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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 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

Holly Days

December 01, 2017

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

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

Hobart Holiday Market

December 10, 2017
  • Location: Police/Court Complex
  • 705 E. 4th Street
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-942-4511
  • Email

Shop over 90 vendors bringing unique gift ideas to our residents and visitors. More

Nutcracker

December 13, 2017 to December 14, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: 7pm
  • Admission: See description below
  • Phone: 219-755-4444
  • Website | Email

Indiana Ballet Theatre will transform the Star Plaza Theatre into a winter wonderland while performing this timeless holiday classic. More

The Four C Notes

December 31, 2017

After performing on the Theatre at the Center stage as part of A Jersey Voice on New Year’s Eve 2015, The Four C Notes return with their very own show! The voice of John Michael Coppola will take you back to the musical glory days of the 60s while he and the other group members pay homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  The Four C Notes is the only tribute group for Fr... More

On-Going Events

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started May 05, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Midwest Training and Ice Center
  • 10600 White Oak Avenue
  • Dyer, 46311
  • Times: Monday through Friday 11am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10pm to 11:30pm and Sunday 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Admission: Admission: $6, Skate Rental: $4
  • Phone: 219-558-8811
  • Website

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open ice skating.  Hours vary, see website for details. More

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

August 19, 2017 to December 16, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: Check Website for times
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Weather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, planets, meteors, and learn about constellation lore from the darkest site in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Held on the third Saturday of every month from Jan. to Dec. (except March and ... More

A Wonderful Life: The Musical

November 16, 2017 to December 23, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) captures the magic of the Frank Capra holiday film. George Bailey’s Christmas Eve is transformed by an angel eager to earn his wings by showing the guiding influence one person has on so many others. Filled with the beauty of the season, Bedford Falls bursts on stage with yuletide spirit (despite Old Man... More

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