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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

Winter Lights Night

November 26, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Sunset Hill Farm
  • 775 Meridian Road
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 5pm to 9pm
  • Admission: $5 per car
  • Phone: 219-465-3586
  • Website

The light displays are unique to the park, and many of them were custom-made by members of the maintenance staff. Some of the displays include a rollercoaster that is over 20 feet tall, a farm scene consisting of various pieces, and Santa taking off into the air with his reindeer.  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

Hunt and Gather Market

December 09, 2016 to December 10, 2016 (Recurring daily)

An amazing event featuring local artisans and shopkeepers selling beautiful and unique items including art, jewelry, furniture, antiques, salvaged treasures and more. Music, food and drinks will be available.   More

Community Supported Art Valparaiso Exhibition Opening

December 10, 2016

The Porter County Museum is excited to announce that Community Supported Art Valparaiso is back for a third season featuring eight new, local artists! These emerging and mid-career regional artists work in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking, textile craft, mixed media and photography. The Porter County Museum is delighted to host a season preview exhibition of ... More

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

Wine n-Canvas

December 11, 2016

Come out to Carpenter Creek Cellars and paint a barn scene. Your ticket entitles you to the painting session and a free wine tasting. You may purchase wine , by the bottle or glass, to partake during your session. Please purchase your ticket ($25.00) through Plan to arrive about 20 minutes early to enjoy your free wine tasting. More

Gary Civic Symphony presents 33rd annual Christmas Dinner-Concert

December 12, 2016
  • Location: Genesis Convention Center
  • 5th and Broadway
  • Gary, IN 46402
  • Times: Starting: 6:00 PM
  • Website

Featured are popular holiday musical favorites, excerpts from Handel's "Messiah", local soloists, an audience Christmas carol "Sing Along", a delicious dinner, door prizes and more. Call or text The Gary Historical and Cultural Society, Inc., a non-profit tax-exempt community organization, at (219) 902-0524 for more information. Or email: And bring your "Messia... More

Ladies Night Out Vendor Show

December 12, 2016
  • Venue: Bridges' Scoreboard
  • 121 N. Griffith Boulevard
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Admission: admission is free
  • Phone: (219) 924-2206
  • Email

Join us for our Ladies Night Out Vendor Show from 4pm-9pm. Vendors Include: ScentsyFleece Blankets  Vintage Jewelry  Dove Chocolate  Perfectly Posh Miscellaneous Crafts Yournique  Norwex Thirtyone  LulaRoe CraftyGirl CraftsThere is no admission charge!There will be door prizes!Bridges' Scoreboard's Monday Specials Include:$4 Glasses of Wine!Domestic Buckets - 4 bottles $10!$3 ... More

December Winter Canvas Painting Party will feature canvas artwork of a fun snowman theme that will be perfect for gift giving or to display in your own home. Instructions will be given by local artist, Nancy O'Neill from The Art Studio in Lansing, Illinois. The cost per person is $30 and includes a light appetizer, 16 x 20 canvas and all painting materials. Our regular food me... More

Holiday Pub Crawl

December 13, 2016

Join White Rhino for holiday cheer! Transportation will be provided. We will stop at several local pubs: TBA. Drink specials at all stops. Christmas songs and fun all night long. Don't forget to wear your best Ugly Sweater. Tickets are only $15! Advance sign up and payment required. More

Trivia Night Christmas Edition

December 14, 2016

Join Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant & Sports Bar for Trivia Night Christmas Edition. Hosted by QQ Trivia from 7:30pm-9:30pm it's free to play. The winning team wins a Bridges' Scoreboard Gift Card plus there will be prizes for all team members of the first, second and third place teams. There will be an ugly sweater contest between trivia rounds with a prize for the winner ... More

Beers with Santa

December 16, 2016

It is that time of year! Santa is getting his suit all nice and clean and ready to go! He will be at the brewery on December 16th for you to get your picture taken. $10 is all it costs. You will get your picture and an 8oz pour of your choice. ALSO...this is an ALL AGES event! All proceeds from the pictures will go towards a family in need this Holiday Season! So no matter if y... More

Celtic Woman

December 16, 2016

Celtic Woman returns to our stage with Home for Christmas. More

Home Spun Holiday

December 16, 2016
  • 4th Street and US 24
  • Kentland, IN 47951
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Stop by and enjoy the artifact collection and Indiana Bicentennial items at the annual Christmas Open House. More

Breakfast with Santa

December 17, 2016

Join Bulldog Brewing Co. for breakfast with Santa! Free crafts for children 10 & younger! Mimosas & Bloody Mary Specials for mom & dad!! More

Breakfast with Santa

December 17, 2016

Includes buffet breakfast, a photo with Santa and a toy.Seatings are 9am and 10:30am - Reservations suggested $7.99 Adults, $3.99 Children More

Holiday Farm Frenzy

December 17, 2016

Nothing says the holidays without a little shopping, some good food, twinkling lights and some family time, all while giving to a good cause. This year, Fair Oaks Farms has it all indoors. We feature Breakfast with Santa and Baking with Santa. Enjoy an indoor craft show, kids' activities and a winter wonderland.   More

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

Breakfast with Santa

December 18, 2016
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 Centennial Park Drive
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Admission: Adult: $24.95 Kids ages 5-12: $13.95 Kids 4 and under free
  • Phone: (219) 836-6930
  • Website

Enjoy a delicious menu of your favorite breakfast selections and get your picture taken with Santa. Call (219) 836-6930 to make your reservations. More

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