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 2022.
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 10-12, 2022.
Some of my favorite stores & their hours:
- Sheiyah Market – Open Nov. 10 from 9-6, Nov. 11 from 9-7, and Nov. 12 from 9-6
- Studio4Designs – Open Nov. 11 from 10-6 and Nov. 12 from 10-5
- Kaufman’s Kountry Accents – Nov. 11 Open House
- 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. 10-12.
Christmas in the Country
Christmas in the Country is a heart-warming and laugh-inducing show at the Amish Country Theatre that runs from Nov 8- Dec 17. Bring the entire family to see Ventriloquist Ken Groves and vocalist Donnie Abraham. Tickets can be purchased in advance HERE. The Amish Country Theatre will also play host to shows like, “Christmas with the Celts” and “A Kenny and Dolly Christmas.”
Songs for the Season – Victorian House Millersburg
The Victorian House in Millersburg will once again welcome visitors to experience the Queen Anne Mansion in all her holiday glory. November 19th 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 theme is Songs for the Season. Each room will have a popular Christmas Carol as the theme and the design will follow key elements of the song.
The Victorian House stays open until 8 pm 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.
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 25, 2022.
Our Christmas Dinner at the Ohio Star Theater
Our Christmas Dinner is a hilarious Christmas musical that shows what happens when surprise guests show up to a Christmas meal during a raging snowstorm. From the writers of Josiah for President, this entertaining show is sure to add to the magic of the holidays.
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.
Journey to Bethlehem in Walnut Creek
This December 2nd and 3rd 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 on December 10th and 17th from 9 am – 5 pm. December 17 is also the last day of the season at the Flea Market.
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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