Keep South Shore Safe

A statewide mask mandate is in effect in Indiana. Masks must be worn in public spaces where you cannot socially distance, inside businesses and on public transportation.

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Photos with Santa

Schedule a time to have your photo taken with Santa at the Indiana Welcome Center. While you're there, make sure to tell him what you want for Christmas!

This year will be a little different to keep everyone safe. Santa will not be located on Santa’s Mountain in the main exhibit hall, but instead inside the theatre with a glass partition between him and guests. Families will be kept at least six feet apart while waiting for their visit.

Appointments are $10 and include one printed photo; additional photos can be purchased for $6 when you make your appointment or during your visit.*

Santa photos will be scheduled online ONLY. Click here to schedule.

We suggest you arrive ten minutes before your scheduled time. If anyone in your group has special needs and/or cannot use stairs, we will make accommodations at your appointment.

Mask Requirements

In compliance with the State of Indiana Executive orders, please be advised that masks are required during your visit to the Indiana Welcome Center for all adults and children who are old enough to walk. Once seated on the opposite side of Santa, families are allowed to take off their masks for a photo. 

Guests are required to put masks on again before exiting the theatre.

*Appointments cannot be cancelled and refunds will not be given. However you may reschedule your appointment up to one day prior if a new time slot is available. Use the rescheduling link in your confirmation email to reschedule or call us at 219-989-7979. In the event that the Indiana Welcome Center closes due to unforeseen circumstances, refunds will be given to all prepaid appointments. 


November 27, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

November 28 - December 23, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Open to Everyone

​December 2, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

December 16, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

December 23, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holiday for Heroes
December 2, 2020

ONLY for first responders, active and retired military and their families. Please show your military ID or work badge for admission. 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
Schedule during Holiday for Heroes

All is Calm
December 9, 2020
ONLY for children and adults with special needs. Enjoy a sensory-friendly exhibit and visits with Santa. 
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Schedule during All is Calm

A Christmas Story Comes Home 2020


Plan your visit to the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana during the holiday season.

Locate us and find the exhibit and gift shop hours below.


More To Do This Holiday

We've put together more things to do and events happening throughout the Region this winter below - from outdoor to indoor! 

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