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Special Events

The Christmas season is full of events and contests in conjunction with the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home Exhibit.

One action-packed weekend includes the two-day Holiday Market where you can find some unique gifts and handcrafted wares as well as the kid-friendly A Major Event on Saturday. Kids will enjoy train rides, BINGO and more holiday fun while parents shop for the perfect gift.

Bring the family for two "A Christmas Story" related contests including the Oh Fuuudge Tire Relay Race, where adult and child teams run through an obstacle course; and Mommy's Little Piggy, a mashed potato eating contest for ages 4-99.

Holiday for Heroes thanks police, firefighters, EMS, military forces and Hoosier Helpers along with their families with a private evening and visit with Santa. All is Calm is an accessible day, featuring a sensory-friendly exhibit and Santa will visit with kids and adults of all ages. 

Below you’ll find all of the fun annual events during the exhibit. Looking for more events going on in the area? Check out our NWI events page here.

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    Entry dates are November 10 - December 13, 2019.

    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.


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