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The winter season brings with it many holiday-related events including the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit and shopping opportunities like Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets Midnight Madness Sale.
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Winter Activities
Winter along the South Shore brings rosy cheeks, fluffy snow and lots of outdoor fun… more





Winter Events


Bundle up, grab your skates for Deep River Waterpark's ice skating or watch ice carvers this winter in downtown Valparaiso. If the kids are itching to get outdoors, grab your sleds and enjoy some fun in the snow. There's plenty of indoor activities, too! Enjoy a play or musical at the theater or a concert at the casino. Get in the holiday spirit with the annual "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit and weekend events at the Indiana Welcome Center.

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Special Events

Four Score and Seven Years Ago

January 17, 2017 to January 20, 2017 (Recurring daily)

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they ha... More

Canvas Painting With Cocktails at White Rhino

January 19, 2017
  • Location: White Rhino Bar & Grill
  • 101 Joliet Street
  • Dyer, IN 46311
  • Times: From: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Website

Inspire the creative side of your brain! Sip, Savor, Socialize. Join us in the loft for a spiced up, no pressure, creative and entertaining "art class". Each "student" will take home a 16 x 20 canvas painted by themselves. The class will paint with instruction and tips from a experienced artist. The cost will be $27 per person and will include canvas, pencils, measures, acrylic... More

Wine and Canvas Event at the Jean Shepherd Community Center

January 20, 2017

Wine and Canvas Event at the Jean Shepherd Community Center! More

Salute to the '60s

January 21, 2017

With 23 hit singles, Peter Noone & Herman's Hermits were a household name in the 60's. Songs like "I'm In To Something Good," "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter," and "There's a Kind of Hush" are just a sampling of hits that made Herman's Hermits an international sensation during the famed British Invasion of the 60's.In the history of rock-n-roll, only nine bands hav... More

Bus Tours of the National Lakeshore

January 22, 2017

Join a ranger this winter for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's 16-passenger buses. This is a great way to see the park’s winter landscapes without having to do a lot of walking. The tour meets at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, which is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94, in Porter, Indiana. After... More

Big Barn Beer Fest

January 28, 2017
  • Venue: County Line Orchard
  • 200 S County Line Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: From: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Admission: Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. $50 general admission / $15 designated driver
  • Website

This is a great event for an even greater cause! For those that don't know the event, you will have a chance to sample some of the best craft beer from all over the region while supporting Portage Township and Hobart Food Pantries. In addition to unlimited sampling of over 100 ales, crafts beers, and wines, there will also be a food buffet and live music. The Lake Area United ... More

Long Johns on Winter Warmer Bash

January 28, 2017

Our Annual Winter Warmer Bash celebrating Long Johns On, our Winter Warmer brewed with dates, spices, and finished with bourbon-soaked vanilla beans. Gates open at 11:30, music starts at noon.All ages welcome - kids 12 and under get in free.This event features:- Special tap list featuring LJO Variants including: 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged LJO, 2015 BBA LJO w/ Cherry, 2016 LJO and... More

Dance & Romance

February 10, 2017
  • Location: The Auditorium at Bethel Church
  • 10202 Broadway
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 6:15pm pre - concert lecture and 7:30pm Concert
  • Website

Take a romantic journey around the world with these lively and lush musical Valentines. The overture to the comic opera Donna Diana adds a Spanish flare (by way of Canada) to the classic hijinks of lovers in denial. Travel down the Rhine with Siegfried and Brünnhilde as they hail their light-bringing love. The middle-eastern flare of the Gardens of Spain will be brought to life... More

Fetching Market at Indiana Welcome Center

February 10, 2017 to February 11, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46322
  • Times: Friday 5pm to 9pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm
  • Phone: 708-895-9465
  • Website

Fetching Market is Quality Vintage & Handcrafted Wares - Our markets offer barn finds, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collectibles, vintage jewelry, vintage clothing, boutique clothing, chippy rusty stuff, barn wood, garden items, beautifully handcrafted jewelry, soaps, lotions, potions, candles, woolens, project finds, pieces of stuff, estate sale finds, vintage sig... More

Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX

February 11, 2017

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the band's eight Top Ten Hits. His live concert with six piece band showcases all the STYX Greatest Hits spanning the 70's, 80's, and 90's. The set includes all eight Top 10 hits including LADY, BABE, COME SAIL AWAY, TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS, BEST OF TIMES, MR. ROBOTO plus Classic Rock Anthe... More

The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute

February 12, 2017

If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won't want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute. The Emmy Award winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' classics such as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life," "Twist And S... More

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live

February 13, 2017

The legacy of the beloved "Mister Rogers" lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musica... More

Shelf Ice Brewfest

February 18, 2017
  • Location: Uptown Arts District
  • Franklin & 8th Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: General Admission 1pm to 5pm
  • Admission: GA $40
  • Website

The only extreme winter beer festival in northwest Indiana held in the heart of the Uptown Arts District in downtown Michigan City, Indiana. We will have well over 30 breweries and hundreds of beers to try. There will also be some wine for those who don't drink beer. There will be other entertainment as well. To help keep everyone warm, we will have industrial sized heaters sc... More


February 18, 2017

It’s been said that lightning never strikes the same place twice. However, it does in the case of Tesla.Over the course of their thirty-year career, the critically acclaimed iconic Sacramento melodic hard rock quintet—Frank Hannon [guitar], Brian Wheat [bass], Jeff Keith [lead vocals], Troy Luccketta [drums], and Dave Rude [guitar]. Sold more than 25 million albums and perform... More

Dunes Dinner Club—A Thought Provoking Dining Experience

February 21, 2017

Our second pop-up dinner offers food for thought with a short but provocative documentary film plus a four-course dinner. Enjoy dry aged steak cooked to order complemented by seasonal soup and salad. Hors d’oeuvre, beverage selections including wine and beer, plus Frangelica chocolate mousse complete the menu, which includes a vegetarian option. Tickets are $60 per person, or t... More

2017 NWI Comic-Con

February 25, 2017
  • Location: Halls of St George
  • 905 East Joliet St
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Website | Email

The 2017 (Northwest Indiana) NWI Comic-Con is a smaller mid-size comic book convention that is more about comics, creators and fans than actors and celebrities. Meet the creators behind the books. Chat with various artists, writers, publishers and more. Purchase new and vintage comic books and toys. Meet some phenomenal cosplayers and have a great time. Bringing pop-culture bac... More

Maple Sugar Time at the Dunes

March 04, 2017 to March 12, 2017 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Enjoy a sweet taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's annual Maple Sugar Time program. Join National Park Service rangers and volunteers at the historic Chellberg Farm on the weekends of March 4-5 and March 11-12, for this fun and educational event marking the unofficial start of spring. Stop by the farm and take a self-guided tour to learn how maple tree sap has... More

On-Going Events

Bison arrive in Newton County

October 21, 2016 to January 31, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Bison will once again be in Northwest Indiana, helping to manage and maintain the prairie restorations of Kankakee Sands. Come to see the bison and learn about the wonders of the prairies and oak savanna of Kankakee Sands. More

Pale Dream

January 27, 2017 to February 11, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Two brothers, once united by their love of film and the desire to make movies together, have become estranged as their paths diverge toward lives neither of them imagined. When their father becomes sick, they must face each other and consider who it is they’ve become, and who they could have been. Chicago Street Theatre is proud to present this edgy new work penned by one of ou... More

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

February 09, 2017 to March 19, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Relive the legendary career of Frank Sinatra as four actors share more than 50 of his beloved hits. “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Chicago,” “New York, New York,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “That’s Life” are just some of the tunes showcased in this musical tribute to the iconic success story of Ol’ Blue Eyes. More


February 23, 2017 to February 26, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Harold Pinter’s contemporary masterpiece about three individuals and the affair that shattered them all. Ingeniously told in reverse time, Betrayal was a critical and popular success on both sides of the Atlantic—winner in New York of the Drama Critics Circle Award as best foreign play and in London of the West End Award as best play of the season.  More

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Uniquely South Shore
Northwest Indiana’s very own candy factory boasts the world’s best gummies! Tour the factory and experience your favorites being made, see the world’s tallest chocolate waterfall and sample some of the best candies around!…more
What began as a local newspaper’s effort to tell the compelling stories of Northwest Indiana men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War has evolved into a large-scale historical preservation effort. The joint partnership of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project seeks to carry forward on hundreds of hours of community service that already have taken place. …more
Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms offers a fun family playground that everyone will enjoy! From the Dairy Adventure and Birthday Barn, to the Cheese Factory and Mooville, Fair Oaks Farms will keep the family entertained, and well-fed, for a full day of education and fun!…more
When a guest visits a hotel, restaurant, bank, or gas station, they rarely meet the manager or owner of the establishment. It's up to the front-line employee to make the customer's visit enjoyable.The R.O.S.E. Awards were created to recognize these "directors of first impression" who consistently work hard to make our lives easier. Guests & managers are able to nominate an employee who consistently "goes the extra mile."…more
Heavy industry carried the South Shore economy for decades. Now, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority tells a story about a community: it’s been built by steel but changing from tourism. Northwest Indiana’s appeal is its devotion to ensure new & already existing businesses succeed. Area leaders have teamed together to revitalize the mill towns and make Northwest Indiana the place people want to live & work. …more
Experience the journey of the Passion of Christ as never before in this interactive trail featuring 40 life-sized bronze statues. Experience the various Stations of the Cross with audio descriptions as you walk the winding pathway.…more
With five different casinos, Northwest Indiana offers much excitement and action along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! With decadent restaurants, world class entertainment and floors (and floors) of slots and table games, your night is just getting started when you test your luck at one of our casinos.…more
A breathtaking adventure awaits at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, home to a plethora of diverse natural resources. The National Park is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of sand dunes, bogs, marshes, swamps, fens, prairies, rivers, oak savannas, and woodland forests. It provides visitors with opportunities for bird watching, camping, 45 miles of hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.…more
Pierogi Fest, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time. The one of a kind parade and festival have received countrywide recognition having been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.…more
This holiday season, The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will feature 6 animated displays featuring scenes from "A Christmas Story". The displays include: Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, the Bumpus Hounds, and the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City. …more
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