If you’re looking for a quieter location to celebrate Christmas in Ohio, then Amish Country might be the place for you. The spirit of Christmas is alive and well throughout Amish Country with festive events, holiday theater performances, twinkling lights, Christmas shops, cozy accommodations and family-friendly experiences all season long.
Continue reading for our favorite ways to celebrate Christmas in Amish Country Ohio.
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Christmas In Amish Country Ohio
Beautiful landscapes, a slower pace of life, fun holiday events and live performances that highlight the true reason for the season are just a few of the many reasons why you’ll want to experience an Ohio Amish Christmas.
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Visit Walnut Creek
The Amish Country Christmas celebrations start in early November and last throughout the Christmas season. Walnut Creek holds a small community celebration of Christmas in the Village at the square, with the local church group performing Christmas devotionals and carols, a candle lighting ceremony, and a countdown to when the village Christmas tree is lit. During the holiday event, the local shops host an open house with holiday offers and discounts.
There’s also the “Journey to Bethlehem” event in early December, where you can experience Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem. The participants can stop at various places along the way and meet biblical characters, including the shepherds. The “Journey to Bethlehem” walk and drive ends with a live nativity scene.
At the Christmas Open House in Berlin, you’ll find the local shops decorated for the holiday season with lights, luminaries, wreaths, and Christmas trees. It’s the perfect time to buy unique Christmas gifts for your family and friends.
Celebrating the reason for the season, the Berlin Live Nativity Parade (usually Thanksgiving weekend) rings in the Christmas season. The live nativity parade with vibrant floats, festive holiday songs, and an appearance by Santa is one of the best ways to celebrate Christmas in Amish Country Ohio. The parade is followed by sweet treats of hot chocolate and cookies, caroling and a candle lighting ceremony on the Berlin Square.
Watch A Live Theater Performance
Live theater performances bring to life the old traditions of an Amish Country Christmas. If you want to experience the old-fashioned Christmas feel, head to the Amish Country Theater to watch Christmas in the Country.
However, that’s not the only performance in Amish Country! If you visit the Ohio Star Theater at Dutch Valley, you can see many other fun and entertaining performances, including Christmas Tree Ship, HCA – The Nutcracker and A Tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. So, for a delightful Christmas in Amish Country Ohio, make sure to watch at least one of these theatre shows.
Visit Tis The Season Christmas Shop
If you’re up for some Christmas shopping, head to the Tis the Season Christmas Shoppe, it’s a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs!
As Ohio’s largest year-round Christmas store, the building is as unique as the contents! Inside this 80 foot round building with 20,000 square feet of Christmas wonderland, you will find everything from Christmas trees, decorations, thousands of ornaments, a hundred varieties of lights, toys, candy, Christmas-themed edible goodies and so much more!
Tis the Season also has an impressive collection of religious items, stained glass windows, and wooden pews for sale if you’re looking for traditional Christmas-themed decorations. Then there’s a beautiful collection of serving plates, teapots, mugs, linens, and miniature items to add to your Christmas village.
Almost any Christmas-related item you can think of is available at Tis the Season Christmas Shoppe, and you can easily spend 3 to 4 hours shopping at this festive place!
Watchel’s Family Christmas Lights
Christmas is incomplete without festive holiday light displays! In Holmes County, you can find one of the longest running light displays in Northeast Ohio!
Spring Walk Farms, owned by the Watchel family, has been around for more than 60 years. Each year, they create an opulent Christmas light display with thousands of twinkling lights and dozens of animated characters. If you want to experience holiday cheer like no other, drive through the farm and enjoy Amish Christmas lights at their best!
When: Thanksgiving night through New Year’s Eve, 5-10pm weeknights and 5-11pm weekends
Where: Spring Walk Farm – 13079 Township Road 503, Big Prairie, OH 44611
Admission Cost: Free
Visit The Pine Tree Barn
The Pine Tree Barn is a third-generation family business that specializes in gifts and furnishings, a ‘year round Christmas shop, a Christmas Tree Farm and a restaurant.
Year round, visitors to The Pine Tree Barn will find unique gifts, home furnishings, interior design services, and the on-site restaurant, The Granary. During the holiday season, the 25,000 square foot restored barn is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with more than 40 Christmas trees professionally decorated to inspire and delight!
The Farms at Pine Tree Barn offers beautiful live Christmas trees and fresh live greenery. Bring your family to choose and cut your own tree, take a caboose ride or a horse drawn carriage ride and warm up with hot chocolate before taking your tree home. Getting a Christmas tree here is fun for the entire family!
Take A Self-Guided Cheese Tour
If you’re a cheese lover, you will surely enjoy your trip to Amish Country as it has some of the best cheese in Ohio! Be sure to pack a cooler as these local cheeses and fresh products make for great Christmas gifts!
Take a self-guided cheese tour around Holmes County, start at Heini’s Cheese Chalet in Berlin, where you can experience first-hand how cheese is made. The factory store has almost 50 varieties of cheese and many other edibles, including jams, jellies, and fudge. Next, stop at Guggisberg Cheese to see how their award-winning baby Swiss cheese is made. Walnut Creek Cheese has dozens of cheeses, homemade jams and jellies. And finish your tour at Broad Run Cheesehouse to sample local cheese and homemade wines.
Visit A Local Winery
Christmas and wine go side by side; therefore, your trip to Amish Country is incomplete without a tour of the local wineries!
Holmes County offers some of the finest wines in Ohio. With several wineries throughout Amish Country, you’ll surely find a delicious wine for yourself and the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life. Be sure to visit:
- Breitenbach Wine Cellars
- Baltic Mill Winery
- Doughty Glen Winery
- Sunny Slope Winery
- Swiss Heritage Winery
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