The Nutcracker Village in Steubenville is everything it’s cracked up to be!
Ok, enough with the puns! In all seriousness, we loved our visit to see the Nutcrackers in Steubenville. My kids thought mom was a bit crazy for driving 2.5 hours to see some wooden figures, but in the end, they agreed that the Nutcrackers were extremely cool. Here are some things to know before you visit Nutcracker Village in Steubenville, Ohio.
The Nutcrackers in Steubenville are displayed throughout the downtown and around Fort Steuben Park. A courthouse light show accompanies the display on select Fridays and Saturdays in November and December. The Nutcrackers will be on display from November 21, 2023 – January 6, 2024.
Traveling into Steubenville from out of town? Set your GPS for Renaissance Coffee House! This is the place to pick up a map of the Nutcrackers and begin the walk throughout the town. There are currently 185 Nutcrackers on display. The variety is astounding – everything from local personalities, famous theologians, movie & book characters, and more. There’s a Nutcracker for all ages!
Most of the nutcrackers in Steubenville are found on 4th Street, which is also the main thoroughfare. Take time to stop in at local shops and browse, too! My mom and I stopped in the Antique Warehouse – it is HUGE. The boys were happy to purchase a video game at Just Play! Games-Movies-Music. I believe this is the first year that the nutcrackers were in town instead of Fort Steuben, and I know that it is a huge win for the local businesses! We joked that we did everything we could to support the local economy. Oh yes – don’t forget a cream stick from The Downtown Bakery to fuel your stroll.
Some of our favorite Nutcrackers were found in Fort Steuben Park. That’s also where you’ll find the Christmas market (open select hours) and Visitor Center with portable restrooms. Throughout Fort Steuben Park, you’ll also find wooden characters (not nutcrackers) for some popular cartoon characters like Peppa Pig, Minnie Mouse, and Paw Patrol.
Tips for visiting the Nutcracker Village:
- Dress warmly! This is an outdoor event. If you’re bringing little ones, you’ll definitely want to pack a stroller.
- Allow plenty of time. The streets are busy and not wide enough for a quick pace. Take time to enjoy the intricate details of each Nutcracker, and time for visiting local businesses. We spent nearly 2 hours exploring downtown Steubenville.
- At the end of your tour, stop in Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe and receive a souvenir ornament! You’ll want to see this beautiful shoppe, regardless!
Where to eat in Steubenville
A local friend recommended Naples Spaghetti House and she was spot on! It was amazing! Look at those meatballs and their bread was to die for!
Before you go: One of my daughters’ favorite books about the Nutcracker is this story book with music from the ballet. Check it out on Amazon!
Do you have any more questions about the Nutcracker Village in Steubenville, Ohio? Put them in the comments!
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