Visiting Sugarcreek in the Winter

Published: 10/24/2018

by Kyle Valentini


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Visitors to Sugarcreek, the Little Switzerland of Ohio, get a quiet respite from over-scheduled days to bring families closer together so they can reminisce about days gone by and create new memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.
In Sugarcreek, celebrate the season at the Ohio Star Theater, an intimate, family-friendly venue that showcases musical comedies, concerts and special events on the Dutch Valley campus, which also includes the Carlisle Inn, a full-service restaurant featuring Amish-style meals along with a bakery where everything is made fresh each day including seasonal pies, breads and cookies.
At the Ohio Star Theater, guests can take in a variety of shows including “Feel of Neil,” starring Neil Diamond look-and-sound-alike Keith Allynn; America’s Got Talent semi-finalists; Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band; and the Holmes County Center for the Arts production of the beloved classic, “The Nutcracker.”
“Christmas in Paradise” by playwright Martha Bolton runs through Dec. 28. Bolton was a staff writer for Bob Hope for more than 15 years. She has written for other notable artists including Mark Lowry, Jeff Allen and Phyllis Diller. This production is an inspirational and uplifting journey that reveals unexpected treasures in the most unlikely of places.
Spend New Year’s Eve at the 12th annual Party with a Purpose with Dove Award winner Gordon Mote, who will bring his signature sound of piano, vocals and touching lyrics, along with master illusionist Jared Hall.
Wine enthusiasts need venture no further than the rolling hills of Tuscarawas County to enjoy award-winning wines and breathtaking views. “Our numerous locally owned and operated wineries take immense pride in sharing their knowledge, enthusiasm and hospitality to visitors,” said Christine Quickel, marketing administrator for Sugarcreek.
Award-winning Breitenbach Wine Cellars, Broad Run’s Swiss Heritage Winery and Baltic Mill Winery are all a short and scenic drive from Sugarcreek and offer handcrafted wines in unique settings from families who call the region home.
The Christmas season has always been a joyous time of fond memories and festive traditions in Sugarcreek. But the village’s Christmas spirit has grown since Light Up Sugarcreek started in 2015. The event, which is the first Saturday in December, includes a day of jubilant family activities highlighted by the lighting of the village, which turns it into a holiday wonderland just as it begins to get dark.
This year’s event will fall on Saturday, Dec. 1 and is sponsored by the Village of Sugarcreek and the Sugarcreek Business Association.
“The holidays are an exciting time for me,” Mayor Clayton Weller said. “I’ve always loved the holidays and feel grateful for the opportunity to help every year with Light Up Sugarcreek. It’s a free, fun family event that has become a Sugarcreek tradition.”
During Light Up Sugarcreek, Santa makes an appearance, and businesses stay open later to accommodate holiday shoppers. Guests can take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, warm themselves near an open fire, and enjoy wassail and other refreshments at one of many local merchants.
Sugarcreek is the perfect destination for couples looking for a romantic winter weekend or a getaway for the whole family. “The streets of Swiss Village are decorated for the holiday season with beautiful string lights, and the world’s largest cuckoo clock is draped in pine garlands,” Quickel said. “Guests can warm up with a coffee and freshly baked cookies from an authentic Amish bakery.”
Whether you would like to stay in a contemporary hotel, a traditional log cabin, a quaint bed and breakfast or even a vintage train car, Sugarcreek’s innkeepers can accommodate travelers for a night or an extended stay.

Visit Sugarcreek online at or call 330-852-4113. Email for more information.