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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

Birding Northwest Indiana

September 21, 2017 to February 15, 2018 (Select Dates)

Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a field trip to different birding spots in Northwest Indiana. Fieldtrips will begin at Gibson Woods at 9 am and participants can carpool to various locations where migrants and wintering birds have been seen. Locations will be decided the week prior to each trip. Trips happen the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.Call 219-833-3188 to let... More

Christmas at the Mansion

December 01, 2017 to December 31, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Admission: $8/adults and $5/youth or senior
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Website | Email

Join us for an annual family tradition- Christmas at the historic Barker Mansion! View three floors of decorations as you're immersed in the Barker family legacy of philanthropy and industry. Tours take place Tuesday through Sunday from December 1 through the 31 (the mansion is closed on Mondays). A variety of guided and self-guided tours, musical performances, kids' crafts. co... More

City of Whiting Illuminated Christmas Parade

December 01, 2017
  • Location: Historic Downtown Whiting
  • 119th Street
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Phone: 219-659-7700
  • Website

The City of Whiting’s Illuminated Christmas Parade will travel down 119th Street, starting from Calumet Avenue to Whiting City Hall.  More

Deep River Waterpark Ice Skating

December 01, 2017 to February 25, 2018 (Recurring daily)

Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing. More

Holly Days

December 01, 2017

Kick off the holidays with us as Downtown Valparaiso comes to life with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Enjoy all of your favorite holiday activities including train rides, live entertainment, ice carving, strolling carolers, live nativity, fire performers and more. Stroll through the decorated streets and visit your favorite shops for their annual holiday open hou... More

The Elf Express First Stop: Holiday Hullabaloo (with Santa too!)

December 01, 2017

Wear your fun holiday attire, Christmas jammies & silly sweaters welcome!Let us put the stripes on your stockings, points on your ears, and cherry on your cheeks & nose!Start the season the season off right at this fun and festive holiday extravaganza! Just in time to get all the “to-do’s” checked off your list while having a jolly good time!Santa Portraits ✓Letters to ... More

Glowing Lights Night

December 02, 2017 to December 16, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Admission: $8/adults and $5/youth or senior
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Website | Email

Christmas tree lights will be the only source of illumination during Barker Mansion's popular Glowing Lights Night. The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of all three floors of the historic home, which has been decorated for the holiday season by local non-profit groups. More

Hammond Holiday Parade

December 02, 2017
  • Location: Hammond
  • Gavit High School to 169th St.
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: 10am
  • Phone: 219-853-6378

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Hammond Holiday Parade Committee invite you to attend the 2017 Hammond Holiday Parade.  Join the fun at a great kickoff to the 2017 Holiday Season.  The parade begins at Gavit High School and runs north on Indianapolis Boulevard to end at 169th Street.    More

SANTA Express Saturday’s

December 02, 2017 to December 23, 2017 (Every Saturday)

Non-Stop Holiday Fun!Saturdays: December 2,9,16, & 23Come climb aboard Bellaboo’s Santa Express for plenty of Train-Themed & Holiday PLAY! Complete with Bellaboo’s Engineer Caps and Red Bandanas. 12pm-3pm Santa Visits & Professional PortraitsGarland Good Times|”Polar Express” Story Time| Sugar Cone Tree Decorating | Elf Yourself More

Tree Decorating Naturally

December 02, 2017

Join us for another year as we decorate Gibson Woods’ holiday tree with “natural” ornaments! From 1-3 there will be a variety of natural items such as acorns, pine cones, or other materials, perfect for making your ornaments. Make a few ornaments for our tree, or to take home. Have materials already? Bring them out to share. Enjoy holiday music in the “Bird Room” as see who’s v... More

Holiday Pops

December 07, 2017

Featuring the Symphony Chorus, Hobart Strings Orchestra, and Crown Point High School Chorale.  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. Guest vocalist Sian Davies... More

Christmas at the Mill

December 09, 2017 to December 10, 2017 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Deep River County Park – 9410 Old Lincoln Highway Hobart, Indiana 46342
  • 9410 Old Lincoln Highway
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 769-7275
  • Website | Email

Bundle up and celebrate the holiday with a walk at Deep River County Park. Both the gazebo and the Wood’s Historic Mill will be decorated for the season to be the perfect back drop for your holiday greeting card. While you’re out, be sure to stop by the visitor center and gift shop by the visitor’s center and gift shop to warm up with some hot cocoa, and get a little bit of hol... More

Small Town Christmas

December 09, 2017
  • Location: Historic Downtown Whiting- 119th Street
  • 119th st
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Phone: 219-659-7700
  • Website

A fun filled day in Downtown Whiting celebrating the holiday season. More

Wildlife Holiday

December 09, 2017
  • Location: Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
  • 6201 Parrish Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 769-7275
  • Website | Email

Join the holiday cheer with us at Gibson Woods! Make birds and critters an edible ornament and help decorate the trees and shrubs outside the wildlife viewing areas. Afterwards, stay to watch birds, squirrels and other wildlife enjoy the treats made for them. Don’t forget to make extra for your own backyard! More

Hobart Holiday Market

December 10, 2017
  • Location: Police/Court Complex
  • 705 E. 4th Street
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-942-4511
  • Email

Shop over 90 vendors bringing unique gift ideas to our residents and visitors. More

Nutcracker

December 13, 2017 to December 14, 2017 (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 Theatre will transform the Star Plaza Theatre into a winter wonderland while performing this timeless holiday classic. More

Indiana Dunes Christmas Bird Count

December 16, 2017
  • Location: Indiana Dunes State Park
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Website

Join the Indiana Dunes State Park for a Christmas bird count. More

Christmas Eve Morning Stroll

December 24, 2017

Join guest naturalist Jenna for our traditional Christmas Eve stroll through the dune forests. We'll explore the winter life and beauty of the dunes on this one hour walk, culminating with a warm fire and hot cocoa and other holiday snacks in the Wilson Shelter! Start a new family tradition with us and meet at the Nature Center. More

Family Friendly New Year's Eve

December 31, 2017

Ring in the New Year as a family in “Paddles Time Zone”! We ring in the New Year at 8 pm so kids won’t be up past midnight. Join the fun and skate in the New Year! We will have a DJ, ice skating, and concessions for sale all evening. Call Deep River Water Park for more information 219- 947-7850 More

New Year’s Eve: Bellabaration 2018: A Glitterific Gala

December 31, 2017

Celebrate to the New Year with us at our Bellabration! At 2pm we will have a countdown to a Big Balloon Drop & Happy New Year!Bubble & Fizz Toast | Glam Yo’Self| New Year’s Parade| Ready…Set…CONFETTI!OPEN New Year’s Day More

The Four C Notes

December 31, 2017

After performing on the Theatre at the Center stage as part of A Jersey Voice on New Year’s Eve 2015, The Four C Notes return with their very own show! The voice of John Michael Coppola will take you back to the musical glory days of the 60s while he and the other group members pay homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  The Four C Notes is the only tribute group for Fr... More

Dreamcicles

January 15, 2018

A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Bellaboos!The Diversity Snow- cation is warm with kindness for friends of all shapes and shades. Celebrate the late and great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a kid-friendly, educational and immersive manner. “The Skin You Live In” Story Time|Snow Painting |Unique Me Self-Portraits| Make Equals Match Up More

Winter Bird ID

February 02, 2018
  • Location: Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
  • 6201 Parrish Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • 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

Kids Only! A Parent's Night Out!

February 09, 2018

Kids enjoy the best of Bellaboo’s while you enjoy a guilt-free date night or just have some time to relax! Send your children to Bellaboo’s for a night devoted to play with our enthusiastic and trusted fun conductors. They’ll travel to each play space from the Water Room to the Jungle Gym with a special stop in the Art Studio and Performance room for crafts and stories. Half-wa... More

Valentine's Piano

February 09, 2018
  • Location: The Auditorium at Bethel Church
  • 10202 Broadway
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 6:15pm pre-concert lecture; 7:30pm concert

Start your Valentine’s celebration with romantic Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony. This triumphant work gave Rachmaninoff the confidence to devote his life to musical composition and has been used in numerous movies and popular songs. Pianist Wael Farouk returns to perform Beethoven’s world-changing Emperor Concerto, his last and greatest piano concerto. More

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