The Indiana Welcome Center's annual exhibit, A Christmas Story Comes Home, kicks off the fun with "A Major Event" on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the pop-up Holiday Market from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


While viewing the exhibit, which includes six animatronic window displays that feature 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 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 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. Free train rides will be available for families.


"A Major Event" will also include live entertainment and viewings of the holiday classic A Christmas Story in the theater at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.


The holiday market is the perfect place to pick up handmade and specialty gifts. There will also be hot cocoa and gourmet food items for sale at the market. The holiday market is family friendly.


The A Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit, which is presented in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will run through Jan. 7, 2018. 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. The exhibit will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.


For more information on all special events, 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