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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

Holly Days

December 02, 2016

Better watch out now! Holly Days is coming to town Friday, December 2! Our town of Valparaiso will be transformed into a winter wonderland for all to enjoy. See a live nativity display around the Courthouse Square, as well as strolling carolers, ice carving, free train rides and more!Be sure to visit our local downtown businesses. Stop by one of the shops during their annual ho... 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 int... More

Hammond Holiday Parade

December 03, 2016
  • 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 2016 Hammond Holiday Parade.  Join the fun at a great kickoff to the 2016 Holiday Season.  The parade begins at Gavit High School and runs north on Indianapolis Boulevard to end at 169th Street. The parade’s Grand Marshal this year is Annie and her dog Sandy from the Theatre at the... More

Holiday Express

December 03, 2016 to December 17, 2016 (Every Saturday)

Taltree’s Railway Garden & Depot are transformed into a winter wonderland, with a train-themed tree, holiday décor, special trains & more! Bring the kids in their PJs for a craft, cookies & cocoa and a reading of the classic “The Polar Express.”  $20 for the first child and adult, $10 for each additional child and $5 for each additional adult. Seating is limited and... More

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

December 03, 2016

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience returns to our stage.    More

Pioneer Land Christmas Open House

December 03, 2016 to December 04, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: LaPorte County Fairgrounds
  • Highway 2 and Zigler Road
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Times: 3pm to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-575-7758
  • Website

Pioneer Land is decorated the way it would have been in the 1840's. Decorations are hand made and are of the period. All buildings are open. Draft horse wagon rides available depending on weather. 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

LeAnn Rimes Christmas Show

December 06, 2016

LeAnn Rimes is one of the most successful entertainers with a career spanning more than two decades. With forty-four million albums sold, two GRAMMY Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards, she has made her mark in the world of music. Unstoppable from the age of 11, LeAnn was the youngest person to ever win a GRAMMY Award and was the first co... 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

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

"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

Hobart Holiday Market

December 11, 2016
  • Location: Police/Court Complex
  • 705 E. 4th Street
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 9am to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-942-4511
  • Website | Email

Enjoy a Sunday filled with shopping from our great vendors; baked goods by our very own Maria Reiner Senior Center. More


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

Celtic Woman

December 16, 2016

Celtic Woman returns to our stage with Home for Christmas. 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

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

The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show

December 18, 2016

The legendary Oak Ridge Boys have enjoyed a career spanning more than four decades, highlighted by countless CMA, ACM, Grammy and Dove awards, to name just a handful. With numerous gold and platinum albums, the OAKS have a string of classic favorites, including "Bobbie Sue," "American Made," and their signature, "Elvira.”Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Joe... More

Echoes of Pompeii

December 31, 2016

Ring in 2017 with the sounds of Pink Floyd – brought to you by Echoes of Pompeii! This sensory spectacle will leave you speechless as you watch how music and lighting can become one! According to their fans Echoes of Pompeii can be described as "the best non-touring Floyd Tribute you will ever hear." Based in Gary, Indiana, this 10 piece band will amaze you with their sound and... More

The O'Jays, Damon Williams, The Chi-Lites feat. Marshall Thompson

December 31, 2016

Ring in the New Year with The O'Jays and special guests Damon Williams and The Chi-Lites.The O'Jays have earned millions of fans throughout an illustrious career that first became a reality in the late 1950's. From their teenage years as The Mascots, to providing background vocals for Nat King Cole, The O'Jays have survived and flourished as one of the hottest R&B acts of o... More

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular

January 07, 2017
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: Tickets starting at $29.50
  • Phone: (800) 745-3000
  • Website

THE ELVIS TRIBUTE is a concert celebrating the music of Elvis Presley era by era. The concert begins with the early rock-a-billy years, the military years, the movie years, the ’68 comeback special in black leather and the show closes with the Las Vegas and Concert years. Starring:Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter & Ryan Pelton. With special guests DJ Fontana Elvis' original ... More

Four Score and Seven Years Ago

January 17, 2017 to January 20, 2017 (Recurring daily)

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they ha... More

Salute to the '60s

January 21, 2017

With 23 hit singles, Peter Noone & Herman's Hermits were a household name in the 60's. Songs like "I'm In To Something Good," "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter," and "There's a Kind of Hush" are just a sampling of hits that made Herman's Hermits an international sensation during the famed British Invasion of the 60's.In the history of rock-n-roll, only nine bands hav... More

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