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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

Santa is Coming to Jak's Warehouse

December 19, 2014 to December 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: JAK's Warehouse
  • 221 Indianapolis Blvd
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Times: Fri 6pm to 8pm, Sat-Tues 3pm to 6pm
  • Phone: 219-322-5257
  • Website

Visit with Santa at Jak's Warehouse. More

Celebrate the Holidays with Johnny V

December 21, 2014

Take a break from shopping and head on over to Bartlett's for some holiday music, drink specials, food specials and holiday fun!  Bring a canned good for the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry.   More

Holiday Wire Wrapping Jewelry Workshops

December 21, 2014

Register for one of two special workshops that will allow users tolearn the art of wire-wrapping and make your own beach glass or stone jewelery during this 1.5 hour session.   More

Parents as Teachers Cookies with Mrs. Claus

December 21, 2014

It's time for cookies with Mrs. Claus.  Join us for this wonderful holiday tradition for a lovely brunch, crafts for all ages, cookie decoration, holiday music and silent auction. Organization Information: Parents As Teachers of Porter County is an early childhood, parenting and family education program that provides one-on-one guidance and support to parents interested... More

Christmas Eve Shopping Stroll

December 24, 2014

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

After Christmas Trek

December 26, 2014

Put away the toys for a little while and join Kaitlin for a special hike to the blowouts and back. Meet at the Nature Center for this hour or so hike. Bundle up and join us! More

Turtle Time

December 26, 2014

Join us in the Nature Center Auditorium for a look at what our wintering turtles are up to. We'll have several of the Nature Center turtles on hand for you to see! Come on out! More

100 Years of Indiana State Parks

December 27, 2014

Join us in the Nature Center auditorium for this 50-minute documentary that captures 100 years of the Indiana State Parks. It was produced in 2009 by PBS and shows great scenes from your favorite parks. Come check it out! More

End of the Year Waterfowl Tour

December 27, 2014

Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center for our annual end-of-the-year car pool tour to find some great congregations of many duck species. We'll likely drive 10 minutes to the Port of Indiana for some great looks at mergansers, buffleheads and more. Bring your driver's license/ID for access to this unique location. More

Improv Comedy Night at WaterBird Banquet Center

December 27, 2014
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Doors open at 7:30pm, Show starts at 8pm
  • Admission: $15.00 - See our online ticket center
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

Disposable Theatre is Northwest Indiana's only improv comedy group! Put down the egg nog, wrap up the desserts and snag your ugly sweater and join us at The WaterBird Banquet Center for Disposable Theatre's final show of 2014.  Cash bar available all night. More

Dunes Trivia Hike

December 28, 2014

How wide is Lake Michigan? What does "Tremont" mean? Learn the answers to these and other questions as we play a guessing game on our hike this morning. Meet at the Nature Center for this 45-minute stroll. More

Pine Cone Bird Feeders

December 28, 2014

It's a make-it, take-it craft this afternoon. Join us at the Nature Center for a look at some simple bird feeders you can make for our feathered friends. Take it home or hang it at your campsite this week! More

“All American Sweethearts: A Salute to the Andrews Sisters”

December 31, 2014

Includes: continuous heavy hors d' oeuvres, open bar from 8:45-9:45 and 10:30-midnight (**table seating also includes one cocktail per person per act), champagne toast at midnight with party favors, 1½ hour live Andrews Sisters tribute show with coffee and dessert during extended intermission and dancing until 1am to America's favorite recordings of big band music. In... 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

Festivities include a royal ball, family celebration, regular admission times and 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 ... More

Maquerade Ball at Embers

December 31, 2014
  • Location: Embers Venue
  • 230 W Washington St
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Times: Call for Details
  • Phone: 219-869-9537
  • Website

Embers will be hosting a Masquerade Ball with musical guest Xoe Wise. More

New Year's Eve Open Stage at Front Porch Music

December 31, 2014
  • Location: Front Porch Music
  • 505 Lincolnway
  • Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Times: 8pm to 12am
  • Phone: 219-464-4700
  • Website

Come and join us as we say farewell to 2014 and welcome 2015 (with non-alcoholic champagne at midnight). All ages! Hosted by Mami Matsuda. More

New Years Eve at Serenity Springs

December 31, 2014

If you're looking for a quiet, romantic getaway close to home, come spend New Year's Eve at Serenity Springs.   More

New Years Eve Celebration

December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Halls of St. George
  • 905 E. Joliet Street
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Times: 7pm to 1am
  • Admission: $70
  • Phone: 219-865-9411
  • Email

New Year's Eve Celebration! Wednesday, December 31, featuring both "Together" and the premier show band of NW Indiana "Heavy." Complimentary party favors and champagne toast at midnight $70.00 per person two drink tickets per person included - 21 & over cash bar after tickets. More

New Years Eve Party at The WaterBird

December 31, 2014
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Doors open at 8:30pm
  • Admission: $45 per person, Group Discounts for parties of 4+
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

Ring in the New Year with The WaterBird Lakeside Banquet Center. We provide a casual, non-smoking lake side dining experience like no other facility in Northwest Indiana. Party Dj's of Chesterton will be the host D.J. The party will include New Years Eve party Favors, 2 Hour open appetizer buffet, 4 hour open house bar and a champagne toast at midnight. $45 per person, include... More

Safe House New Year's Eve Celebration

December 31, 2014

Celebrate New Year's at Safehouse Bar and Grill. More

Special NYE party at White Ripple Gallery

December 31, 2014

Special gallery NYE party. Semi-formal cocktail party with beer and wine included in the ticket price of $50 per person. Unlimited hors d'orderves, beer and wine for two hours plus dessert and candy suite, and coffee and tea. Live entertainment and DJ. Private art tours will be provided. VIP lounge area with champagne toast will also be available for additional cost. More

First Day Hike: 3DC

January 01, 2015

As part of a 50-state initiative, America's State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1. Meet Assistant Property Manager Doug Stukey for a special 3 Dune Challenge hike this morning. We'll explore recent park projects and possible ice shelf for... More

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular

January 10, 2015

The very best Elvis entertainers in the world pay tribute to the greatest entertainer of all time. More

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