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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

Make & Take at White Rhino

January 23, 2018

Each person creates their own one of a kind wood sign!! Hundreds of options to choose from. All supplies are included. Advance payment & registration required! $27 per person. We are unable to reserve seating. If you are a group of more than 2, we recommend that you arrive a bit early to better insure seating together.Cancellation -- At the time of sign up White Rhino reser... More

Trivia Night at Running Vines

January 23, 2018

Come share your knowledge and win prizes! More

Canvas Painting with Cocktails at White Rhino

January 24, 2018

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, acr... More

Live Entertainment - Big Dog Mercer

January 24, 2018

Enjoy food, craft beer and live music. For over a decade, Marty "Big Dog" Mercer’s heartfelt, southpaw blues and soulful voice has growled through the Chicago music scene. More

Name that Tune Trivia

January 25, 2018

Come test your music trivia with a cider! More

An Evening With The O'Jays

January 26, 2018

Enjoy an evening with the O'Jays.  Must be 21 years or older to attend all shows at the venue free transportation from downtown Chicago for all shows!  More

Beatles Party

January 26, 2018
  • Location: Dimensions School of Social Dance
  • 306 S. Calumet Rd.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Admission: $10 per person
  • Phone: (219) 250-2246
  • Website | Email

Dimensions will celebrate the music of the Fab Four at their Beatles Party.  John, Paul, George and Ringo will keep great dancing tunes going all night long! Kicking off the night will be an all-levels jitterbug group at 7:30, then lots of Beatles dancing starts at 8:15.  More

Karaoke Night at Aftermath

January 26, 2018

Join us for a fun night cider and singing! More

Aftermath Stage: Robert Rolfe Fedderson

January 27, 2018

Join us as we welcome Robert Rolfe Fedderson to the Aftermath stage! More

Kashmir: The Led Zeppelin Show

January 27, 2018

Kashmir was formed in late 2001, after guitarist Frank Livingston decided to form a show based on substance and feel rather than just "fitting the suit." Livingston believes: "It is important to look the part, but way too often, tribute bands seem to forget that without the sound, the look does nothing." Kashmir creates a very entertaining show bringing only the best of Led Zep... More

Painting with Kids at White Rhino

January 27, 2018

Bring the family for another "Only at White Rhino" event. Our wonderful instructor is hosting another great class at White Rhino. Bring your family for a fun and kid friendly painting class.  Check out a few pictures from a previous class at $25 per painter. Advance sign up and payment required. Pl... More

RV Stage: Jason Summerhill

January 27, 2018

Join us as we welcome Jason to the RV Stage. More

Salute to the 60's

January 27, 2018

Head back in time when Salute to The ‘60s performs at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond Jan. 27. The show features ‘60s superstars Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, The Buckinghams and The Grass Roots.  The English rock band Herman’s Hermits formed in Manchester in 1964 and enjoyed huge success throughout the ‘60s.  Their first hit was a cover of Earl-Jean's "I'm into Somet... More

Trivia Night at the Barker Mansion

January 27, 2018
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: From: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
  • Admission: $10 per person, $2 self guided tour, Extra funds for food
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Website | Email

Come join the Barker Mansion as we host a night of trivia, food and fun! The night begins at 6 P.M with an optional $2 guided tour. Trivia will begin at 7 P.M which will be hosted by Mark Kline. The cost is $10 per person with the recommended team size of six people. Pizza, soup, sweets and a bar will all be available with an extra cost. Space is limited so be sure to call 219-... More

Wine Me Up and Watch Me Paint

January 28, 2018
  • Venue: Running Vines Winery
  • 119 S. Calumet, Ste 101-105
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: From: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 508-6145
  • Website

Paint four 20oz wine glasses. We have cheerful designs, but you're welcome to create your own. All supplies and instruction included. Complimentary Running Vines glass of your favorite wine. These make great gifts! If you have any questions please contact us via messenger or phone 219-508-6145 (call or text). More

Name That Tune at Running Vines

January 30, 2018

Show your music knowledge for a fun hour of Name That Tune! More

Bombay Experience at White Rhino

January 31, 2018

A different kind of White Rhino wine tasting event with Bombay Gin. Come out for four Bombay craft cocktails paired with small plate hors d'oeuvres. Thre will also be raffles, giveaways and acoustic entertainment.  $25 per person in advance $30 at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tastings from 7pm-9pm. Call 219 864-9200 or sign up at our website at http://www.whiterhinoonline.c... More

Yoga and a Pint

January 31, 2018
  • Venue: Crown Brewing
  • 211 S. East Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: $20
  • Website

Celebrate the "Blue Moon" on January 31st at 7pm with a 1 hour beginner yoga class and a pint of your choice. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase today. Space is limited to 25 participants! More

February Tasting: Sparkling Cocktails

February 01, 2018
  • Venue: Asparagus
  • 7876 Broadway
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: From: 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM
  • Phone: (219) 794-0000
  • Website

What a better way to celebrate a month of love with Valentines Day than to celebrate with sparkling wine & champagne. We will have experts on hand to demonstrate and teach how to incorporate sparkling wine in cocktail making. This event will be $40 per person and will include: a welcome toast, four taster cocktails, three appetizers and a dessert that will compliment each d... More

Winter Bird ID

February 02, 2018
  • Location: Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
  • 6201 Parrish Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: (219) 769-7275
  • Website | Email

Many species of birds stick around during the winter times in Northwest Indiana. Join a park naturalist at Gibson Woods to find out what birds you may find and where to look for them. You make be surprised by some pf the unexpected birds that stay around when the weather gets colder. If the weather permits, we will take a short hike, and then return to Environmental Awareness C... More

Aftermath Stage: Barry Isroff

February 03, 2018

Join us as we welcome Barry Isroff to the Aftermath stage! More

Blastcamp - Battle of Hoth

February 03, 2018

Blast Camp Paintball and Airsoft's 9th year of the Winter Big Game for control of the Galaxy. More

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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
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