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Steubenville Nutcracker Village

The Steubenville Nutcracker Village, a new attraction in Steubenville, Ohio, opened in November, 2015, featuring life-sized Nutcrackers created locally in the production shop of Nelson Fine Art & Gifts. Each 6’ nutcracker on display in Fort Steuben Park is uniquely hand-painted with many crafted to reflect some theme, character or aspect of Steubenville.

This project was conceived by Jerry Barilla, President of the Board of Old Fort Steuben Project, while putting a nutcracker decoration back into its box after Christmas and then brought to life by the father & daughter team of Mark & Therese Nelson and the talented crew of Nelson Fine Art & Gifts. The project quickly took off and the result has been amazing.

The initial year welcomed 37 nutcrackers in the park ranging from the traditional German soldier to such characters as a gondolier, a Franciscan friar and the Phantom of the Opera. Visitors could stroll along the walkways and identify the clever designs, taking photos and selfies. The introduction of The Steubenville Nutcracker Village was overwhelmingly successful with thousands of visitors and rave reviews. Comments ranged from “fantastic” to “you need to do this again next year” to “just what Steubenville needed”, but the one word used over and over again was – “MAGICAL!”

Held in the park in conjunction with the Nutcracker Village is the outdoor Advent Market featuring food, local artisans, Christmas gifts, hayrides and music. The Christmas Wonderland and Gift Shop inside the Fort Steuben Visitor Center offers an opportunity to reminisce about Christmases past. To add to the fun there is a Nutcracker-themed Christmas Parade. In 2016, there are expected to be 40 more Nutcrackers and a larger Advent Market.

The Nutcracker Village and Advent Market will open on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and are located at Fort Steuben Park, 120 South Third Street in Steubenville. Christmas Wonderland and Gift Shop are inside the Fort Steuben Visitor Center at the same address. The Christmas Parade takes place along Fourth Street in downtown Steubenville the second Saturday in December.

This public art project has just begun and it is expected that other Nutcracker initiatives will grow out of it.

For information regarding the Nutcracker Village, Advent Market, Christmas Wonderland, and Parade or to arrange a Group Tour or Tour Package, contact the Fort Steuben Visitor Center at 740.283.4935 or info@visitsteubenville.com.

2016/17 Schedule:

The Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Christmas Wonderland and Gift Shop will run from November 22, 2016 until January 8th 2017. The Nutcracker Village is open 24/7 in Fort Steuben Park. The Visitor Center is open daily from 10am to 6pm, Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 5pm on Sundays.

The Advent Market will be open: “Steubenville Lights Up” on November 22nd; November 25th-27th; December 2nd – 4th; December 9th – 11th; and December 16th-18th

An Original Nutcracker Musical, “The Wooden Heart Follies” written by Steubenville residents, Von and John Holmes will be presented on November 27th, December 4th, 11th, and 18th at 2:00pm at the Masonic Hall on North Fourth Street Steubenville.  Tickets are $7 Adults; $4 Students; Under 6 yrs. old free.   Tickets may be purchased at the Steubenville Fort Steuben Visitor Center or at the door.

The 2016 Nutcracker Christmas Parade “Sights & Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic”  is December 10th at noon.



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