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There is a multitude of things to see and do along the South Shore! The South Shore Calendar of Events will keep you informed about the latest concerts, casino events, special exhibits, holiday celebrations and much more.

Check out the latest activities at the fabulous local parks or at the Indiana Dunes. See what fun-filled festivals are happening in Crown PointWhitingHammondValparaiso or one of the other great South Shore communities. Find out what’s taking place at your favorite attraction, which concerts are going to be rocking the region or what’s coming up on the sports scene.

Don’t miss out on the amazing events happening along the South Shore!

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Special Events

Junie B. Jones the Musical

November 20, 2015 to December 06, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See Website for exact dates and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

This holiday season, "Junie B. Jones" returns to the Chicag Street Theatre stage in an all new musical! Barbara Parks' cherished childrens book character is full of remarkable wit, humor and sass. Give your family an early holiday gift by enjoying "Junie B. Jones" together. Order tickets early-last time this first grader was at CST, tickets sold-out faster t... More

Winter Lights Night

November 21, 2015 to January 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Sunset Hill Farm
  • 775 Meridian Road
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 3pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $5 per car
  • Phone: 219-465-3586
  • Website

The light displays are unique to the park, and many of them were custom-made by members of the maintenance staff. Some of the displays include a rollercoaster that is over 20 feet tall, a farm scene consisting of various pieces, and Santa taking off into the air with his reindeer.  More

The Nutcracker

December 02, 2015 to December 03, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: 7pm
  • Admission: See description below
  • Phone: 219-755-4444
  • Website | Email

Indiana Ballet Theater presents "The Nutcracker."       More

Orak Shrine Circus

December 03, 2015 to December 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Orak Shrine Circus has four days of shows from which to choose. Get your tickets early for the best available seats!  Come by early for a Circus Pre-Party one hour before show times listed below. Ride an elephant or pony, get your face painted and meet the circus stars up close and in person. It's a fun family adventure for all ages!  Thursday, Dec 3 -... More

25th Annual Christmas Walk and Sale

December 04, 2015 to December 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Antique Market
  • 3707 N Frontage Road
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Phone: 219-879-4084
  • Website

Walk through beautifully decorated booths while taking advantage of the 10% to 30% savings off most items in the store. More

A Carol Festival: The Valparaiso University Christmas Concert

December 04, 2015 to December 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Just as they have for the past nine decades, more than 200 musicians representing the Valparaiso University Chorale, Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Chamber Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra converge for this annual holiday extravaganza in the university's landmark Chapel of the Resurrection. From the stately pipe organ solo to a triumphant audience sing-along, this event conveys... More

City of Hobart Christmas Tree Lighting

December 04, 2015
  • Location: Festival Park
  • 111 E Old Ridge Rd.
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Admission: Free
  • Website | Email

Celebrates the holiday season with live entertainment, carriage rides and a visit with Santa as they light the Christmas tree! More

Dashing Through the Snow

December 04, 2015 to December 13, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Footlight Theatre
  • 1705 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Phone: 219-874-4035
  • Website

If you liked our productions of Dearly Beloved, Christmas Belles, Southern Hospitality, and Dixie Swim Club you'll love this Jones, Hope, Wooten Christmas comedy. It's four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn and deck the halls with holiday hilarity. A spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wed... More

First Friday: Holiday Music & Market

December 04, 2015

Get in the holiday spirit with music as you peruse our Holiday Artisan Market. Find the perfect gift for your loved one. Light bites and refreshments. More

Holly Days

December 04, 2015

Downtown Valparaiso will come to life with the lights and sounds of the holiday season. Favorite holiday activities will center around the courthouse square with a live nativity display, free train rides and strolling carolers to give some holiday spirit. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Porter County Museum ready for picture taking. More

Hunt and Gather Market

December 04, 2015 to December 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lake County Fairgrounds
  • 889 S. Court Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Fri 4pm to 10pm and Sat 11am to 6pm
  • Admission: Entrance Fee $5
  • Website

An amazing event featuring local artisans and shopkeepers selling beautiful and unique items including art, jewelry, furniture, antiques, salvaged treasures and more. Music, food and drinks will be available.   More

The Elf Express at Bellaboo's

December 04, 2015

Let us put the stripes on your stockings, points on your ears & toes and cherry on your cheeks & nose! Start the season off with a ring-a-ding-ding at this fun and festive Holiday Fling. Just in time to get all the necessary "to-do's" checked off your list while having a Jolly Good Time. More

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: A Major Event

December 05, 2015

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 M... More

Breakfast with Santa

December 05, 2015
  • Location: First United Methodist Church
  • 352 South Main Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 9am to 11am
  • Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children 3-10 $4, ages 2 & under free
  • Phone: 219-663-1515
  • Website | Email

First United Methodist of Crown Point is hosting it's Annual Breakfast with Santa. It's a great event for all ages. Come visit with Santa and get photos while enjoying breakfast! More

First Saturday Evening with the Stars

December 05, 2015 to January 02, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: 5pm
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society on the first Saturday night of each month to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This month's program meets on December 5, at 5:00 p.m. at the national lakeshore's Kemil Beach parking area. In December, the Milky Way galaxy crosses the night sky from east to west overhead. Skies per... More

Holiday Celebration at Fawn Run Farm Mercantile

December 05, 2015 to December 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Fawn Run Farm
  • 3883 E 700 N
  • Rolling Prairie, Indiana
  • Phone: 219-778-2809
  • Website

The barn/shop at Fawn Run Farm Mercantile is decked to the rafters with seasonal treasures for this popular sale of hand-crafted folk art, primitive antiques, rustic make-dos, farmhouse furniture and seasonal needfuls. More

Holiday Pop Up Shop

December 05, 2015
  • 212 9th Street
  • DeMotte, Indiana 46310
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Website

Shop local this holiday season! Five local vendors are coming together for one day only for a holiday pop up shop! They will be offering unique items from art to home decor to women's clothing to accessories. Looking forward to seeing you there! More

Pioneer Land Christmas Open House

December 05, 2015 to December 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: LaPorte County Fairgrounds
  • Highway 2 and Zigler Road
  • LaPorte, Indiana 46350
  • Times: 3pm to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-575-7758
  • Website

Pioneer Land is decorated the way it would have been in the 1840's. Decorations are hand made and are of the period. All buildings are open. Draft horse wagon rides available depending on weather. More

Planetarium Showings

December 05, 2015 to December 12, 2015 (Every Friday, Saturday)

Join Challenger for the Star of Bethlehem Show and Laser Holidays with all your favorite holiday songs to celebrate the season.         More

Railcat's 7th Annual Winter Sale

December 05, 2015

Start marking everyone off your Christmas list by stocking up at the RailCats' annual yard sale. Get ready for the 15th season on the South Shore with special discounted merchandise from McShane's SouthShore Depot, the official team store of the RailCats. The RailCats will be having a special sale on authentic and game-worn jerseys and memorabilia along with a wide variety... More

Santa's Candy Cane Express

December 05, 2015 to December 13, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Saturdays and Sundays, take a ride on the Candy Cane Express and visit Santa in his railroad Caboose. Donate a new, unwrapped toy and receive one free train ride. More

Taltree Express

December 05, 2015 to December 19, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Get into the holiday spirit Saturdays in December with Christmas classic story time, visits with Santa and his elves, refreshments and the Taltree Railway Garden trains. Two sessions held each Saturday. Morning session is for children 3 to 5 years old. Afternoon session is for children 6 to 10 years old. Cost is $15 for a child and an adult. Each additional child $10. Each ad... More

On-Going Events

Wine Tasting at White Rhino

Started June 03, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Wednesday)

Sample up to 10 different wines and enjoy a gourmet appetizer buffet all while Marco Villarreal fills the room with enchanting sounds on his acoustic guitar. $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Call 219 864-9200 or sign up at our website More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started June 06, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

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