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Special Events

The entire Christmas season is packed with events and contests during the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home Exhibit. Below you’ll find the full schedule of events.

"A Christmas Story, The Musical" Preview

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2:00 p.m.

ACS-Movie-sm"A Christmas Story" Movie 
Saturday, Nov. 25
2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2
2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Live Entertainment

Find entertainment scheduled throughout the season.


Saturday, December 2, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

• Take the kids on a free train ride.
• Get the kids their own fudge puppy made to their liking. 
• Play a game of "Flick" bingo to win prizes at 12:30 p.m. 
• Watch the "A Christmas Story" movie in the theatre at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  
• Take a photo with Santa 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for $6.
• Search for items in the Scavenger Hunt. 
• Write a letter to Santa and put it in the giant Santa mailbox. 
• Purchase a $1 craft or $2 cookie kit for the kids to decorate at the craft table, or color the Christmas themed coloring pages.
• View the animated window displays.
• Shop the Holiday Market 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The pop-up market, which will feature artisan vendors from around the Region, will take place in a warm and cozy tent at the Indiana Welcome Center. There will be more than a dozen vendors, selling items such as hand-knit scarves & hats, jewelry, gourmet food, LuLaRoe apparel, holiday decor, pallet signs and more. There will also be sweets and treats, hot cocoa and train rides for the kids! The event will run in conjunction with the annual "A Major Event."


LEGO "A Christmas Story" House
Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

You can help to make this the next official LEGO set! Meet the creator and his wife and take advantage of this unique opportunity to see the prototype in person along with some other great LEGO scenes from the movie. The project needs 10K supporters on the LEGO Ideas site, so please be sure to vote for it online now to help achieve the goal and send it to official LEGO review. A LEGO ID is required to prevent duplicate voting, but it is 100% free to create and free to vote! Every vote is needed, so help to make this really happen!



Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Holiday for Heroes is a special evening of appreciation for our region's police, firefighters, EMS, military forces, and Hoosier Helpers.

This event is open exclusively to all of these individuals and their families. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served, and attendees may take a free photo with Santa. Actors from Memorial Opera House will also be there from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. performing "A Christmas Story, The Musical."



Saturday, December 9, 2017
Registration starts 9:30 a.m. Contest begins at 10:00 a.m.

The relay race depicts the tire changing scene in "A Christmas Story," where Ralphie spills lug nuts onto the street and says the "F dash-dash-dash" word. The parent/child teams “change a tire” and run through an obstacle course while holding a hubcap filled with lug nuts steady.

There will be two age groups based on the child's age: 4-7 and 8-12. Registration and check-in starts at 9:30 a.m. *All past winners are ineligible to win contests.

Please bring in canned food/non perishable items as an entry fee. Items go to the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.

Oh Fuuudge! Relay Race Registration Form and Contest Rules


Saturday, December 16, 2017
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Contest begins at 10:00 a.m.

The infamous scene in "A Christmas Story" where Randy Parker eats his mashed potatoes like a “little piggy” will be recreated. Join the fun and see if you can eat the most mashed potatoes the fastest or just come by to watch the mess unfold!

This contest has four age categories (4-7, 8-12, 13-17 and 18 and over) where contestants can compete against their peers to win prizes valued from $50 - $100. *All past winners are ineligible to win contests.

Please bring in canned food/non perishable items as an entry fee. Items go to the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.

Mommy's Little Piggy Eating Contest Registration Form and Contest Rules


Entries will be accepted November 1-17, 2017.

Enter your ugliest lamp for a chance to win a leg desk lamp (don't worry - it's not this leg!).

In the 1983 holiday film, Mr. Parker wins a leg lamp as a "major award" from a contest in the newspaper. Mr. Parker proudly displays the lamp in the family's living room window until Mrs. Parker accidentally breaks it. Leg lamps have been a popular feature of the movie ever since.

There are 2 categories: Born Ugly and Made Ugly. *All past winners are ineligible to win contests.


Entries due Thursday, December 15, 2017.

Write a theme about what you would like to receive for Christmas, just like Ralphie Parker wrote about the BB gun he wanted.

Essays should be more than 20 words, but not exceed 250. Entries will be judged in four separate age groups: age 7 and under, 8-12, 13-17 and 18 and older. Themes will not be judged against other entries, but stand alone entries.

Entries can be dropped off at or mailed to: Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, IN 46323.

All entries must be clearly labeled with your name, address, day-time phone number and age category. *All past winners are ineligible to win contests.

A CHRISTMAS STORY and all related characters and elements © & TM Turner Entertainment Co.