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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

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

February 01, 2017 to November 01, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: Check Website for times
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Weather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, planets, meteors, and learn about constellation lore from the darkest site in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Held on the third Saturday of every month from Jan. to Dec. (except March and ... More

Dunes Dinner Club—A Thought Provoking Dining Experience

February 21, 2017

Our second pop-up dinner offers food for thought with a short but provocative documentary film plus a four-course dinner. Enjoy dry aged steak cooked to order complemented by seasonal soup and salad. Hors d’oeuvre, beverage selections including wine and beer, plus Frangelica chocolate mousse complete the menu, which includes a vegetarian option. Tickets are $60 per person, or t... More

Wine and Canvas at the Jean Shepherd Community Center

February 24, 2017
  • Location: Jean Shepherd Community Center
  • 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 554-0155
  • Website

Join the Hammond Parks and Recreation for Wine and Canvas at the Jean Shepherd Community Center!  Food and drink available for purchase, 21 years and older.   More

Snowshoe Shuffle

February 26, 2017

Meet the park interpreter in the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center for a little introduction to this unique mode of winter transportation.  Then jump on a pair and take a short walk through the winter woods.  Its great fun and exercise!  If there isn’t enough snow, we’ll still offer a short hike.  Join us! More

The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963

February 28, 2017 to March 05, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • 900 Gerry Street
  • Gary, IN
  • Times: See description for exact dates and times
  • Website

Ten-year-old Kenny chronicles the events of a fateful summer for the Watson family of Flint, Michigan, in this hilarious and deeply moving story “The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963.” There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta and teenage brother Byron, who can't seem to stay out of trouble. Concerned about this budding juvenile delinquent in their family, Momma and Dad decide it's... More

On-Going Events

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started January 01, 2017 (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 ice skating.  Hours vary, see website for details. More

Sunday Brunch

Started January 01, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: Seating between 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $23 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

Winter Yoga

January 21, 2017 to March 25, 2017 (Every Saturday)

This Yoga class will increase vitality, flexibility, strength & balance. Beginners as well as those with experience are welcome. Instructor will individualize as needed. Taught by Suzanne Chick, MSW, certified yoga instructor of 17 years. More

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

February 09, 2017 to March 19, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Relive the legendary career of Frank Sinatra as four actors share more than 50 of his beloved hits. “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Chicago,” “New York, New York,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “That’s Life” are just some of the tunes showcased in this musical tribute to the iconic success story of Ol’ Blue Eyes. More

Betrayal

February 23, 2017 to February 26, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Harold Pinter’s contemporary masterpiece about three individuals and the affair that shattered them all. Ingeniously told in reverse time, Betrayal was a critical and popular success on both sides of the Atlantic—winner in New York of the Drama Critics Circle Award as best foreign play and in London of the West End Award as best play of the season.  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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