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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

Black Friday Opt-Outside Hike

November 24, 2017
  • Venue: West Beach
  • 376 North County Line Road
  • Gary, IN 46303
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Website

Instead of shopping on Black Friday, opt outside for a free, expert-led, family-friendly hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday, November 24, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at West Beach. Co-sponsored by Save the Dunes, the interactive hike will be led by regional experts in fields such as birding, botany, insects, geology, and ecology.  We will hike up to 3.5 miles based... More

Crown Point Santa Parade

November 25, 2017
  • Location: Downtown Crown Point
  • Times: 10am
  • Phone: 219-662-3250

Santa Parade Begins at 10am on Saturday Nov 25th at the Pointe Plaza on North Main St. Santa will arrive by helicopter. He and Mrs. Claus will take a few minutes to greet the children. They then will be escorted by the Crown Point Police and Fire Departments to the Courthouse where Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with families. More

Model Train Show

November 25, 2017 to November 26, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lake County Fairgrounds
  • 889 S. Court St
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Sat 9:30am to 4pm and Sun 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-922-6083

The show will feature all gauges of model and toy trains, with featured brands including Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, HO and more. This is the fourth year the Thanksgiving Train Show has been hosted in the region. More than 1,000 attendees are expected to visit; purchase, learn and enjoy toy and model trains in 2017. Santa will be there both days from 12pm - 1pm.     More

Pancake Breakfast With Santa at WRF Nursery

November 25, 2017
  • Location: WRF Nursery & Garden Center
  • 255 E 150 S
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: From: 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Admission: $6 per person; Ages 2 & under FREE
  • Phone: (219) 462-8733
  • Website | Email

Enjoy some ho ho home-cooked, fluffy pancakes in the company of Santa himself! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to take pictures and Christmas wishes between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Admission is just $6 per person for this special all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast! Children ages 2 and under are free. The full menu includes deliciously golden pancakes and syrup, breakfast sa... More

Turkey Trot Hike

November 25, 2017

Join a ranger on Saturday, November 25 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in search of wild turkey and other wildlife as you work off Thanksgiving dinner at the Calumet Dunes parking lot in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hike along the ancient Calumet shoreline of Lake Michigan and through forested dunes and small blowouts.  Meet at the Calumet Dunes Trail parking lot located on 300E ... More

Pinhook Upland Trail Hike

November 26, 2017
  • Venue: Pinhook Bog
  • 920 North Wozniak Road
  • Michigan City , IN 46360
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Website

Join a ranger for a hike on Pinhook Bog’s often overlooked Upland Trail at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from 1pm to 3pm. The hike showcases the bog’s watershed as you hike a ravine, cross a bridge over a secluded pond that feeds the bog, and through stands of towering trees.  Meet at the Pinhook Bog parking lot located at 920 North Wozniak Road in Michigan City. For mo... More

Christmas at the Mansion

December 01, 2017 to December 31, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM
  • Admission: $8/adults and $5/youth or senior
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Website | Email

Join us for an annual family tradition- Christmas at the historic Barker Mansion! View three floors of decorations as you're immersed in the Barker family legacy of philanthropy and industry. Tours take place Tuesday through Sunday from December 1 through the 31 (the mansion is closed on Mondays). A variety of guided and self-guided tours, musical performances, kids' crafts. co... More

Holly Days

December 01, 2017
  • Venue: Valparaiso Events
  • 150 W. Lincolnway Suite 1006
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: From: 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 464-8332
  • Website | Email

Kick off the holidays with us as Downtown Valparaiso comes to life with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Enjoy all of your favorite holiday activities including train rides, live entertainment, ice carving, strolling carolers, live nativity, fire performers and more. Stroll through the decorated streets and visit your favorite shops for their annual holiday open hou... More

Light up the Park

December 01, 2017
  • Location: Festival Park
  • 111 E Old Ridge Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: From: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • Website

Celebrate the holiday season with live entertainment, carriage rides, and a visit with Santa as we light up Festival Park!! Join the Girl Scouts for a Community Tree Trim! Sponsor a tree and be a part of the Community Tree Lighting! More

Mix, Mingle and Jingle Party

December 01, 2017

Perfect for networking with your office, friends and coworkers in a party setting. Dance the night away to live entertainment provided by SODA, performing your favorite pop hits from the 70's, 80's and today! More

Surf Band 13 Tikis Live at Wildrose

December 01, 2017

Come to Wildrose and enjoy Chicago's Premier Surf and Instrumental Band! More

The Elf Express First Stop: Holiday Hullabaloo (with Santa too!)

December 01, 2017

Wear your fun holiday attire, Christmas jammies & silly sweaters welcome! Let us put the stripes on your stockings, points on your ears, and cherry on your cheeks & nose! Start the season the season off right at this fun and festive holiday extravaganza! Just in time to get all the “to-do’s” checked off your list while having a jolly good time - Santa Portraits, Letters... More

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: A Major Event

December 02, 2017

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, 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 into a pillow of snow. Fu... More

Glowing Lights Night

December 02, 2017 to December 16, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: From: 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
  • Admission: $8/adults and $5/youth or senior
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Website | Email

Christmas tree lights will be the only source of illumination during Barker Mansion's popular Glowing Lights Night. The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of all three floors of the historic home, which has been decorated for the holiday season by local non-profit groups. More

Hammond Holiday Parade

December 02, 2017
  • 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 2017 Hammond Holiday Parade.  Join the fun at a great kickoff to the 2017 Holiday Season.  The parade begins at Gavit High School and runs north on Indianapolis Boulevard to end at 169th Street.    More

Holiday Market at the Indiana Welcome Center

December 02, 2017
  • Location: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Dr.
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Phone: (219) 989-7979

For the first time, a winter holiday market has been added to the festivities surrounding the annual “A Christmas Story” Comes Home event. The pop-up market, which will feature artisan vendors from around the Region, will take place in a warm and cozy tent at the Indiana Welcome Center. There will be more than a dozen vendors, selling items such as hand-knit scarves & hats,... More

Make Your Fishing Tackle Workshop

December 02, 2017

Join a park ranger for a Making Your Fishing Tackle Workshop. A ranger will be available to share some fishing tips with anyone who wants to bring a pole and cast a line.  The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-39... More

Photos with Santa

December 02, 2017 to December 17, 2017 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Santa Claus is coming to Taltree! Visit Taltree’s store which has been transformed into Santa’s workshop & take your own photo with the big man. Don’t forget your camera! Free with admission. Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree’s festive Depot. See the model scale Christmas village, special holiday decor and Taltree’s signature Train Tree. This large tree ... More

SANTA Express Saturdays

December 02, 2017 to December 23, 2017 (Every Saturday)

Non-stop holiday fun! Come climb aboard Bellaboo’s Santa Express for plenty of train-themed & holiday PLAY! Complete with Bellaboo’s engineer caps and red bandanas. 12pm-3pm Santa visits & professional portraits. Enjoy Garland Good Times, ”Polar Express” Story Time, Sugar Cone Tree Decorating and Elf Yourself.  More

Tree Decorating Naturally

December 02, 2017

Join us for another year as we decorate Gibson Woods’ holiday tree with “natural” ornaments! From 1-3 there will be a variety of natural items such as acorns, pine cones, or other materials, perfect for making your ornaments. Make a few ornaments for our tree, or to take home. Have materials already? Bring them out to share. Enjoy holiday music in the “Bird Room” as see who’s v... More

Holiday for Heroes

December 07, 2017

December 7th is a special evening of appreciation for our region's police, firefighters, EMS, military forces, and Hoosier Helpers. This event is open exclusively to all of these individuals and their families. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served, and attendees may take a free photo with Santa.  More

Holiday Pops

December 07, 2017

Featuring the Symphony Chorus, Hobart Strings Orchestra, and Crown Point High School Chorale.  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. Guest vocalist Sian Davies... More

Christmas at the Mill

December 09, 2017 to December 10, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Deep River County Park
  • 9410 Old Lincoln Highway
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 769-7275
  • Website | Email

Bundle up and celebrate the holiday with a walk at Deep River County Park. Both the gazebo and the Wood’s Historic Mill will be decorated for the season to be the perfect back drop for your holiday greeting card. While you’re out, be sure to stop by the visitor center and gift shop by the visitor’s center and gift shop to warm up with some hot cocoa, and get a little bit of hol... More

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