market, stay the night at the beautiful Carlisle Inn Walnut Creek.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute at the Ohio Star Theater

The Prophecy performs a Christmas show in the style of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on December 17 at 1 and 7 pm at the Ohio State Theater! The Prophecy has spared no details when it comes to costumes, choreography, music, lasers, and fog! Learn more HERE.

Wachtel Family Christmas Lights

Want to start a new family tradition? How about visiting the Wachtel Family Christmas lights in Western Holmes County? The Wachtel family has been delighting local families for many, many years! The lights can be viewed throughout the month of December at 13079 TR 503, Big Prairie, Ohio 44611. Call 330-378-2273 with questions! Want to stay the night nearby? I recommend The Bluebird Cottage – it sleeps a family of 6 very comfortably!

I hope this list of holiday events in Amish Country helps you plan a very special Christmas season! Please let me know in the comments if you are able to attend any of these events!

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