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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

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

Miller Beach Pop-Up Art Show

February 28, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Marshall J. Gardner Center
  • 540 S Lake Street
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Times: Saturday 11am to 6pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm
  • Website

Join Miller Beach Arts District in this one of a kind pop-up art show. More

Feed the Birds

March 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

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

Winter Alive

March 01, 2015

Join us in the Nature Center auditorium for a fun look at how the Dunes State Park animals are surviving the winter. We'll have some live animals on hand as well! Come on out and join us! More

Maple Sugar Time at the Dunes

March 07, 2015 to March 15, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Enjoy a sweet taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's annual Maple Sugar Time program. Join National Park Service rangers and volunteers at the historic Chellberg Farm on the weekends of March 7-8 and March 14-15, for this fun and educational event marking the unofficial start of spring. Stop by the farm and take a self-guided tour to learn how maple tree sap h... More

The Spring Awakening

March 08, 2015

Join us in the Nature Center auditorium for a fun look at how the Dunes State Park animals are surviving the winter. We'll have some live animals on hand as well! Come on out and join us! 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

On-Going Events

Lubeznik Center for the Arts Exhibitions

February 07, 2015 to April 18, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Steamroller Printmaking Project Experience enormous relief prints on muslin created from 3x7 foot carved wooden plates and an industrial steamroller. Produced by Walnut Ink Projects with a team of print makers from Syracuse University, Lora Fosberg, and local artists in downtown Michigan City with support from CH Distillery, Michigan City Public Art Committee, Reith-Riley of... More

Indigenous Landscapes: Imprints of the South Shore

February 09, 2015 to March 19, 2015 (Recurring daily)

White Ripple Gallery & Co. is partnering with the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and The University of Notre Dame to celebrate the natural settings (landscapes) near and along the shores of Lake Michigan native to the states of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that remain undisturbed since the times of the indigenous people of the area. The exhibition, a White... More

"Les Miserables"

February 13, 2015 to March 08, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Set in early 19th-century France, "Les Miserables" is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but a police inspec... More


February 14, 2015 to March 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

This exhibit features watercolors by Kathy Los-Rathburn. More

Planetarium and Laser Shows

February 14, 2015 to November 14, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday)
  • Location: Challenger Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet
  • 2300 173rd St.
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: Cost is per show: $10 adults, $8 children (14 and under)
  • Phone: 219-989-3250
  • Website | Email

Planetarium and Laser Shows run the second Saturday of every month beginning at 3pm. Each session includes a night sky viewing tutorial, feature planetarium presentation and laser show, all for one price! The experience is guaranteed to be educational and entertaining! More

"On Golden Pond"

February 27, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

The beloved comic play opens the 2015 season. An elderly couple enjoys their latest summer in a cottage on a Maine lake as they come to terms with the husband's advancing age and his estrangement from his newly engaged daughter. The play was a huge Broadway hit that became a classic film starring Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda. More

"Shirley Valentine"

February 27, 2015 to March 15, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Towle Theater
  • 5205 Hohman Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Phone: 219-937-8780
  • Website

"Shirley Valentine" is a one-character play taking the form of a monologue by a middle-aged, working class Liverpool housewife and focusing on her life before and after a transforming holiday abroad. Wondering what has happened to herself-now feeling stagnant and in a rut-Shirley Valentine finds herself regularly talking to the wall while preparing her husband's chips... More

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Uniquely South Shore
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Pierogi Fest, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time. The one of a kind parade and festival have received countrywide recognition having been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.…more
This holiday season, The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will feature 6 animated displays featuring scenes from "A Christmas Story". The displays include: Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, the Bumpus Hounds, and the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City. …more
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