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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

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 on 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 "Holiday Pops", enjoy one of the performances at the local theaters or ring in the new year at the Radisson 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

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

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

"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

Hammond Holiday Parade

December 05, 2015
  • Location: Hammond
  • Gavit High School to 169th St.
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: 10am
  • Phone: 219-853-6378

Join the fun at a great kickoff to the 2015 Holiday Season.  The parade begins at Gavit High School and runs north on Indianapolis Boulevard to end at 169th Street. More

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then Some)

December 11, 2015 to December 20, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

For our grown-ups, we are ecstatic to offer another way to celebrate the holidays with this hilarious comedy of all things holiday related! Instead of performing Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" for the umpteenth time, three actors take it upon themselves to perform each and every holiday special, song, and tradition they can think of in this madcap, caffeine-indu... More

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

December 12, 2015
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Registration begins at 9:30am, Contest 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

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: Mommy's Little Piggy Eating Contest

December 19, 2015
  • 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 ca... More

Crown Point Santa Walk & Run

December 19, 2015
  • Location: St. Mary's Catholic Community School
  • 405 E Joliet St
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 9am
  • Website

Started in 1982, this is a non-timed event for both athletes and non-athletes. The Santa Walk & Run is about spreading holiday cheer as Santas in full Santa outfits (or Santa hats or other holiday wear) walk or run through town. More

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

January 29, 2016 to February 13, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

On a lonely road on the island of Inishmore, someone killed an Irish Liberation Army enforcer's cat. He loves his cat more than life itself, and someone is going to pay. Take a chance on some cutting-edge theatre by experiencing McDonagh's darkest, funniest and most absurd play to date. CST's past forays into the dark world of Martin McDonagh include award-winning productions o... More

On-Going Events

"A Christmas Story"

November 20, 2015 to December 27, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Who will ever forget Hammond native Jean Shepherd's charming film about Ralphie's quest for the Red Ryder BB gun that long ago Christmas? Last produced on stage by TATC in 2006, it's a true audience pleaser with a cast of 4 adults and twelve young actors. The department store slide with Santa, the leg lamp, the turkey-stealing dogs, the easily thwarted bullies, and the poor kid... More

Holiday Artisan Market

November 21, 2015 to January 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Shop for handmade, finely crafted items perfect for holiday gift giving. A spectacular display of gift-giving possibilities, including offerings from some of the Midwest's finest craftspeople, put the art into holiday shopping at this annual showcase. Shop early for the best selection! Funds will benefit LCA’s Education Outreach! More

"A Christmas Carol, The Musical"

November 27, 2015 to December 13, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

To wrap up the year, we offer a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens's most well-known story. The story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling musical. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three... More

Christmas in the Park/Festival of Lights

November 28, 2015 to December 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Prairie West Park
  • 9359 West Oakridge Dr
  • St. John, IN 46373
  • Times: 4pm to 7pm
  • Phone: 219-365-6236

Stroll along the paths viewing the beautifully decorated trees sponsored by local merchants, clubs, churches and neighbors.  More

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