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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

Orak Shrine Circus

December 04, 2014 to December 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)

The Orak Shrine Circus has four days of shows from which to choose. Get your tickets early for the best available seats! Tickets may be purchased at Strack & Van Til stores and the Hammond Civic Center box office (9:00 am to 4:00 pm). The box office will be open daily for all performances. Free parking! Come by early for a Circus Pre-Party one hour before show times... More

City of Whiting Illuminated Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

December 05, 2014
  • Location: Historic Downtown Whiting- 119th Street
  • 119th st
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: Parade Start 7 p.m. followed by Tree Lighting
  • Phone: 219-659-7700

The City of Whiting’s Illuminated Christmas Parade will travel down 119th Street, starting from Calumet Avenue to Whiting City Hall where the city will hold their annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony. This year, the City of Whiting has placed a holiday twist on their annual Christmas Parade, with the addition of nine lluminated Christmas floats! The new glistening fl... More

Holly Days

December 05, 2014

‘Tis the season to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in downtown Valparaiso. Come join in the fun and kick off the season by enjoying live holiday music, ice carving, the holiday village market, and the live nativity. More

Patti Labelle

December 05, 2014

She has garnered countless honors, including Grammys, American Music Awards, Image Awards and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. She is an actress, author, spokesperson, mother, gourmet and friend to her fans; she is PATTI LABELLE! First hitting the charts in the 1960's with "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman," PATTI LABELLE went on to record the disco anthem of the ... More

Pictures with Santa

December 05, 2014

Visit the Uptown Center for pictures with Santa, a Christmas bazaar, food and music. More

"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, a Holiday magic show, showings of the "A Christmas Story" movie and an ugly lamp contest! Get your picture taken with Santa... More

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail

December 06, 2014 to December 13, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Come and see all the loveable characters from "Hundred-Acre Woods" in this merry musical as they work together to help find Eeyore's missing tail. Friendship and teamwork save the day! Bring the entire family and celebrate the holiday season! More

Arts Alive Ethnic Cookie Sale in Whiting

December 06, 2014
  • Location: Chrislove Collectibles
  • 1452 119th Street
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: 9am or as long as cookies last

Be sure to join us early on December 6 for the Arts Alive Ethnic Cookie Sale taking place at Chrislove Collectibles, in Downtown Whiting. With a wide variety of ethnic recipes, you won’t want to miss out on $8-per-pound delicious homemade cookies provided by your local bakers. All proceeds from the cookie sale are donated to Arts Alive, in their efforts to suppor... More

Christmas Sing A-Long

December 06, 2014

The Lake Street Gallery will present its 21st annual Christmas Sing-along. With Kay Lewis at the organ, you can join a talented chorus of your friends and neighbors in singing the familiar holiday songs. There will be refreshments to keep you going and you can check out the Gallery's merchandise while you're there. More

Giant Paw Prints Annual Santa Paws

December 06, 2014
  • Location: Dawg Paradise
  • 836 Main Street
  • Westville, IN 46391
  • Times: 11am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-241-9299
  • Email

Get your four-legged friend's photo taken with Santa. Perfect for holiday greeting cards. We will have your 4x6 photo ready same day for a $10.00 donation. If you would like more, we can help you do that. Also, we will have prizes for the top most-photogenic dogs. We have two awesome caterers serving up some treats, Suzie's Catering and Lou That's Who. More

Hammond Holiday Parade

December 06, 2014
  • Location: Hammond
  • Gavit High School to 169th St.
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: 10am
  • Phone: 219-853-6378
  • Website

Join the fun at a great kickoff to the 2014 Holiday Season.  The parade begins at Gavit High School and runs north on Indianapolis Boulevard to end at 169th Street. More

Holiday Pops Concert

December 06, 2014
  • Location: Saint John the Baptist Auditorium
  • 119th Street & Lincoln Avenue
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Website

Enjoy the sounds of the holidays in Whiting and join us Saturday, December 6, for the Holiday Pops Concert. The Whiting Park Festival Orchestra & Chorus will perform your favorite seasonal medleys at 7:30 p.m. in the Saint John the Baptist auditorium, located at 119th Street and Lincoln Avenue. Tickets to the show are $15.00 each, or if you choose to enjoy dinner durin... 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

Little Cousin Jasper Annual Christmas Parade and Chili Supper

December 06, 2014
  • Location: Presbyterian Church
  • 220 N Cullen St
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Times: 4pm
  • Website

Supper includes chili, crackers, salad and a drink for $5.00.  A cake walk is also planned during dinner. More

Photos with Santa

December 06, 2014
  • Location: Whiting/Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce
  • 1417 119th Street
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: 11am to 4pm
  • Website

Santa Claus is coming to downtown Whiting! Have your photo taken with Santa at the Whiting/Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce. More

Remington Christmas Parade

December 06, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Remington
  • Times: 1pm
  • Phone: 219-261-2523
  • Website

Join Remington in their Christmas Parade.  Festivities include photos with Santa and a free chili dinner. More

Santa at Cabela's

December 06, 2014 to December 14, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Cabela's
  • 7700 Cabela Dr.
  • Hammond, IN 46324
  • Times: Call for Details
  • Phone: 219-845-9040

Santa will be visiting Cabela's in December. More

Taltree Express

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

Get into the holiday spirit Saturdays in December with Christmas classic story time, visits with Santa and his elves, refreshments and the Taltree Railway Garden trains. Two sessions held each Saturday. Morning session is for children 3 to 5 years old. Afternoon session is for children 6 to 10 years old. Cost is $15 for a child and an adult. 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

Radio Play - Butterbird Christmas

December 07, 2014
  • Location: Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
  • 540 S Lake Street
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Times: 3:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Phone: 219-427-1446

The Miller Arts District will present a radio play at the Gardner Cente. The show will bring back memories of Lake County in the 1950s, with music, a bake sale and refreshments in the background. More

Terry Fator

December 12, 2014

Terry Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of "America's Got Talent" with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions. After 25 years of honing his skills at country fairs and venues across the country, the Dallas-bred entertainer's big "AGT" win at age 42 catapulted him into th... 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

Downtown Whiting Ice Sculpture Carvings

December 13, 2014
  • Location: Historic Downtown Whiting- 119th Street
  • Times: 10am
  • Website

Bring family and friends to downtown Whiting on Saturday, December 13 beginning at 10 a.m. to watch holiday ice sculptures being professionally carved along 119th Street. Enjoy this unique opportunity to have some holiday fun, shop and eat in historic downtown Whiting. More

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