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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

Bison arriving in Newton County Winter 2016

November 01, 2016 to January 31, 2017 (Recurring daily)

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

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: A Major Event

December 03, 2016

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 Mountain and slide down in... More

Hammond Holiday Parade

December 03, 2016
  • 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

Santa's Candy Cane Express

December 03, 2016 to December 11, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Saturdays and Sundays, take a ride on the Candy Cane Express and visit Santa in his railroad Caboose.  More

Holiday Pops

December 08, 2016

The spirit of the Holidays comes alive at this festive concert. With a combination of traditional favorites and new sounds, our orchestra and chorus will celebrate the season. Sing along to beloved carols and keep an eye out for visitors from the North Pole. Plum Grove Strings, back by popular demand, will perform. With over 3,000 people last year, get your tickets early for th... More

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

December 10, 2016
  • 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. Please bring in canned food/non-per... More

The Story of the Nutcracker

December 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: Theatre at the Center
  • 1040 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 10am and 12pm
  • Admission: Children $7.50, Adults $9.50
  • Phone: (219) 836-3255
  • Website

The traditional holiday tale about a young girl’s very favorite Christmas! A magical Nutcracker comes to life, defeats the Mouse King and the Prince whisks her away to his kingdom. Their journey takes them through enchanted lands where they encounter all sorts of delightful characters. A holiday treat for the entire family! More

Nutcracker

December 14, 2016 to December 15, 2016 (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

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

December 17, 2016
  • 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 canned food/non-perishable items... 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

On-Going Events

Sunday Brunch

Started January 03, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $22.50 for adults; children 4-11, $11.50; under 4 years, $3.00. Price does not include gratuity.
  • Phone: 219-836-1930
  • Website

Every Sunday, the buffet table is brimming with delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes for the Center for Visual and Performing Arts' all-you-can-eat brunch. And, add to all of this: sparkling champagne, the ambiance of their elegant dining room, and the excellent service of their extremely attentive wait staff. Consider celebrating a special occasion during brunch - they can ... More

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started March 01, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Midwest Training and Ice Center
  • 10600 White Oak Avenue
  • Dyer, 46311
  • Times: Monday through Friday 11am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10pm to 11:30pm and Sunday 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Admission: Admission: $6, Skate Rental: $4
  • Phone: 219-558-8811
  • Website

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open skate.  Hours vary, see website for details. More

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

November 12, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (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 taken with S... More

Annie Warbucks

November 17, 2016 to December 18, 2016 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

All the ingredients that made ANNIE so successful return in its sequel, Annie Warbucks; with an added old-fashioned romance thrown in for good measure! The action picks up where ANNIE left off, when Child Welfare Commissioner Harriet Doyle arrives on the scene to inform Daddy Warbucks he must marry in 60 days so the newly adopted Annie can have a proper mother. In the end, Dadd... More

Meet Me in St. Louis

November 25, 2016 to December 11, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Based on the heartwarming film of the same name, Meet Me In St. Louis will take our audience members on a musical journey back to the early 1900's, on the brink of the 1904 World's Fair. In the show's center are the Smiths, a humble middle-class family made up of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, their four daughters Rose, Esther, Agnes, and Tootie, and their son Lon. With the addition of ... More

Lubeznik Center for the Arts: Holiday Artisan Market

November 26, 2016 to December 28, 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

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