Special Events

The entire Christmas season is packed with events and contests during the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home Exhibit. Below you’ll find the full schedule of events.

Fudge PuppiesA Major Event
Saturday, Dec. 3
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.More info

Holiday Market at the Indiana Welcome Center Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 3
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. More info

Holiday for Heroes Holiday for Heroes
Thursday, Dec. 8
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.More info

Oh Fuuudge Relay RaceOh Fuuudge! Relay Race
Saturday, Dec. 10
9:30 a.m.More info

Mommy's Little PiggyMommy’s Little Piggy
Saturday, Dec. 17
9:30 a.m.More info

Movie Showtimes“A Christmas Story” Movie Showtimes
Nov. 26 and Dec. 3
2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Photos with SantaPhotos with Santa
Click below for Santa’s schedule.More info

Wag Your Tail WednesdaysWag Your Tail Wednesdays
Nov. 23, Dec. 14 and 21
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.More info

Write a Theme Write a Theme Contest
Entries are due by
Dec. 15. More info

Ugly Lamp Contest Ugly Lamp Contest
Entries are due by
Nov. 27. More info

Holiday For Heroes

Thursday, December 8
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Holiday for Heroes 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.

A Major Event

Saturday, December 3
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

• Take the kids on a train ride for $1.
• Get the kids their own fudge puppy made to their liking.
• Play a game of "Flick" bingo to win prizes at 12:30 p.m.
• Watch the "A Christmas Story" movie in the theatre at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
• Meet Annie and Sandy from Theatre at the Center's production of "Annie Warbucks" around 11:00 a.m.
• Take a photo with Santa 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for $6.
• Search for items in the Scavenger Hunt.
• Write a letter to Santa and put it in the giant Santa mailbox.
• Purchase a $1 craft or $2 cookie kit for the kids to decorate at the craft table, or color the Christmas themed coloring pages.
• View the animated window displays.
• Shop the Holiday Market 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Holiday Market at the Indiana Welcome Center

Saturday, December 3
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The pop-up market, which will feature artisan vendors from around the Region, will take place in a warm and cozy tent at the Indiana Welcome Center. There will be more than a dozen vendors, selling items such as hand-knit scarves & hats, jewelry, gourmet food, LuLaRoe apparel, holiday decor, pallet signs and more. There will also be sweets and treats, hot cocoa and train rides for the kids! The event will run in conjunction with the annual "A Major Event."

A Christmas Carol - A Live Radio Play


Saturday, December 17

Presented by Crown Point Community Theatre. “Carol” is the timeless tale of wealthy London codger Ebenezer Scrooge who, on Christmas Eve, is met with the ghosts of former business partner Jacob Marley and Christmases Past, Present and Future. In the end, Scrooge seeks to redeem himself from a lifetime of miserly ways.

On Christmas Eve, 1939, Lionel Barrymore and Orson Welles brought the tale to homes nationwide in what is considered by many to be the definitive radio broadcast of “Scrooge.”

Seating is limited. The performance is free, but we ask to please bring in canned food/non perishable items for the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.

Oh Fuuudge Relay Race


Saturday, December 10
Registration starts 9:30 a.m. Contest begins at 10:00 a.m.

The relay race depicts the tire changing scene in “A Christmas Story,” where Ralphie spills lug nuts onto the street and says the “F dash-dash-dash” word. The parent/child teams “change a tire” and run through an obstacle course while holding a hubcap filled with lug nuts steady.

There will be two age groups based on the child's age: 4-7 and 8-12. Registration and check-in starts at 9:30 a.m. *All past winners are ineligible to win contests.

Please bring in canned food/non perishable items as an entry fee. Items go to the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.

Oh Fuuudge! Relay Race Registration Form and Contest Rules

Mommy's Little Piggy

Saturday, December 17
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Contest begins at 10:00 a.m.

The infamous scene in “A Christmas Story” where Randy Parker eats his mashed potatoes like a “little piggy” will be recreated. Join the fun and see if you can eat the most mashed potatoes the fastest or just come by to watch the mess unfold!

This contest has four age categories (4-7, 8-12, 13-17 and 18 and over) where contestants can compete against their peers to win prizes valued from $50 - $100. *All past winners are ineligible to win contests.

Please bring in canned food/non perishable items as an entry fee. Items go to the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.

Mommy's Little Piggy Eating Contest Registration Form and Contest Rules

Ugly Lamp contest

Entries will be accepted November 2-27.

Enter your ugliest lamp for a chance to win a leg desk lamp (don't worry - it's not this leg!).

In the 1983 holiday film, Mr. Parker wins a leg lamp as a "major award" from a contest in the newspaper. Mr. Parker proudly displays the lamp in the family's living room window until Mrs. Parker accidentally breaks it. Leg lamps have been a popular feature of the movie ever since.

There are 2 categories: Born Ugly and Made Ugly. *All past winners are ineligible to win contests.

Write a Theme Contest

Entries due Thursday, December 15.

Write a theme about what you would like to receive for Christmas, just like Ralphie Parker wrote about the BB gun he wanted.

Essays should be more than 20 words, but not exceed 250. Entries will be judged in four separate age groups: age 7 and under, 8-12, 13-17 and 18 and older. Themes will not be judged against other entries, but stand alone entries.

Entries can be dropped off at or mailed to: Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, IN 46323.

All entries must be clearly labeled with your name, address, day-time phone number and age category. *All past winners are ineligible to win contests.

A CHRISTMAS STORY and all related characters and elements © & TM Turner Entertainment Co.

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