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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

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: A Major Event

December 02, 2017

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, 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 into a pillow of snow. Fu... More

Holiday for Heroes

December 07, 2017

December 7th is a special evening of appreciation for our region's police, firefighters, EMS, military forces, and Hoosier Helpers. This event is open exclusively to all of these individuals and their families. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served, and attendees may take a free photo with Santa.  More

Oh Fuuudge! Tire Relay Race

December 09, 2017
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Registration begins at 9:30 AM, Contest begins at 10:00 AM
  • 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-peris... More

Mommy's Little Piggy Eating Contest

December 16, 2017
  • 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 11, 2017 to January 07, 2018 (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

Wag Your Tail Wednesdays

November 22, 2017 to December 20, 2017 (Select Dates)

Come bring your dogs and cats on by for photos with Santa on Wednesdays, November 22nd and 29th and December 13th and 20th during our "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit. Photos are $6 each. We will also be accepting donations for local animal shelters during the event. Photos are $6 each. Dogs and cats only, please! We will also be accepting donations for local shelters du... More

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