The Steubenville Nutcracker Village opened in Steubenville, Ohio, November, 2015, featuring life-sized Nutcrackers created locally in the production shop of Nelson’s of Steubenville. Each 6’ nutcracker was 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’s of Steubenville.  The introduction of The Steubenville Nutcracker Village was overwhelmingly successful with thousands of visitors and rave reviews. The one word used over and over again to describe the event was – “MAGICAL!”.  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. The second year the Village saw an increase in the Nutcrackers to over 100, and also a larger Christmas Wonderland/Gift Shop and Advent Market with extended days and hours. In the following years the Nutcrackers display was expanded to Market & Fourth Streets in downtown Steubenville.  


The Steubenville Nutcracker Village will be open from November 24th, 2023 through Saturday, January 6th, 2024.

Meet life-sized Nutcrackers of every description imaginable;  take hayrides (weekends only); visit The Children’s Corner (weekends only), experience The Great Nutcracker Storywalk, live concerts, and more.   

Please visit:

Steubenville Nutcracker Village on Facebook at

or the Steubenville Nutcracker Village website at