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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 along the South Shore brings rosy cheeks, fluffy snow and lots of outdoor fun… more





Winter Events

When the days start to get chilly and the snow begins to fall in the South Shore, it's time for some fun wintertime events! Ice skate with your daughters and their dolls at Deep River Waterpark's Snowflake Skate in December or watch the ice carvers as they compete on the downtown streets of Valparaiso during the Winter Dazzle event in February.

Get out of the cold as you listen to the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra perform "Holiday Pops", enjoy one of the performances at the local theaters or ring in the new year at the Radisson Star Plaza's New Year's Eve Bash. Plus don't miss the opportunity to relive the moments of a holiday classic at the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home Exhibit with animatronic window displays from Macy's in New York.

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The Lieutenant of Inishmore

January 29, 2016 to February 13, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

On a lonely road on the island of Inishmore, someone killed an Irish Liberation Army enforcer's cat. He loves his cat more than life itself, and someone is going to pay. Take a chance on some cutting-edge theatre by experiencing McDonagh's darkest, funniest and most absurd play to date. CST's past forays into the dark world of Martin McDonagh include award-winning productions o... More

Bing Bang Boom

February 12, 2016
  • Location: The Auditorium at Bethel Church
  • 10202 Broadway
  • Crown Point, Indiana
  • Times: 6:15pm pre-concert lecture, 7:30pm Concert
  • Phone: 219-836-0525 ext 200
  • Website

Get your heart pounding and your passions swirling as you kick off Valentine's weekend with this grandiose and beautiful concert. The musical fireworks of the "1812 Overture" open the evening. (Was that a cannon you heard?) Award-winning pianist Wael Farouk joins the Symphony for Prokofiev's unforgettable and daring Piano Concert No. 1. The passionate and emotional Tc... More

Comedy Night at the CVPA - John Caponera

February 12, 2016 to February 13, 2016 (Recurring daily)

You may recognize John from "The Tonight Show", or as the star of his own sitcom called "The Good Life" or as the host of Comedy Central's sport show "Jocks" and ESPN's "Talk II". Other credits include guest star appearances on "ER", "Love & War", "Blossom", "Tales From The Crypt", "The Den... More

Laugh With Your Love: A Night of Improv, Music and Great Food

February 12, 2016

Spend an evening of fun and laughter as we celebrate Valentine's Day at Taltree. It will be a full night of entertainment, food and drink. More

The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute

February 12, 2016

If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won't want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute. The Emmy Award winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' classics such as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day... More

Valentine's Day at Serenity Springs

February 12, 2016 to February 14, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Serenity Springs
  • 5888 N. U.S. Highway 35
  • La Porte, IN 46350
  • Times: Call for details
  • Phone: 219-861-0000
  • Website

Serenity Springs in La Porte is an ideal destination for couples with private cabins where you can cuddle up next to the fireplace for an intimate Valentine's Day. Valentine's packages include one, two or three night stays, silk rose petals surrounding your sunken tub for two, scented bubble bath/massage oil, stuffed animal, choice of appetizer platter, cake, chocolates, breakf... More

Barker Romance Ball

February 13, 2016
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: 4pm
  • Admission: $2/person
  • Phone: 219-873-1520
  • Website | Email

The Barker Romance Ball, Saturday, February 13 kicks off with a 4pm champagne reception at the Barker Mansion followed by a 7pm prime rib dinner dance event at Barker Hall. When John and Katherine Barker married on Valentine's Day in 1893 they could hardly have imagined that people would still be celebrating 123 years later. The party begins at 4pm at the mansion with champa... More

Enjoy Valentines - room, dinner and romance package

February 13, 2016

Time to book your Valentine's Special - overnight stay, dinner Saturday, February 13th and special goodies. Note: Package must be booked by calling the Inn. If rooms are available, room-only reservations will be avaiable after February 1st on-line. More

Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon

February 13, 2016

Join Challenger Learning Center for a unique date night...Valentine's Day Space Mission. See if you and your partner have the "right stuff." More

Valentine Love Jam

February 13, 2016

Urban Vibe Entertainment presents Valentine Love Jam starring Bobby Brown, Mint Condition, After 7, 112 this Valentine's Day Weekend. More

Valentine's Dinner & Improv Comedy Show

February 13, 2016
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Doors open at 6:30, Dinner at 7:00pm, Dessert and Show at 8:00pm
  • Admission: $100.00 per couple
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

Treat you and your spouse to a casual, no-rush, dinner and show experience for Valentine's Day. The WaterBird offers a comfortable lakeside dining experience like no other facility in Northwest Indiana. Doors open at 6:30pm for cocktails, butler passed appetizers, and live dinner music. Dinner will begin at 7:00pm with a roasted sweet pepper soup. Following soup will be a wild ... More

Winter Arts & Crafts Fair

February 13, 2016
  • Location: Munster High School
  • 8801 Columbia Avenue
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-836-6923
  • Website | Email

Browse our artists and crafters for something your friends or loved ones will enjoy. Handmade products will include mittens and scarves, wood crafts, florals, art, jewelry, soaps, glassware, candles, clothing, jams, dips, toffee and more. More

Say I Do at Albert's

February 14, 2016

Albert's very own Fred and Donna Halpern were married on Valentine's Day 1968. Now is your chance to do the same! Get married at Albert's! Albert's will provide a judge to join you and your sweetheart in matrimony. Sunday, February 14, 2016 at our Schererville location only. All you need is a Lake County, Indiana marriage license, and of course, someone to marry! ... More

Valentine's Day Brunch

February 14, 2016
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $16.95 for Adults $14.95 for seniors (65+) $12.95 for Children 10 and Under 3 and Under Free *Price does not include Tax or Gratuity
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Lakeside champagne brunch. The buffet will include seasonal fresh fruit, breakfast pastries & artisan breads, salad bar with chef choice toppings, made to order omelets, made to order pancakes with chef choice toppings, chef carved roast pork loin and honey roasted ham, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon, country style breakfast potato, pasta... More

2016 NWI Comic-Con

February 20, 2016
  • Location: Halls of St George
  • 905 East Joliet St
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Times: 11am to 7pm with Early Bird from 10am
  • Admission: $8.00 for adults (13 and up) $2.00 for Children (12 and under)
  • Website | Email

The 2016 (Northwest Indiana) NWI Comic-Con is a smaller mid-size comic book convention that is more about comics, creators and fans than actors and celebrities. Meet the creators behind the books. Chat with various artists, writers, publishers and more. Purchase new and vintage comic books and toys. Meet some phenomenal cosplayers and have a great time. Bringing pop-culture ... More

Butterfly Workshop

February 20, 2016

Learn about the species of butterflies that flutter over Kankakee Sands, as well as how you can be part of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network and collect important data on butterfly populations in our local Indiana area.  The program is open to all ages and abilities.   More

Shelf Ice Brewfest

February 20, 2016
  • Location: Uptown Arts District
  • Franklin & 8th Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: General Admission 1pm to 5pm
  • Admission: GA $40
  • Website

The only extreme winter beer festival in northwest Indiana held in the heart of the Uptown Arts District in downtown Michigan City, Indiana. We will have well over 30 breweries and hundreds of beers to try. There will also be some wine for those who don't drink beer. There will be other entertainment as well. To help keep everyone warm, we will have industrial sized heat... More

True North Training Stables Chili Cook Off

February 20, 2016

Join us for a night of fun to raise money for True North Training Stables at The WaterBird for their 1st Annual Chili Cook Off. We will have chili made by professional chefs from several local restaurants and local amateur chefs. There will be a friendly competition between the professional chefs (Pros) and amateur chefs (Joes). Your donations will decide the winner between th... More

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live

February 25, 2016

The legacy of the beloved "Mister Rogers" lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interact... More

Leap into the Arts 2016

February 26, 2016
  • Location: Halls of St. George
  • 905 E Joliet St,
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Times: 6pm to 10pm
  • Admission: $60
  • Phone: 219-395-6226
  • Website | Email

Leap into the Arts is an exciting evening of performance, dinner and celebration featuring two of Northwest Indiana's finest youth arts performing organizations: South Shore Dance Alliance and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, performances and silent auction.  Tickets must be purchased in advance. More

Murder Mystery Dinner: Murder at the St. Pius High School Reunion

February 26, 2016

Join us for a night of mystery and intrigue! Come dressed in your 50’s best and be a part of the mystery. At this limited ticket event, you’ll enjoy a dinner and cash bar while you work to solve the mystery of whodunit. Every guest will transform themselves into the character they’ve been assigned at the door to give clues and throw others off their own tra... More

You Can't Get There From Here Anymore!

February 26, 2016

A historic look into the early days and development of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. More

A Patchwork of History Passed Down

February 27, 2016

Peggy Whitlow shares her family heritage through traditional quilt making. Family quilts will be on display. More

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Pierogi Fest, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time. The one of a kind parade and festival have received countrywide recognition having been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.…more
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