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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 Events

When the days start to get chilly and the snow begins to fall in the South Shore, it's time for some fun wintertime events! Ice skate with your daughters and their dolls at Deep River Waterpark's Snowflake Skate in December or watch the ice carvers as they compete in the downtown streets of Valparaiso during the Winter Dazzle event in February.

Get out of the cold as you listen to the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra perform the Holiday Pops, enjoy one of the performances at the local theaters or ring in the New Year at the Radisson at Star Plaza's New Year's Eve Bash. Plus don't miss the opportunity to relive the moments of a holiday classic at the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home Exhibit with animatronic window displays from Macy's in New York.

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Special Events

Patti Labelle

December 05, 2014

She has garnered countless honors, including Grammys, American Music Awards, Image Awards and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. She is an actress, author, spokesperson, mother, gourmet and friend to her fans; she is PATTI LABELLE! First hitting the charts in the 1960's with "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman," PATTI LABELLE went on to record the disco anthem of the ... More

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: A Major Event

December 06, 2014

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, kids crafts, cookie decorating, showings of the "A Christmas Story" movie and an ugly lamp contest! Get your picture taken with Santa on Santa's Mountain a... More

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail

December 06, 2014 to December 13, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Come and see all the loveable characters from "Hundred-Acre Woods" in this merry musical as they work together to help find Eeyore's missing tail. Friendship and teamwork save the day! Bring the entire family and celebrate the holiday season! More

Holiday Traditions Program at National Lakeshore

December 06, 2014

Enjoy live holiday music and dance, tour two historic homes decked out in their holiday finest, let the kids make some holiday crafts, and even get a free taste of some traditional holiday treats. You don’t have to get chilled thanks to a free shuttle bus that runs between Chellberg Farm and the Bailly Homestead. More

Kouts Christmas Open House

December 06, 2014 to December 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Downtown Kouts
  • Times: Sat 8am to 4:30pm and Sun 10am to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-405-1452
  • Website

You are sure to find something for everyone on your list! This event features handcrafted unique items and homemade Christmas goodies for sale in homes, churches and businesses throughout the Kouts area. More

Remington Christmas Parade

December 06, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Remington
  • Phone: 219-261-2523
  • Website

Join Remington in their Christmas Parade. More

Taltree Express

December 06, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (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. More

Tree Decorating Naturally

December 06, 2014

Decorate the Gibson Woods holiday tree with “natural” ornaments has been a tradition for many years.  Many unique decorations can be made out of simple items found in nature. Acorns, pinecones, seedpods and other dried materials will be available and you are welcome to bring your own to share. Make an ornament for the Gibson Woods tree and another to take home.... More

Terry Fator

December 12, 2014

Terry Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of "America's Got Talent" with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions. After 25 years of honing his skills at country fairs and venues across the country, the Dallas-bred entertainer's big "AGT" win at age 42 catapulted him into th... More

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

December 13, 2014
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Registration 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... More

Wildlife Holiday

December 13, 2014

Gibson Woods is inviting the public is to share a little holiday cheer with the wildlife at Gibson Woods. Join in the fun by making edible ornaments and decorating the trees and shrubs with them outside the wildlife viewing area windows. Afterwards, stay a while to watch the birds, squirrels and other wildlife discover the treats we’ve made for them. Don’t forget to... More

Hobart Holiday Market

December 14, 2014
  • Location: Police/Court Complex
  • 705 E. 4th Street
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-942-4511
  • Website | Email

Over 70 vendors in two gymnasiums brought unique gifts to our residents and visitors. The Hobart Holiday Market features holiday crafts, decorations, gifts and sweet treats celebrating the holiday season.  More

American English - Beatles Tribute Band

December 31, 2014

Americas' premier Beatles tribute band brings in the New Year, playing the full "Hard Day's Night" album and other beloved tunes. More

BELLABRATION! at Bellaboo's

December 31, 2014

Royal Ball & Family Celebration Regular Admission Times & Prices Royal Dress Code Recommended 10:30 & 3:30 -"King Jack and the Dragon" by Peter Bentley 11:00, 2:30 & 5 - Kids Make and Enjoy a New Year's Float for a "Bubbly" Toast 11:45 & 3:45 - Royal Games for King Bellaboo's Kids Court 12:00 & 4:00 - Countdown to a Big Balloon ... More

12th Annual Gardening Show

January 24, 2015
  • Location: Porter County Expo Center
  • IN-49 at Division Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Times: 8am to 4pm
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 219-465-3555
  • Website

The Gardening Show features presentations by national, regional and local gardening experts, special lodging & dining packages, a Seed & Bulb Exchange, Garden Photography Contest, Children's Corner, and food service, as well as 100 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for and about gardens and gardening.  More

Chuggington Live! “The Great Rescue Adventure

February 21, 2015
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Phone: 800-745-3000
  • Website

The North American premiere tour of CHUGGINGTON LIVE! The Great Rescue Adventure, produced by Life Like Touring and Ludorum, rolls into Star Plaza Theatre. The live-action musical children's show, based on the popular TV series, gives young fans and their families the opportunity to experience the train-tastic adventures of the Chuggington trainees, Wilson, Brewster and Koko. ... More

On-Going Events

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

November 08, 2014 to January 04, 2015 (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 ... More

A Christmas Memory

November 13, 2014 to December 14, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Based on Truman Capote's touching memoir of his childhood, this new musical is set in a small Southern town in the 1930's. A CHRISTMAS MEMORY chronicles a young boy's friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. The misfits are inseparable as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to Presiden... More

Photos on Santa's Mountain

November 29, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Saturdays and Sundays, have your picture taken with Santa on top of Santa's Mountain, a replica of the one featured in the movie. In the famous scene, Ralphie Parker asks Santa for a BB Gun, and Santa responds, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." Photos with Santa on Santa's Mountain are $5 a piece and at the Indiana Welcome Center. Children have the opportunity to ... More

Festive December at Bellaboos's: Jolly Good Times

December 01, 2014 to December 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Come and Enjoy Jolly Jingles, Artful Ornaments, Holiday Treats and Merry Tales for the entire month of December. Here's what's happening daily at 1:30 Monday: Garland Good Times Tuesday: Hands-On Hanukkah Wednesday: Ornament Making Thursday: Handprint Kinara Friday: Gingerbread Fun Saturday: Garland Good Times Sunday: Ornament Making. More

A Fabulous 50's Christmas

December 05, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Towle Community Theater
  • 5205 Hohman Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Admission: $17.00
  • Phone: 219-937-8780
  • Website

Come watch "A Fabulous 50's Christmas," a family musical. More

Annie

December 05, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Memorial Opera House
  • 104 Indiana Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm
  • Phone: 219-548-9137
  • Website

In the depths of the 1930's, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the se... More

Holly Days

December 05, 2014

‘Tis the season to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in downtown Valparaiso. Come join in the fun and kick off the season by enjoying live holiday music, ice carving, the holiday village market, and the live nativity. More

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