Christmas & Holiday Events

We love to find ways to celebrate Christmas in Northwest Indiana! 

Get into the holiday spirit at a performance of The Nutcracker by Indiana Ballet Theatre

Find thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list - and maybe even something for yourself - at the many holiday markets happening late November and early December. 

Visit the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond to see the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, featuring six animatronic window displays from Macy’s in New York. Each display is a different scene from the holiday classic “A Christmas Story”. The exhibit takes place mid-November through December.

The first Saturday in December, celebrate the holiday season with Hammond’s Holiday Parade through downtown. You might even see Santa!

In the evenings, take your family out to view holiday light displays throughout the South Shore. Fair Oaks Farms, Harvest Tyme, the City of Whiting, Washington Park and Sunset Hill County Park all have fun displays to either drive or stroll through. At some locations, they have piping hot chocolate to warm you up, too!