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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 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 in 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 the Holiday Pops, enjoy one of the performances at the local theaters or ring in the New Year at the Radisson at 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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Special Events

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: A Major Event

December 06, 2014

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, kids crafts, cookie decorating, showings of the "A Christmas Story" movie and an ugly lamp contest! Get your picture taken with Santa on Santa's Mountain a... More

Holiday Traditions Program at National Lakeshore

December 06, 2014

Enjoy live holiday music and dance, tour two historic homes decked out in their holiday finest, let the kids make some holiday crafts, and even get a free taste of some traditional holiday treats. You don’t have to get chilled thanks to a free shuttle bus that runs between Chellberg Farm and the Bailly Homestead. More

Kouts Christmas Open House

December 06, 2014 to December 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Downtown Kouts
  • Times: Sat 8am to 4:30pm and Sun 10am to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-405-1452
  • Website

You are sure to find something for everyone on your list! This event features handcrafted unique items and homemade Christmas goodies for sale in homes, churches and businesses throughout the Kouts area. More

Taltree Express

December 06, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Visitors will enjoy a wonderland of trains featuring Taltree's signature Train Tree and Holiday Railway Garden. Event activities include visiting with Santa, story time and refreshments.  More

Tree Decorating Naturally

December 06, 2014

Decorate the Gibson Woods holiday tree with “natural” ornaments has been a tradition for many years.  Many unique decorations can be made out of simple items found in nature. Acorns, pinecones, seedpods and other dried materials will be available and you are welcome to bring your own to share. Make an ornament for the Gibson Woods tree and another to take home.... More

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: Oh Fuuudge! Tire Relay Race

December 13, 2014
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Registration 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... More

Snowflake Skate "A party for girls and their dolls"

December 13, 2014

Snowflake Skate is an ice skating party for girls age 6 and older and their dolls or stuffed animals who love to skate. Girls are encouraged, but not required, to bring a doll or teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out. Girls and their "friends" will skate on the outdoor plaza and learn skating moves from the Deep River Waterpark Snowflake Skater. They will h... More

Wildlife Holiday

December 13, 2014

Gibson Woods is inviting the public is to share a little holiday cheer with the wildlife at Gibson Woods. Join in the fun by making edible ornaments and decorating the trees and shrubs with them outside the wildlife viewing area windows. Afterwards, stay a while to watch the birds, squirrels and other wildlife discover the treats we’ve made for them. Don’t forget to... More

Hobart Holiday Market

December 14, 2014
  • Location: Police/Court Complex
  • 705 E. 4th Street
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-942-4511
  • Website | Email

Over 70 vendors in two gymnasiums brought unique gifts to our residents and visitors. The Hobart Holiday Market features holiday crafts, decorations, gifts and sweet treats celebrating the holiday season.  More

Festive December at Bellaboos's: Rock in the New Year

December 26, 2014 to January 04, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Cheer! Cheer! Cheer the year! Let’s follow the holiday with a Noisy and Mess-tacular New Year’s Celebration! 12, 2:30 & 4:30 - Children’s Cooking: Banana Confetti Pop 1:30 - Noisemakers More

American English - Beatles Tribute Band

December 31, 2014

Americas' premier Beatles tribute band brings in the New Year, playing the full "Hard Day's Night" album and other beloved tunes. More

BELLABRATION! at Bellaboo's

December 31, 2014

Royal Ball & Family Celebration Regular Admission Times & Prices Royal Dress Code Recommended 10:30 & 3:30 -"King Jack and the Dragon" by Peter Bentley 11:00, 2:30 & 5 - Kids Make and Enjoy a New Year's Float for a "Bubbly" Toast 11:45 & 3:45 - Royal Games for King Bellaboo's Kids Court 12:00 & 4:00 - Countdown to a Big Balloon ... More

Ring in the New Year at Deep River Waterpark

December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Deep River Waterpark
  • 9001 E US Hwy 30
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm
  • Admission: $5 per person
  • Phone: 219-769-7275
  • Email

Count down to 2015 in "Paddle's Time Zone" at Family-Friendly New Year's Celebration Ice Skating Plaza. Countdown and sparkling juice toast in the plaza. Disc Jockey, ice skating, concession items for sale.  Looking for a kid-friendly place to ring in the New Year? Bring the family to Deep River Waterpark. On and off the ice family-friendly New Year's Eve party... More

Dreamcicles: A Martin Luther King Jr. Winter Celebration Week

January 19, 2015 to January 23, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Pack your snow pants, hat, gloves and imagination. Join us for this one day only DIVERSITY SNOWCATION. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Dreamcicles Celebration include: 10:30 & 3:30 - "The Skin You Live In" by Michael Tyler 11:00 & 5:30 - Snow Painting 12:00, 2:30 & 4:30 - Dreamcicle Floats 1:30 - "Unique Me" Self-Portraits More

12th Annual Gardening Show

January 24, 2015
  • Location: Porter County Expo Center
  • IN-49 at Division Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Times: 8am to 4pm
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 219-465-3555
  • Website

The Gardening Show features presentations by national, regional and local gardening experts, special lodging & dining packages, a Seed & Bulb Exchange, Garden Photography Contest, Children's Corner, and food service, as well as 100 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for and about gardens and gardening.  More

La, La, La Love Fest into Heart-y Fun Valentine's Bash

February 09, 2015 to February 15, 2015 (Recurring daily)

We will be va-va-va valentining, decorating and getting ready to celebrate LOVE all week long! Valentine's Day Heart-y Fun Valentine's Bash 10:30 & 3:30 - "You are My I Love You" by Maryann Cusimano Love 11:00 & 5:30 - "Cupid Says" Play Challenge 12:00, 2:30 & 4:30 - Bellaboo Bakers Cooking with Cupid 1:30 Heart Art More

Presidential Play

February 16, 2015 to February 22, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Catchy rhymes and graphic crafts help create a lasting good impression of presidential history by making it FUN! President's Day Presidential Play Day includes: 10:30 & 3:30 - "Our Abe Lincoln" by Jim Alylesworth 11:00 & 5:30 - Powdered Wig Workshop 12:00, 2:30 & 4:30 - Cooking with Abe: Pretzel Stick Log Cabin 1:30 - Presidential Play More

On-Going Events

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

November 08, 2014 to January 04, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Indiana Welcome Center features six animated displays depicting scenes from the holiday classic "A Christmas Story." The displays include: The Department Store Window, Flick's Tongue and Triple Dog Dare, It's a Major Award, The Bumpus Hounds and a new window, A Hero's Dream. The displays were first showcased in 2003 at Macy's in New York City. Have your picture ... More

A Christmas Memory

November 13, 2014 to December 14, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Based on Truman Capote's touching memoir of his childhood, this new musical is set in a small Southern town in the 1930's. A CHRISTMAS MEMORY chronicles a young boy's friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. The misfits are inseparable as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to Presiden... More

Deep River Waterpark Ice Skating

November 27, 2014 to February 20, 2015 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Deep River Waterpark
  • 9001 E US Hwy 30
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Thur 2pm to 9pm, Fri 2pm to 10pm, Sat 12pm to 10pm and Sun 12pm to 9pm
  • Phone: 219-769-7275
  • Website | Email

Skate around the ice plaza with festive seasonal lighting, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or grab a snack at the concessions and shop for a souvenir at the US 30 Surf Shop. Ice skate the plaza this winter! More

Photos on Santa's Mountain

November 29, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Saturdays and Sundays, have your picture taken with Santa on top of Santa's Mountain, a replica of the one featured in the movie. In the famous scene, Ralphie Parker asks Santa for a BB Gun, and Santa responds, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." Photos with Santa on Santa's Mountain are $5 a piece and at the Indiana Welcome Center. Children have the opportunity to ... More

Festive December at Bellaboos's: Jolly Good Times

December 01, 2014 to December 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Come and Enjoy Jolly Jingles, Artful Ornaments, Holiday Treats and Merry Tales for the entire month of December. Here's what's happening daily at 1:30 Monday: Garland Good Times Tuesday: Hands-On Hanukkah Wednesday: Ornament Making Thursday: Handprint Kinara Friday: Gingerbread Fun Saturday: Garland Good Times Sunday: Ornament Making. More

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