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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

Winter Wine Down Dinners

January 23, 2015 to February 27, 2015 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: Shady Creek Winery
  • 2030 Tryon Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 6pm - Reservations are Required
  • Phone: 219-874-9463
  • Email

Enjoy a special dinner and wine down at Shady Creek Winery. More

Blood Sweat and Tears

January 30, 2015

Come see Blood Sweat and Tears in concert. More

Dunes Birding: Crash Course

January 31, 2015

Join Dunes State Park Interpreter, Brad Bumgardner, for a 3-hour introduction to all things birding. We'll cover everything from the history of ornithology, common dune birds, bird banding, leading bird walks and more! The workshop takes place in the Nature Center auditorium. Registration is required ($10 workshop fee) and can be made by calling the park at 219.926.1390. More

Groundhog Program at National Lakeshore

January 31, 2015
  • Location: The Douglas Center
  • 100 North Lake Street
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Times: 1pm and 2:30pm
  • Phone: 219-395-1821
  • Website

Join a ranger for a special puppet show in honor of Groundhog Day during the open house at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center. Shows at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. will explain where these furry rodents have been and how they survive the long winter. The Douglas Center's open house features hands-on family activities and crafts, exhibits and even a live a... More

Snowshoe Shuffle

January 31, 2015

Meet the park interpreter in the Nature Center for a little introduction to this unique mode of winter transportation. Then we'll jump on a pair and take a short walk through the winter woods. It's great fun and exercise! If there isn't enough snow, we'll still offer a short hike. Join us! More

Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song

January 31, 2015

Everyone has a story to tell. For Wynonna Judd, those stories have been told through song with one of the most influential and important voices of our generation. Come experience the timeless tales of her unparalleled artistry as she takes you on the revolutionary journey of her 30-year platinum career. Hear the stories that inspired her to record the songs, create the tours a... More

Feed the Birds

February 01, 2015

Join the naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of the birds. Get great close-up views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers! Great fun for all! More

Winter Beach Walk

February 01, 2015

Bundle up and join the naturalist for a winter hike to explore the recent storm damage from this past fall and possible ice shelf formations. We'll hike down the beach a short way and back in this 45-minute stroll. Meet at the beach pavilion. More

Salute to the '60s

February 07, 2015

Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams More

Shelf Ice Brewfest

February 07, 2015
  • Franklin and 6th Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Times: VIP 12pm to 5pm and General Admission 1pm to 5pm
  • Website

They say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Well, come February, Mother Nature is going to get tough and she's going bring her fiercest wrath. What we want to know is, are you going to show her what you've got or are you going cower in your snugly little bed? If you think you can handle her fury, then you're in for a treat. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 marks the da... More

Snowshoe Program at National Lakeshore

February 07, 2015 to February 14, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Join a ranger for a winter adventure on snowshoes at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Meet at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore visitor's center for a quick lesson on using snowshoes and then take a hike to enjoy the beauty of winter. This two hour program will be held at 9:30am and 1pm Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and 14.  There are a limited number of snowshoes avail... More

American English - Beatles Tribute Band

February 13, 2015

The show begins with the early years of Ed Sullivan and includes classic Beatle favorites such as She Loves You, Twist and Shout, I Want To Hold Your Hand, and many others. American English captures the very essence of John, Paul, George and Ringo! Next, you'll take a trip with American English as they recreate the psychedelic era of The Beatles. Every musical and visual det... More

Kaleidoscope

February 14, 2015 to February 15, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Dancers defy gravity, they thrill the audience, contemporary and modern. Music to move your soul. You will leave this show amazed. More

Valentine's Day at Serenity Springs

February 14, 2015

Serenity Springs in La Porte is an ideal destination for couples with private cabins where you can cuddle up next to the fireplace for an intimate Valentine's Day. More

Valentine's Love Jam

February 14, 2015

Spend Valentine's Day with Bell Biv Devoe ("Poison", "Do Me!"), Teddy Riley & Dave Hollister with Blackstreet ("No Diggity", "Before I Let You Go"), En Vogue ("Hold On", "My Lovin'"), SWV ("Weak"," I'm So Into You"), Tony Toni Tone ("Feels Good", "If I Had No Loot"). More

The Australian Bee Gees Show

February 15, 2015

"A true retrospective of their 40 year history" A multimedia and theatrical interpretation on one the most successful Las Vegas resident shows makes its debut at Star Plaza Theatre. The Australian Bee Gees Show is a celebration of one of the most influential and famous musical groups of all time! Their record breaking music is captivated on stage with mesmeri... More

Fat Tuesday Party and Bartlett's

February 17, 2015

Live Music, Mardi Gras specials, New Orleans style cocktails and more. Check eatatbartletts.com soon for more details. More

Chuggington Live! “The Great Rescue Adventure

February 21, 2015
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Phone: 800-745-3000
  • Website

The North American premiere tour of CHUGGINGTON LIVE! The Great Rescue Adventure, produced by Life Like Touring and Ludorum, rolls into Star Plaza Theatre. The live-action musical children's show, based on the popular TV series, gives young fans and their families the opportunity to experience the train-tastic adventures of the Chuggington trainees, Wilson, Brewster and Koko. ... More

Aaron Lewis

February 27, 2015

Aaron Lewis performs live at The Venue February 27. More

Travis Tritt Solo Acoustic Show

March 01, 2015

Spend an intimate evening listening to one of the distinct voices of country music. Tritt blends classic country, honky tonk, country rock, Southern rock and bluesy Southern rock into a one of a kind sound. More

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

March 13, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Crown Point Community Theatre
  • 1125 Merrillville Road
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 8pm and Sunday 3pm
  • Phone: 219-805-4255
  • Website

"The Candyman Can" in the story we all know and love: Charlie Bucket and the other Golden Ticket winners go on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory, where mishaps and pure imagination await! Based on the book by Roald Dahl and the movie adaptation starring Gene Wilder. More

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