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Exhibit Hall

Throughout the year at the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall you can find exhibits that feature artwork and photography by local artists, historical expos on local cities, towns and the region's involvement in the Civil War, to displays that showcase one of the most beloved stories of the yuletide - "A Christmas Story."

Located at the Indiana Welcome Center, the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall features displays like these year round. Stop in during the Christmas season and see the interactive displays of "A Christmas Story" Comes Home

 

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Special Events

200 Years Along the South Shore

August 29, 2016 to October 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The South Shore CVA has partnered with a number of historical societies to tell the stories of the people, industries and history of northwest Indiana. Photographs, artifacts, clothing, war and sports memorabilia, farm equipment and more will be on display. More

Albert's 13th Annual Auction for MS

October 09, 2016

lbert’s Diamond Jewelers will be holding its 13th Annual MS Auction on Sunday, October 9th, 2016! Unlike many charity and fundraising efforts, 100% of every dollar raised during this event goes directly to MS. Last year was our best year EVER! There were over 600 individuals, local businesses and vendors who joined together to raise over $235,000 to fight this devastating dise... More

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: A Major Event

December 03, 2016

Join us for A Major Event, the first event of the season during our annual "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit. Expect lots of fun including a train ride, bingo, scavenger hunt, letters to Santa, cookie decorating, a holiday magic show, showings of the "A Christmas Story" movie and an ugly lamp contest! Get your picture taken with Santa on Santa's Mountain and slide down int... More

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: Oh Fuuudge! Tire Relay Race

December 10, 2016
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Registration begins at 9:30am, Contest begins at 10am
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 800ALLLAKE
  • Website

Oh Fuuudge! Relay competition for parent/child teams.  This relay race depicts the tire changing scene in "A Christmas Story" when Ralphie spills lug nuts into the street.  Teams "change a tire" and run through an obstacle course while holding a hubcap full of lug nuts steady. Two age groups - children ages 4-7 and 8-12.  Pre-register online. Please bring in canned food/non-per... More

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: Mommy's Little Piggy Eating Contest

December 17, 2016
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Registration starts at 9:30am, Contest begins at 10am
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 800-255-5253
  • Website

The infamous scene in "A Christmas Story" where Randy Parker eats his mashed potatoes like a "little piggy" will be recreated during this messy event.  See if you can eat the most mashed potatoes the fastest or just come to watch this mess unfold!  There are four age groups - 4-7, 8-12, 13-17 and 18 and over. Pre-register online. Please bring in canned food/non-perishable items... More

On-Going Events

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

November 12, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The Indiana Welcome Center features six animated displays depicting scenes from the holiday classic "A Christmas Story." The displays include: The Department Store Window, Flick's Tongue and Triple Dog Dare, It's a Major Award, The Bumpus Hounds and a new window, A Hero's Dream. The displays were first showcased in 2003 at Macy's in New York City. Have your picture taken with S... More

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