The Indiana Welcome Center's annual exhibit, "A Christmas Story" Comes Home, kicks off the fun with "A Major Event" on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While viewing the exhibit, which includes six animatronic window displays that were created based on iconic scenes from the movie, visitors may also vote for their favorite trees that are decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Santa will be atop his mountain from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. to take photos for $6 each. Attendees may also participate in a scavenger hunt and "FLICK" bingo games, decorate cookies for $2 or create crafts for $1. A train will be offering rides throughout the event for $1 each.

"A Major Event" will also include live entertainment and viewings of the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" in the theater at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit, which is presented in agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will run through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at the intersection of I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South in Hammond, Indiana.

For more information on "A Major Event," the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit, weekend and holiday hours or other special events, contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at 219-989-7979 or visit


About the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority

The South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, as the official destination marketing organization, leads and supports the visitor industry through the marketing and development of the county from convention, sports, gaming and special interest travel segments, thereby increasing economic impact, creating employment and enhancing the communities' quality of life.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

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