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Monday, December 11th, 2017

  • - Daily December 1-December 18
    Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
    2800 Colorado Street Lake Station IN 46405
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Local Events
    - Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs and a craft.
    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Library Events
    - Learn how to use social media sites like Goodreads, YouTube and Pinterest. We'll help you set up accounts with these sites. Email address needed. Basic computer skills and registration required.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 11:30am - 12:30pm | Local Events
    - Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs and a craft.
    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 3:00pm - 5:00pm | Local Events
    - For ages 15 to Adult. Paint with acrylics & canvas on an easel.

    Participants will follow the instructor's example and add embellishments to create an original piece of art.

    A $20 cash fee for materials is paid to the instructor at the time of class.

    Registration is required. Space is limited.



    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events
    - For ages 15 to Adult. Paint with acrylics & canvas on an easel.

    Participants will follow the instructor's example and add embellishments to create an original piece of art.

    A $20 cash fee for materials is paid to the instructor at the time of class.

    Registration is required. Space is limited.



    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 6:00pm - | Arts and Entertainment, canvas painting, sip and paint
    - Don't be a Grinch! Celebrate the holiday season with us at our first Sip and Paint Night held at Winfield Nutrition on Monday, December 11th at 6pm. See the flyer below for details and visit: winfield.in.gov/up-coming-events on how to sign up.
    Space is limited and will go fast!
    Winfield Nutrition
    10660 Randolph St. Suite B Winfield IN 46307
    Kim Wachowski 219.662.2665 kwachowski@winfield.in.gov
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Field Museum, Dinosaurs, Jurassic World, Fun, Things to do, NWI, Chicago
    - This year, not only can you see real dinosaur fossils inside The Field Museum, you’ll be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals in Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life…right before your eyes.

    Travel to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest and explore Jurassic World. Stare in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus; come face-to-face with a Velociraptor; and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex.

    Created in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, the Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life. Visitors of all ages can now learn all about these incredible prehistoric creatures.

    Don’t miss the awe-inspiring journey into Jurassic World: The Exhibition. The Field Museum hosts the Midwest debut of the exhibition starting May 26, 2017 and running through January 7, 2018.

    To buy tickets, click for details

    Jurassic World is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
    Field Museum
    1400 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago IL 60605
    Field Museum 312.922.9410
  • | Military, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Place of Interest
    - SOUTH SHORE CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TRAIL (self-guided tours)
    (Various Locations throughout Northwest Indiana)
    This trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments and architectural icons related to the brave men and women of Lake and Porter counties who sacrificed during this most pivotal era in history. Indiana contributed more than 200,000 Union troops to the Civil War effort between 1861 and 1865, and hundreds of those veterans are buried in the cemeteries of Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail serves as a guide for visitors who want to see and pay respect to the veterans' historic burial grounds and learn the stories of humanity behind the Calumet Region men in blue.
    click for details


    JASPER COUNTY
    Jasper County World War Memorial
    N. McKinley Ave. & E. Angelica St.
    Rensselaer
    click for details


    Jasper County Veterans Memorial
    Northwest Corner Courthouse Lawn
    Washington & Van Rensselaer St.
    Rensselaer
    click for details


    LAKE COUNTY
    East Chicago Veterans Memorial
    4500 Block Indianapolis Blvd.
    East Chicago

    Griffith Veterans Memorial
    Broad St. and Oak St.
    Griffith

    Hammond Veterans Memorial
    5800 Block Hohman Ave.
    Hammond

    Memorial for all Wars
    Highland St. and Calumet Ave.
    Hammond

    Highway of Flags Veterans Memorial
    Ridge Rd. and Rt. 41
    Highland

    Community Veterans Memorial
    Corner of Calumet, Columbia and Superior Avenues
    Munster
    click for details

    Whiting Veterans Memorial
    Oliver St. and 119th
    Whiting

    Whiting Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Schrage Ave. and 119th
    Whiting

    "Battle of the Bulge" War Memorial
    Calumet Park Cemetary, 2305 W. 73rd Ave.
    Merrillville

    Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
    Stony Run County Park
    2.5 mi. north of Leroy

    Lake County Korean Veteran's Memorial
    U.S. 231 and 145th Avenue
    Leroy


    World War I - Gulf War Veteran's Memorial
    Located on the west lawn of the front grounds of Theodore Roosevelt High School
    730 W. 25th Ave.
    Gary

    Civil War Veterans Grave Site
    Old North Township/Tolleston Cemetary
    West side of Grant St. btn 19th Place and 20th Ave.
    Gary

    Non-denominational Veterans Memorial
    RidgeLawn-Mount Mercy Cemetary
    4401 W. Ridge Rd. (US Hwy 6)
    Gary

    Historical Veterans Cemetary Site
    Chain Lake Baptist Church Cemetary
    Chain Lake Rd. btn Calvin Center Rd. and Union Rd.
    Cass Co., Cassopolis, MI. (just north of Indiana State Line)

    WW-II Triangle Memorial
    North Main & East Goldsborough St.
    Crown Point
    click for details


    Hobart Patriotic Honor Rolls
    Lincoln & Main St.
    Hobart
    click for details


    LA PORTE COUNTY
    Soldiers Memorial Park
    250 Pine Lake Ave.
    La Porte

    Great Lakes Museum of Military History (Revolutionary War to present)
    360 Dunes Plaza
    Michigan City

    Numerous Memorials to the veterans of the various wars
    Washington Park on North Franklin Ave.
    Michigan City

    Numerous Memorials to veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam
    Greenwood Cemetary
    Michigan City

    World War Memorial Tree
    NE Lawn LaPorte County Courthouse, Lincolnway & Michigan Ave.
    LaPorte


    NEWTON COUNTY
    Civil War Memorial & War Memorial Pocket Park
    Westside Newton Co. Courthouse Lawn, North 3rd & East Graham St.
    Kentland, In 47951


    PORTER COUNTY
    Memorial Park Monument / Flags Memorial
    One Mile South of I-80/I-90 on Willowcreek Rd.
    Portage

    "All Wars" / Flags Memorial
    One-Half Mile north of I-80/I-90 on Rt 49
    Chesterton

    Porter County Veterans Memorial
    NW Lawn of Porter Co. Courthouse, Lincolnway & Washington St.
    Valparaiso

    Veterans and Volunteers Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows Park
    3210 N. Campbell Street
    Valparaiso
    click for details
     
           
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Holiday, Fun, Food, Gifts, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.

    The market is rich in cultural tradition and includes special events, performers and activities.
    Daley Plaza
    50 W. Washington Chicago IL
    312.494.2175
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Christmas, family, Chicago
    - Explore rich holiday traditions from around the globe while creating your own traditions with loved ones in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.

    It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. On the weekends, you can also enjoy live holiday performances. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.

    Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light will be open from November 16, 2017 through January 7, 2018.
    Museum of Science and Industry
    5700 S Lake Shore Drive Chicago IL 60637
    773.684.1414
  • | Arts and Entertainment, art classes, adults, kids, seniors, munster, crown point
    - Register for Winter Art Classes!

    South Shore Arts has been providing quality art instruction since 1970!
    Classes for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS

    Painting / Pottery / Photography / Drawing / Cartooning / Fiber Arts & more!

    Classes begin JAN 8.

    Locations in Munster & Crown Point


    219-836-1839 x 103

    South Shore Arts
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Kelly Freeman 2198361839x103 kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, christmas, holidays, lights, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Decorated Homes in Northwest Indiana

    Whenever possible, we encourage you to check the Facebook page or website for each home (listed below when available) to see if the displays are down before you drive out. This occasionally happens due to high winds, severe weather, or technical difficulties.

    Enjoy!


    BURNS HARBOR

    259 Lake Park Rd., Burns Harbor
    Lights on weekdays 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
    Fri. and Sat. from 4:30pm to 11pm.
    The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and goes until Jan 1. Tune into radio station 92.5 fm. Lights are timed to music. This year we are collecting money on behalf of The Caring Place in Valparaiso, IN. Please follow our page for updates. click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander, Cedar Lake
    Lights on from about dusk to 10pm, December 10 to January 7. click for details

    9331 W. 135th Pl., Cedar Lake
    Lights on from 4:30p-10:30p. Turn your station to 98.9 as the lights are synced to music!

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    CHESTERTON

    709 S. 22nd St., Chesterton
    5pm to 10:30pm daily. 20 foot snowman up (except when it is windy!)

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    CROWN POINT

    3290 Windyhill Rd., Crown Point
    Nov. 25th to Jan. 6th, Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm and Fri and Sat. 5-10:30pm. There are 30,000 lights that dance to 10 different songs on 103.1 FM. We also have a new feature of Santa projected on the house! We also collect food and donations for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry. The collection bin is located next to the mailbox. click for details

    7746 W 96th Place, Crown Point
    Stella's Winter Wonderland
    Dec. 2-New Year’s Eve. 5-10pm. We have just over 7,500 lights and growing every year. We have an arch with over 1,000 lights.

    9824 McKinley St., Crown Point

    618 N. West S., Crown Point

    581 O'Hagan Dr., Crown Point

    499 Court St., Crown Point

    493 Court St., Crown Point

    222 Wells St., Crown Point

    1040 Greenbriar Ct., Crown Point

    301 E. 125 Ave., Crown Point

    381 E. 130th Lane, Crown Point

    10750 Alabama St., Crown Point

    1325 S. Hayes St., Crown Point

    825 Alderbrook, Crown Point

    441 S. East St., Crown Point

    922 Monterey Ct., Crown Point

    1834 W 99th Ave., Crown Point

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    DYER

    1020 Richmond Ct., Dyer
    Lights on at 4:30pm, from 11/24-first week of January.


    1315 Capri Lane, Dyer
    Begins 11/24 to 1/7, from 5:00-10:30pm.
    Tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show.

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer St., Griffith
    Lights will be on about 4:30 to around 10PM, seven days a week. Lights are on now-January 8 or 10th. Please get out and walk around if you would like.

    726 N. Indiana St., Griffith
    Lights are on now until January 1, 5-10pm.

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    HAMMOND

    Peteyville
    3033 Crane Place, Hammond
    We are open from 5:00-10:00pm every day, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve. click for details

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    HEBRON

    603 S. 800 W., Hebron
    The display is up now until January 1st. The light show starts at 4:30pm and runs until 10:00pm (Monday - Thursday) and from 4:30pm until 11:00pm (Friday-Sunday). The display contains over 50,000 lights and is programmed to multiple audio tracks. Free Candy Canes are located in the Candy Cane Mailbox. click for details

    216 Locust Ave S., Hebron
    Lights on now until January 1. Lights turned on around 5pm and stay on until morning.

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    HIGHLAND

    9121 Idlewood Dr., Highland
    Lights are on from 5-10pm daily, now until January 1.


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    LOWELL

    The Gingerbread House
    1231 Harrison St., Lowell
    Display on from 11/23 to 1/1, 5pm until 10pm.
    We have movies playing all night and you can sit in your car and listen on your car stereo, or you can roll down your window and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is also a mailbox for the children to mail out their Christmas wishes to Santa. This year we are excepting donations for the local animal shelters. Our lights are connected to a music box that the lights dance to. Santa will be at our house on 12-9/12-16 and 12-23 from 6pm to 8pm(later if needed). We will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn. Each child will receive a magical bell from Santa.

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    MERRILLVILLE

    2901 W 54th Pl., Merrillville
    Dec. 2-Jan. 7, 4pm-midnight.
    Music played over radio station 100.1. Station frequency listed on sign in front yard. Lights are sync’d to the music. click for details

    201 E 71st Ave., Merrillville
    Lights are on from 5pm to approx. 10pm every night until December 31st.

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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Festival of Lights- Washington Park
    6 On the Lake, Michigan City
    Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays that are truly a sight to behold! It is the largest free drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. That has been an annual event for over 20 years at Washington Park. December 2–January 7. click for details

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    MUNSTER

    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    Lights will be on from dusk-10pm every night through Jan. 1. Display includes lights set to Christmas tunes. Music can be played through radio station 88.5FM

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    PORTAGE

    6440 Gaywood Ave., Portage
    Light Display will be on daily 5pm-10pm. Large light display with half of the lights blinking to the sound of the music.

    2063 Karen Ct., Portage
    Music show with lights are on from 5:30-10pm, 7 days a week. Santa is waiting and waving out of the window for you!

    6846 Portage Ave, Portage
    Light display starts at 5pm, now until January 1.

    2240 McCool Road, Portage

    2140 McCool, Portage

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N. US Highway 231, Rensselaer
    Display dances to music with 32 channels, LED lights, and a 20 foot mega tree! Tune your radio to 88.1. The display will be on from 5pm-10pm every night starting 11/23-1/14. People are welcome to pull into the driveway to enjoy the show because of it being on major highway.

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive, Schererville
    Lights, 17 ft. animated tree. Starts Thanksgiving night and runs nightly 6pm-10pm, and an hour later on weekends. This year we are collecting Toys for Tots! Box will be displayed for collection until Dec 11th. click for details. Tune into 91.3 for music and stories.

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    ST. JOHN

    Festival of Lights/Christmas Display

    The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.
    Visit with Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Don't forget your camera!
    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!
    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.

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    VALPARAISO

    Winter Lights Drive Through
    775 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
    The Winter Lights are live and ready for your family to enjoy! Drive through Sunset Hill Farm Park from dusk-10pm any night through New Year's Day and take in over 300 light displays. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!click for details

    658 Nome Rd, Valparaiso
    Many lights and music! The display will be on from now until New Year’s Day, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm. Friday and Saturday until 10pm.

    202 West 450 South, Valparaiso
    Computer controlled light display that is sequenced to music. Stop by and turn your radio dial to 89.3 FM to listen to the music as you watch the lights. We design and build our own display props so everything is one of a kind. New this year is a 16 feet tall pixel tree made from over 600 feet of PEX tubing. This year the display will run from November 24 to January 1. click for details

    609 Partridge Path, Valparaiso- Woods of the Winding Creek Subdivision
    Light display on from 5-10 daily, now until January 3. This year our son Thomas Pruitt Jr. has created a combo of Halloween and Christmas in honor of our late daughter's favorite holidays. You can also view his tribute to Elizabeth on Facebook at Thomas' Winter Wonderland.
    click for details

    1551 Gilleevan Dr., Valparaiso
    Large light display that runs everyday after 5pm until sun up with music. The neighbors across the road also have a lot of lights! We are on a dead end road, but there is plenty of room to turn around once you get to us!

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    WHEATFIELD

    5387 West State Road 10, Wheatfield
    Come check out our amazing light display this Christmas season! Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM, drive into our North parking lot between 5-10pm, and bring your family for 30 minutes of your favorite Christmas music all coordinated to lights! This is sure to be the most stunning display in town! click for details

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    DO YOU HAVE A NORTHWEST INDIANA HOME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS LIST? PLEASE SEND US DETAILS TO STACY.TRAVIS@NWI-TOWNPLANNER.COM. THANK YOU!
     
           
  • | Local Events, christmas, lights, holidays, things to do, porter county things to do
    - The Winter Lights are on! Come out to Sunset Hill and drive through the park to enjoy the more than 300 displays.They come on at dusk each night and turn off around 10 pm. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Open through New Year's Day.
    Sunset Hill Farm County Park
    775 Merdian Road Valparaiso IN 46383
    Porter Parks Department 219.983.1042 parks@townofporter.com
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, family fun, nwi things to do, decorated homes
    - The Crown Point Tour of Lights will take place on Dec. 11-16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tour will feature trolley rides throughout the city to look at houses displaying their Christmas lights and decorations. Story telling begins at 5 p.m., and the tours begin at 5:30. Registration is required, and will begin November 1. Call 219-662-3290 to register or for more information.
     
           
    Crown Point Mayor’s Office of Special Events 219.662.3290

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

  • | 10:00am - 10:30am | Library Events
    - 2 and 3 year olds accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, music and crafts. "Bears" is the theme at the Merrillville library.
    Merrillville Public Library Youth Services
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Library Events
    - Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:30pm - 2:00pm | Local Events
    - Featuring a chocolate do-it-yourself bar, games, and prizes!




    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Library Events
    - Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 3:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events, Family, Events, things to do, fun, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Schererville
    - Family Night at Sky Zone Schererville

    EVERY Tuesday from 3pm-8pm.

    For $55 the family receives four 1 hour jumps, 1 large pizza & a pitcher of a soft drink. Reservations Required.

    For more information, please call (219) 227-3777.
    Sky Zone Schererville
    1035 Eagle Ridge Drive Schererville IN 46375
    Sky Zone Schererville 219.227.3777
  • | 3:00pm - 4:30pm | Local Events
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    Create your favorite hot chocolate drink and warm up after school!


    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Library Events
    - Children in grades K-6 will have fun making their own unique LEGO® creations. The only requirement is imagination at the Merrillville library!
    Merrillville Public Library Youth Services
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Sports and Recreation, restorative stretching, yoga
    - Many practitioners believe that yoga helps ease nausea, insomnia, joint pain, and other side effects that come with chemotherapy. Additional benefits of yoga include increased circulation of lymphatic channels and flow of oxygen through the bloodstream; both are important during the healing process.

    Hope Center offers Restorative Stretching from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday---with the exception of the first Tuesday of the Month. Participants are encouraged to breathe and stretch their bodies and minds for stress management. Classes are restorative as well as therapeutic. The free classes are held at Lowell Church of Christ for those battling cancer, caregivers, family and friends. Participants should enter the building through the Hope Center entrance, ten minutes prior to class. No experience is needed. Mats are provided. Michele Johnson is the certified instructor.

    Read more about Restorative Stretching on our website at click for details
    Hope Center (Inside Lowell Church of Christ)
    299 N. Burr Lowell IN 46356
    Kerri Midkiff 219.522.1640 hopecenter@lcoc-online.org
  • - Time for some winter fun! Stop in and make your own fabulous hot chocolate creation and stay for the film, Polar Express! All invited!
    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 6:30pm - 7:45pm | Local Events, Line dancing, exercise, social, Dancing, meetng
    - Ongoing Line dance classes
    Every Tuesday
    Immanuel Presbyterian Church
    140 US-30, Schererville, IN 46375
    Line dancing to all genres of music
    "We are not just country line dancing"
    $7 a class or $35 for 6 weeks

    Intermediate classes starting at 7:50 pm
    Kickinitwithlinda.com
    Info: Linda Scott 219-682-6548
    Immanuel Presbyterian Church
    140 W US Hwy 30 Schererville IN 46375
    Linda Scott 219.682.6548 lscott0688@hotmail.com
  • | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Schools and Education, Photography, Classes, Fun, Crown Point, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - A course for beginning photography students. The first in an educational series.

    Crown Point Civic Center
    101 S. East St., Crown Point

    $200/Student. Prerequisite: Basic windows computing skills, bring your own camera.

    Tuesday evenings: November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th. Also December 9th and 12th.

    Sign up by calling: 219-661-2271

    Joe Ladendorf: 219-851-9619, joelandendorf@gmail.com

    Crown Point Civic Center
    101 S. East Street Crown Point IN 46307
    Joe Ladendorf 219.851.9619 joeladendorf@gmail.com
  • | Sports and Recreation, Beach, Swim, Summer, Family, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
    Address
    1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 926-2255
    About
    Want to find out about which beach will best meet your needs? Just stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. Our front desk destination concierges are very knowledgeable and can explain beach options, provide directions to each, and help you find the perfect location for you. If you happen to drop by after hours, the brochure-stocked vestibule is open around the clock and you can find maps there. You can also walk through our ever-changing exhibit room, learn about the history and ecology of the Dunes at our in-house movie theatre and pick out educational mementos in our bookstore. Don’t miss… taking a walk around our building and learning about its eco-friendly architecture. Go to each station to learn about rain gardens and native landscaping, and get ideas of environmentally friendly things you can do at home.

    Central Avenue Beach Access
    Address
    151 Central Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    A unique beach you can access by paved road or wooded trail. Here, you can see a buried forest created by wind-blown sands. Nearby, you can access the Calumet Bike Trail. Nearby, you can access the northeast end of the Calumet Bike Trail. This 9.1-mile gravel trail passes flower-filled fields, marshes, and woodlands. Lifeguards are not provided at Central Avenue Beach.

    Cowles Bog
    Address
    1618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    Alt Phone: (219) 395-8914
    Fax: (219) 395-1767
    About
    If you are the type that will WALK MILES TO GET TO A SECLUDED BEACH, this is your spot. On your way to the beach you will walk through the remnant of the once-widespread wetland system called Cowles Bog. The bog encompasses a marsh surrounding a small fen, where a stand of tamaracks and white pines grows on a floating mat of peat moss. Starting near the guardhouse in the northeastern part of the site, a boardwalk trail passes marshes and ponds that host horned grebes, black-crowned night herons, buffleheads, and a myriad of other water birds. You can hike right out to the beach and back on 4.5 miles of interconnecting loop trails. Two trailheads serve the trail system, each with a portable toilet. Parking is very limited and needless to say there are no lifeguards making the trek out to this secluded beach.

    Dunbar Beach Access
    Address
    300 W. Lakefront Dr., Beverly Shores, IN 46301
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    Parking is limited at this prime spot near the Lake View Picnic Area and the historic Century of Progress homes. A beautiful beach in a residential neighborhood where there are no lifeguards.

    Indiana Dunes State Park
    Address
    1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 926-1952
    Fax: (219) 926-9113
    About
    Indiana Dunes State Park encompasses 2,182 acres of beach, dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine groves and is surrounded by National Lakeshore lands. The park's 16.5 miles of trails allow you to explore all these habitats, which shelter diverse wildlife and provide excellent birding. Even on the busiest summer days, if you head away from the public beach house, you'll quickly lose the crowds. Scan the open water for ships, beachcomb, and take in the sweeping backdrop of the dunes. Watch birds on the open water, feeding at the water's edge, or from the small bird observatory in the park’s Nature Center. The park provides camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store, and a park naturalist. In summer, the park offers a small gift shop and swimming beach with lifeguards. Interpretive naturalist programs are held daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and on weekends the rest of the year. View the schedule at click for details or call (219) 926-1390 for information.

    Kemil Road Beach Access
    Address
    27 N. State Park Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    Alt Phone: (219) 395-8914
    Fax: (219) 395-1767
    About
    You’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in Porter County getting to the Kemil Road Beach parking lots. Then you can enjoy a nice stretch of beach or walk down to Lake View Picnic area to have a picnic or use the restroom. No lifeguards.

    Lake View Picnic Area
    Address
    50 W. Lake Front Dr., Michigan City, IN 46360
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    With easy access from your car to a sitting area with a stunning view, Lake View is also a popular spot for enjoying the beach. There are no lifeguards at Lake View, but it is the only area in the national lakeshore with picnic shelters overlooking the lake.

    Mount Baldy
    Address
    U.S. 12, Michigan City, IN 46360
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    Mt. Baldy is closed except for scheduled ranger-led tours, but all other Indiana Dunes beaches and sand dunes are open. Visitors wanting to see or hike tall sand dunes are encouraged to visit Indiana Dunes State Park and do The 3 Dune Challenge (click for details To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must hike a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet), and Mount Tom (192 feet). Some parts of the trail feature 40-degree slopes, making each step that much more, well, challenging. In the sandy vertical climbs, it’s common to take two steps forward and slide one step back. The 3 Dune Challenge’s dunes are significantly higher than the 125-foot Mt. Baldy. As for Mt. Baldy, it is just one of several Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore sites, and the other sites remain open, including West Beach, Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, Porter Beach, Kemil Road Beach, Dunbar Access Point, Lake View Picnic Area and Central Avenue Beach. Explore this website or call Indiana Dunes Tourism at (800) 283-8687 for more information. Note that Mt. Baldy will remain closed until further notice while scientists investigate unexplained holes that have opened up on its surface. Mt. Baldy is the only site where such issues have been reported.

    Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
    Address
    100 Riverwalk Dr., Portage, IN 46368
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    Alt Phone: (219) 762-1675
    Fax: (219) 841-9017
    About
    Formerly an industrial site, this 57-acre lakefront site, jointly managed by the National Park Service and the City of Portage, features an enclosed pavilion with seasonal food service, restrooms, a handicap-accessible trail, and fishing pier. A breakwater, with handrails, provides easy access for fishing, bird watching, and sightseeing. This is also a good spot for launching a kayak for the increasingly popular activity of kayaking on Lake Michigan. No lifeguards.

    Porter Beach Access
    Address
    3050 Wabash Ave., Porter, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    A popular gathering spot for splashing in the water, playing beach sports and catching some rays. Bathrooms and small foot wash. Limited parking. No lifeguards.

    Wells St. Beach
    Address
    9501 Lake Shore Dr, Gary, Indiana 46403
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 938-8275
    About
    OPEN for the 2016 season!
    Parking is per vehicle - $8 for weekdays and $10 for weekends and holidays! Open 7 days a week {weather pending} from 9am - 7:30pm.
    WSB beach front parking and concession now has a patio with table side dining serving beer, wine, and food. Located in Miller, Indian on Lake Michigan, just a short drive from Chicago, Michigan City, LaPorte, and Valparaiso. Enjoy a day on the beach with family and friends. Don't forget to indulge in the season must have, our Wells Street Burger!
    Hours subject to change due to weather, day light, and unforeseeable circumstances. Check bacteria levels here: click for details


    West Beach
    Address
    376 N. County Line Rd., Portage, IN 46368
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    A bath house nestled among dunes and a wide sandy beach makes this a popular spot for enjoying Lake Michigan. From the beach, hike the Dune Succession Trail that includes a boardwalk and 250 stairs to a spectacular overlook of the lake with Chicago on the horizon. Covered picnic shelters and grills offer a great spot to relax over a meal after a day’s worth of activities. Lifeguards available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.


     
           
  • - Please verify dates of times of events with event organizers. Occasionally, organizers change event dates and times or cancel events but we do not receive notification.
     
           
  • | Local Events, nwi, northwest indiana, specials, mexican, margarita, drinks, savings
    - Come out and enjoy our delicious margarita on Tuesday for only .25 cents!!!
    Visit one of our El Salto locations:
    Chesterton- 757 Indian Boundary Rd (219)395-9890
    Merrillville- 5031 W Lincoln Hwy (219)940-9955
    Munster- 805 Ridge Rd (219)836-0600
    Portage- 6295 Ameriplex Dr (219)734-6463
    Valparaiso- 3304 Calumet Ave (219)462-0100

     
           
    El Salto-Merrillville 219.940.9955
  • | Daily Specials, craft beer, crown point, sparta dome, Northwest Indiana
    - Currently, there are 6 craft beers offered:
    Grupo Modelo, Modelo Especial
    Yuengling and Son Brewing, Yuengling Lager
    Blue Moon Brewing Co., Blue Moon
    Crown Brewing Company, Beauregard Blueberry Ae
    Lagunitas Brewing Company, IPA
    Crown Brewing Company, Till Death Do Us Part

    This is self-serve. Feel free to stop in anytime or grab a beer while at one of the Sparta Dome events!
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E. North Street Crown Point IN 46307
    219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • | Sports and Recreation, dog runs, NWI, Lake, Porter, La Porte
    - Looking for a place to take your furry friend? Here is a listing of dog parks around the region.


    LAKE COUNTY
    Crown Point Dog Park
    Jerry Ross Park, Center Ross Road, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Call for fee amounts and information: (219) 661-2271


    Dogwood Run at Lemon Lake
    6398 W 133rd Ave, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Daily Hours: 7 a.m. until one-half hour before sunset
    One time try fee: $10 per dog (keep receipt so payment can be subtracted from the annual Pooch Pass)
    Annual Pooch Pass:
    •$70 for Indiana State resident
    •$90 Out-of-State resident
    •$60 Indiana State senior (over 60) resident
    •$75 Out-of-State senior (over 60)
    •All rates include parking pass*
    •Fees are for the first dog with $10 for each additional dog
    click for details


    Dyer Dog Park at Central Park
    900 Central Park Boulevard, Dyer IN
    Dog Park Annual Fees
    Town of Dyer Resident: $60 1st dog/$20 additional dog
    Non-Resident: $108 1st dog/$36 additional dog
    click for details


    Centennial Park Dog Park
    1010 South Centennial Drive - Munster, IN
    Fees: $40 per year Residents /$ 25 each additional dog (Residents must obtain a town tag as well for $10 that can be purchased in the Clerk Treasurers office.)
    Fees: $115 per year Non-Residents / $35 for second dog / $25 for third dog (New prices Effective 1/1/2016. Highland residents can receive the Munster resident rate. You must possess a current driver's license showing residency. No exceptions.
    click for details


    Freedom Bark Park
    17105 Cline Ave, Lowell, IN 46356
    FEES:
    Lowell residents: $60.00
    Cedar Creek, West Creek and Eagle Creek Townships
    *Lowell residents who are 65+ or on disability $30.00
    Non-residents $70.00
    *Non-residents who are 65+ or on disability $35.00
    For each additional dog please add $5.00
    click for details


    Perry Ferrini Dog Park
    5061 W 91st Ave, Schererville, IN 46375
    The annual cost is $60 for one dog and an additional $15 for each additional dog for residents (no more than two dogs per resident). Non-Residents’ annual cost is $100 for one dog and an additional $25 for each additional dog (no more than two dogs per member). Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Membership runs through the calendar year; that being January 1 through December 31.
    click for details


    Riverside Bark Dog Park
    Calumet Ave. & River Drive North, Hammond, IN 46324
    Free
    click for details


    Wicker Memorial Park Dog Park
    8554 Indianapolis Blvd.
    Highland, Indiana 46322
    Dog Park Rates
    Township Resident $25 1st dog $10 additional dog
    Out of Township $60 1st dog $20 addtional dog
    Out of State $100 1st dog $30 additional dog
    click for details


    Wiggly Field Dog Park
    10051 Hedwig Dr., St John, IN 46373
    Annual Participant/User Fee for St. John Residents: $25.00 – one dog; $10.00 each additional dog.
    Non-Resident Participant/User Fee: $100.00 – one dog; $25.00 each additional dog.
    click for details



    LAPORTE COUNTY
    Bluhm County Park (3 acres)
    3855 South 1100 West, Westville, Indiana
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Creek Ridge County Park (3.25 acres)
    7943 W. 400 North, Michigan, City
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Luhr County Park ( 1 acre)
    3178 S. 150 W., LaPorte, IN
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Small Animal Shelter (1 acre)
    2855 W State Road 2, LaPorte, Indiana
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details



    PORTER COUNTY
    Royal Acres Country Club
    3554 Sturdy Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Privately owned dog park.
    Memberships are available for terms of one month to one year:
    1 Year Membership: $150
    9 Month Membership: $120
    6 Month Membership: $100
    3 Month Membership: $75
    1 Month Membership: $40
    Multiple dogs from the same household: second dog is half price, third dog is one third price
    All memberships require an additional $10 refundable deposit for every key FOB issued.
    Day visits available by appointment or on Fridays during business hours - we need to be here to let you into the park ($5).
    click for details


    Lakeland Park Dog Park
    1200 Lakeland Park Dr, Burns Harbor, IN 46304
    A dog park, a 200 ft. by 100 ft. fenced-in area, is located on the south end of Lakeland Park, 1200 Lakeland Park Dr. in Burns Harbor. Lakeland Park is available to all residents as well as any visitors. There is a $5 parking fee from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily or a season pass may be purchased for $20 for Porter County Residents. Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the dog park.
    click for details


    Woodland Dog Park
    2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage, IN 46368
    Free
    click for details


     
           
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Holiday, Fun, Food, Gifts, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.

    The market is rich in cultural tradition and includes special events, performers and activities.
    Daley Plaza
    50 W. Washington Chicago IL
    312.494.2175
  • | Arts and Entertainment, art classes, adults, kids, seniors, munster, crown point
    - Register for Winter Art Classes!

    South Shore Arts has been providing quality art instruction since 1970!
    Classes for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS

    Painting / Pottery / Photography / Drawing / Cartooning / Fiber Arts & more!

    Classes begin JAN 8.

    Locations in Munster & Crown Point


    219-836-1839 x 103

    South Shore Arts
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Kelly Freeman 2198361839x103 kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, christmas, holidays, lights, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Decorated Homes in Northwest Indiana

    Whenever possible, we encourage you to check the Facebook page or website for each home (listed below when available) to see if the displays are down before you drive out. This occasionally happens due to high winds, severe weather, or technical difficulties.

    Enjoy!


    BURNS HARBOR

    259 Lake Park Rd., Burns Harbor
    Lights on weekdays 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
    Fri. and Sat. from 4:30pm to 11pm.
    The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and goes until Jan 1. Tune into radio station 92.5 fm. Lights are timed to music. This year we are collecting money on behalf of The Caring Place in Valparaiso, IN. Please follow our page for updates. click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander, Cedar Lake
    Lights on from about dusk to 10pm, December 10 to January 7. click for details

    9331 W. 135th Pl., Cedar Lake
    Lights on from 4:30p-10:30p. Turn your station to 98.9 as the lights are synced to music!

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    CHESTERTON

    709 S. 22nd St., Chesterton
    5pm to 10:30pm daily. 20 foot snowman up (except when it is windy!)

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    CROWN POINT

    3290 Windyhill Rd., Crown Point
    Nov. 25th to Jan. 6th, Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm and Fri and Sat. 5-10:30pm. There are 30,000 lights that dance to 10 different songs on 103.1 FM. We also have a new feature of Santa projected on the house! We also collect food and donations for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry. The collection bin is located next to the mailbox. click for details

    7746 W 96th Place, Crown Point
    Stella's Winter Wonderland
    Dec. 2-New Year’s Eve. 5-10pm. We have just over 7,500 lights and growing every year. We have an arch with over 1,000 lights.

    9824 McKinley St., Crown Point

    618 N. West S., Crown Point

    581 O'Hagan Dr., Crown Point

    499 Court St., Crown Point

    493 Court St., Crown Point

    222 Wells St., Crown Point

    1040 Greenbriar Ct., Crown Point

    301 E. 125 Ave., Crown Point

    381 E. 130th Lane, Crown Point

    10750 Alabama St., Crown Point

    1325 S. Hayes St., Crown Point

    825 Alderbrook, Crown Point

    441 S. East St., Crown Point

    922 Monterey Ct., Crown Point

    1834 W 99th Ave., Crown Point

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    DYER

    1020 Richmond Ct., Dyer
    Lights on at 4:30pm, from 11/24-first week of January.


    1315 Capri Lane, Dyer
    Begins 11/24 to 1/7, from 5:00-10:30pm.
    Tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show.

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer St., Griffith
    Lights will be on about 4:30 to around 10PM, seven days a week. Lights are on now-January 8 or 10th. Please get out and walk around if you would like.

    726 N. Indiana St., Griffith
    Lights are on now until January 1, 5-10pm.

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    HAMMOND

    Peteyville
    3033 Crane Place, Hammond
    We are open from 5:00-10:00pm every day, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve. click for details

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    HEBRON

    603 S. 800 W., Hebron
    The display is up now until January 1st. The light show starts at 4:30pm and runs until 10:00pm (Monday - Thursday) and from 4:30pm until 11:00pm (Friday-Sunday). The display contains over 50,000 lights and is programmed to multiple audio tracks. Free Candy Canes are located in the Candy Cane Mailbox. click for details

    216 Locust Ave S., Hebron
    Lights on now until January 1. Lights turned on around 5pm and stay on until morning.

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    HIGHLAND

    9121 Idlewood Dr., Highland
    Lights are on from 5-10pm daily, now until January 1.


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    LOWELL

    The Gingerbread House
    1231 Harrison St., Lowell
    Display on from 11/23 to 1/1, 5pm until 10pm.
    We have movies playing all night and you can sit in your car and listen on your car stereo, or you can roll down your window and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is also a mailbox for the children to mail out their Christmas wishes to Santa. This year we are excepting donations for the local animal shelters. Our lights are connected to a music box that the lights dance to. Santa will be at our house on 12-9/12-16 and 12-23 from 6pm to 8pm(later if needed). We will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn. Each child will receive a magical bell from Santa.

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    MERRILLVILLE

    2901 W 54th Pl., Merrillville
    Dec. 2-Jan. 7, 4pm-midnight.
    Music played over radio station 100.1. Station frequency listed on sign in front yard. Lights are sync’d to the music. click for details

    201 E 71st Ave., Merrillville
    Lights are on from 5pm to approx. 10pm every night until December 31st.

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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Festival of Lights- Washington Park
    6 On the Lake, Michigan City
    Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays that are truly a sight to behold! It is the largest free drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. That has been an annual event for over 20 years at Washington Park. December 2–January 7. click for details

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    MUNSTER

    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    Lights will be on from dusk-10pm every night through Jan. 1. Display includes lights set to Christmas tunes. Music can be played through radio station 88.5FM

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    PORTAGE

    6440 Gaywood Ave., Portage
    Light Display will be on daily 5pm-10pm. Large light display with half of the lights blinking to the sound of the music.

    2063 Karen Ct., Portage
    Music show with lights are on from 5:30-10pm, 7 days a week. Santa is waiting and waving out of the window for you!

    6846 Portage Ave, Portage
    Light display starts at 5pm, now until January 1.

    2240 McCool Road, Portage

    2140 McCool, Portage

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N. US Highway 231, Rensselaer
    Display dances to music with 32 channels, LED lights, and a 20 foot mega tree! Tune your radio to 88.1. The display will be on from 5pm-10pm every night starting 11/23-1/14. People are welcome to pull into the driveway to enjoy the show because of it being on major highway.

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive, Schererville
    Lights, 17 ft. animated tree. Starts Thanksgiving night and runs nightly 6pm-10pm, and an hour later on weekends. This year we are collecting Toys for Tots! Box will be displayed for collection until Dec 11th. click for details. Tune into 91.3 for music and stories.

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    ST. JOHN

    Festival of Lights/Christmas Display

    The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.
    Visit with Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Don't forget your camera!
    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!
    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.

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    VALPARAISO

    Winter Lights Drive Through
    775 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
    The Winter Lights are live and ready for your family to enjoy! Drive through Sunset Hill Farm Park from dusk-10pm any night through New Year's Day and take in over 300 light displays. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!click for details

    658 Nome Rd, Valparaiso
    Many lights and music! The display will be on from now until New Year’s Day, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm. Friday and Saturday until 10pm.

    202 West 450 South, Valparaiso
    Computer controlled light display that is sequenced to music. Stop by and turn your radio dial to 89.3 FM to listen to the music as you watch the lights. We design and build our own display props so everything is one of a kind. New this year is a 16 feet tall pixel tree made from over 600 feet of PEX tubing. This year the display will run from November 24 to January 1. click for details

    609 Partridge Path, Valparaiso- Woods of the Winding Creek Subdivision
    Light display on from 5-10 daily, now until January 3. This year our son Thomas Pruitt Jr. has created a combo of Halloween and Christmas in honor of our late daughter's favorite holidays. You can also view his tribute to Elizabeth on Facebook at Thomas' Winter Wonderland.
    click for details

    1551 Gilleevan Dr., Valparaiso
    Large light display that runs everyday after 5pm until sun up with music. The neighbors across the road also have a lot of lights! We are on a dead end road, but there is plenty of room to turn around once you get to us!

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    WHEATFIELD

    5387 West State Road 10, Wheatfield
    Come check out our amazing light display this Christmas season! Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM, drive into our North parking lot between 5-10pm, and bring your family for 30 minutes of your favorite Christmas music all coordinated to lights! This is sure to be the most stunning display in town! click for details

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    DO YOU HAVE A NORTHWEST INDIANA HOME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS LIST? PLEASE SEND US DETAILS TO STACY.TRAVIS@NWI-TOWNPLANNER.COM. THANK YOU!
     
           
  • | Celebration, Santa, El Salto, NWI, northwest indiana, holidays
     
           
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, family fun, nwi things to do, decorated homes
    - The Crown Point Tour of Lights will take place on Dec. 11-16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tour will feature trolley rides throughout the city to look at houses displaying their Christmas lights and decorations. Story telling begins at 5 p.m., and the tours begin at 5:30. Registration is required, and will begin November 1. Call 219-662-3290 to register or for more information.
     
           
    Crown Point Mayor’s Office of Special Events 219.662.3290

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

  • | 10:30am - 11:00am | Library Events
    - This half hour program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 10:30am - 11:00am | Local Events
    - Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Sessions include rhymes, chants, songs and stories geared to help early childhood development.

    Come early and play with the library's toys at 10:00 am
    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 10:30am - 12:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, Christmas, Holiday, Theater, Performance, Show, Nutcracker, Kids, Event
    - Indiana Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker," a favorite holiday classic at the Star Plaza Theatre for families and audiences of all ages. Experience the immense wonder of a child as young Clara’s world transforms into a fantastical land of snow, Land of Sweets, and adventure. We invite you to delight in the magical sceneries and timeless story and make IBT’s "The Nutcracker" part of your family’s holiday tradition.

    Tickets for our 20th Anniversary performance and final show at the Star Plaza Theater can be purchased online: click for details by calling 219-755-4444 or via email: info@ibtnw.org.

    --Morning performances / $15
    --Evening performances / $25 for adults / $20 for children and seniors.
    --Special Group Rates available.
    Star Plaza
    8001 Delaware Pl Merrillville IN 46410
    Indiana Ballet Theatre 219.755.4444 info@ibtnw.org
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:30pm - 2:00pm | Library Events
    - Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | Local Events
    - The story of what happened after a railroad linesman found millions in cash and turned it over to the police. Bulgarian. Running time 101 minutes.


    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events, silver buckle saloon, bingo, prizes, highland, northwest indiana
    - $3000.00? Are you kidding me? Chance to win the tonight! BAR BINGO every Wednesday! And amazing specials including $9 buckets of domestic beer!
    Silver Buckle Saloon
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    Silver Buckle Saloon 219.838.5909
  • | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Library Events
    - Join the Page Turners as we discuss 'Hanging Mary' by Susan Higginbotham. Refreshments will be served. Books can be picked up at the St. John Branch.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Local Events
    -
    Don’t forget about the remaining meetings for The Lake County Parks Photography Club!
    Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7pm!
    Topic Show & Tell
    September 13 Super Basis Post Imagery Photo Journalism
    October 11 Posing Tips Fountains/Gravestones
    November 8 Live View Serenity
    December 13 Dinner Dinner
    Deep River County Park
    9410 Old Lincoln Highway - Hobart, Indiana 46342 Hobart IN 46342
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Arts and Entertainment, Christmas, Holiday, Theater, Performance, Show, Nutcracker, Kids, Event
    - Indiana Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker," a favorite holiday classic at the Star Plaza Theatre for families and audiences of all ages. Experience the immense wonder of a child as young Clara’s world transforms into a fantastical land of snow, Land of Sweets, and adventure. We invite you to delight in the magical sceneries and timeless story and make IBT’s "The Nutcracker" part of your family’s holiday tradition.

    Tickets for our 20th Anniversary performance and final show at the Star Plaza Theater can be purchased online: click for details by calling 219-755-4444 or via email: info@ibtnw.org.

    --Morning performances / $15
    --Evening performances / $25 for adults / $20 for children and seniors.
    --Special Group Rates available.
    Star Plaza
    8001 Delaware Pl Merrillville IN 46410
    Indiana Ballet Theatre 219.755.4444 info@ibtnw.org
  • | 8:00pm - 10:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, comedy, improv, stand up comedy, sketch comedy
    - NWI's oldest comedy club hosts NWI's only Comedy Open Mic & now Variety Show. Ever wanted to try stand up comedy? Are you a current stand-up comedian or a sketch or improv performer? Do you just love to laugh. Come on out to the Lake Street Arts district in Miller to the D Performance Comedy Theatre. No admission fee to watch or perform. All you pay for is your food & drink. All Comedians are guaranteed 5 mins but usually get 8-10 min. I will guarantee the first 5 sign ups 10 if you contact me to reserve a slot in advance assuming you are not a first timer. Come get seen by guys who book shows in Northwest Indiana. Did I mention it's FREE? There's no reason not to come on down! Message the King to reserve a slot in advance or sign up at 8 pm after the doors open. Poets, Spoken Word Artists, Rappers, Singers are also welcome too. Every Wednesday in #MillerBeach #GaryIn #GaryIndiana hosted by King-David Lane & Darryl Perfor Mance.
    D Performance Comedy Theatre
    500 S Lake St, Gary (Miller) IN 46403
    David Lane 219.613.4585 kingdavidlane@gmail.com
  • | Local Events, northwest indiana, events, happenings, free, what to do, newsletter, nwi
    - We email:
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    And so much more!

    Click on this link, then fill in your email address and zip code*
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    *You just need to choose one of the following zip codes (choose the one that is closest to where you live). We list events from the surrounding towns for each zip code!

    LAKE COUNTY
    46403 Cedar Lake
    46307 Crown Point
    46311 Dyer
    46312 East Chicago
    46402 Gary
    46403 Gary
    46304 Gary
    46406 Gary
    46407 Gary
    46408 Gary
    46409 Gary
    46319 Griffith
    46320 Hammond
    46323 Hammond
    46324 Hammond
    46327 Hammond
    46322 Highland
    46342 Hobart
    46405 Lake Station
    46356 Lowell
    46410 Merrillville
    46321 Munster
    46375 Schererville
    46373 St. John
    46394 Whiting


    PORTER COUNTY
    46304 Chesterton
    46341 Hebron
    46368 Portage
    46383 Valparaiso
    46385 Valparaiso

    LAPORTE COUNTY
    46350 LaPorte
    46360 Michigan City

    ENJOY!
     
           
    Stacy Travis 219.384.3555 stacy.travis@nwi-townplanner.com
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Theater, Comedy, Musical, Play, Plays, Shows, NWI, Northwest Indiana Theater
    - You don't have to travel into the city for the theater. Check out these various theaters and their productions in Northwest Indiana.



    Acting Theatre of Michigan City
    215 West 10th Street in Michigan City
    (219) 872-4221
    The Acting Theatre of Michigan city is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to producing first-time theatre of all disciplines created especially for Michigan City area audiences and in cooperation with other arts organizations.
    click for details


    Beatniks on Conkey
    418 Conkey Street, Hammond, Indiana 46324
    219-852-0848
    Open Most Weekends! Plays, Variety Shows, Music, Comedy
    Coffee, cookies, cake
    Reservations strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!
    click for details


    Chicago Street Theatre
    154 W. Chicago Street
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 464-1636
    Our award-winning theatre company began a new chapter of its history in 1997 when we purchased the Chicago Street Theatre, located at 154 West Chicago Street in Valparaiso, Indiana. The theatre underwent an extensive renovation completed February 1, 2008. The intimate 130-seat theatre now features brand new stadium seating that makes it an incredible space to enjoy live theatre.
    click for details

    Dune Arts Foundation
    288 Shady Oak Drive in Michigan City
    (219) 879-7509
    The Dunes Arts Foundation sponsors the Dunes Summer Theatre and the Children’s / Youth Theatre. The Foundation has as its goal providing people who live in the surrounding communities with the enjoyment of theatrical entertainment and the opportunity to develop their capacity for artistic expression. “The Dunes” has been providing quality educational and theatrical programs for over 60 years!
    The Dunes Summer Theatre is located at the border between the states of Indiana and Michigan, on a scenic 20+ acre wooded site in the Lake Michigan dunes, about a half mile from the lake shore itself. The theater seats over 200 patrons.
    click for details

    Canterbury Theatre
    807 Franklin Street in Michigan City
    (219) 874-4269
    Canterbury Theatre offers an intimate setting with reminiscences of the past and conveniences of the present. With its bright green roll-up awning, leaded glass on the facade, tin ceilings, and turn-of-the-century-style lighting fixtures and fans, the building reflects its past. But with modern restrooms, handicap accessibility, central air conditioning--all part of recent renovations--the theatre is modern and comfortable.
    Canterbury Winter Arts Series focuses on community and area programming, presenting our audiences with a variety of performing arts experiences, including drama, music and comedy.
    Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest's oldest professional summer companies, presents an exciting slate of comedies, musicals and thrillers, produced by our talented Resident Company, hailing from throughout the country. Come see tomorrow's stars, today!
    click for details


    Foot Light Players
    1705 Franklin St
    Michigan City, Indiana
    (219) 874-4035
    Community Theatre - primarily fall, winter and spring productions
    click for details


    Gary Shakespeare Company
    Performances will take place at Theatre Northwest
    3660 Grant Street
    Gary, IN 46408
    and Marquette Park at 7200 Oak Avenue, Gary
    (219)-938-4565
    Gary Shakespeare Company was founded in 2013 by a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts. Since then GSC has worked tirelessly to bring the Bard to Steel City.
    click for details


    Highland Parks Performing Arts Group Summer Theatre
    Performances are held at:
    Main Square Gazebo
    Fifth St. and Ridge Road
    Highland, IN 46322
    219.838.0114
    The Highland Parks Performing Arts Group puts on a summer production on the lawn at Main Square.
    click for details


    LaPorte Little Theatre Club
    218 A. St. LaPorte
    (219) 362.5113
    La Porte Little Theatre Club is family fun and friendly. We encourage everyone to take part in community theatre, whether you are on stage or part of the crew, you just can't beat live theatre for fun and excitement!
    click for details


    L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group
    Performances held at:
    Great Oaks After 4 Club
    13109 Wicker Avenue
    Cedar Lake, IN
    219.374.8000
    The Region’s only full-time dinner theatre.
    click for details


    Marian Theatre Guild
    119th St. and Lincoln Ave.
    Whiting, IN
    219.473.7555
    The Marian Theatre Guild is Whiting's longest running community theatre, presenting a fall musical and spring drama/comedy annually. The Guild is associated with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and performs in their Marian Memorial Auditorium located at 119th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
    Please watch our calendar of events on Whiting's town page for upcoming shows.
    click for details


    Memorial Opera House
    104 Indiana Avenue in Valparaiso
    (219) 548-9137
    Built in 1893 as a memorial to Civil War veterans, this historic landmark theatre continues a long tradition of opening its doors to local and national talent. With each season specifically selected to delight and entertain our patrons, we know even the most discerning theater enthusiast will be captivated.
    click for details


    Ross Music Theatre
    In association with M & M Productions
    227 Center St
    Hobart, Indiana
    (219) 947-4922
    Ross Music Theatre is a Community Theatre Group whose goal is to involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as Theatre. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical. Our summer show, known as RSMT is usually the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August and our winter show normally takes place in December. In addition, we now offer theatre classes and youth workshops.
    click for details


    Theater at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road in Munster
    (219) 836-1930
    Theatre at the Center (TATC) is the resident theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts. Its 5 Mainstage productions attract an audience of over 50,000 annually. TATC operates on an Actors Equity contract and regularly employs the finest performers in the greater Chicago area for its year-round seasons of classic American musicals, new plays and comedies. Other programming includes 4 Theatre for Young Audiences productions annually, theatre classes for young people and special events, including music, comedy and limited run theatrical works.
    click for details


    Theatre Northwest on Grant
    3660 Grant Street
    Gary, IN
    (888-968-7486)
    Theatre Northwest on Grant is an intimate, flexible performance venue which is home to the Fall and Summer IUN productions as well as numerous special events each year. Newly renovated in 2011, this space was once a Hollywood Video! Now completely refurbished, it seats up to 77 audience members as close as 5 feet from the action onstage.
    Located two blocks west and half a block south of the IUN Campus near AutoZone and IUN Arts on Grant in the Old Village Shopping Center.
    click for details


    The Star Plaza Theatre
    8001 Delaware Place
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 769-6311
    Star Plaza Theatre is an intimate 3400-seat theatre, conveniently located just outside Chicago where I-65 and US30 meet. The auditorium has two seating levels in a semi-circle around the stage. The Main Floor Level seats 2,000 people and the Mezzanine Level, which overhangs the main level about midway, seats 1,400. The furthest seat in the auditorium is only 120 feet from the stage thrust.
    click for details


    The Towle Theater
    5205 Hohman Avenue
    Hammond, Indiana
    219-937-8780
    The Towle Theater, serving NW Indiana:
    •Challenges its talent and audiences
    •Demands unwavering quality
    •Nurtures both young and seasoned;
    While consistently providing unparalleled experiences through performance and education. We do not admit anyone under the age of 6 years old. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
    click for details


    Valparaiso University Theatre
    Valparaiso University Center for the Arts,
    U.S. Highway 30 and Sturdy Road in Valparaiso
    (219) 464-5162
    Valparaiso University Theatre is a 280-seat facility for plays, musicals and small operas. Under the stage apron is a 25-seat orchestra pit; equipped with a full-trapped mainstage and double-decked side stages for environmental staging. It is the venue for the Theatre Department's major productions. The theater features four main stage productions and musical productions sponsored by the Department of Theater and Television.
    click for details


    4th Street Theater
    125 N. Fourth Street
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    (219)926-7875
    Originally founded in 1990 as the North Coast Cultural Association and was located in the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church until a fire burned the church down in 1998. Our second location, now the Fourth Street Theater, opened its doors in the fall of 1999. Our first performance was a revival of Footlight Players production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged” in 2000. We then produced our first show in the spring of 2001: "The Good War." In the summer of 2002, we joined the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, or NIETF, from whom we have since received over 120 nominations and 40 awards for excellence in all aspects of theatrical production.
    click for details

    Genesius Guild
    First United Methodist Church
    6635 Hohman AvenueHammond IN 46324
    877-724-7715
    The Genesius Guild is a community theatre troupe based in Hammond, Indiana. The Guild currently utilizes the facilities in the First United Methodist Church of Hammond. The Guild was founded in 1984 as an outgrowth of the summer Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church. Our name is taken from Saint Genesius, the Patron Saint of Actors.
    click for details

    Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts
    6915 Grand Avenue
    Hammond, IN 46323
    219-989-7316 x 1889
    The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts (HAPA) is an institution of rigorous
    programs committed to artistic and academic excellence.
    click for details

    Hammond Community Theatre
    P.O. Box 394
    Hammond, IN 46325
    To foster, promote, and increase the public knowledge and appreciation of the arts and cultural activities in the City of Hammond, Lake County, Northwest Indiana and surrounding community's for the enjoyment of the organization's membership and audiences.
    click for details

    Highland Theatre Company of HHS
    9135 Erie Street
    Highland, IN 46322
    • To bring together students who share a love and passion for the performing arts
    • To educate students in the performing arts through active participation
    in productions and workshops
    • To foster a love and appreciation of the performing arts in both Highland High School and the wider Highland community
    click for details

    Improductions, LLC
    773-828-9117
    A company founded to help push do-it-yourself productions in the Chicagoland area. This company is together as a place where people who produce their own theatre productions find skills and resources to help make their dreams a reality. Whether it’s team management, audio/video production, theatrical instruction, or graphic art production, we have the ability to help anyone seeking expertise and experience in putting the best production possible forward.
    click for details

    Munster Theatre Company
    8808 Columbia Avenue
    Munster, IN 46321
    219-838-3200
    It is the home to the Munster Theatre Company, which produces 4-5 scripted and improvisational theatre productions per year, and the Wilbur Wright Theatre Company. The auditorium also is the home of Lakeshore Community Concerts, which hosts six nationally-touring musical acts each year. The auditorium is available for client rental.
    click for details

    Seedlings Theatre
    219- 281-2829
    We are planting the arts across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. We are inclusive in every sense, welcoming seasoned, first-time, and non-traditional actors, directors, designers, technicians, volunteers, and audience members to engage with the performing arts in new ways. Our productions inspire growth, engage discussion, and enrich the community.
    click for details

    Valparaiso Theatrical Company
    219-309-6794
    The mission of Valparaiso Theatrical Company is to offer professional style theater at an affordable price while giving to charitable causes.
    click for details






     
           
  • | Personal Events, Prairie Point, Apartments, Merrillville, Northwest indiana, NWI, Luxury
    - Call Prairie Point Apartments for a tour! (219) 736-8650

    COMMUNITY AMENITIES:
    24-Hour Online Resident Portal
    Community Encouraged Recycling
    Resort Style Clubhouse
    Dynamic On-Site Management and Service Personnel
    On-Site Maintenance
    Amazing Concierge Services
    Accommodating Bike Racks
    Courtyard
    Personal Attached or Detached Garages w/ Automatic Remote
    Complimentary Wireless High-Speed Internet at the Clubhouse
    Sundeck
    Handy Business Center Providing Copier, Printer & Fax Machine
    Free Weights
    Community Play Area
    Professional Maid Services Available
    Convenient Package & Parcel Delivery
    Complimentary 24 Hour Fitness Center with State-of-the-Art Equipment
    Complimentary Coffee Bar
    Courtesy Valet Drop-off/Pick-up Dry Cleaning Services
    Heated Outdoor Olympic Swimming Pool w/ Lap Lane and Lavish Sun Deck
    Housekeeping
    Outdoor Grilling Area
    Regulation Size Sand Volleyball Court

    APARTMENT AMENITIES:
    Fully Loaded Kitchens with Frigidaire Appliances
    Balcony/Patio with Additional Storage
    Complimentary Full-Size Washer/Dryer in Your Suite
    Private Entrances
    Window Treatments Furnished
    Abundant Drive-In Closets
    Air Conditioner
    Cable Ready
    Carpeting
    Cozy Fireplaces
    Dishwasher
    Disposal
    Dramatic 9 to 10 Foot and Vaulted Ceilings
    Electronic Thermostat
    Extra Storage
    Furnished Suite Program Available
    Garden
    Gas Range
    In-Suite Microwave
    Refrigerator
    Security Systems Available
    Serene Views
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    Prairie Point Apartments
    9123 Cleveland Street Merrillville IN 46410
    Prairie Point Apartments 219.736.8650 dwebb@weissentities.com
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    - Every Wednesday! 1/2 Price margarita special at ALL El Salto locations!
    El Salto
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  • | Arts and Entertainment, Live Performances, Acting, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Shows, Night Out
    - Theatre at the Center in Munster announced their 2018 season mainstage productions!

    Steel Magnolias (February 22 – March 25, 2018) click for details

    Forever Plaid (May 3 – June 3, 2018) click for details

    The Lady with All the Answers (July 12 – August 12, 2018) click for details

    Ghost The Musical (September 13 – October 14, 2018) click for details

    Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical (November 15 – December 23, 2018) click for details


    Founded in 1991, the 410 seat Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is the only professional theater company in Northwest Indiana, offering downtown caliber performance in an accessible venue with plenty of free parking. Theatre at the Center is located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago.

    SHOWTIMES: Theatre at the Center mainstage show performances are 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays and select Thursday and Sunday evenings.

    TICKETS: Individual ticket prices range from $42 - $46. To purchase individual tickets, call the Box Office at 219-836-3255 or contact Tickets.com at 800-511-1552 or click for details
    Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more and gift certificates are also available.

    For more information about Theatre at the Center, visit click for details
    Theatre at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Theatre at the Center, Box Office 219.836.3255
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Holiday, Fun, Food, Gifts, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.

    The market is rich in cultural tradition and includes special events, performers and activities.
    Daley Plaza
    50 W. Washington Chicago IL
    312.494.2175
  • | Local Events, Christmas Decor, the Artful Garden, Antiques, Candy, Toys, NWI, Crown Point
    - Support local business in Crown Point by shopping on the Square!

    The Artful Garden has a unique selection of holiday decor to decorate your home! They are open T-F 9:30 -6:00, Saturday 9:30-5, and Sunday 10-4.

    Spend a few hours shopping on the square. Uncover special treasures at stores with shoes, clothing, comic books, art, furniture, gifts, and antiques, including the three-story Old Town Square Antique Mall. At the center of it all, is the beautiful Lake County Courthouse. Stop for lunch at the Main Street Cafe, Twelve Islands Restaurant, or SIP Coffee House, to name just a few.

    Inside the courthouse, you will find more unique shops with candy, toys, specialty clothing, and more! You can even stop in at the Lake County Historical Society Museum or Nokas Cafe.

    There is something for everyone!
    The Artful Garden
    118 S. Main Street Crown Point IN 46307
    The Artful Garden 219.662.0900 artfulgarden@sbcglobal.net
  • | Arts and Entertainment, art classes, adults, kids, seniors, munster, crown point
    - Register for Winter Art Classes!

    South Shore Arts has been providing quality art instruction since 1970!
    Classes for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS

    Painting / Pottery / Photography / Drawing / Cartooning / Fiber Arts & more!

    Classes begin JAN 8.

    Locations in Munster & Crown Point


    219-836-1839 x 103

    South Shore Arts
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Kelly Freeman 2198361839x103 kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • | Local Events, family, fun, outdoor, winter, snow, sledding
    - Pokagon State Park's refrigerated Toboggan Run near Angola, Indiana, has about 90,000 riders every season. With the 30-foot tower and dips and valleys, the total vertical drop is 90 feet over the course of a quarter mile. The top recorded speed is 42 mph. It's a 20 to 30 second thrill ride.

    Schedule

    It opens for the season, with or without snow at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 24. It operates through Feb. 25, 2018.

    Hours

    Friday: 5:30-9 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Fees & General Information

    Toboggan sled rental per hour: $13 (including tax). Toboggan Run gift certificates.
    Toboggan renters are guaranteed one ride per hour during peak times.
    Friday Special: Rent three toboggans in the same hour, the third one is free (except during winter break).
    Park entrance fees: $7 in-state vehicles, $9 out-of-state vehicles, $2 a person on a bus.
    During winter, fees are collected Friday nights and on weekends when the run is open.
    Park closes at 11 p.m. Opens at 7 a.m.
    Driver’s license is required as deposit, rents up to four toboggans.
    Must use park’s sleds. Rented on first-come, first-served basis.
    Maximum of four people per toboggan (no exceptions).
    Cash, check and Visa/MasterCard accepted.
    No all-day rentals.
    No group reservations or group rates.
    There are no specific age or height restrictions, but children must be able to understand and abide by rules.
    No cameras or video equipment allowed on ride.
    Toboggan will close if temperature drops to 0 degrees F or below.
    Warming Center concession available (carry-in food prohibited).
    Nature Center is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; closed Monday and Tuesday; and open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    The park office, (260) 833-2012, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
    Pokagon State Park
    450 Lane 100 Lake James Angola IN 46703
    260.833.2012
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, christmas, holidays, lights, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Decorated Homes in Northwest Indiana

    Whenever possible, we encourage you to check the Facebook page or website for each home (listed below when available) to see if the displays are down before you drive out. This occasionally happens due to high winds, severe weather, or technical difficulties.

    Enjoy!


    BURNS HARBOR

    259 Lake Park Rd., Burns Harbor
    Lights on weekdays 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
    Fri. and Sat. from 4:30pm to 11pm.
    The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and goes until Jan 1. Tune into radio station 92.5 fm. Lights are timed to music. This year we are collecting money on behalf of The Caring Place in Valparaiso, IN. Please follow our page for updates. click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander, Cedar Lake
    Lights on from about dusk to 10pm, December 10 to January 7. click for details

    9331 W. 135th Pl., Cedar Lake
    Lights on from 4:30p-10:30p. Turn your station to 98.9 as the lights are synced to music!

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    CHESTERTON

    709 S. 22nd St., Chesterton
    5pm to 10:30pm daily. 20 foot snowman up (except when it is windy!)

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    CROWN POINT

    3290 Windyhill Rd., Crown Point
    Nov. 25th to Jan. 6th, Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm and Fri and Sat. 5-10:30pm. There are 30,000 lights that dance to 10 different songs on 103.1 FM. We also have a new feature of Santa projected on the house! We also collect food and donations for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry. The collection bin is located next to the mailbox. click for details

    7746 W 96th Place, Crown Point
    Stella's Winter Wonderland
    Dec. 2-New Year’s Eve. 5-10pm. We have just over 7,500 lights and growing every year. We have an arch with over 1,000 lights.

    9824 McKinley St., Crown Point

    618 N. West S., Crown Point

    581 O'Hagan Dr., Crown Point

    499 Court St., Crown Point

    493 Court St., Crown Point

    222 Wells St., Crown Point

    1040 Greenbriar Ct., Crown Point

    301 E. 125 Ave., Crown Point

    381 E. 130th Lane, Crown Point

    10750 Alabama St., Crown Point

    1325 S. Hayes St., Crown Point

    825 Alderbrook, Crown Point

    441 S. East St., Crown Point

    922 Monterey Ct., Crown Point

    1834 W 99th Ave., Crown Point

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    DYER

    1020 Richmond Ct., Dyer
    Lights on at 4:30pm, from 11/24-first week of January.


    1315 Capri Lane, Dyer
    Begins 11/24 to 1/7, from 5:00-10:30pm.
    Tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show.

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer St., Griffith
    Lights will be on about 4:30 to around 10PM, seven days a week. Lights are on now-January 8 or 10th. Please get out and walk around if you would like.

    726 N. Indiana St., Griffith
    Lights are on now until January 1, 5-10pm.

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    HAMMOND

    Peteyville
    3033 Crane Place, Hammond
    We are open from 5:00-10:00pm every day, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve. click for details

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    HEBRON

    603 S. 800 W., Hebron
    The display is up now until January 1st. The light show starts at 4:30pm and runs until 10:00pm (Monday - Thursday) and from 4:30pm until 11:00pm (Friday-Sunday). The display contains over 50,000 lights and is programmed to multiple audio tracks. Free Candy Canes are located in the Candy Cane Mailbox. click for details

    216 Locust Ave S., Hebron
    Lights on now until January 1. Lights turned on around 5pm and stay on until morning.

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    HIGHLAND

    9121 Idlewood Dr., Highland
    Lights are on from 5-10pm daily, now until January 1.


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    LOWELL

    The Gingerbread House
    1231 Harrison St., Lowell
    Display on from 11/23 to 1/1, 5pm until 10pm.
    We have movies playing all night and you can sit in your car and listen on your car stereo, or you can roll down your window and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is also a mailbox for the children to mail out their Christmas wishes to Santa. This year we are excepting donations for the local animal shelters. Our lights are connected to a music box that the lights dance to. Santa will be at our house on 12-9/12-16 and 12-23 from 6pm to 8pm(later if needed). We will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn. Each child will receive a magical bell from Santa.

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    MERRILLVILLE

    2901 W 54th Pl., Merrillville
    Dec. 2-Jan. 7, 4pm-midnight.
    Music played over radio station 100.1. Station frequency listed on sign in front yard. Lights are sync’d to the music. click for details

    201 E 71st Ave., Merrillville
    Lights are on from 5pm to approx. 10pm every night until December 31st.

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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Festival of Lights- Washington Park
    6 On the Lake, Michigan City
    Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays that are truly a sight to behold! It is the largest free drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. That has been an annual event for over 20 years at Washington Park. December 2–January 7. click for details

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    MUNSTER

    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    Lights will be on from dusk-10pm every night through Jan. 1. Display includes lights set to Christmas tunes. Music can be played through radio station 88.5FM

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    PORTAGE

    6440 Gaywood Ave., Portage
    Light Display will be on daily 5pm-10pm. Large light display with half of the lights blinking to the sound of the music.

    2063 Karen Ct., Portage
    Music show with lights are on from 5:30-10pm, 7 days a week. Santa is waiting and waving out of the window for you!

    6846 Portage Ave, Portage
    Light display starts at 5pm, now until January 1.

    2240 McCool Road, Portage

    2140 McCool, Portage

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N. US Highway 231, Rensselaer
    Display dances to music with 32 channels, LED lights, and a 20 foot mega tree! Tune your radio to 88.1. The display will be on from 5pm-10pm every night starting 11/23-1/14. People are welcome to pull into the driveway to enjoy the show because of it being on major highway.

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive, Schererville
    Lights, 17 ft. animated tree. Starts Thanksgiving night and runs nightly 6pm-10pm, and an hour later on weekends. This year we are collecting Toys for Tots! Box will be displayed for collection until Dec 11th. click for details. Tune into 91.3 for music and stories.

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    ST. JOHN

    Festival of Lights/Christmas Display

    The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.
    Visit with Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Don't forget your camera!
    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!
    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.

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    VALPARAISO

    Winter Lights Drive Through
    775 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
    The Winter Lights are live and ready for your family to enjoy! Drive through Sunset Hill Farm Park from dusk-10pm any night through New Year's Day and take in over 300 light displays. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!click for details

    658 Nome Rd, Valparaiso
    Many lights and music! The display will be on from now until New Year’s Day, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm. Friday and Saturday until 10pm.

    202 West 450 South, Valparaiso
    Computer controlled light display that is sequenced to music. Stop by and turn your radio dial to 89.3 FM to listen to the music as you watch the lights. We design and build our own display props so everything is one of a kind. New this year is a 16 feet tall pixel tree made from over 600 feet of PEX tubing. This year the display will run from November 24 to January 1. click for details

    609 Partridge Path, Valparaiso- Woods of the Winding Creek Subdivision
    Light display on from 5-10 daily, now until January 3. This year our son Thomas Pruitt Jr. has created a combo of Halloween and Christmas in honor of our late daughter's favorite holidays. You can also view his tribute to Elizabeth on Facebook at Thomas' Winter Wonderland.
    click for details

    1551 Gilleevan Dr., Valparaiso
    Large light display that runs everyday after 5pm until sun up with music. The neighbors across the road also have a lot of lights! We are on a dead end road, but there is plenty of room to turn around once you get to us!

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    WHEATFIELD

    5387 West State Road 10, Wheatfield
    Come check out our amazing light display this Christmas season! Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM, drive into our North parking lot between 5-10pm, and bring your family for 30 minutes of your favorite Christmas music all coordinated to lights! This is sure to be the most stunning display in town! click for details

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    DO YOU HAVE A NORTHWEST INDIANA HOME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS LIST? PLEASE SEND US DETAILS TO STACY.TRAVIS@NWI-TOWNPLANNER.COM. THANK YOU!
     
           
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, family fun, nwi things to do, decorated homes
    - The Crown Point Tour of Lights will take place on Dec. 11-16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tour will feature trolley rides throughout the city to look at houses displaying their Christmas lights and decorations. Story telling begins at 5 p.m., and the tours begin at 5:30. Registration is required, and will begin November 1. Call 219-662-3290 to register or for more information.
     
           
    Crown Point Mayor’s Office of Special Events 219.662.3290
  • | NATL - Religious
    - Chanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

    The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.
     
           

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

  • | 10:00am - 10:45am | Library Events
    - Four and five year olds and a caregiver will hear stories, sing songs, participate in finger plays and make crafts. "Bears" is the theme at the Merrillville library.
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 10:00am - 11:30am | Arts and Entertainment, Christmas, Holiday, Theater, Performance, Show, Nutcracker, Kids, Event
    - Indiana Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker," a favorite holiday classic at the Star Plaza Theatre for families and audiences of all ages. Experience the immense wonder of a child as young Clara’s world transforms into a fantastical land of snow, Land of Sweets, and adventure. We invite you to delight in the magical sceneries and timeless story and make IBT’s "The Nutcracker" part of your family’s holiday tradition.

    Tickets for our 20th Anniversary performance and final show at the Star Plaza Theater can be purchased online: click for details by calling 219-755-4444 or via email: info@ibtnw.org.

    --Morning performances / $15
    --Evening performances / $25 for adults / $20 for children and seniors.
    --Special Group Rates available.
    Star Plaza
    8001 Delaware Pl Merrillville IN 46410
    Indiana Ballet Theatre 219.755.4444 info@ibtnw.org
  • | 10:30am - 12:00pm | Local Events
    - With Linda Curley of Purdue University Extension

    Learn how your immune system works and understand lifestyle factors that affect this system. Understand how nutrition can play a role in immune health.

    Linda Curley is a Purdue University Extension Educator in Health & Human Services. She will be leading the classes.

    Registration is required.


    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • | 4:00pm - | Meeting, history, holiday, cookies
    - This winter, the Cedar Lake Historical Association is hitting the road with their History Road Show Edition. Each month a new program will be hosted by CLHA and a community partner.

    December's theme is all about food traditions! rhiconnect's Rhiannon Cizon will lead a talk about holiday food traditions from around the world. Guests are encouraged to share their own traditions during the talk. Afterwards, guests will enjoy a variety of delicious holiday treats donated by local community members.

    This event is free and familly friendly. Children under 13 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

    If you are interested in donating a sweet holiday treat with a brief description of your treat, please contact CLHA at clhamuseum@yahoo.com or call 219-390-9423.
    Cedar Lake Library
    10010 West 133rd Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Julie Zasada 219.390.9423 clhamuseum@yahoo.com
  • | 4:30pm - 5:30pm | Library Events
    - Come on in and make a variety of Christmas ornaments. If you like, you can leave some here for the St. John Library Christmas tree.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Library Events
    - Would you like to learn to draw better? Join us for this class as we learn tips for improving drawing - without breaking the bank, with artist, Clara Damarjian. Registration required. Ages 17 and up.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Local Events
    - Young LEGO® builders are invited to use their imagination and build with the library's LEGO® bricks. Completed creations will be put on display.
    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Arts and Entertainment, Christmas, Holiday, Theater, Performance, Show, Nutcracker, Kids, Event
    - Indiana Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker," a favorite holiday classic at the Star Plaza Theatre for families and audiences of all ages. Experience the immense wonder of a child as young Clara’s world transforms into a fantastical land of snow, Land of Sweets, and adventure. We invite you to delight in the magical sceneries and timeless story and make IBT’s "The Nutcracker" part of your family’s holiday tradition.

    Tickets for our 20th Anniversary performance and final show at the Star Plaza Theater can be purchased online: click for details by calling 219-755-4444 or via email: info@ibtnw.org.

    --Morning performances / $15
    --Evening performances / $25 for adults / $20 for children and seniors.
    --Special Group Rates available.
    Star Plaza
    8001 Delaware Pl Merrillville IN 46410
    Indiana Ballet Theatre 219.755.4444 info@ibtnw.org
  • | Special Interest, Attraction, Tours, Family, Museum, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Northwest Indiana hosts a variety of museums and other establishments offering tours to the public. Stop by or schedule a tour at one of the following locations!

    ALBANESE CANDY FACTORY (guided group tours and self-guided tours)
    5441 E Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 947-3070
    Every year, people from all over the country come to learn about our process of making the “World’s Best Gummies” and chocolates. What makes us unique is that we are the only candy company that offers a public tour for gummi manufacturing in the USA. You’ll get to view our Gummi Factory through 8 separate windows and see two videos explaining the creation of our gummies and one video featuring our Gold Label Chocolates. Albanese tours are a great way for people of all ages to add a little fun and knowledge to their day.
    Our tours are designed for people of all ages and the tour is wheelchair accessible. We offer two types of tours – guided group tours or self-guided tours, geared toward the individual visitor. Both types of tours are FREE. From November – December and March-April, no tours will be given. Santa and the Easter Bunny visit us every year during that time.
    click for details

    BUCKLEY HOMESTEAD COUNTY PARK (self-guided and guided group tours)
    Farm & Barnyard open daily 7am - dusk
    Buildings open seasonally
    3606 Belshaw Road
    Lowell, IN 46356
    Visitors will feel like they are experiencing the past when greeted by hosts in period dress who share the spirit and history of past eras. Seasonal tours are available and include the 1910 farm with original buildings, garden, and farm animals; early 1900s one-room schoolhouse; and 1850s pioneer farm and garden.
    click for details


    BROKEN WAGON BISON (guided group tours and “walk-in-tours” with no minimum group size)
    563 W 450 N, Hobart, IN 46342
    (219) 759-3523
    Come visit Broken Wagon Bison and have your own personal encounter with North America's largest native land mammal.
    Summer tours give you the opportunity to be "surrounded" by bison (in the safety of our Bison Tour Wagon) and watch the new-born calves nurse and run around.
    Tours are available for groups of 20 or more and are perfect for school groups, church groups, boy and girl scout troops, and business groups. "Walk-in tours" (no minimum group size) available June through September on Saturday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
    click for details


    COMMUNITY VETERANS MEMORIAL (guided and self-guided tours)
    Open daily from dawn - dusk
    9710 Calumet Avenue,
    Munster, Indiana
    219-836-3392
    Community Veterans Memorial is a 6.5 acre park featuring bronze and granite sculptures, and life-size monuments to depict the major military conflicts that shaped the 20th Century. Admission is free.
    A commemorative brick pathway leads visitors on their journey through history. Individuals and groups are invited for self-guided tours in which several stations provide pre-recorded information about the defining wars of the 20th Century. Guided tours are also available.
    click for details


    FAIR OAKS FARMS (guided and self-guided tours)
    856 N 600 E
    Fair Oaks, IN 47943
    (219) 394-2025
    Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.
    click for details

    GRIFFITH HISTORICAL PARK AND RAILROAD MUSEUM (guided and self-guided tours)
    201 S Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319
    Home to a 100yr old Grand Trunk depot, E,J&E Interlocking tower, several small structures, and several rail cars. Also there is a collection of artifacts. The Park and Museum are open on the first Sunday in June till the last Sunday in August and for special tours.
    click for details

    HESSTON STEAM MUSEUM (self-guided tours)
    1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, IN 46350
    (219) 778-2783
    Ride our 1/4 scale and 1/8 scale steam railroads. Both meander over bridges and through an enchanting wooded landscape. The Hesston Steam Museum is filled with other steam powered machinery including a steam-powered saw mill, a railroad steam crane, steam powered electric power plant, steam traction engines and more.
    click for details


    JOHN DILLINGER MUSEUM (self-guided tours)
    Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Last admission at 4:00 p.m.
    1 Courthouse Sq #205, Crown Point, IN 46307
    The John Dillinger Museum takes visitors on an interactive, historical adventure through the life and times of John Dillinger and other gangsters of the 1930s depression era. Through the stories of the infamous gangsters, visitors will also learn of the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.
    click for details


    JOHN H. BARKER MANSION (guided and self-guided tours)
    631 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 873-1520
    Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the rail car industry, John H. Barker. This house, while actually lived in for only a very short time, has brought many years of enjoyment to the Barker family, and to the residents of the City of Michigan City.
    Self guided, guided and behind the scenes tours are all available.
    click for details


    JT SHRIMP LLC (Individual tours, technical tours, school tours and group tours)
    4836 W 1450 N, Wheatfield, IN 46392
    (219) 987-3809
    Ever wonder how shrimp is raised on a farm? Come out to JT Shrimp and get a tour of our facility! Individual tours, technical tours, school tours and group tours are available.
    click for details


    LAKE OF THE RED CEDARS MUSEUM (self-guided and special tours are available by appointment only...not necessarily open without appt.)
    7408 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake, IN 46303
    (219) 390-9423
    The Lake of the Red Cedars Museum houses many interesting exhibits of Cedar Lake and the surrounding area. It is open May through September, and special tours are available by appointment. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
    click for details


    THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM (Self-guided tours, audio tours and docent-led tours)
    1 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 872-6133
    Built in 1858, the old lighthouse had a lantern with a light that could be seen from 15 miles. It is the oldest remaining lighthouse in Indiana. The museum is open for public tours from April through October, every day except Monday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Time. Self-guided and audio tours as well as docent-led tours are available. The last tour each day begins at 3:30 PM Central Time. Call the museum at (219) 872-6133 to check on special hours, closings, or to book tours. Strollers are not allowed in the museum. Admission: Adults/$5 and Children 14 and under/$2.
    click for details


    MERRILLVILLE COMMUNITY PLANETARIUM
    Clifford Pierce Middle School
    199 East 70th Avenue, Merrillville, IN
    (219) 650-5486
    The Merrillville Community Planetarium is part of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, a K-12 public school system in Northwest Indiana. The Planetarium is located in Clifford Pierce Middle School. We provide programming for Merrillville classes, outside groups, and the public. Bring the family to explore the moon during our summer public show. Public programs start at 7:30 p.m. The planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before show time. No one is admitted after the program starts. Programs last from 60 to 90 minutes. Admission to public programs is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Seating is limited and should be reserved by calling (219) 650-5486 or using the form on our web site. Tickets are sold at the door. Groups may arrange for a private show by calling the planetarium at (219) 650-5486.
    click for details

    PORTER COUNTY MUSEUM (guided and self-guided tours)
    153 Franklin St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 465-3595
    The Porter County Museum–also known as the PoCo Muse–is a small, yet dynamic institution that aims to share the stories of Porter County and its people. The museum features permanent as well as temporary exhibits, and provides educational programs year round. Several school groups, scout troops, and organizations come from all over the county to tour the museum and learn about Porter County’s history.
    click for details


    THE SHRINE OF CHRIST’S PASSION (guided and self-guided tours)
    10630 Wicker Ave, St John, IN 46373
    (219) 365-6010
    The dramatic 6,000 sq. ft. Shrine Gift Shoppe/Visitor Center and Café are open year round. The Prayer Trail is also open year round weather permitting. There is no charge to experience The Shrine of Christ’s Passion. The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit and continues to exist from sales at our one of a kind Shrine Gift Shoppe and from the generous donations of our guests. All donations are much needed, welcomed and appreciated.
    click for details

    SOUTH SHORE CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TRAIL (self-guided tours)
    (Various Locations throughout Northwest Indiana)
    This trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments and architectural icons related to the brave men and women of Lake and Porter counties who sacrificed during this most pivotal era in history. Indiana contributed more than 200,000 Union troops to the Civil War effort between 1861 and 1865, and hundreds of those veterans are buried in the cemeteries of Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail serves as a guide for visitors who want to see and pay respect to the veterans' historic burial grounds and learn the stories of humanity behind the Calumet Region men in blue.
    click for details


    TASK FORCE TIPS INC. (guided tours)
    3701 Innovation Way, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 462-6161
    Task Force Tips, is a three-shift "around the clock" 7 day/week production facility. However it is open daily to visitors from 8 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday. Your visit is sure to be memorable, as you are escorted by a TFT employee. Our new wide area broadcast presentation system can be used to allow everyone to easily hear as well as see many of the ongoing processes. This assures your visit will be a personal and individualized tour of this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
    Special Note: Anyone arriving after these normal hours are STILL WELCOME. However due to the limited number of people available, we ask for at least 24 hours notice so that we can assure that a tour guide specialist will be available.
    click for details

    THOMAS CONWAY OBSERVATORY
    19100 Chase St, Lowell, IN 46356
    773-639-5491
    The Calumet Astronomical Society operates the Thomas Conway Observatory, located just southeast of Lowell, Indiana. Like many good ideas, this one started small and just keeps growing. Conway Observatory is open to the public during specific dates and times. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free. Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather, call the CAS Hotline 773-639-5491 before visiting.
    click for details


    1933 WORLD'S FAIR HOMES AT BEVERLY SHORES, INDIANA (self-guided tours and guided tours)
    The legacy of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair Century of Progress Exhibition, these homes stand along the Lake Michigan dunes as monuments to American ingenuity and modern technology. For more information, visit the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center on Kemil Road at U.S. Highway 12 near Beverly Shores (219) 926-7561, ext. 225. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers a guided tour of the homes one day in October. Visit the website for the upcoming date.
    click for details


    CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER (individual and group tours)
    *Please call ahead for events open to the general public
    Hours: 8am-4pm
    2300 173rd St, Hammond, IN 46323
    (219) 989-3250
    Our mission is to create an exciting learning environment that promotes the continued exploration of the Earth and space sciences through innovative programs that challenge how teachers educate, students learn, and businesses operate. We seek to foster in the community a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. One-Hour Tours Take a look behind-the-scenes to find out what makes our place so special. The Challenger Center of Northwest Indiana has been called the “hidden gem” of NWI—find out why!
    click for details




     
           
  • | Special Interest, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Dining, Things to do, Al Frescothe
    - Top 20 Outdoor Dining Spots in the Dunes
    published by Dig the Dunes


    BEVERLY SHORES
    Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill
    click for details



    CHESTERTON
    Duneland Pizza
    click for details

    Lemon Tree
    click for details

    Lucrezia (there's a second location in Crown Point)
    click for details



    LA PORTE
    Spire Farm to Fork
    click for details



    MICHIANA SHORES
    Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria
    click for details



    MICHIGAN CITY
    Bridges
    click for details

    Fiddlehead
    click for details

    Fire & Water (pictured above)
    click for details

    Overboard at the Marina
    click for details

    Tree House Cafe
    click for details



    MILLER
    Wells Street Beach
    click for details



    NEW BUFFALO
    Bentwood Tavern
    click for details

    Brewster’s
    click for details

    Casey’s
    click for details

    Stray Dog
    click for details



    PORTAGE
    Latitudes at Marina Shores
    click for details



    PORTER
    Wagners Ribs
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    SAWYER
    Greenbush
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    VALPARAISO
    Sage
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  • | Local Events, Yoga, Fitness, Exercise, NWI, St. John, Now Yoga Club
    - We offer a variety of classes such as vinyasa, restorative, family classes, sunrise classes, special workshops & more! Check out the current schedule at NowYogaClub.com. For our coupon: click for details

    Now Yoga Club
    8450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Sarah Johnson 219.227.0651 sarah@nowyogaclub.com
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, theater, performance, fun, musicals, things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - November 16 – December 23, 2017

    Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) captures the magic of the Frank Capra holiday film. George Bailey’s Christmas Eve is transformed by an angel eager to earn his wings by showing the guiding influence one person has on so many others. Filled with the beauty of the season, Bedford Falls bursts on stage with yuletide spirit (despite Old Man Potter’s miserly plans) for a musical that applauds the true meaning of Christmas.

    click for details for Performance schedule & Special events!

    To buy tickets: click for details

    Theatre at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Theatre at the Center, Box Office 219.836.3255
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Holiday, Fun, Food, Gifts, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.

    The market is rich in cultural tradition and includes special events, performers and activities.
    Daley Plaza
    50 W. Washington Chicago IL
    312.494.2175
  • | Arts and Entertainment, art classes, adults, kids, seniors, munster, crown point
    - Register for Winter Art Classes!

    South Shore Arts has been providing quality art instruction since 1970!
    Classes for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS

    Painting / Pottery / Photography / Drawing / Cartooning / Fiber Arts & more!

    Classes begin JAN 8.

    Locations in Munster & Crown Point


    219-836-1839 x 103

    South Shore Arts
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Kelly Freeman 2198361839x103 kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • | Local Events, winter, ice skating, family, fun, outdoors
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Admission fees are $5 for adults (anyone over 14 years) and $4 for anyone under 14 years, and seniors 62+. Skate rental is $6 for everyone, but skaters are welcome to bring their own skates. Admission fees apply to all skaters, but spectators can come out for free! The Ice Plaza is open Thursdays 4-9, Fridays 4-10, Saturdays Noon-10 and Sundays Noon-9 pm. The plaza will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but is open during all school holidays. For the most up to date information about skating, like Deep River Waterpark on Facebook, or visit the website at click for details

    Call 219-947-7850 ext. 604 about group discounts and birthday party reservations. There is a one dollar discount on admission and skate rental to Waterpark season pass holders. Parking is free. Food, beverage and coolers are not permitted into the park and alcoholic beverages are not permitted anywhere on the Park Department property. Hockey games and hockey sticks are not permitted on the ice.

    Deep River Waterpark is located at 9001 East U.S. 30 only 4 ½ miles east of I-65 on Route 30 in Merrillville. GPS coordinates: 41.47063,-87.230138
    Deep River Waterpark
    9001 East U.S. 30 Crown Point IN 46307
    2199477850ext604
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, christmas, holidays, lights, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Decorated Homes in Northwest Indiana

    Whenever possible, we encourage you to check the Facebook page or website for each home (listed below when available) to see if the displays are down before you drive out. This occasionally happens due to high winds, severe weather, or technical difficulties.

    Enjoy!


    BURNS HARBOR

    259 Lake Park Rd., Burns Harbor
    Lights on weekdays 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
    Fri. and Sat. from 4:30pm to 11pm.
    The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and goes until Jan 1. Tune into radio station 92.5 fm. Lights are timed to music. This year we are collecting money on behalf of The Caring Place in Valparaiso, IN. Please follow our page for updates. click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander, Cedar Lake
    Lights on from about dusk to 10pm, December 10 to January 7. click for details

    9331 W. 135th Pl., Cedar Lake
    Lights on from 4:30p-10:30p. Turn your station to 98.9 as the lights are synced to music!

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    CHESTERTON

    709 S. 22nd St., Chesterton
    5pm to 10:30pm daily. 20 foot snowman up (except when it is windy!)

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    CROWN POINT

    3290 Windyhill Rd., Crown Point
    Nov. 25th to Jan. 6th, Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm and Fri and Sat. 5-10:30pm. There are 30,000 lights that dance to 10 different songs on 103.1 FM. We also have a new feature of Santa projected on the house! We also collect food and donations for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry. The collection bin is located next to the mailbox. click for details

    7746 W 96th Place, Crown Point
    Stella's Winter Wonderland
    Dec. 2-New Year’s Eve. 5-10pm. We have just over 7,500 lights and growing every year. We have an arch with over 1,000 lights.

    9824 McKinley St., Crown Point

    618 N. West S., Crown Point

    581 O'Hagan Dr., Crown Point

    499 Court St., Crown Point

    493 Court St., Crown Point

    222 Wells St., Crown Point

    1040 Greenbriar Ct., Crown Point

    301 E. 125 Ave., Crown Point

    381 E. 130th Lane, Crown Point

    10750 Alabama St., Crown Point

    1325 S. Hayes St., Crown Point

    825 Alderbrook, Crown Point

    441 S. East St., Crown Point

    922 Monterey Ct., Crown Point

    1834 W 99th Ave., Crown Point

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    DYER

    1020 Richmond Ct., Dyer
    Lights on at 4:30pm, from 11/24-first week of January.


    1315 Capri Lane, Dyer
    Begins 11/24 to 1/7, from 5:00-10:30pm.
    Tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show.

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer St., Griffith
    Lights will be on about 4:30 to around 10PM, seven days a week. Lights are on now-January 8 or 10th. Please get out and walk around if you would like.

    726 N. Indiana St., Griffith
    Lights are on now until January 1, 5-10pm.

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    HAMMOND

    Peteyville
    3033 Crane Place, Hammond
    We are open from 5:00-10:00pm every day, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve. click for details

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    HEBRON

    603 S. 800 W., Hebron
    The display is up now until January 1st. The light show starts at 4:30pm and runs until 10:00pm (Monday - Thursday) and from 4:30pm until 11:00pm (Friday-Sunday). The display contains over 50,000 lights and is programmed to multiple audio tracks. Free Candy Canes are located in the Candy Cane Mailbox. click for details

    216 Locust Ave S., Hebron
    Lights on now until January 1. Lights turned on around 5pm and stay on until morning.

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    HIGHLAND

    9121 Idlewood Dr., Highland
    Lights are on from 5-10pm daily, now until January 1.


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    LOWELL

    The Gingerbread House
    1231 Harrison St., Lowell
    Display on from 11/23 to 1/1, 5pm until 10pm.
    We have movies playing all night and you can sit in your car and listen on your car stereo, or you can roll down your window and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is also a mailbox for the children to mail out their Christmas wishes to Santa. This year we are excepting donations for the local animal shelters. Our lights are connected to a music box that the lights dance to. Santa will be at our house on 12-9/12-16 and 12-23 from 6pm to 8pm(later if needed). We will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn. Each child will receive a magical bell from Santa.

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    MERRILLVILLE

    2901 W 54th Pl., Merrillville
    Dec. 2-Jan. 7, 4pm-midnight.
    Music played over radio station 100.1. Station frequency listed on sign in front yard. Lights are sync’d to the music. click for details

    201 E 71st Ave., Merrillville
    Lights are on from 5pm to approx. 10pm every night until December 31st.

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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Festival of Lights- Washington Park
    6 On the Lake, Michigan City
    Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays that are truly a sight to behold! It is the largest free drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. That has been an annual event for over 20 years at Washington Park. December 2–January 7. click for details

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    MUNSTER

    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    Lights will be on from dusk-10pm every night through Jan. 1. Display includes lights set to Christmas tunes. Music can be played through radio station 88.5FM

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    PORTAGE

    6440 Gaywood Ave., Portage
    Light Display will be on daily 5pm-10pm. Large light display with half of the lights blinking to the sound of the music.

    2063 Karen Ct., Portage
    Music show with lights are on from 5:30-10pm, 7 days a week. Santa is waiting and waving out of the window for you!

    6846 Portage Ave, Portage
    Light display starts at 5pm, now until January 1.

    2240 McCool Road, Portage

    2140 McCool, Portage

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N. US Highway 231, Rensselaer
    Display dances to music with 32 channels, LED lights, and a 20 foot mega tree! Tune your radio to 88.1. The display will be on from 5pm-10pm every night starting 11/23-1/14. People are welcome to pull into the driveway to enjoy the show because of it being on major highway.

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive, Schererville
    Lights, 17 ft. animated tree. Starts Thanksgiving night and runs nightly 6pm-10pm, and an hour later on weekends. This year we are collecting Toys for Tots! Box will be displayed for collection until Dec 11th. click for details. Tune into 91.3 for music and stories.

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    ST. JOHN

    Festival of Lights/Christmas Display

    The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.
    Visit with Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Don't forget your camera!
    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!
    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.

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    VALPARAISO

    Winter Lights Drive Through
    775 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
    The Winter Lights are live and ready for your family to enjoy! Drive through Sunset Hill Farm Park from dusk-10pm any night through New Year's Day and take in over 300 light displays. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!click for details

    658 Nome Rd, Valparaiso
    Many lights and music! The display will be on from now until New Year’s Day, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm. Friday and Saturday until 10pm.

    202 West 450 South, Valparaiso
    Computer controlled light display that is sequenced to music. Stop by and turn your radio dial to 89.3 FM to listen to the music as you watch the lights. We design and build our own display props so everything is one of a kind. New this year is a 16 feet tall pixel tree made from over 600 feet of PEX tubing. This year the display will run from November 24 to January 1. click for details

    609 Partridge Path, Valparaiso- Woods of the Winding Creek Subdivision
    Light display on from 5-10 daily, now until January 3. This year our son Thomas Pruitt Jr. has created a combo of Halloween and Christmas in honor of our late daughter's favorite holidays. You can also view his tribute to Elizabeth on Facebook at Thomas' Winter Wonderland.
    click for details

    1551 Gilleevan Dr., Valparaiso
    Large light display that runs everyday after 5pm until sun up with music. The neighbors across the road also have a lot of lights! We are on a dead end road, but there is plenty of room to turn around once you get to us!

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    WHEATFIELD

    5387 West State Road 10, Wheatfield
    Come check out our amazing light display this Christmas season! Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM, drive into our North parking lot between 5-10pm, and bring your family for 30 minutes of your favorite Christmas music all coordinated to lights! This is sure to be the most stunning display in town! click for details

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    DO YOU HAVE A NORTHWEST INDIANA HOME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS LIST? PLEASE SEND US DETAILS TO STACY.TRAVIS@NWI-TOWNPLANNER.COM. THANK YOU!
     
           
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  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, family fun, nwi things to do, decorated homes
    - The Crown Point Tour of Lights will take place on Dec. 11-16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tour will feature trolley rides throughout the city to look at houses displaying their Christmas lights and decorations. Story telling begins at 5 p.m., and the tours begin at 5:30. Registration is required, and will begin November 1. Call 219-662-3290 to register or for more information.
     
           
    Crown Point Mayor’s Office of Special Events 219.662.3290

Friday, December 15th, 2017

  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Library Events
    - Homeschool families can meet to play fun games together. The library has some great board games to play, but families can bring their own games as well at the Merrillville libary.
    Merrillville Public Library Youth Services
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 3:00pm - 5:30pm | Local Events
    - Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is the program facilitator.
    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • | 4:00pm - 7:30pm | Charity, Fundraiser, Fish Fry, Shrimp, Pierogi
    - Weekly Fish & Shrimp Fry. Fish, Shrimp, Pierogi, Chicken Fingers and Weekly Special. This week's special is: Pineapple Ranch Chicken with Mac & Cheese and Vegetable. Family Friendly Atmosphere. Price range: $5.00-$12.00 Take out orders available. Call ahead for large groups.
    St. Michael the Archangel National Catholic Church
    6629 W. 133rd Ave Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Rev. John P. Kowalczyk 219.374.7626 smapncc@sbcglobal.net
  • | 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Local Events
    - Join Humane Indiana at our North Shelter location in Munster to learn about the different opportunities that Humane Indiana has to offer. From adoption centers to wildlife rehabilitation centers, Humane Indiana offers a unique perspective into animal care! Scouts who attend this event will be given the opportunity to meet some of the organizations animal ambassadors as well as create enrichment for our adoptable animals in our care at the North Shelter. Registration is required for the event.

    Register here: click for details
    Humane Indiana
    421 45th Ave Munster IN 46321
    Molly Dunne 219.513.8911 mdunne@humaneindiana.org
  • | Special Interest, Over 21, Drink, Tour, Brewery, Winery, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Sample some of the regions delicious local wine and microbrews!

    BREWERIES

    The Illiana Brew Bus is Nothwest Indiana's Original Craft Brewery touring company. It's so much fun! Check out all the different touring options! click for details


    BACK ROAD BREWERY
    308 Perry
    La Porte, IN 46350
    219.362.7623
    Established in 1996 in the county of LaPorte, Indiana, Back Road Brewery is LaPorte’s first production craft brewery. Chuck Krcilek (Co-owner/president) started home brewing in 1990. He found he had a love for making beer. This began an idea that changed the craft brewing scene in LaPorte, Indiana. A small production craft brewery was conceived. Today, sixteen years later, the 7-barrel brewery still operates simply and efficiently.
    Thurs/Fri 3:30-7pm
    Saturday 1-5pm
    click for details



    BULLDOG BREWING COMPANY
    1409 119th St, Whiting, IN 46394
    (219) 655-5284
    Bulldog Brewing Co. is a microbrewery offering a full menu and full bar. We have 5 signature brews as well as a variety of seasonal brews.
    Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
    Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
    Sun: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
    click for details


    BURN 'EM BREWING
    718 Freyer Rd.
    Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 210-3784
    Burn ‘Em Brewing was established in February 2013. We are striving to bring our creativity in the way we brew and what we brew with, along with our never-ending passion of the brewing industry to produce the finest and most unique brews in our region. Comforting the disturbed and the disturbing the comfortable.
    Monday-Thursday: 2PM-8PM CST
    Friday & Saturday: 11AM-10PM CST
    Sunday: 11AM-8PM CST
    click for details


    CROWN BREWING
    211 S. East Street
    Crown Point, IN
    219-663-4545
    The brewery was founded in 2008 by Tim Walsh and Dave Bryan of Crown Point, IN. They both wanted to see great craft beer in their local community! The City of Crown Point was home to a large regional brewery(Crown Brewing) that closed in 1916. They brought back the Crown Brewing name and the brewery has grown and become a part of the Crown Point community again. The brewery participates in community events and has teamed up with the City of Crown Point to host an annual Oktoberfest celebration! The brewery is now owned by Dave Bryan. Tours of the brewery are given the first Monday of every month. Sign up at the bar.
    Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-11:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 11:00am-Midnight
    click for details


    FIGURE EIGHT BREWING
    150 S Washington St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 477-2000
    A fun brewpub on the Courthouse Square in downtown Valparaiso. We have 11 of our handcrafted brews on tap, homemade root beer and a light menu of sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts and are family friendly.
    We not only offer 6 different year-round beers, but over 30 seasonal beers throughout the year so that you never need to fear the mundane, “hum-drum”, or the monotonous. We utilize over 40 different hop varieties across our craft to create the perfect profile in every beer.
    Wed - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    click for details


    FOUR FATHERS BREWING LLC
    1555 W Lincolnway Ste 105
    Valparaiso, IN 46385
    219-464-9712
    Four Fathers Brewing opened its doors in 2014 in Valparaiso. Their brewery anchors a small industrial building along humble two-lane Lincolnway Road.
    Wednesday and Friday: 4pm – 9 pm
    Saturday: 12 pm – 9 pm
    Sunday: 11am – 6 pm
    click for details



    HUNTER'S BREWING
    1535 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304
    219-728-6729
    Hunter's Brewing is a nanobrewery located in Chesterton, IN. Brewed by hand on our one-barrel system, Hunter's Brewing beers focus on flavor and range from the traditional to the creative.
    Open Mon-Thurs 4pm - 9pm, Fri-Sat 12pm - 9pm, and Sunday 11am - 6pm.
    click for details


    IRONWOOD BREWING COMPANY
    6 Roosevelt Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    1-219-405-4644
    Ironwood Brewing opened for business on August 16, 2013. Ironwood Brewing Company is considered a tasting room/bar facility (you must be 21 to be on the property) - a place where fans of craft beer can meet for stimulating conversation and a couple of great brews.
    This is not a sports bar; there are no TV’s on the premises! However, wi-fi is available.
    Ironwood beers are best described as “true-to-style” with an occasional twist. The beers are all generally malt-forward but balanced with a nice variety of hops.
    Local ingredients used in the brewing process include blueberries, cherries, honey, and even hops.
    Hours:
    Monday and Tuesday 4-9pm**
    Tuesday and Wednesday 4-9pm
    Friday Saturday 2-10pm
    Sunday 1-6pm
    Call for holiday hours
    **Denotes extra hours Memorial Day through Labor Day
    click for details



    NEW OBERPFALZ BREWING
    121 E Main St., Griffith, Indiana 46319
    The Tap Room is located at 121 E Main Street in downtown Griffith and features seating for 60 visitors inside and an outdoor patio for another 30 guests. We offer brewery tours most Saturdays (email ahead of your visit). You may also enjoy New Oberpfalz on draft at a variety of restaurants and taverns around NWI or purchase bottles in your local liquor store.
    Hours:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 3PM - 10PM
    Friday & Saturday: 11AM- 10PM
    Sunday: 11AM- 7PM
    TAP ROOM CLOSED ON MONDAYS
    click for details


    POKRO BREWING COMPANY
    311 N. Broad St., Griffith, IN 46319
    We are a family-owned microbrewery specializing in Belgian, English, and other European style beers brewed by Joe Pokropinski. You will often find our brewmaster visiting with customers in one of the tasting rooms, discussing one of his 4-6 beers on tap. Our front 2 tasting rooms offer a cozy, old-world European feel, while our back area offers a jukebox, board games, boards & bags, vintage multicade, & dartboard.
    Hours:
    Mon: CLOSED
    Tues & Wed: 2-10pm
    Thurs: 2-11pm
    Fri: 2pm-12am
    Sat: 12pm-12am
    Sun: 12-8pm
    click for details


    ROUTE 2 BREWS
    141 Harding Drive, Lowell, IN 46356
    (219) 690-3080
    Hours:
    Thur: 4pm-9pm
    Fri. 4pm- 9pm
    Sat: 12pm - 8pm
    Sun: 11am - 7pm
    Those lucky enough to be friends and neighbors of Christopher and Gwendolyn Fast have been enjoying the benefits of his homebrewing hobby for 15 years. Now, others can join in as Fast pours his energy into Route 2 Brews, Lowell's first craft brewery which opened officially November 29, 2014.
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    SAINT JOHN MALT BROTHERS, INC.
    9575 Wicker Avenue
    St. John, IN 46373
    (219) 627-4294
    St. John Malt Brothers is committed to offering a great tasting, quality and consistent beer to our region. Our tasting room showcases our different varieties and our unique brand personality.
    SJMB's facility includes high-end, computerized European brewing equipment with a 15-barrel production capacity.
    Our unique, classic tasting room showcases our craft beer, unique and rare bottled selections, fine wines, choice bites, merchandise and local art.
    Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-10pm
    Friday 2pm-11pm
    Saturday 11am-11pm
    Sunday 11am-9pm
    click for details


    SHORELINE BREWERY
    208 Wabash St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 879-4677
    Shoreline Brewery is a brewery and restaurant located near the shores of Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana. Twelve beers are always on tap, including the World Beer Cup Award winning Beltaine Scottish Ale and Singing Sands Oatmeal Stout, and seasonal beers such as Samuel Jackson's Black IPA, Bavarian Bombshell Black Lager, and the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Lost Sailor. In the eight years of existence, Shoreline Brewery has evolved and grown into so much more than just a brewery.
    The ever growing list of beers is the main focus to pleasing those who enjoy a pint, but the restaurant is also as important to those who enjoy a wonderful dining experience as well. The chef at Shoreline Brewery has vast knowledge and experience in fine dining and brings that element to the pallet of those who visit the brewery.
    Sun - Thurs 11am - 12am
    Fri & Sat 11am - 1am
    click for details


    THE DEVIL'S TRUMPET BREWING COMPANY
    8250 Utah Street, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 576-7118
    With our destination brewery and taproom, The Devil’s Trumpet welcomes the craft beer lover. Our brewery opened in 2014, but our brewers have been perfecting their recipes for over ten years. Visit our taproom for a few pints and take some home! Cheers!
    Monday – Thursday 3pm – 9pm
    Friday 3pm – 11pm
    Saturday 12pm – 11pm
    Sunday 12pm – 8pm
    click for details


    WILDROSE BREWING COMPANY
    1104 E. Main St., Griffith, IN 46319
    (219) 595-5054
    Wildrose aims at American-style beers that are hoppy but traditionally balanced. The brewpub features a seven-barrel brewing system, a 2,000-square-foot bar with restaurant seating, and a spacious patio with cornhole and a garage door that opens into the bar.
    Mon - Thu: 3pm - 11pm
    Fri: 3pm - Midnight
    Sat: 12pm - Midnight
    Sun: 12pm - 8pm
    click for details


    3 FLOYDS BREWING CO.
    9750 Indiana Parkway
    Munster, Indiana 46321
    Phone: (219) 922-3565
    There’s a great number of craft breweries worldwide and thankfully more opening almost daily. Even while utilizing only the four main ingredients, these breweries make an astonishingly wide variety of ales and lagers, all with a unique house flavor.
    Three Floyds is no different. Even with the wide variety of styles we brew, our ales and lagers will always taste like Three Floyds. Using sound techniques, the finest ingredients and innovation, we strive to make the best and most memorable beers—always setting themselves apart
    Tours are offered on Saturdays. Tours will be held at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, and 5:30. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis and you can sign up with our door guy on the day of the tour.
    Brewpub Hours:
    Mon-Thurs 11:00am–11:15pm
    Fri-sat 11:00am–1:15am
    Sun 11:00am–11:15pm
    click for details


    18TH STREET BREWERY
    5725 Miller Ave. Gary, IN 46403
    219-939-8802
    18th Street Brewery is a brewpub in the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary, Indiana in late 2013. Conveniently located off the Dunes Highway and the Metra 'Miller' stop, 18th Street specializes in both big and small beers, from 9.5% barrel aged Double Milk Stouts to 4.5% Session Pale Ales. 18th Street also has a craft cocktail menu and carries a curated selection of whiskey, bourbon, and wine. We have a kitchen that specializes in small plates, salads, sandwiches, and seasonal offerings. Our large, open front room is great for families.
    Monday-Thursday: 11am – 10pm
    Friday and Saturday: 12pm – 12am
    Sunday: 11pm – 8pm
    Check their Facebook page at click for details for different hours of operation on Holidays.
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    WINERIES

    ANDERSON'S VINEYARD & WINERY
    430 E. U.S. Highway 6
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Phone: (219) 464-4936
    A family tradition originating in 1927, Anderson’s Orchard has grown from a small roadside market to the most beautiful 40 acre family attraction spot in Porter County, Indiana. You'll love our bakery, fudge factory, and gift shop Our candles, steins, glassware. local handmade crafts, and homemade jams and jellies are just a few of the treasures you will find on your visit with us. We are also home to the largest selection of beer and wine making suppliers in the Chicago land area. In the spring visit our greenhouse.
    Hours:
    January 2 – April 14:
    Fri. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sun., 12 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    April 15 – December 31:
    Sun. thru Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    click for details


    BUTLER WINERY & VINEYARDS
    401 Broadway
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    Phone: (219) 929-1400
    Butler Winery, established in 1983, is the fourth oldest operating winery in Indiana. The winery and vineyard are located just 10 minutes from the NE side of Bloomington, which is also within the northern boundaries of the Indiana Uplands viticultural area. This region in south central Indiana produces wines of distinctive character.
    Monday - Saturday: 10 - 6pm
    Sunday: 12- 6 pm
    click for details


    CARPENTER CREEK CELLARS
    11144 Jordan Road
    Remington, IN 47977
    Phone: (219) 866-4334
    Carpenter Creek Cellars, the original winery in Jasper County, Indiana, is a farm winery producing world-class wines which embody the best terroir and fruit the Midwest has to offer.
    Monday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    click for details


    RUNNING VINES
    119 S. Calumet, Ste 101-105
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    Phone: (219) 390-WINE
    We feature wines for the entire pallet. From dry light bodied wines to our Fit Collection to our fruitier sweeter wines from our Race Collection. Visit our website for upcoming events
    Tuesday-Thursday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Friday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    click for details


    SHADY CREEK WINERY
    2030 Tryon Rd
    Michigan City, IN 46360
    Phone: (219) 874-9463
    "A great winery experience on the southern Lake Michigan shore". Featuring custom crafted wines and a first class facility situated on nearly 20 acres of grounds with expansive views, comfortable patios, covered porches, fireplaces, tasting room, specialty foods, gifts and local artwork.
    Check website for seasonal hours.
    click for details
     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, Horses, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Looking for horses? There are many stables and farms in Northwest Indiana offering horseback riding lessons, trail rides, birthday parties and more!

    FOREST VIEW FARMS
    11750 W 117th Ave
    Cedar Lake, IN
    (219) 365-1350
    Forest View Farms offer horseback riding lessons for riders of all ages and skill levels. Forest View Farms also offers pony rides for small children. Pony rides can be offered as beginner pony lessons for children 5–7 years old, or can take place for a child's birthday party or other special event.
    click for details


    FOUR SEASONS STABLES INC
    4613 E 109th Ave
    Crown Point, IN
    (219) 663-5968
    Four Seasons offers weekly riding lessons, home pony deliveries, pony parties and more!
    click for details


    GREEN ACRES RANCH
    9330 Sheffield Ave, Dyer, IN 46311
    219-776-8787
    economyhomesinc@sbcglobal.net
    Call to make your appointment for Horseback riding lessons, Hay Rides, Horse Driving Lessons, Trail Rides, Bon Fire, Camps, Afterschool Programs, etc.
    click for details


    SHILO RANCH
    6900 Ainsworth Rd
    Hobart, IN
    (775) 691-7723
    Shilo Ranch offers a variety of activities for the whole family. Whether it is a birthday party, an afternoon trail ride with friends, or you need some 1 on 1 instruction, Shilo Ranch can help!
    click for details


    SAYLOR'S END OF THE TRAIL RIDING STABLE
    9562 E 750 N
    Walkerton, IN 46574
    574-586-2677
    We have been in business for 25 years we offer hourly guided trail rides, pony parties, petting zoo, horse drawn carriage Rides, horse drawn Wagon rides, horse drawn sleigh rides and weekend camp trips with the horses.
    click for details

    STATELINE STABLES
    10411 N 200E
    LaPorte, IN 46350
    219-778-9020
    Stateline Stables is a 30 acre horse farm. Our facility has a 50 stall barn with a large indoor and two big outdoor arenas with excellent footing. All disciplines welcome! It’s a great family environment. We offer riding lessons, boarding, camps, horse shows, trail rides and horse leasing.
    click for details


    TRANSITIONS EQUESTRIAN CENTER
    2525 E. 850 N, La Porte, IN 46350
    219-778-9592
    Transitions has a fun, laid back and family-friendly atmosphere with a strong diverse riding program that is affordable and meets the needs of every horse and horseman. Students may also partial lease a lesson horse, giving an alternative to horse ownership that is more affordable. In addition to providing several different options and packages to fit your budget, the variety of disciplines and services we can provide reach far beyond that of your typical stable.
    click for details


    TRUE NORTH TRAINING STABLES
    927 North 150 West, Chesterton, IN
    (219) 728-7490
    True North provides a safe environment where at risk youth and their families come for training in life skills and spiritual awareness in an equine setting. This includes, but is not limited to, children who struggle with depression, autism, foster/adopted, ADD, ADHD, self-harm, bullied, addiction, sexual abuse, incarcerated parents, eating disorders, truancy, and other similar society issues. We instruct our students through an eight-week program covering the following character qualities: relationship building; teamwork and leadership; respect; patience, perseverance and strength; focus; communication; critical thinking, decision making, discernment, and conflict resolution; and trust. Byproducts of these character qualities are values such as honesty, gaining control, confidence, empathy, compassion, love, gratitude, forgiveness, grace, humility, contentment and care. Individual lessons plans are uniquely designed based on the needs of each young person. Each lesson is planned to connect the horse and student. It is our desire to bring hope to those in need.
    click for details
     
           
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Holiday, Fun, Food, Gifts, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.

    The market is rich in cultural tradition and includes special events, performers and activities.
    Daley Plaza
    50 W. Washington Chicago IL
    312.494.2175
  • | Arts and Entertainment, art classes, adults, kids, seniors, munster, crown point
    - Register for Winter Art Classes!

    South Shore Arts has been providing quality art instruction since 1970!
    Classes for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS

    Painting / Pottery / Photography / Drawing / Cartooning / Fiber Arts & more!

    Classes begin JAN 8.

    Locations in Munster & Crown Point


    219-836-1839 x 103

    South Shore Arts
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Kelly Freeman 2198361839x103 kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, christmas, holidays, lights, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Decorated Homes in Northwest Indiana

    Whenever possible, we encourage you to check the Facebook page or website for each home (listed below when available) to see if the displays are down before you drive out. This occasionally happens due to high winds, severe weather, or technical difficulties.

    Enjoy!


    BURNS HARBOR

    259 Lake Park Rd., Burns Harbor
    Lights on weekdays 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
    Fri. and Sat. from 4:30pm to 11pm.
    The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and goes until Jan 1. Tune into radio station 92.5 fm. Lights are timed to music. This year we are collecting money on behalf of The Caring Place in Valparaiso, IN. Please follow our page for updates. click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander, Cedar Lake
    Lights on from about dusk to 10pm, December 10 to January 7. click for details

    9331 W. 135th Pl., Cedar Lake
    Lights on from 4:30p-10:30p. Turn your station to 98.9 as the lights are synced to music!

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    CHESTERTON

    709 S. 22nd St., Chesterton
    5pm to 10:30pm daily. 20 foot snowman up (except when it is windy!)

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    CROWN POINT

    3290 Windyhill Rd., Crown Point
    Nov. 25th to Jan. 6th, Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm and Fri and Sat. 5-10:30pm. There are 30,000 lights that dance to 10 different songs on 103.1 FM. We also have a new feature of Santa projected on the house! We also collect food and donations for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry. The collection bin is located next to the mailbox. click for details

    7746 W 96th Place, Crown Point
    Stella's Winter Wonderland
    Dec. 2-New Year’s Eve. 5-10pm. We have just over 7,500 lights and growing every year. We have an arch with over 1,000 lights.

    9824 McKinley St., Crown Point

    618 N. West S., Crown Point

    581 O'Hagan Dr., Crown Point

    499 Court St., Crown Point

    493 Court St., Crown Point

    222 Wells St., Crown Point

    1040 Greenbriar Ct., Crown Point

    301 E. 125 Ave., Crown Point

    381 E. 130th Lane, Crown Point

    10750 Alabama St., Crown Point

    1325 S. Hayes St., Crown Point

    825 Alderbrook, Crown Point

    441 S. East St., Crown Point

    922 Monterey Ct., Crown Point

    1834 W 99th Ave., Crown Point

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    DYER

    1020 Richmond Ct., Dyer
    Lights on at 4:30pm, from 11/24-first week of January.


    1315 Capri Lane, Dyer
    Begins 11/24 to 1/7, from 5:00-10:30pm.
    Tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show.

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer St., Griffith
    Lights will be on about 4:30 to around 10PM, seven days a week. Lights are on now-January 8 or 10th. Please get out and walk around if you would like.

    726 N. Indiana St., Griffith
    Lights are on now until January 1, 5-10pm.

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    HAMMOND

    Peteyville
    3033 Crane Place, Hammond
    We are open from 5:00-10:00pm every day, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve. click for details

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    HEBRON

    603 S. 800 W., Hebron
    The display is up now until January 1st. The light show starts at 4:30pm and runs until 10:00pm (Monday - Thursday) and from 4:30pm until 11:00pm (Friday-Sunday). The display contains over 50,000 lights and is programmed to multiple audio tracks. Free Candy Canes are located in the Candy Cane Mailbox. click for details

    216 Locust Ave S., Hebron
    Lights on now until January 1. Lights turned on around 5pm and stay on until morning.

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    HIGHLAND

    9121 Idlewood Dr., Highland
    Lights are on from 5-10pm daily, now until January 1.


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    LOWELL

    The Gingerbread House
    1231 Harrison St., Lowell
    Display on from 11/23 to 1/1, 5pm until 10pm.
    We have movies playing all night and you can sit in your car and listen on your car stereo, or you can roll down your window and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is also a mailbox for the children to mail out their Christmas wishes to Santa. This year we are excepting donations for the local animal shelters. Our lights are connected to a music box that the lights dance to. Santa will be at our house on 12-9/12-16 and 12-23 from 6pm to 8pm(later if needed). We will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn. Each child will receive a magical bell from Santa.

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    MERRILLVILLE

    2901 W 54th Pl., Merrillville
    Dec. 2-Jan. 7, 4pm-midnight.
    Music played over radio station 100.1. Station frequency listed on sign in front yard. Lights are sync’d to the music. click for details

    201 E 71st Ave., Merrillville
    Lights are on from 5pm to approx. 10pm every night until December 31st.

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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Festival of Lights- Washington Park
    6 On the Lake, Michigan City
    Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays that are truly a sight to behold! It is the largest free drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. That has been an annual event for over 20 years at Washington Park. December 2–January 7. click for details

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    MUNSTER

    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    Lights will be on from dusk-10pm every night through Jan. 1. Display includes lights set to Christmas tunes. Music can be played through radio station 88.5FM

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    PORTAGE

    6440 Gaywood Ave., Portage
    Light Display will be on daily 5pm-10pm. Large light display with half of the lights blinking to the sound of the music.

    2063 Karen Ct., Portage
    Music show with lights are on from 5:30-10pm, 7 days a week. Santa is waiting and waving out of the window for you!

    6846 Portage Ave, Portage
    Light display starts at 5pm, now until January 1.

    2240 McCool Road, Portage

    2140 McCool, Portage

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N. US Highway 231, Rensselaer
    Display dances to music with 32 channels, LED lights, and a 20 foot mega tree! Tune your radio to 88.1. The display will be on from 5pm-10pm every night starting 11/23-1/14. People are welcome to pull into the driveway to enjoy the show because of it being on major highway.

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive, Schererville
    Lights, 17 ft. animated tree. Starts Thanksgiving night and runs nightly 6pm-10pm, and an hour later on weekends. This year we are collecting Toys for Tots! Box will be displayed for collection until Dec 11th. click for details. Tune into 91.3 for music and stories.

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    ST. JOHN

    Festival of Lights/Christmas Display

    The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.
    Visit with Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Don't forget your camera!
    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!
    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.

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    VALPARAISO

    Winter Lights Drive Through
    775 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
    The Winter Lights are live and ready for your family to enjoy! Drive through Sunset Hill Farm Park from dusk-10pm any night through New Year's Day and take in over 300 light displays. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!click for details

    658 Nome Rd, Valparaiso
    Many lights and music! The display will be on from now until New Year’s Day, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm. Friday and Saturday until 10pm.

    202 West 450 South, Valparaiso
    Computer controlled light display that is sequenced to music. Stop by and turn your radio dial to 89.3 FM to listen to the music as you watch the lights. We design and build our own display props so everything is one of a kind. New this year is a 16 feet tall pixel tree made from over 600 feet of PEX tubing. This year the display will run from November 24 to January 1. click for details

    609 Partridge Path, Valparaiso- Woods of the Winding Creek Subdivision
    Light display on from 5-10 daily, now until January 3. This year our son Thomas Pruitt Jr. has created a combo of Halloween and Christmas in honor of our late daughter's favorite holidays. You can also view his tribute to Elizabeth on Facebook at Thomas' Winter Wonderland.
    click for details

    1551 Gilleevan Dr., Valparaiso
    Large light display that runs everyday after 5pm until sun up with music. The neighbors across the road also have a lot of lights! We are on a dead end road, but there is plenty of room to turn around once you get to us!

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    WHEATFIELD

    5387 West State Road 10, Wheatfield
    Come check out our amazing light display this Christmas season! Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM, drive into our North parking lot between 5-10pm, and bring your family for 30 minutes of your favorite Christmas music all coordinated to lights! This is sure to be the most stunning display in town! click for details

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    DO YOU HAVE A NORTHWEST INDIANA HOME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS LIST? PLEASE SEND US DETAILS TO STACY.TRAVIS@NWI-TOWNPLANNER.COM. THANK YOU!
     
           
  • | Local Events, discount, food, fun
    - 20% off food! Must show school ID.

    Coyote Cantina
    1090 US HWY 41 Schererville IN 46375
    Coyote Cantina 219.319.0902
  • | Sports and Recreation, basketball, winter activities, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department have announced the registration for their Little Dribblers pre-school to third grade youth winter basketball program. All Little Dribblers sessions will be held on Friday’s for eight weeks starting January 19th, to -March 9, 2018.

    Lil’ Dribblers basketball instruction will be held at Franciscan Health Crown Point Sports Medicine Institute in their Athletic Development Fieldhouse located at 12800 Mississippi Parkway (half mile east of the intersection of I-65 ad Rt. 231) in Crown Point, Indiana. Individual registration information fee is as follows:
    Little Dribblers for Boys and Girls Pre-School and Kindergarten
    4:30 pm-5:30 pm (Friday) January 19th-March 9th

    Little Dribblers for Boys and Girls 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm (Friday) January 19th-March 9th

    $65 Individual registration fee for Crown Point residents
    $80 Individual registration fee for non- residents

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, VERIFY RESIDENCY, OR TO REGISTER CONTACT:
    Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department
    Call John Stroia at 219-661-2272 or email: jstroia@crownpoint.in.gov
    Franciscan Point Sport Medicine Institute (Fieldhouse)
    12800 Mississippi Parkway Crown Point IN
    Crown Point Parks & Recreation 219.661.2271
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, family fun, nwi things to do, decorated homes
    - The Crown Point Tour of Lights will take place on Dec. 11-16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tour will feature trolley rides throughout the city to look at houses displaying their Christmas lights and decorations. Story telling begins at 5 p.m., and the tours begin at 5:30. Registration is required, and will begin November 1. Call 219-662-3290 to register or for more information.
     
           
    Crown Point Mayor’s Office of Special Events 219.662.3290
  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this date in 1791, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution, known as the Bill Of Rights, became effective following ratification by Virginia.
     
           

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

  • | 8:00am - | Sports and Recreation, Fun run, 5k, walk, Santa, Things to do, Fun, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - FREE EVENT
    Join us for a RUN SANTA RUN 5k Fun Run/Walk event !!

    Optional Finisher Medal Option for $5 must be prepaid by 12/2

    *Not a Port Authority Event
    *FREE Event
    * Hosted By Envious Trends Fitness/Wolf Lake Run/Walk Club
    Medal layout will coincide with Fun Run Theme!! Questions please call 219-902-5980.
    Wolf Lake Greenhouse
    2100 Calumet Avenue Hammond IN 46320
    Envious Trends Fitness/Wolf Lake Run/Walk Club 219.902.5980
  • | 9:00am - 9:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Sparta Dome, Winter, Indoor, Dome, Soccer, Tournament
    - Date: December 16th, 2017
    Format:

    4 Games Guaranteed
    2 x 12 minute halves
    6 Players maximum per team
    All games played in one day
    Teams receive T-Shirts
    We will be using the calendar birth years to align with Challenge Sports 3v3 National rules
    Age groups U08 through HS
    The Sparta Dome
    1355 E. North Street Crown Point IN 46307
    219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • | 10:00am - 5:00pm | Local Events
    Deep River County Park - Wood's Historic Grist Mill
    9410 Old Lincoln Highway Hobart IN 46342
  • | 10:00am - 6:00pm | Local Events
    - Non-Stop Holiday Fun!
    Saturdays: December 2,9,16, & 23
    Come climb aboard Bellaboo’s Santa Express for plenty of Train-Themed & Holiday PLAY! Complete with Bellaboo’s Engineer Caps and Red Bandanas.
    12pm-3pm Santa Visits & Professional Portraits
    Garland Good Times|”Polar Express” Story Time| Sugar Cone Tree Decorating | Elf Yourself
    Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
    2800 Colorado St. Lake Station IN 46405
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 10:00am - 4:00pm | Local Events, santa, fun, holiday, family, free, christmas
    - Crown Point… Mayor David Uran’s Office of Special Events invites you to attend this year’s Santa Claus Parade as Crown Point welcomes in Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for the season. The Santa Parade is on Saturday, November 25th and begins at 10:00am. Santa will arrive by helicopter ride at the Pointe Plaza and then he & Mrs. Claus will ride a fire truck down Main Street directly to the Courthouse on the square. They will be available to visit with families and children until 4:00pm as well as every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas from 12:00 to 4:00pm. Also joining the parade this year are Poppy and Branch from the movie Trolls. Poppy and Branch will be available to visit at 9:30am prior to the parade. To view Santa’s complete schedule for the Courthouse please visit our website at click for details.
    For more information regarding the Santa Parade or the Winter Market please contact the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at (219) 662-3290.
     
           
    Mayor's Office of Special Events 219.662.3290
  • | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Library Events
    - All ages of children are invited to come and build something with the library’s blocks. If you want, we will put your creations in our display for a month. Make something for everyone to see!
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 12:00pm - 4:00pm | Kids, Christmas
    - Location: 1st Floor

    Dates:
    Sunday, November 26
    Saturday & Sundays: Dec. 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17
    Saturday, December 23
    Lake County Courthouse
    Courthouse Square Crown Point IN 46307
    Crown Point Mayor’s Office of Special Events 219.662.3290
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:00pm - 3:00pm | Local Events
    - Kids currently in Kindergarten or older are invited to play board games, Wii, enjoy snacks and other fun activities while parents get a break to finish their holiday to-do list.


    Children under kindergarten age are allowed to attend with an adult.
    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • Memorial Opera House
    104 Indiana Ave. Valparaiso IN 46383
    219.938.3339
  • | Sports and Recreation, Family, Fun Center, Kids, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There are so many options for family fun in Northwest Indiana. Check out this list of places to visit!


    Edge Adventures NWI Indiana - DEEP RIVER PARK
    9001 E. Lincoln Highway
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    (800) 590-8347
    Edge Adventures aerial parks are treetop trails ranging from 16-60 feet in the air. Participants choose their own self guided course and engage in a combination of obstacles and zip lines as they maneuver their way through different trails
    with a progressive degree of challenges. There are thrills to satisfy all adventure types!
    click for details


    SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK
    1035 Eagleridge
    Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 227-3777
    Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. Indoor Park.
    click for details


    CROWN POINT FAMILY FUN CENTER
    1301 Merrillville Rd.
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 663-3663
    Grab your family and friends and head for Crown Point Family Fun Center! Find go-karts, mini golf, arcade, batting cages, soccer cages, and more in a family-oriented New Orleans Mardi Gras setting. Relax under a colorful umbrella and sip a cold soft drink after playing 18 or 36 holes of golf. Check out the latest games in our spacious arcade, including Deal or No Deal and Smokin’ Token. We also have classic games like Skee Ball and Basketball. Go home with a string of beads for each go-kart and mini golf ticket you buy. Arcade Games Available in the Winter.
    click for details


    THE COURTS OF NORTHWEST INDIANA
    127 East US Highway 6
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 465-1111
    Air conditioned indoor year-round sports complex - Basketball, Tennis, Batting Cages, Gymnastics Open Gym, Birthday Parties
    click for details


    BELLABOO’S PLAY AND DISCOVERY CENTER
    Three Rivers County Park
    2800 Colorado St
    Lake Station., IN
    (219) 963-2070
    This colorful and imaginative facility features 23,000 square feet of hands-on activities, including a block play and construction zone, face painting and dress-up, an art studio, water table, climbing structure, slides, ball pit, a room for toddlers and infants, a Wi-Fi café and much more.
    click for details


    CEDAR CREEK FAMILY GOLF CENTER
    10483 W. 109th Avenue
    Cedar Lake, IN
    (219)365-2902
    This 18 hole miniature golf course is surrounded with a water fall and two creeks. It is used for group activities, birthday parties, and family outings. This golf course has something for every member of the family to enjoy and is lite outside for night games. Summer Months.
    click for details


    FUNFLATABLES
    Locations in Valparaiso, Merrillville, Michigan City, Dyer, and Hebron
    DYER: (219)322-5333
    VALPARAISO: (219)242-8432
    MERRILLVILLE: (219)769-7707
    MICHIGAN CITY: (219)809-0888
    HEBRON: (219)696-6666
    FunFlatables’ Party-n-Play centers are your #1 family entertainment center for indoor, climate-controlled, all-occasion parties and FUN. Visit one or ALL of our unique, year-round, soft inflatable playgrounds where the whole family can have continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking through Obstacles and Soaring down Slides! Indoor.
    click for details


    INMAN’S FUN AND PARTY CENTER
    3201 E Evans Ave.
    Valparaiso, IN
    (219)462-1300
    inmans@inmansvalpo.com
    Inman's Bowling & Recreation Center is Northwest Indiana's Premiere Entertainment Complex located in Valparaiso, Indiana. We have something for everyone at our facility offering many entertainment attractions. 32 Lanes of Bowling, Video Game Arcade with Ticket Redemption, Roller Skating Rink, Go-Karts, 18 Hole Miniature Golf, Paddle Boat Soakers, 8 Billiard Pool Tables, Air Hockey, Bean Bags, and Kids Bounce Houses.
    click for details


    JAK'S WAREHOUSE
    221 US-41
    Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 322-5257
    Welcome to JAK'S Warehouse. We are Northwest Indiana's premiere Indoor Family Fun Center. We are here to provide great entertainment for the whole family. Come make it a day at JAK'S Warehouse.
    Come and enjoy attractions like Laser Tag, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars, Urban Golf, Ballocity, and our amazing Sky Trail! Indoor.
    click for details


    ZAO ISLAND
    1050 Horse Prairie Ave.
    Valparaiso
    (219)462-1194
    Filled with fun, this location offers a game room, miniature golfing, go karts, batting cages, a wild wave slide and more. (Arcade Games in the Winter)
    click for details


    ZIG-E’S FUNLAND
    8176 Wicker Ave
    St John, IN 46373
    (219) 558-0596
    Let’s face it. It’s difficult finding a place that’s fun for both children and parents especially in NW Indiana. Zig-E’s Funland bridges the gap, and brings families together. For over 5 years we’ve provided a place for adults to join in on the fun! Race your kids in go-karts, hit a few balls in the batting cages or spend some quality time at the arcade.
    click for details



     
           
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Over 21, Casino, Betting, Gambling, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - You don't have to travel to Las Vegas for quality casinos. Visit one these locations in Northwest Indiana:

    AMERISTAR CASINO
    777 Ameristar Boulevard
    East Chicago, IN 46312
    219-378-3000
    With 56,000 square feet of gaming space on four levels, more than 1,750 slots and video poker machines, 58 table games and a dedicated baccarat room, we offer amazing gaming variety. Plus, guests enjoy our 288-room luxury hotel, which boasts a variety of amenities, our five exceptionally appetizing restaurants and a gift shop that's a destination it its own right.
    click for details


    BLUE CHIP CASINO, HOTEL & SPA
    777 Blue Chip Drive
    Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 879-7711
    We offer 65,000 square feet of gaming on a single luxurious and spacious level, with 44 table games, eight live poker room tables and more than 1,700 slots. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round. Dine in our of our five restaurants on site, or enjoy live entertainment from local bands to A-list performers. Blue Chip also has a 10,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center and a hotel with 486 luxurious rooms and suites.
    click for details


    Four Winds
    11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, MI 49117
    (866) 494-6371
    Less than an hour's drive from Downtown Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan, Four Winds New Buffalo delivers an unparalleled experience of indulgence, exhilaration and endless winning possibilities.
    Prepare to be swept up in the excitement as you experience our action-packed games, sizzling nightlife and one-of-a-kind entertainment. Lose yourself in our luxurious hotel, enjoy headliner entertainment, indulge in our sensational restaurants including southwest Michigan's only Hard Rock Cafe, and bask in the beautiful Lake Michigan setting while experiencing the region's most attentive service.
    click for details


    HORSESHOE CASINO HAMMOND
    777 Casino Center Drive
    Hammond, IN 46320
    (866) 711-7463
    Horseshoe Casino Hammond is open daily 24 hours. The casino's 108,200 square foot gaming space features 3,000 gaming machines and 189 table and poker games. The property has award-winning restaurants and entertainment at The Venue.
    click for details


    MAJESTIC STAR CASINO AND HOTEL
    One Buffington Harbor Drive
    Gary, IN 46406
    888-225-8259
    Enjoy 6 floors of gaming action at Majestic Star Casino! We’re bringing the ‘Win’ to the Windy City! Located just 35 minutes from Downtown Chicago, our casino features a huge selection of gaming options 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    You can also enjoy in a wide variety of dining options, including our award winning Steakhouse. With the latest slots and wide array of table games, Majestic Star has something for everybody! Plus enjoy all your favorite games on our new non-smoking level.
    click for details





     
           
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Christmas, Movies, Hallmark, Fun, Holiday, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - Hallmark Channel Announces Holiday Movie Lineup!

    Oct. 28: Marry Me at Christmas

    Nov. 4: Christmas Festival of Ice

    Nov. 5: Christmas in the Air

    Nov. 11: The Sweetest Christmas

    Nov. 12: Miss Christmas

    Nov. 18: Coming Home For Christmas

    Nov. 19: Enchanted Christmas

    Nov. 22: Secretly Santa

    Nov. 23: The Mistletoe Inn

    Nov. 24: Finding Santa

    Nov. 25: The Christmas Train

    Nov. 26: Switched For Christmas

    Dec. 2: Christmas In Evergreen

    Dec. 3: Reindeer Lodge

    Dec. 9: The Christmas Shop

    Dec. 10: Encore Christmas

    Dec. 16: Christmas Shuttle

    Dec. 17: Father Christmas

    Dec. 23: Baby It's Cold Outside

    Dec. 25: When Calls the Heart Christmas

    Dec. 30: New Year's Eve Gala
     
           
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Holiday, Fun, Food, Gifts, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.

    The market is rich in cultural tradition and includes special events, performers and activities.
    Daley Plaza
    50 W. Washington Chicago IL
    312.494.2175
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, shopping, local, homemade, vendor
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    November 4

    Holiday Craft Show
    Schererville, Indiana
    click for details


    32nd Annual Holiday Bazaar, Art & Craft and Business Vendor Fair in Munster (Sat and Sun)
    Munster, Indiana
    click for details

    6th Annual Christmas Market and Vendor Show
    Hobart, Indiana
    click for details

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    November 4

    Kandy Kane Lane Craft/Vendor Show and Bake Sale
    Portage, Indiana
    click for details


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    November 19

    Holiday Affair
    Schererville, Indiana
    click for details


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    November 25

    Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
    Munster, Indiana
    click for details

    Chesterton's European Market Presents Hometown Holidays Market
    Chesterton, Indiana
    click for details

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    December 2

    Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Munster High School
    Munster, Indiana
    click for details

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    December 3

    County Line Orchard Holiday Shopping
    Hobart, Indiana
    click for details


    Holiday Craft Show Supporting Our Troops
    Valparaiso, Indiana
    click for details


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    December 6

    Lighthouse Holiday Shopping at the Lighthouse Restaurant
    Cedar Lake, Indiana
    click for details









     
           
  • | Local Events, santa, family, trains, animals
    - Bring the whole family to Taltree and celebrate the holidays in our vintage Railway Depot. Step off the trails, out of the cold and into Santa’s workshop. Families are encouraged to bring cameras and snap a photograph with Santa. While waiting to meet with Kris Kringle, enjoy a warm cup of cocoa, create a holiday craft to take home and get up close to the handcrafted Christmas villages put up throughout the Depot. At the center of it all is Taltree’s signature Train Tree. Visitors will be delighted to see the three miniature tracks and trains running along the branches. The whimsical decorations capture the magic of the season.

    Santa is available for pictures December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17 from 12-4pm. Taltree is offering special pricing throughout December- every day is $20 carload day! This pricing does not apply to individual admission or members. Advance tickets not required.

    On December 16 and 17, Santa and Mrs. Claus host guests from 10:30am to noon with a holiday story and cookie decorating. Ticket prices start at $10 and vary depending on the number of people in your family. Advance tickets are required at Taltree.org.

    After your visit with Santa, explore the arboretum. The Adventure Garden is home to turkey, chickens, a rabbit and goats. The animals love to have visitors and are sure to capture your attention. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, come prepared to sled on the mounds facing the prairie. Taltree also offers snowshoes to rent during your visit at the depot on weekends. Limited availability, first come first served.

    Interested in bringing a group to explore the winter season at Taltree? Bring a group of 10-30 on a weekday during December and receive special admission pricing of $30 for the group. Available Monday through Friday. Reservations required- please call (219) 462-0025 or email info@taltree.org.
    Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
    450 West 100 North Valparaiso IN 46385
    Taltree 219.462.0025
  • | Arts and Entertainment, art classes, adults, kids, seniors, munster, crown point
    - Register for Winter Art Classes!

    South Shore Arts has been providing quality art instruction since 1970!
    Classes for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS

    Painting / Pottery / Photography / Drawing / Cartooning / Fiber Arts & more!

    Classes begin JAN 8.

    Locations in Munster & Crown Point


    219-836-1839 x 103

    South Shore Arts
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Kelly Freeman 2198361839x103 kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • | Local Events, christmas, christmas lights, santa, family fun, things to do, nwi things to do
    - The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.

    Visit With Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    Don't forget your camera!

    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.

    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!

    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.
    Prairie West Park
    93rd and West Oakridge St. John IN 46373
    St. John Municipal Offices 219.365.6465
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, christmas, holidays, lights, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Decorated Homes in Northwest Indiana

    Whenever possible, we encourage you to check the Facebook page or website for each home (listed below when available) to see if the displays are down before you drive out. This occasionally happens due to high winds, severe weather, or technical difficulties.

    Enjoy!


    BURNS HARBOR

    259 Lake Park Rd., Burns Harbor
    Lights on weekdays 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
    Fri. and Sat. from 4:30pm to 11pm.
    The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and goes until Jan 1. Tune into radio station 92.5 fm. Lights are timed to music. This year we are collecting money on behalf of The Caring Place in Valparaiso, IN. Please follow our page for updates. click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander, Cedar Lake
    Lights on from about dusk to 10pm, December 10 to January 7. click for details

    9331 W. 135th Pl., Cedar Lake
    Lights on from 4:30p-10:30p. Turn your station to 98.9 as the lights are synced to music!

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    CHESTERTON

    709 S. 22nd St., Chesterton
    5pm to 10:30pm daily. 20 foot snowman up (except when it is windy!)

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    CROWN POINT

    3290 Windyhill Rd., Crown Point
    Nov. 25th to Jan. 6th, Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm and Fri and Sat. 5-10:30pm. There are 30,000 lights that dance to 10 different songs on 103.1 FM. We also have a new feature of Santa projected on the house! We also collect food and donations for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry. The collection bin is located next to the mailbox. click for details

    7746 W 96th Place, Crown Point
    Stella's Winter Wonderland
    Dec. 2-New Year’s Eve. 5-10pm. We have just over 7,500 lights and growing every year. We have an arch with over 1,000 lights.

    9824 McKinley St., Crown Point

    618 N. West S., Crown Point

    581 O'Hagan Dr., Crown Point

    499 Court St., Crown Point

    493 Court St., Crown Point

    222 Wells St., Crown Point

    1040 Greenbriar Ct., Crown Point

    301 E. 125 Ave., Crown Point

    381 E. 130th Lane, Crown Point

    10750 Alabama St., Crown Point

    1325 S. Hayes St., Crown Point

    825 Alderbrook, Crown Point

    441 S. East St., Crown Point

    922 Monterey Ct., Crown Point

    1834 W 99th Ave., Crown Point

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    DYER

    1020 Richmond Ct., Dyer
    Lights on at 4:30pm, from 11/24-first week of January.


    1315 Capri Lane, Dyer
    Begins 11/24 to 1/7, from 5:00-10:30pm.
    Tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show.

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer St., Griffith
    Lights will be on about 4:30 to around 10PM, seven days a week. Lights are on now-January 8 or 10th. Please get out and walk around if you would like.

    726 N. Indiana St., Griffith
    Lights are on now until January 1, 5-10pm.

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    HAMMOND

    Peteyville
    3033 Crane Place, Hammond
    We are open from 5:00-10:00pm every day, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve. click for details

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    HEBRON

    603 S. 800 W., Hebron
    The display is up now until January 1st. The light show starts at 4:30pm and runs until 10:00pm (Monday - Thursday) and from 4:30pm until 11:00pm (Friday-Sunday). The display contains over 50,000 lights and is programmed to multiple audio tracks. Free Candy Canes are located in the Candy Cane Mailbox. click for details

    216 Locust Ave S., Hebron
    Lights on now until January 1. Lights turned on around 5pm and stay on until morning.

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    HIGHLAND

    9121 Idlewood Dr., Highland
    Lights are on from 5-10pm daily, now until January 1.


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    LOWELL

    The Gingerbread House
    1231 Harrison St., Lowell
    Display on from 11/23 to 1/1, 5pm until 10pm.
    We have movies playing all night and you can sit in your car and listen on your car stereo, or you can roll down your window and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is also a mailbox for the children to mail out their Christmas wishes to Santa. This year we are excepting donations for the local animal shelters. Our lights are connected to a music box that the lights dance to. Santa will be at our house on 12-9/12-16 and 12-23 from 6pm to 8pm(later if needed). We will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn. Each child will receive a magical bell from Santa.

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    MERRILLVILLE

    2901 W 54th Pl., Merrillville
    Dec. 2-Jan. 7, 4pm-midnight.
    Music played over radio station 100.1. Station frequency listed on sign in front yard. Lights are sync’d to the music. click for details

    201 E 71st Ave., Merrillville
    Lights are on from 5pm to approx. 10pm every night until December 31st.

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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Festival of Lights- Washington Park
    6 On the Lake, Michigan City
    Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays that are truly a sight to behold! It is the largest free drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. That has been an annual event for over 20 years at Washington Park. December 2–January 7. click for details

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    MUNSTER

    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    Lights will be on from dusk-10pm every night through Jan. 1. Display includes lights set to Christmas tunes. Music can be played through radio station 88.5FM

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    PORTAGE

    6440 Gaywood Ave., Portage
    Light Display will be on daily 5pm-10pm. Large light display with half of the lights blinking to the sound of the music.

    2063 Karen Ct., Portage
    Music show with lights are on from 5:30-10pm, 7 days a week. Santa is waiting and waving out of the window for you!

    6846 Portage Ave, Portage
    Light display starts at 5pm, now until January 1.

    2240 McCool Road, Portage

    2140 McCool, Portage

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N. US Highway 231, Rensselaer
    Display dances to music with 32 channels, LED lights, and a 20 foot mega tree! Tune your radio to 88.1. The display will be on from 5pm-10pm every night starting 11/23-1/14. People are welcome to pull into the driveway to enjoy the show because of it being on major highway.

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive, Schererville
    Lights, 17 ft. animated tree. Starts Thanksgiving night and runs nightly 6pm-10pm, and an hour later on weekends. This year we are collecting Toys for Tots! Box will be displayed for collection until Dec 11th. click for details. Tune into 91.3 for music and stories.

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    ST. JOHN

    Festival of Lights/Christmas Display

    The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.
    Visit with Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Don't forget your camera!
    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!
    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.

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    VALPARAISO

    Winter Lights Drive Through
    775 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
    The Winter Lights are live and ready for your family to enjoy! Drive through Sunset Hill Farm Park from dusk-10pm any night through New Year's Day and take in over 300 light displays. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!click for details

    658 Nome Rd, Valparaiso
    Many lights and music! The display will be on from now until New Year’s Day, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm. Friday and Saturday until 10pm.

    202 West 450 South, Valparaiso
    Computer controlled light display that is sequenced to music. Stop by and turn your radio dial to 89.3 FM to listen to the music as you watch the lights. We design and build our own display props so everything is one of a kind. New this year is a 16 feet tall pixel tree made from over 600 feet of PEX tubing. This year the display will run from November 24 to January 1. click for details

    609 Partridge Path, Valparaiso- Woods of the Winding Creek Subdivision
    Light display on from 5-10 daily, now until January 3. This year our son Thomas Pruitt Jr. has created a combo of Halloween and Christmas in honor of our late daughter's favorite holidays. You can also view his tribute to Elizabeth on Facebook at Thomas' Winter Wonderland.
    click for details

    1551 Gilleevan Dr., Valparaiso
    Large light display that runs everyday after 5pm until sun up with music. The neighbors across the road also have a lot of lights! We are on a dead end road, but there is plenty of room to turn around once you get to us!

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    WHEATFIELD

    5387 West State Road 10, Wheatfield
    Come check out our amazing light display this Christmas season! Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM, drive into our North parking lot between 5-10pm, and bring your family for 30 minutes of your favorite Christmas music all coordinated to lights! This is sure to be the most stunning display in town! click for details

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    DO YOU HAVE A NORTHWEST INDIANA HOME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS LIST? PLEASE SEND US DETAILS TO STACY.TRAVIS@NWI-TOWNPLANNER.COM. THANK YOU!
     
           
  • | Celebration, Santa, El Salto, NWI, northwest indiana, holidays
     
           
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, family fun, nwi things to do, decorated homes
    - The Crown Point Tour of Lights will take place on Dec. 11-16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tour will feature trolley rides throughout the city to look at houses displaying their Christmas lights and decorations. Story telling begins at 5 p.m., and the tours begin at 5:30. Registration is required, and will begin November 1. Call 219-662-3290 to register or for more information.
     
           
    Crown Point Mayor’s Office of Special Events 219.662.3290
  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this date in 1773, the Sons of Liberty, some disguised as Native Americans, boarded three British vessels at Griffin's Wharf, Boston Harbor. Contents of 342 chests of tea were dumped into the harbor as a protest against the Tea Act of 1773 by the American Colonists.
     
           

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

  • | 10:00am - 4:00pm | Local Events, santa, fun, holiday, family, free, christmas
    - Crown Point… Mayor David Uran’s Office of Special Events invites you to attend this year’s Santa Claus Parade as Crown Point welcomes in Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for the season. The Santa Parade is on Saturday, November 25th and begins at 10:00am. Santa will arrive by helicopter ride at the Pointe Plaza and then he & Mrs. Claus will ride a fire truck down Main Street directly to the Courthouse on the square. They will be available to visit with families and children until 4:00pm as well as every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas from 12:00 to 4:00pm. Also joining the parade this year are Poppy and Branch from the movie Trolls. Poppy and Branch will be available to visit at 9:30am prior to the parade. To view Santa’s complete schedule for the Courthouse please visit our website at click for details.
    For more information regarding the Santa Parade or the Winter Market please contact the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at (219) 662-3290.
     
           
    Mayor's Office of Special Events 219.662.3290
  • | 12:00pm - 4:00pm | Kids, Christmas
    - Location: 1st Floor

    Dates:
    Sunday, November 26
    Saturday & Sundays: Dec. 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17
    Saturday, December 23
    Lake County Courthouse
    Courthouse Square Crown Point IN 46307
    Crown Point Mayor’s Office of Special Events 219.662.3290
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • | Sports and Recreation, Walking, Biking, Running, Skating, What to do, Things to do, NWI, Family
    - Northwest Indiana is the home to numerous walking and biking trails. Check out the details on each trail for uses and location.

    LAKE COUNTY TRAILS

    Erie Lackawanna Trail
    Cities: Hammond, Highland, Griffith, Merrillville, Schererville, Lake County
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail-trail
    Total Length of all segments: 16 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: walking, biking, wheelchairs, biking, rollerblading.
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Tranquil fields, wetlands, neighborhoods.
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Hammond Bus Station - Sibley St and Hohman Ave, Hammond - IN
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: West 93rd Avenue - Crown Point
    click for details

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    Marquette Trail
    City: Gary
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Dunes
    Mileage: 2.10
    Surface: crushed limestone
    Uses allowed: walking, Cross Country Skiing,mountain biking, skating,wheelchairs.
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Wetlands, dunes.
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Grand Blvd at Ash Ave.
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: County Line Road going to beach
    click for details

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    Veteran's Memorial Bikeway
    Cities: Crown point & Hebron
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 9; 7 equestrian
    Uses allowed: Horses on the parallel Equestrian Trail, rollerblading, walking, running, biking, hiking
    Which uses NOT allowed: Motorized vehicles
    Attractive Features: 6 miles of the Trail parallels with an Equestrian Trail, first trail in the US named after war veterans, eventually will connect to the American Discovery Trail running from Delaware to California, farmland and a quite beautiful, serene surrounding
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : State Road 231, Crown Point
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: N. Main Street, Hebron
    click for details

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    Wolf Lake - George Lake Trails
    City: Whiting
    INFO
    Type of Trail: greenway
    Mileage: 3.14 miles
    Total Length of all segments: 6.5 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses Allowed: hiking, jogging, rollerblading, walking, biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Northern Entrance to the Forsythe Park
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 119th Street
    click for details

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    Whihala Beach Bike Trail - Whiting Park
    City: Whiting
    INFO
    Type of Trail: dune
    Uses Allowed: Walking, jogging, biking
    Mileage: 3886 ft.
    North Endpoint – General: Lake Avenue - Whiting
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Park Road - Whiting

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    Little Calumet River Levee Trail
    City: Gary
    INFO
    Type of trail: River bank trail
    Uses allowed: hiking, jogging, biking, rollerblading, skating, XC skiing, walking, wheelchairs
    Mileage: 6
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Calumet Avenue Munster IN
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: Martin Luther King Dr. - Gary In

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    Pennsy North West Greenway
    City: Schererville
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 2.1
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, jogging, rollerblading
    Wheelchairs allowed: Yes
    North Endpoint – General: E. Wilhelm Street - Redar Park Shererville IN
    South Endpoint – General: Rohrman Park and Mockingbird Dr. - Shererville IN

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    Munster Trail System
    City: Munster
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Surface: Asphalt
    Uses allowed: Jogging, Walking, Biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes

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    Green Link Trail
    City: Gary
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Mileage: 3/4 of a mile
    Part NOT open: yes
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: Walking, biking, jogging, rollerblading, skating
    Wheelchairs allowed: Yes
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Bridge Street
    East endpoint – General: W. 2nd Ave and Roosevelt St.

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    Monon Trail
    Cities: Hammond/Munster
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 3.64
    Uses Allowed: Walking, rollerblading, skating, biking
    Surface: Asphalt
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes

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    Pennsy Greenway
    City: Munster
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Total Length of all segments: 4.10 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, hiking, skating, rollerblading
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes

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    St. John Trail
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Mileage: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, hiking, skating, rollerblading
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Homestead Acres Park, Heartland Park

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    Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve Trail
    City: Hobart
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Nature Preserve
    Mileage: 0.8
    Surface: Natural
    Uses allowed: walking
    Agency, Group Owned: Meadowbrook
    Telephone: (219) 242 8558

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    C&O Trail ( Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad )
    City: Merrillville
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 1.48
    Part NOT open: yes
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: Biking, Walking, Jogging
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes

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    LAPORTE COUNTY


    Lincoln Memorial Trails
    City: Westville
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Various
    Total Length of all segments: 3 miles
    Uses allowed: Hiking, Biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    E-mail: rbalsa@lincolntrail.info
    click for details

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    LaPorte County Bicycle Routes
    City: Countywide
    INFO
    Type of Trail: 20 bike loops that connect our parks, communities, and other attractions
    Total Length of all segments: 420 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    click for details

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    PORTER COUNTY


    Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
    City: Valparaiso
    Taltree has nearly just over six miles of trails. All provide plenty of room to comfortably walk or run by yourself, with a canine companion or your family and friends. The trail terrain is mostly grass and mulch.
    Bluebird Trail 1.63 miles
    Cardinal Trail .62 miles
    Goldfinch Trail .63 miles
    Heron Trail .28 miles
    Owl Trail .51 miles
    Woodcock Trail .96 miles
    Pheasant Trail 1.11 miles
    click for details

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    Calumet Trail
    City: Michigan City/Dune Acres
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 9.2
    Part NOT open: no
    Total Length of all segments: 9.2 miles
    Surface: crushed limestone
    Length of unpaved: 9.2 miles
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, running
    Which uses NOT allowed: horses,snowmobiles
    Attractive Features: Wetland flowers, wildlife, fall foliage; close to parks.
    Impediments: First three miles can be under water after rain; some damage to covered bridges.
    West Endpoint – General: Near Porter
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Mineral Springs Road
    East endpoint – General: Michigan City
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: U. S. 12 at the power plant road
    Telephone: 219-465-3586

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    Iron Horse Heritage Trail
    City: Portage
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail-trail
    Mileage: 2.9
    Part NOT open: no
    Total Length of all segments: 5.1 miles
    Surface: dirt,some asphalt
    Uses allowed: walking, mountain biking.
    Wheelchairs allowed: no
    Which uses NOT allowed: wheelchair, rollerblading, biking
    Attractive Features: Park, Mountain biking adjacent.
    Impediments: rustic, muddy.
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Portage Avenue
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: N. State Rd 149
    Telephone: 219-762-1675

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    Prairie Duneland Trail
    City: Chesterton
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail-trail
    Mileage: 10.40
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: all uses
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Connects to various trails, natural areas with abundant flora and fauna.
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : SR51-Hobart
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: S. 15th Street
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: Hobbart Road

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    Outback Trail
    City: Portage
    INFO
    Type of Trail: BMX
    Part NOT open: no
    Total Length of all segments: 4 miles
    Surface: dirt
    Length of unpaved: 4 miles
    Uses allowed: all levels of skill mountain biking.
    Wheelchairs allowed: no
    Which uses NOT allowed: restricted to mountain biking only.
    Attractive Features: Circular dirt.
    Impediments: dirt, steep slopes.
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : circular,off Imagination Park,Portage
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: circular
    click for details

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    Hobart Trails
    City: Hobart
    INFO
    Type of Trail: City
    Total Length of all segments: 1.2 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: Hiking, Walking, Biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Telephone: (219) 942-1940

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    Ly-co-ki-we Trail System
    City: Chesterton
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Forest
    Mileage: 6.4
    Total Length of all segments: 9.4
    Surface: Sandy
    Uses allowed: Hiking, walking, horseback riding, cross country skiing
    Wheelchairs allowed: No
    Attractive Features: Historic site-forest-marsh-wetlands
    Impediments: Trails are not wheelchair accessible
    North Endpoint – General: Calumet Interpretive Center
    South Endpoint – General: US Hwy 20 & Brummitt Rd.
    West Endpoint – General: Hwy 12 & 50 East
    East endpoint – General: Dunewood Campground
    Telephone: 219-926-7561
    click for details

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    Little Calumet River Trail
    City: Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: River
    Mileage: 1.2
    Surface: Natural (dirt-bark-some sand)
    Uses allowed: Hiking, walking
    Wheelchairs allowed: No
    Attractive Features: Historic site-forest-marsh-wetlands
    Impediments: some areas not wheelchair accessible
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Howe Rd & oak Hill Rd.
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Hwy. 20 & Howe Rd.
    Telephone: 219-926-7561
    click for details

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    Bailly Homestead & Chellberg Farm Trails
    City: Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Forest
    Mileage: 2.1
    Surface: Natural (dirt-bark-some sand)
    Uses allowed: Hiking, walking
    Attractive Features: Historic site-forest-marsh-wetlands
    Impediments: some areas not wheelchair accessible
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : at Bailly Cemetery near Hwy 12
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Bailly Homestead
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Howe Rd
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: Chellberg Farm
    Telephone: 219-926-7561
    click for details

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    Valparaiso walking & biking trail system
    City: Valparaiso
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenways
    Surface: Asphalt
    click for details

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    Brickyard Trail / Dunes Kankakee Bike Trail
    City: Chesterton / Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Total Length of all segments: 4.1 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, hiking, walking
    Attractive Features: Indiana Dunes State Park, Little Calumet River, Connects Prairie Duneland with Calumet trail
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Indiana Dunes State Park
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Prairie Duneland Trailhead – Chesterton

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    Cowles Bog Trails
    City: Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Park
    Uses Allowed: Foot traffic only
    Surface: Natural
     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, airsoft, games, entertainment, adults, family, kids, fun, NWI
    - PAINTBALL:

    BLAST CAMP PAINTBALL & AIRSOFT
    563 West 600 North
    Hobart, Indiana 46342
    (219) 759-7733
    support@blastcamp.com
    Open All Year
    Chicagoland's longest running and most unique Paintball & Airsoft field. Over our 25 years in business we've entertained thousands of players from around the country. Blastcamp is a historic national landmark that served as a Nike missile defense base during the Cold War that has now been turned into a one of a kind paintball field.
    click for details

    SHERWOOD PAINTBALL INC.
    3497 North US HWY 35
    LaPorte, IN 46350
    (219) 325-8060
    info@sherwoodpaintball.com
    Open Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm
    Sherwood Paintball Inc. is one of Indiana's oldest and most famous paintball fields. Sherwood has over 80 acres to play on and boasts the largest castle in the Midwest. If you are a first time player or an experienced veteran you will find Sherwood's fields the best around.
    click for details


    LASER TAG:

    JAK'S WAREHOUSE
    221 US-41
    Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 322-5257
    Welcome to JAK'S Warehouse. We are Northwest Indiana's premiere Indoor Family Fun Center. We are here to provide great entertainment for the whole family. Come make it a day at JAK'S Warehouse.
    Come and enjoy attractions like Laser Tag, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars, Urban Golf, Ballocity, and our amazing Sky Trail! Indoor.
    click for details

    TEAM COMBAT
    8183 Grand Blvd.
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 895-1221
    Your Fully Immersive Tactical Laser Tag Experience for Adults, Teens and 8-12 Year Olds. Sessions start every hour. Reservations recommended.
    click for details

    ZIG-E’S FUNLAND
    8176 Wicker Ave
    St John, IN 46373
    (219) 558-0596
    Let’s face it. It’s difficult finding a place that’s fun for both children and parents especially in NW Indiana. Zig-E’s Funland bridges the gap, and brings families together. For over 5 years we’ve provided a place for adults to join in on the fun! Race your kids in go-karts, play laser tag, hit a few balls in the batting cages or spend some quality time at the arcade.
    click for details


    Also see our Family Fun Center list click for details for more Family Friendly Fun in Northwest Indiana!
     
           
  • | Special Interest, Bren-Mark Window Cleaning, job opening, nwi, Northwest Indiana, jobs
    - BREN-MARK WINDOW CLEANING
    Lake, Porter, LaPorte Counties

    PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME OPPORTUNITIES
    Work 15-40+ hours per week. Monday-Friday availability between 6am-6pm. Occasional Saturdays.

    No experience? No problem! We Will Train You!

    We are hiring 10+ New Window Cleaners in the next year. Our company has grown every year we have been in business, 18 years and counting. Now we are adding new, cutting-edge technology in both window and gutter cleaning. Glass and gutters that were once unreachable can now be done more efficiently and safely. This will open up new opportunities without having to travel outside of our service area. Be part of our growing company and apply today!

    Starting at $10/hour earning up to $16/hr after 90 days of Training.

    • We provide complete training, equipment, uniforms
    • Weekly performance bonuses!
    • Direct Deposit
    • Flexible Schedule--College students welcome!!!
    • Year Round Work
    • Appreciation for a Job Well Done
    • FREE Keurig beverages, Gatorade, Fully Stocked Candy Bowl
    • Monthly Breakfasts to celebrate Birthdays/Anniversaries
    • Mileage Reimbursement

    Required: Valid Driver's License, Vehicle to drive to jobsites, and Current Proof of Car Insurance

    For the complete job description and to apply with our one page application. click for details
     
           
    Bren-Mark Window Cleaning 219.364.1118 customerservice@bren-mark.com
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Christmas, Movies, Hallmark, Fun, Holiday, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - Hallmark Channel Announces Holiday Movie Lineup!

    Oct. 28: Marry Me at Christmas

    Nov. 4: Christmas Festival of Ice

    Nov. 5: Christmas in the Air

    Nov. 11: The Sweetest Christmas

    Nov. 12: Miss Christmas

    Nov. 18: Coming Home For Christmas

    Nov. 19: Enchanted Christmas

    Nov. 22: Secretly Santa

    Nov. 23: The Mistletoe Inn

    Nov. 24: Finding Santa

    Nov. 25: The Christmas Train

    Nov. 26: Switched For Christmas

    Dec. 2: Christmas In Evergreen

    Dec. 3: Reindeer Lodge

    Dec. 9: The Christmas Shop

    Dec. 10: Encore Christmas

    Dec. 16: Christmas Shuttle

    Dec. 17: Father Christmas

    Dec. 23: Baby It's Cold Outside

    Dec. 25: When Calls the Heart Christmas

    Dec. 30: New Year's Eve Gala
     
           
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Holiday, Fun, Food, Gifts, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.

    The market is rich in cultural tradition and includes special events, performers and activities.
    Daley Plaza
    50 W. Washington Chicago IL
    312.494.2175
  • | Local Events, santa, family, trains, animals
    - Bring the whole family to Taltree and celebrate the holidays in our vintage Railway Depot. Step off the trails, out of the cold and into Santa’s workshop. Families are encouraged to bring cameras and snap a photograph with Santa. While waiting to meet with Kris Kringle, enjoy a warm cup of cocoa, create a holiday craft to take home and get up close to the handcrafted Christmas villages put up throughout the Depot. At the center of it all is Taltree’s signature Train Tree. Visitors will be delighted to see the three miniature tracks and trains running along the branches. The whimsical decorations capture the magic of the season.

    Santa is available for pictures December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17 from 12-4pm. Taltree is offering special pricing throughout December- every day is $20 carload day! This pricing does not apply to individual admission or members. Advance tickets not required.

    On December 16 and 17, Santa and Mrs. Claus host guests from 10:30am to noon with a holiday story and cookie decorating. Ticket prices start at $10 and vary depending on the number of people in your family. Advance tickets are required at Taltree.org.

    After your visit with Santa, explore the arboretum. The Adventure Garden is home to turkey, chickens, a rabbit and goats. The animals love to have visitors and are sure to capture your attention. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, come prepared to sled on the mounds facing the prairie. Taltree also offers snowshoes to rent during your visit at the depot on weekends. Limited availability, first come first served.

    Interested in bringing a group to explore the winter season at Taltree? Bring a group of 10-30 on a weekday during December and receive special admission pricing of $30 for the group. Available Monday through Friday. Reservations required- please call (219) 462-0025 or email info@taltree.org.
    Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
    450 West 100 North Valparaiso IN 46385
    Taltree 219.462.0025
  • | Arts and Entertainment, art classes, adults, kids, seniors, munster, crown point
    - Register for Winter Art Classes!

    South Shore Arts has been providing quality art instruction since 1970!
    Classes for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS

    Painting / Pottery / Photography / Drawing / Cartooning / Fiber Arts & more!

    Classes begin JAN 8.

    Locations in Munster & Crown Point


    219-836-1839 x 103

    South Shore Arts
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Kelly Freeman 2198361839x103 kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, christmas, holidays, lights, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Decorated Homes in Northwest Indiana

    Whenever possible, we encourage you to check the Facebook page or website for each home (listed below when available) to see if the displays are down before you drive out. This occasionally happens due to high winds, severe weather, or technical difficulties.

    Enjoy!


    BURNS HARBOR

    259 Lake Park Rd., Burns Harbor
    Lights on weekdays 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
    Fri. and Sat. from 4:30pm to 11pm.
    The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and goes until Jan 1. Tune into radio station 92.5 fm. Lights are timed to music. This year we are collecting money on behalf of The Caring Place in Valparaiso, IN. Please follow our page for updates. click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander, Cedar Lake
    Lights on from about dusk to 10pm, December 10 to January 7. click for details

    9331 W. 135th Pl., Cedar Lake
    Lights on from 4:30p-10:30p. Turn your station to 98.9 as the lights are synced to music!

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    CHESTERTON

    709 S. 22nd St., Chesterton
    5pm to 10:30pm daily. 20 foot snowman up (except when it is windy!)

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    CROWN POINT

    3290 Windyhill Rd., Crown Point
    Nov. 25th to Jan. 6th, Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm and Fri and Sat. 5-10:30pm. There are 30,000 lights that dance to 10 different songs on 103.1 FM. We also have a new feature of Santa projected on the house! We also collect food and donations for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry. The collection bin is located next to the mailbox. click for details

    7746 W 96th Place, Crown Point
    Stella's Winter Wonderland
    Dec. 2-New Year’s Eve. 5-10pm. We have just over 7,500 lights and growing every year. We have an arch with over 1,000 lights.

    9824 McKinley St., Crown Point

    618 N. West S., Crown Point

    581 O'Hagan Dr., Crown Point

    499 Court St., Crown Point

    493 Court St., Crown Point

    222 Wells St., Crown Point

    1040 Greenbriar Ct., Crown Point

    301 E. 125 Ave., Crown Point

    381 E. 130th Lane, Crown Point

    10750 Alabama St., Crown Point

    1325 S. Hayes St., Crown Point

    825 Alderbrook, Crown Point

    441 S. East St., Crown Point

    922 Monterey Ct., Crown Point

    1834 W 99th Ave., Crown Point

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    DYER

    1020 Richmond Ct., Dyer
    Lights on at 4:30pm, from 11/24-first week of January.


    1315 Capri Lane, Dyer
    Begins 11/24 to 1/7, from 5:00-10:30pm.
    Tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show.

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer St., Griffith
    Lights will be on about 4:30 to around 10PM, seven days a week. Lights are on now-January 8 or 10th. Please get out and walk around if you would like.

    726 N. Indiana St., Griffith
    Lights are on now until January 1, 5-10pm.

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    HAMMOND

    Peteyville
    3033 Crane Place, Hammond
    We are open from 5:00-10:00pm every day, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve. click for details

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    HEBRON

    603 S. 800 W., Hebron
    The display is up now until January 1st. The light show starts at 4:30pm and runs until 10:00pm (Monday - Thursday) and from 4:30pm until 11:00pm (Friday-Sunday). The display contains over 50,000 lights and is programmed to multiple audio tracks. Free Candy Canes are located in the Candy Cane Mailbox. click for details

    216 Locust Ave S., Hebron
    Lights on now until January 1. Lights turned on around 5pm and stay on until morning.

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    HIGHLAND

    9121 Idlewood Dr., Highland
    Lights are on from 5-10pm daily, now until January 1.


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    LOWELL

    The Gingerbread House
    1231 Harrison St., Lowell
    Display on from 11/23 to 1/1, 5pm until 10pm.
    We have movies playing all night and you can sit in your car and listen on your car stereo, or you can roll down your window and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is also a mailbox for the children to mail out their Christmas wishes to Santa. This year we are excepting donations for the local animal shelters. Our lights are connected to a music box that the lights dance to. Santa will be at our house on 12-9/12-16 and 12-23 from 6pm to 8pm(later if needed). We will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn. Each child will receive a magical bell from Santa.

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    MERRILLVILLE

    2901 W 54th Pl., Merrillville
    Dec. 2-Jan. 7, 4pm-midnight.
    Music played over radio station 100.1. Station frequency listed on sign in front yard. Lights are sync’d to the music. click for details

    201 E 71st Ave., Merrillville
    Lights are on from 5pm to approx. 10pm every night until December 31st.

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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Festival of Lights- Washington Park
    6 On the Lake, Michigan City
    Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays that are truly a sight to behold! It is the largest free drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. That has been an annual event for over 20 years at Washington Park. December 2–January 7. click for details

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    MUNSTER

    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    Lights will be on from dusk-10pm every night through Jan. 1. Display includes lights set to Christmas tunes. Music can be played through radio station 88.5FM

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    PORTAGE

    6440 Gaywood Ave., Portage
    Light Display will be on daily 5pm-10pm. Large light display with half of the lights blinking to the sound of the music.

    2063 Karen Ct., Portage
    Music show with lights are on from 5:30-10pm, 7 days a week. Santa is waiting and waving out of the window for you!

    6846 Portage Ave, Portage
    Light display starts at 5pm, now until January 1.

    2240 McCool Road, Portage

    2140 McCool, Portage

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N. US Highway 231, Rensselaer
    Display dances to music with 32 channels, LED lights, and a 20 foot mega tree! Tune your radio to 88.1. The display will be on from 5pm-10pm every night starting 11/23-1/14. People are welcome to pull into the driveway to enjoy the show because of it being on major highway.

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive, Schererville
    Lights, 17 ft. animated tree. Starts Thanksgiving night and runs nightly 6pm-10pm, and an hour later on weekends. This year we are collecting Toys for Tots! Box will be displayed for collection until Dec 11th. click for details. Tune into 91.3 for music and stories.

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    ST. JOHN

    Festival of Lights/Christmas Display

    The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.
    Visit with Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Don't forget your camera!
    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!
    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.

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    VALPARAISO

    Winter Lights Drive Through
    775 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
    The Winter Lights are live and ready for your family to enjoy! Drive through Sunset Hill Farm Park from dusk-10pm any night through New Year's Day and take in over 300 light displays. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!click for details

    658 Nome Rd, Valparaiso
    Many lights and music! The display will be on from now until New Year’s Day, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm. Friday and Saturday until 10pm.

    202 West 450 South, Valparaiso
    Computer controlled light display that is sequenced to music. Stop by and turn your radio dial to 89.3 FM to listen to the music as you watch the lights. We design and build our own display props so everything is one of a kind. New this year is a 16 feet tall pixel tree made from over 600 feet of PEX tubing. This year the display will run from November 24 to January 1. click for details

    609 Partridge Path, Valparaiso- Woods of the Winding Creek Subdivision
    Light display on from 5-10 daily, now until January 3. This year our son Thomas Pruitt Jr. has created a combo of Halloween and Christmas in honor of our late daughter's favorite holidays. You can also view his tribute to Elizabeth on Facebook at Thomas' Winter Wonderland.
    click for details

    1551 Gilleevan Dr., Valparaiso
    Large light display that runs everyday after 5pm until sun up with music. The neighbors across the road also have a lot of lights! We are on a dead end road, but there is plenty of room to turn around once you get to us!

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    WHEATFIELD

    5387 West State Road 10, Wheatfield
    Come check out our amazing light display this Christmas season! Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM, drive into our North parking lot between 5-10pm, and bring your family for 30 minutes of your favorite Christmas music all coordinated to lights! This is sure to be the most stunning display in town! click for details

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    DO YOU HAVE A NORTHWEST INDIANA HOME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS LIST? PLEASE SEND US DETAILS TO STACY.TRAVIS@NWI-TOWNPLANNER.COM. THANK YOU!
     
           
  • | Local Events, job openings, NWI, Chicago, Northwest Indiana, hiring, Town Planner
    - We post job openings every week!

    DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS
    In-Pact, Crown Point

    In-Pact, Inc. is looking for dedicated, caring, hard-working people to work as Direct Support Professionals. You will be helping people with disabilities like Autism, Mental Retardation and Downs Syndrome. You must have a high school diploma or equivalent, good work ethic and a desire to help others. We have several openings in Valparaiso and also Lake County. You must be available evenings and weekends. Experience with DD population is preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license and a clear criminal history.

    If you’re ready to join a team doing important and interesting work apply at 12300 Marshall St., Crown Point, IN 46307 or online at click for details

    (Posted: December 8, 2017)
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    HOME & OFFICE CLEANING POSITIONS
    Constant Clean, Munster and Crown Point

    PERMANENT positions available with an established home and office cleaning company. We have openings for home cleaning positions weekdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and office cleaning positions early evenings and Saturdays. Low stress, easy dress code, active relaxed work. Valid drivers license, reliable car required. Must agree to a criminal background and drug test. Earn $9.00-$12.00 per hour with possible advancement to trainer, estimator, and field supervision. We are hiring for our Crown Point and Munster locations.

    For details call Constant Clean Maid Service
    219-836-2650 (Munster)
    219-662-6243 (Crown Point)

    (Posted: December 5, 2017)
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    STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST
    Innovations In Learning, Merrillville

    The Staff Psychologist requires a minimum of a Doctorate degree in a related mental health field. Licensure and eligibility for Health Service Provider Professional is expected. The Staff Psychologist will be responsible for completing diagnostic assessments including the administration and evaluation of testing protocols and completion of written psychological assessment reports, for children and adults as requested by the Clinical Director. The Staff Psychologist may also maintain a small outpatient caseload. Experience working with children or adults with Autism or Intellectual Disabilities is preferred.

    Please send resume to employment@innil.net.

    (Posted: December 5, 2017)
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    BILLING SPECIALIST
    Innovations in Learning, Merrillville

    Hours: M, W, Th, Fri 7:45 am – 3:45 pm, Tuesdays from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

    The Billing Specialist is responsible for the verification of client eligibility and benefits, collection and posting of patient and insurance company payments, and follow up for outstanding payments. Bills insurance companies, other payers, and clients for all clinic-based mental health services provided. Audits charts, billing sheets, obtains authorizations and performs other work associated with the billing, clerical, and receptionist processes. Must be familiar with importing and exporting data between the database system and Excel to generate, manipulate, and format reports. One year previous Medical/Mental Health Billing experience required. Experience with Credentialing, a plus.

    Please send resume to employment@innil.net.

    (Posted: December 5, 2017)
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    GYMNASTICS/TUMBLING TEACHER
    Patti's All-American, Dyer

    We post job openings every week!
    Do you want to work where you are valued and appreciated? Where people cheer when you walk in the door and where laughter and rolling around on the floor are all in a day's work? Join us at our 6,300 sq. ft. of fun, making dreams come true and getting paid for it! Hours are Monday and Friday evenings 3:00-9:00 and Sunday day.
    Please apply:
    • If you have gymnastics or tumbling experience, or a previous cheerleader
    • If you are dependable and punctual because you know children can't wait to see you
    • If you love to be part of a team and enjoy feeling motivated and engaged
    • If you're passionate about gymnastics or body movement
    • If you love impacting children's lives in a magical way
    • If you are bursting with energy and excitement
    • If you love being a hero and making dreams come true
    • If you are looking for a place where you can grow and become anything you choose
    • Excellent pay and possible benefits

    Please click on the link below to fill out an application and bring it to Patti's All-American Gymnastics, 1530 Joliet St., Dyer IN. For further questions call (219) 865-2274.

    Application-for-Gymnastics-Employment-2-2016.pdf

    (Posted: December 5, 2017)
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    COREMAKING & ASSEMBLY/VEN/FIN DEPARTMENTS
    Chicago Magnesium, Blue Island, Illinois

    Since 1953 Chicago Magnesium has been at the forefront of magnesium and aluminum sand castings for the aerospace industry. We currently have openings in our Coremaking and Assembly/Vent/Fin departments. All positions start at $12.00/hour with your first increase after 90 days.
    A qualified candidate must have:
    -Reliable transportation
    -Good work ethic
    -Excellent attendance and punctuality
    -High School diploma/GED

    Our benefit program, includes medical, dental, Vision, 401K, 9 paid holidays, 2 personal days and vacation within the first year of employment.

    To apply, please email your resume to kellyl@chicagomagnesium.com

    (Posted: December 4, 2017)
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    DIETARY SERVERS, CNA, QMA, LPN, and RN
    Symphony of Chesterton, Chesterton, IN

    Open Interview Day
    Thursday, December 14th @ 11-7 p.m.

    We are looking for Full-time and Part-time Dietary Servers, CNAs, QMAs, LPNs, and RNs!! We offer Competitive wages, paid-time off and insurance benefits, referral and rentention bounes. Available for nurses- up to $2000! (Already a team member? Refer a Nurse for up to $1000 referral bonus!), No appointment needed, refreshments will be served. Resumes are welcome, but applications will be available. All shifts available, including management roles. Please call 219.304.6700 for more information or stop in to fill out an application.

    (Posted: December 2, 2017)
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    VIOLIN INSTRUCTORS & PIANO INSTRUCTORS
    HGS Music, Crown Point or Highland

    **Accepting resumes from college-students through seasoned musicians and educators.**
    A successful candidate will have these qualities:
    - proficiency on their instrument
    - comfortable with all ages and personalities
    - able to work 1-2 weeknights, and/or Saturday mornings
    - comfortable in a professional environment

    Visit our website at click for details for more information about our school.

    Please be prepared to play two pieces for us during an interview.
    Please EMAIL only. NO phone calls. Send resume or detailed info to info@hgsmusic.net. We look forward to hearing from you!

    (December 1, 2017)
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    WINDOW CLEANERS
    BREN-MARK Window Cleaning...Lake, Porter, LaPorte Counties

    PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME OPPORTUNITIES
    Work 15-40+ hours per week. Monday-Friday availability between 6am-6pm. Occasional Saturdays.

    No experience? No problem! We Will Train You!

    We are hiring 10+ New Window Cleaners in the next year. Our company has grown every year we have been in business, 18 years and counting. Now we are adding new, cutting-edge technology in both window and gutter cleaning. Glass and gutters that were once unreachable can now be done more efficiently and safely. This will open up new opportunities without having to travel outside of our service area. Be part of our growing company and apply today!

    Starting at $10/hour earning up to $16/hr after 90 days of Training.

    • We provide complete training, equipment, uniforms
    • Weekly performance bonuses!
    • Direct Deposit
    • Flexible Schedule--College students welcome!!!
    • Year-Round Work
    • Appreciation for a Job Well Done
    • FREE Keurig beverages, Gatorade, Fully Stocked Candy Bowl
    • Monthly Breakfasts to celebrate Birthdays/Anniversaries
    • Mileage Reimbursement

    Required: Valid Driver's License, Vehicle to drive to job site, and Current Proof of Car Insurance

    For the complete job description and to apply with our one-page application. click for details

    (December 1, 2017)
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    PRODUCTION POSITIONS
    1st Class Staffing, Manteo, IL

    Hiring on the spot for 60 Production Positions.
    Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
    9:30 a.m. SHARP

    Circle of Services
    North Township Trustees Office
    Frank J. Mrvan
    2835 165th Street
    Hammond, IN 46324
    (219) 803-0659

    Please fill out the application “PRIOR” to coming click for details
    Select Manteno, Illinois Site
    All Shifts are available
    1st Shift
    ($9.50 HR.)
    6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    2nd Shift
    ($9.50 HR.)
    2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    3rd Shift
    ($9.50 HR.)
    10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

    What to Bring
    Resume
    You will need your State I.D. & Social Security Card
    Please have application “completed online".

    Orientation will take 2 hours. Transportation will be provided to the job site.
    You must pre-pay transportation cost.

    (Posted: December 1, 2017)
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    ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE ASSISTANT
    Vyto's Pharmacy, Hammond, IN

    We are hiring for an entry level position responsible for data entry and insurance claim research as well as administrative duties at our headquarters in Hammond, Indiana. The right candidate will have excellent multi-tasking skills, be able to work independently and thoroughly and be flexible in accepting assigned tasks and workflow. We expect that this will be a full-time position, Monday through Friday. Timeliness and attendance are very important aspects of any position within the Vyto's Pharmacy family.

    Email your resume' to: CathieatVytos@gmail.com

    (Posted: November 30, 2017)
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    SERVER
    Umi Sushi, Crown Point, IN

    Umi Sushi is currently hiring servers for the holiday season. Please apply within !!!!

    109 W Joliet St Above Prime Steakhouse South Side of Square
    Crown Point, Indiana 46307

    (Posted: November 29, 2017)
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    REGISTERED NURSE
    Community Hospital, Munster, IN

    Full and part time opportunities available in Cardiovascular Unit and Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit Cardiac Cath Lab.

    Bonus incentives available.

    To apply, enter Registered Nurse and Full-Time in the Search box under Careers click for details

    (Posted: November 26, 2017)
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    OFFICE/SALES STAFF- FULL AND PART TIME
    Culligan Water, St. John, IN

    Please email resume to Dan Halsted at Culligannwi@yahoo.com.

    (Posted: November 26, 2017)
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    CAR WASH ATTENDANTS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY
    Easy Clean Car Wash, Highland, IN

    Paid training, holiday pay, mandatory weekends, earn $200-$500 per week weather permitting plus bonuses and commission.

    Looking for Full-Time serious mature individuals who are interested in a long-term commitment.

    NO VISIBLE TATTOOS.

    If interested, please come to the location and fill out an application.
    9425 Indianapolis Blvd.
    Highland, IN 46322

    (Posted: November 22, 2017)
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    FULL-TIME DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
    Share Foundation, Rolling Prairie, IN

    Share Foundation is seeking a Full-Time Director of Programming to supervise the Residential program of Share Foundation with the Handicapped.

    Qualifications/Requirements
    -Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field
    -Experience in social services
    -Experience in supervising others
    -Able to work independently

    To apply please send resume to share@sharefoundation.org
    For more information: click for details

    (Posted: November 21, 2017)
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    Check back with us regularly! We post job openings every Monday. New openings are added to the list as they come in, the most recent openings will be at the top of the list. Your job opening will be posted for three weeks.

    If you are an employer or manager with a job opening, please send us a short job description (100 words or less), the town that the job is held, and the best way to apply for the position. Please email this information to Stacy Travis at stacy.travis@nwi-townplanner.com.

    Please note that beginning June 1, 2015, we will not be including job posts promoting direct sales businesses. If you would like to promote your direct sales business please feel free to email Stacy Travis at stacy.travis@nwi-townplanner.com for advertising pricing and information.
     
           
  • - On this date in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright, after 3 years of experimentations with kites and gliders, achieved the first documented successful powered and controlled flights of an airplane. The flight was sustained for less than a minute but represented man's first powered airplane flight and the beginning of a new form of transportation.
     
           

Monday, December 18th, 2017

  • - Daily December 1-December 18
    Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
    2800 Colorado Street Lake Station IN 46405
  • | 10:30am - 11:00am | Library Events
    - This half hour, early literacy, lap-sit program uses songs, rhymes, and finger play to encourage interaction and foster language development at the Merrillville library.
    Merrillville Public Library Youth Services
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • | 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Library Events
    - Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer hours while we discuss and plan future teen programs.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Teen Services 219.365.5379
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Local Events
    - Hands-on learning for school age children involving science and technology.

    Students currently in kindergarten through 5th grade will explore science using technology, engineering, art and math. We will partake in crazy experiments and make awesome inventions. Join us the third Monday of every month at 6pm!
    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | Special Interest, dogs, Lake County Parks, Walking, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - You can take your dog to any Lake County Park!

    *The fee includes:
    *Taking your dog to Dogwood Run at Lemon Lake in Crown Point. Your dog can
    be unleashed in the designated area.
    *Parking fee for each park is included.
    *The feel covers all Lake County Parks. Dogs must be leashed in the
    following parks:
    *Oak Ridge Prairie in Griffith
    *Lake Etta in Gary
    *Stoney Run in Hebron

    *The fee is good from January 1 to Dec. 31 each year.
    $70 for Indiana State resident
    $90 Out-of-State resident
    $60 Indiana State senior (over 60) resident
    $75 Out-of-State senior (over 60)
    All rates include parking pass*
    Fees are for the first dog with $10 for each additional dog

    For questions, please call 219-769-PARK.
    Lemon Lake
    6322 West 133rd Avenue Crown Point IN 46307
    219.769.PARK
  • | Personal Events, Prairie Point Apartments, the Preserve, Luxury, Merrillville, Crown Point, NWI
    - NOW LEASING ONE AND TWO BEDROOM APARTMENTS! (219) 736-8650

    COMMUNITY AMENITIES:
    24-Hour Online Resident Portal
    Community Encouraged Recycling
    Resort Style Clubhouse
    Dynamic On-Site Management and Service Personnel
    On-Site Maintenance
    Amazing Concierge Services
    Accommodating Bike Racks
    Courtyard
    Personal Attached or Detached Garages w/ Automatic Remote
    Complimentary Wireless High-Speed Internet at the Clubhouse
    Sundeck
    Handy Business Center Providing Copier, Printer & Fax Machine
    Free Weights
    Community Play Area
    Professional Maid Services Available
    Convenient Package & Parcel Delivery
    Complimentary 24 Hour Fitness Center with State-of-the-Art Equipment
    Complimentary Coffee Bar
    Courtesy Valet Drop-off/Pick-up Dry Cleaning Services
    Heated Outdoor Olympic Swimming Pool w/ Lap Lane and Lavish Sun Deck
    Housekeeping
    Outdoor Grilling Area
    Regulation Size Sand Volleyball Court

    APARTMENT AMENITIES:
    Fully Loaded Kitchens with Frigidaire Appliances
    Balcony/Patio with Additional Storage
    Complimentary Full-Size Washer/Dryer in Your Suite
    Private Entrances
    Window Treatments Furnished
    Abundant Drive-In Closets
    Air Conditioner
    Cable Ready
    Carpeting
    Cozy Fireplaces
    Dishwasher
    Disposal
    Dramatic 9 to 10 Foot and Vaulted Ceilings
    Electronic Thermostat
    Extra Storage
    Furnished Suite Program Available
    Garden
    Gas Range
    In-Suite Microwave
    Refrigerator
    Security Systems Available
    Serene Views
    Wheelchair Access

    For details, click for details
    Prairie Point Apartments
    9123 Cleveland Street Merrillville IN 46410
    Prairie Point Apartments 219.736.8650 dwebb@weissentities.com
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Field Museum, Dinosaurs, Jurassic World, Fun, Things to do, NWI, Chicago
    - This year, not only can you see real dinosaur fossils inside The Field Museum, you’ll be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals in Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life…right before your eyes.

    Travel to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest and explore Jurassic World. Stare in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus; come face-to-face with a Velociraptor; and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex.

    Created in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, the Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life. Visitors of all ages can now learn all about these incredible prehistoric creatures.

    Don’t miss the awe-inspiring journey into Jurassic World: The Exhibition. The Field Museum hosts the Midwest debut of the exhibition starting May 26, 2017 and running through January 7, 2018.

    To buy tickets, click for details

    Jurassic World is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
    Field Museum
    1400 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago IL 60605
    Field Museum 312.922.9410
  • | Military, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Place of Interest
    - SOUTH SHORE CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TRAIL (self-guided tours)
    (Various Locations throughout Northwest Indiana)
    This trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments and architectural icons related to the brave men and women of Lake and Porter counties who sacrificed during this most pivotal era in history. Indiana contributed more than 200,000 Union troops to the Civil War effort between 1861 and 1865, and hundreds of those veterans are buried in the cemeteries of Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail serves as a guide for visitors who want to see and pay respect to the veterans' historic burial grounds and learn the stories of humanity behind the Calumet Region men in blue.
    click for details


    JASPER COUNTY
    Jasper County World War Memorial
    N. McKinley Ave. & E. Angelica St.
    Rensselaer
    click for details


    Jasper County Veterans Memorial
    Northwest Corner Courthouse Lawn
    Washington & Van Rensselaer St.
    Rensselaer
    click for details


    LAKE COUNTY
    East Chicago Veterans Memorial
    4500 Block Indianapolis Blvd.
    East Chicago

    Griffith Veterans Memorial
    Broad St. and Oak St.
    Griffith

    Hammond Veterans Memorial
    5800 Block Hohman Ave.
    Hammond

    Memorial for all Wars
    Highland St. and Calumet Ave.
    Hammond

    Highway of Flags Veterans Memorial
    Ridge Rd. and Rt. 41
    Highland

    Community Veterans Memorial
    Corner of Calumet, Columbia and Superior Avenues
    Munster
    click for details

    Whiting Veterans Memorial
    Oliver St. and 119th
    Whiting

    Whiting Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Schrage Ave. and 119th
    Whiting

    "Battle of the Bulge" War Memorial
    Calumet Park Cemetary, 2305 W. 73rd Ave.
    Merrillville

    Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
    Stony Run County Park
    2.5 mi. north of Leroy

    Lake County Korean Veteran's Memorial
    U.S. 231 and 145th Avenue
    Leroy


    World War I - Gulf War Veteran's Memorial
    Located on the west lawn of the front grounds of Theodore Roosevelt High School
    730 W. 25th Ave.
    Gary

    Civil War Veterans Grave Site
    Old North Township/Tolleston Cemetary
    West side of Grant St. btn 19th Place and 20th Ave.
    Gary

    Non-denominational Veterans Memorial
    RidgeLawn-Mount Mercy Cemetary
    4401 W. Ridge Rd. (US Hwy 6)
    Gary

    Historical Veterans Cemetary Site
    Chain Lake Baptist Church Cemetary
    Chain Lake Rd. btn Calvin Center Rd. and Union Rd.
    Cass Co., Cassopolis, MI. (just north of Indiana State Line)

    WW-II Triangle Memorial
    North Main & East Goldsborough St.
    Crown Point
    click for details


    Hobart Patriotic Honor Rolls
    Lincoln & Main St.
    Hobart
    click for details


    LA PORTE COUNTY
    Soldiers Memorial Park
    250 Pine Lake Ave.
    La Porte

    Great Lakes Museum of Military History (Revolutionary War to present)
    360 Dunes Plaza
    Michigan City

    Numerous Memorials to the veterans of the various wars
    Washington Park on North Franklin Ave.
    Michigan City

    Numerous Memorials to veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam
    Greenwood Cemetary
    Michigan City

    World War Memorial Tree
    NE Lawn LaPorte County Courthouse, Lincolnway & Michigan Ave.
    LaPorte


    NEWTON COUNTY
    Civil War Memorial & War Memorial Pocket Park
    Westside Newton Co. Courthouse Lawn, North 3rd & East Graham St.
    Kentland, In 47951


    PORTER COUNTY
    Memorial Park Monument / Flags Memorial
    One Mile South of I-80/I-90 on Willowcreek Rd.
    Portage

    "All Wars" / Flags Memorial
    One-Half Mile north of I-80/I-90 on Rt 49
    Chesterton

    Porter County Veterans Memorial
    NW Lawn of Porter Co. Courthouse, Lincolnway & Washington St.
    Valparaiso

    Veterans and Volunteers Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows Park
    3210 N. Campbell Street
    Valparaiso
    click for details
     
           
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Holiday, Fun, Food, Gifts, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.

    The market is rich in cultural tradition and includes special events, performers and activities.
    Daley Plaza
    50 W. Washington Chicago IL
    312.494.2175
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Christmas, family, Chicago
    - Explore rich holiday traditions from around the globe while creating your own traditions with loved ones in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.

    It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. On the weekends, you can also enjoy live holiday performances. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.

    Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light will be open from November 16, 2017 through January 7, 2018.
    Museum of Science and Industry
    5700 S Lake Shore Drive Chicago IL 60637
    773.684.1414
  • | Arts and Entertainment, art classes, adults, kids, seniors, munster, crown point
    - Register for Winter Art Classes!

    South Shore Arts has been providing quality art instruction since 1970!
    Classes for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS

    Painting / Pottery / Photography / Drawing / Cartooning / Fiber Arts & more!

    Classes begin JAN 8.

    Locations in Munster & Crown Point


    219-836-1839 x 103

    South Shore Arts
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Kelly Freeman 2198361839x103 kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, christmas, holidays, lights, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Decorated Homes in Northwest Indiana

    Whenever possible, we encourage you to check the Facebook page or website for each home (listed below when available) to see if the displays are down before you drive out. This occasionally happens due to high winds, severe weather, or technical difficulties.

    Enjoy!


    BURNS HARBOR

    259 Lake Park Rd., Burns Harbor
    Lights on weekdays 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
    Fri. and Sat. from 4:30pm to 11pm.
    The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and goes until Jan 1. Tune into radio station 92.5 fm. Lights are timed to music. This year we are collecting money on behalf of The Caring Place in Valparaiso, IN. Please follow our page for updates. click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander, Cedar Lake
    Lights on from about dusk to 10pm, December 10 to January 7. click for details

    9331 W. 135th Pl., Cedar Lake
    Lights on from 4:30p-10:30p. Turn your station to 98.9 as the lights are synced to music!

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    CHESTERTON

    709 S. 22nd St., Chesterton
    5pm to 10:30pm daily. 20 foot snowman up (except when it is windy!)

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    CROWN POINT

    3290 Windyhill Rd., Crown Point
    Nov. 25th to Jan. 6th, Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm and Fri and Sat. 5-10:30pm. There are 30,000 lights that dance to 10 different songs on 103.1 FM. We also have a new feature of Santa projected on the house! We also collect food and donations for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry. The collection bin is located next to the mailbox. click for details

    7746 W 96th Place, Crown Point
    Stella's Winter Wonderland
    Dec. 2-New Year’s Eve. 5-10pm. We have just over 7,500 lights and growing every year. We have an arch with over 1,000 lights.

    9824 McKinley St., Crown Point

    618 N. West S., Crown Point

    581 O'Hagan Dr., Crown Point

    499 Court St., Crown Point

    493 Court St., Crown Point

    222 Wells St., Crown Point

    1040 Greenbriar Ct., Crown Point

    301 E. 125 Ave., Crown Point

    381 E. 130th Lane, Crown Point

    10750 Alabama St., Crown Point

    1325 S. Hayes St., Crown Point

    825 Alderbrook, Crown Point

    441 S. East St., Crown Point

    922 Monterey Ct., Crown Point

    1834 W 99th Ave., Crown Point

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    DYER

    1020 Richmond Ct., Dyer
    Lights on at 4:30pm, from 11/24-first week of January.


    1315 Capri Lane, Dyer
    Begins 11/24 to 1/7, from 5:00-10:30pm.
    Tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show.

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer St., Griffith
    Lights will be on about 4:30 to around 10PM, seven days a week. Lights are on now-January 8 or 10th. Please get out and walk around if you would like.

    726 N. Indiana St., Griffith
    Lights are on now until January 1, 5-10pm.

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    HAMMOND

    Peteyville
    3033 Crane Place, Hammond
    We are open from 5:00-10:00pm every day, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve. click for details

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    HEBRON

    603 S. 800 W., Hebron
    The display is up now until January 1st. The light show starts at 4:30pm and runs until 10:00pm (Monday - Thursday) and from 4:30pm until 11:00pm (Friday-Sunday). The display contains over 50,000 lights and is programmed to multiple audio tracks. Free Candy Canes are located in the Candy Cane Mailbox. click for details

    216 Locust Ave S., Hebron
    Lights on now until January 1. Lights turned on around 5pm and stay on until morning.

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    HIGHLAND

    9121 Idlewood Dr., Highland
    Lights are on from 5-10pm daily, now until January 1.


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    LOWELL

    The Gingerbread House
    1231 Harrison St., Lowell
    Display on from 11/23 to 1/1, 5pm until 10pm.
    We have movies playing all night and you can sit in your car and listen on your car stereo, or you can roll down your window and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is also a mailbox for the children to mail out their Christmas wishes to Santa. This year we are excepting donations for the local animal shelters. Our lights are connected to a music box that the lights dance to. Santa will be at our house on 12-9/12-16 and 12-23 from 6pm to 8pm(later if needed). We will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn. Each child will receive a magical bell from Santa.

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    MERRILLVILLE

    2901 W 54th Pl., Merrillville
    Dec. 2-Jan. 7, 4pm-midnight.
    Music played over radio station 100.1. Station frequency listed on sign in front yard. Lights are sync’d to the music. click for details

    201 E 71st Ave., Merrillville
    Lights are on from 5pm to approx. 10pm every night until December 31st.

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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Festival of Lights- Washington Park
    6 On the Lake, Michigan City
    Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays that are truly a sight to behold! It is the largest free drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. That has been an annual event for over 20 years at Washington Park. December 2–January 7. click for details

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    MUNSTER

    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    Lights will be on from dusk-10pm every night through Jan. 1. Display includes lights set to Christmas tunes. Music can be played through radio station 88.5FM

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    PORTAGE

    6440 Gaywood Ave., Portage
    Light Display will be on daily 5pm-10pm. Large light display with half of the lights blinking to the sound of the music.

    2063 Karen Ct., Portage
    Music show with lights are on from 5:30-10pm, 7 days a week. Santa is waiting and waving out of the window for you!

    6846 Portage Ave, Portage
    Light display starts at 5pm, now until January 1.

    2240 McCool Road, Portage

    2140 McCool, Portage

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N. US Highway 231, Rensselaer
    Display dances to music with 32 channels, LED lights, and a 20 foot mega tree! Tune your radio to 88.1. The display will be on from 5pm-10pm every night starting 11/23-1/14. People are welcome to pull into the driveway to enjoy the show because of it being on major highway.

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive, Schererville
    Lights, 17 ft. animated tree. Starts Thanksgiving night and runs nightly 6pm-10pm, and an hour later on weekends. This year we are collecting Toys for Tots! Box will be displayed for collection until Dec 11th. click for details. Tune into 91.3 for music and stories.

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    ST. JOHN

    Festival of Lights/Christmas Display

    The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.
    Visit with Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Don't forget your camera!
    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!
    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.

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    VALPARAISO

    Winter Lights Drive Through
    775 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
    The Winter Lights are live and ready for your family to enjoy! Drive through Sunset Hill Farm Park from dusk-10pm any night through New Year's Day and take in over 300 light displays. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!click for details

    658 Nome Rd, Valparaiso
    Many lights and music! The display will be on from now until New Year’s Day, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm. Friday and Saturday until 10pm.

    202 West 450 South, Valparaiso
    Computer controlled light display that is sequenced to music. Stop by and turn your radio dial to 89.3 FM to listen to the music as you watch the lights. We design and build our own display props so everything is one of a kind. New this year is a 16 feet tall pixel tree made from over 600 feet of PEX tubing. This year the display will run from November 24 to January 1. click for details

    609 Partridge Path, Valparaiso- Woods of the Winding Creek Subdivision
    Light display on from 5-10 daily, now until January 3. This year our son Thomas Pruitt Jr. has created a combo of Halloween and Christmas in honor of our late daughter's favorite holidays. You can also view his tribute to Elizabeth on Facebook at Thomas' Winter Wonderland.
    click for details

    1551 Gilleevan Dr., Valparaiso
    Large light display that runs everyday after 5pm until sun up with music. The neighbors across the road also have a lot of lights! We are on a dead end road, but there is plenty of room to turn around once you get to us!

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    WHEATFIELD

    5387 West State Road 10, Wheatfield
    Come check out our amazing light display this Christmas season! Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM, drive into our North parking lot between 5-10pm, and bring your family for 30 minutes of your favorite Christmas music all coordinated to lights! This is sure to be the most stunning display in town! click for details

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    DO YOU HAVE A NORTHWEST INDIANA HOME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS LIST? PLEASE SEND US DETAILS TO STACY.TRAVIS@NWI-TOWNPLANNER.COM. THANK YOU!
     
           
  • | Local Events, christmas, lights, holidays, things to do, porter county things to do
    - The Winter Lights are on! Come out to Sunset Hill and drive through the park to enjoy the more than 300 displays.They come on at dusk each night and turn off around 10 pm. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Open through New Year's Day.
    Sunset Hill Farm County Park
    775 Merdian Road Valparaiso IN 46383
    Porter Parks Department 219.983.1042 parks@townofporter.com
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters New Moon phase at 1:30 AM, EST.
     
           

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

  • | 10:00am - 10:30am | Library Events
    - 2 and 3 year olds accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, music and crafts. "Penguins" is the theme at the Merrillville library.
    Merrillville Public Library Youth Services
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Library Events
    - Do you enjoy talking about your community? Do you like to connect with others? Come talk about the good in St. John and discuss ways to make it even better! And enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea) on us!
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 10:30am - 11:00am | Library Events
    - Toddlers and their adult caregiver will enjoy a story time with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 11:30am - 12:00pm | Library Events
    - Toddlers and their adult caregiver will enjoy a story time with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • - Daily December 19-December 23
    Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
    2800 Colorado Street Lake Station IN 46405
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Sports and Recreation, restorative stretching, yoga
    - Many practitioners believe that yoga helps ease nausea, insomnia, joint pain, and other side effects that come with chemotherapy. Additional benefits of yoga include increased circulation of lymphatic channels and flow of oxygen through the bloodstream; both are important during the healing process.

    Hope Center offers Restorative Stretching from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday---with the exception of the first Tuesday of the Month. Participants are encouraged to breathe and stretch their bodies and minds for stress management. Classes are restorative as well as therapeutic. The free classes are held at Lowell Church of Christ for those battling cancer, caregivers, family and friends. Participants should enter the building through the Hope Center entrance, ten minutes prior to class. No experience is needed. Mats are provided. Michele Johnson is the certified instructor.

    Read more about Restorative Stretching on our website at click for details
    Hope Center (Inside Lowell Church of Christ)
    299 N. Burr Lowell IN 46356
    Kerri Midkiff 219.522.1640 hopecenter@lcoc-online.org
  • | 6:30pm - 7:45pm | Local Events, Line dancing, exercise, social, Dancing, meetng
    - Ongoing Line dance classes
    Every Tuesday
    Immanuel Presbyterian Church
    140 US-30, Schererville, IN 46375
    Line dancing to all genres of music
    "We are not just country line dancing"
    $7 a class or $35 for 6 weeks

    Intermediate classes starting at 7:50 pm
    Kickinitwithlinda.com
    Info: Linda Scott 219-682-6548
    Immanuel Presbyterian Church
    140 W US Hwy 30 Schererville IN 46375
    Linda Scott 219.682.6548 lscott0688@hotmail.com
  • | Sports and Recreation, Beach, Swim, Summer, Family, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
    Address
    1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 926-2255
    About
    Want to find out about which beach will best meet your needs? Just stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. Our front desk destination concierges are very knowledgeable and can explain beach options, provide directions to each, and help you find the perfect location for you. If you happen to drop by after hours, the brochure-stocked vestibule is open around the clock and you can find maps there. You can also walk through our ever-changing exhibit room, learn about the history and ecology of the Dunes at our in-house movie theatre and pick out educational mementos in our bookstore. Don’t miss… taking a walk around our building and learning about its eco-friendly architecture. Go to each station to learn about rain gardens and native landscaping, and get ideas of environmentally friendly things you can do at home.

    Central Avenue Beach Access
    Address
    151 Central Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    A unique beach you can access by paved road or wooded trail. Here, you can see a buried forest created by wind-blown sands. Nearby, you can access the Calumet Bike Trail. Nearby, you can access the northeast end of the Calumet Bike Trail. This 9.1-mile gravel trail passes flower-filled fields, marshes, and woodlands. Lifeguards are not provided at Central Avenue Beach.

    Cowles Bog
    Address
    1618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    Alt Phone: (219) 395-8914
    Fax: (219) 395-1767
    About
    If you are the type that will WALK MILES TO GET TO A SECLUDED BEACH, this is your spot. On your way to the beach you will walk through the remnant of the once-widespread wetland system called Cowles Bog. The bog encompasses a marsh surrounding a small fen, where a stand of tamaracks and white pines grows on a floating mat of peat moss. Starting near the guardhouse in the northeastern part of the site, a boardwalk trail passes marshes and ponds that host horned grebes, black-crowned night herons, buffleheads, and a myriad of other water birds. You can hike right out to the beach and back on 4.5 miles of interconnecting loop trails. Two trailheads serve the trail system, each with a portable toilet. Parking is very limited and needless to say there are no lifeguards making the trek out to this secluded beach.

    Dunbar Beach Access
    Address
    300 W. Lakefront Dr., Beverly Shores, IN 46301
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    Parking is limited at this prime spot near the Lake View Picnic Area and the historic Century of Progress homes. A beautiful beach in a residential neighborhood where there are no lifeguards.

    Indiana Dunes State Park
    Address
    1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 926-1952
    Fax: (219) 926-9113
    About
    Indiana Dunes State Park encompasses 2,182 acres of beach, dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine groves and is surrounded by National Lakeshore lands. The park's 16.5 miles of trails allow you to explore all these habitats, which shelter diverse wildlife and provide excellent birding. Even on the busiest summer days, if you head away from the public beach house, you'll quickly lose the crowds. Scan the open water for ships, beachcomb, and take in the sweeping backdrop of the dunes. Watch birds on the open water, feeding at the water's edge, or from the small bird observatory in the park’s Nature Center. The park provides camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store, and a park naturalist. In summer, the park offers a small gift shop and swimming beach with lifeguards. Interpretive naturalist programs are held daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and on weekends the rest of the year. View the schedule at click for details or call (219) 926-1390 for information.

    Kemil Road Beach Access
    Address
    27 N. State Park Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    Alt Phone: (219) 395-8914
    Fax: (219) 395-1767
    About
    You’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in Porter County getting to the Kemil Road Beach parking lots. Then you can enjoy a nice stretch of beach or walk down to Lake View Picnic area to have a picnic or use the restroom. No lifeguards.

    Lake View Picnic Area
    Address
    50 W. Lake Front Dr., Michigan City, IN 46360
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    With easy access from your car to a sitting area with a stunning view, Lake View is also a popular spot for enjoying the beach. There are no lifeguards at Lake View, but it is the only area in the national lakeshore with picnic shelters overlooking the lake.

    Mount Baldy
    Address
    U.S. 12, Michigan City, IN 46360
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    Mt. Baldy is closed except for scheduled ranger-led tours, but all other Indiana Dunes beaches and sand dunes are open. Visitors wanting to see or hike tall sand dunes are encouraged to visit Indiana Dunes State Park and do The 3 Dune Challenge (click for details To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must hike a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet), and Mount Tom (192 feet). Some parts of the trail feature 40-degree slopes, making each step that much more, well, challenging. In the sandy vertical climbs, it’s common to take two steps forward and slide one step back. The 3 Dune Challenge’s dunes are significantly higher than the 125-foot Mt. Baldy. As for Mt. Baldy, it is just one of several Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore sites, and the other sites remain open, including West Beach, Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, Porter Beach, Kemil Road Beach, Dunbar Access Point, Lake View Picnic Area and Central Avenue Beach. Explore this website or call Indiana Dunes Tourism at (800) 283-8687 for more information. Note that Mt. Baldy will remain closed until further notice while scientists investigate unexplained holes that have opened up on its surface. Mt. Baldy is the only site where such issues have been reported.

    Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
    Address
    100 Riverwalk Dr., Portage, IN 46368
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    Alt Phone: (219) 762-1675
    Fax: (219) 841-9017
    About
    Formerly an industrial site, this 57-acre lakefront site, jointly managed by the National Park Service and the City of Portage, features an enclosed pavilion with seasonal food service, restrooms, a handicap-accessible trail, and fishing pier. A breakwater, with handrails, provides easy access for fishing, bird watching, and sightseeing. This is also a good spot for launching a kayak for the increasingly popular activity of kayaking on Lake Michigan. No lifeguards.

    Porter Beach Access
    Address
    3050 Wabash Ave., Porter, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    A popular gathering spot for splashing in the water, playing beach sports and catching some rays. Bathrooms and small foot wash. Limited parking. No lifeguards.

    Wells St. Beach
    Address
    9501 Lake Shore Dr, Gary, Indiana 46403
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 938-8275
    About
    OPEN for the 2016 season!
    Parking is per vehicle - $8 for weekdays and $10 for weekends and holidays! Open 7 days a week {weather pending} from 9am - 7:30pm.
    WSB beach front parking and concession now has a patio with table side dining serving beer, wine, and food. Located in Miller, Indian on Lake Michigan, just a short drive from Chicago, Michigan City, LaPorte, and Valparaiso. Enjoy a day on the beach with family and friends. Don't forget to indulge in the season must have, our Wells Street Burger!
    Hours subject to change due to weather, day light, and unforeseeable circumstances. Check bacteria levels here: click for details


    West Beach
    Address
    376 N. County Line Rd., Portage, IN 46368
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    A bath house nestled among dunes and a wide sandy beach makes this a popular spot for enjoying Lake Michigan. From the beach, hike the Dune Succession Trail that includes a boardwalk and 250 stairs to a spectacular overlook of the lake with Chicago on the horizon. Covered picnic shelters and grills offer a great spot to relax over a meal after a day’s worth of activities. Lifeguards available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.


     
           
  • - Please verify dates of times of events with event organizers. Occasionally, organizers change event dates and times or cancel events but we do not receive notification.
     
           
  • | Local Events, nwi, northwest indiana, specials, mexican, margarita, drinks, savings
    - Come out and enjoy our delicious margarita on Tuesday for only .25 cents!!!
    Visit one of our El Salto locations:
    Chesterton- 757 Indian Boundary Rd (219)395-9890
    Merrillville- 5031 W Lincoln Hwy (219)940-9955
    Munster- 805 Ridge Rd (219)836-0600
    Portage- 6295 Ameriplex Dr (219)734-6463
    Valparaiso- 3304 Calumet Ave (219)462-0100

     
           
    El Salto-Merrillville 219.940.9955
  • | Sports and Recreation, dog runs, NWI, Lake, Porter, La Porte
    - Looking for a place to take your furry friend? Here is a listing of dog parks around the region.


    LAKE COUNTY
    Crown Point Dog Park
    Jerry Ross Park, Center Ross Road, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Call for fee amounts and information: (219) 661-2271


    Dogwood Run at Lemon Lake
    6398 W 133rd Ave, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Daily Hours: 7 a.m. until one-half hour before sunset
    One time try fee: $10 per dog (keep receipt so payment can be subtracted from the annual Pooch Pass)
    Annual Pooch Pass:
    •$70 for Indiana State resident
    •$90 Out-of-State resident
    •$60 Indiana State senior (over 60) resident
    •$75 Out-of-State senior (over 60)
    •All rates include parking pass*
    •Fees are for the first dog with $10 for each additional dog
    click for details


    Dyer Dog Park at Central Park
    900 Central Park Boulevard, Dyer IN
    Dog Park Annual Fees
    Town of Dyer Resident: $60 1st dog/$20 additional dog
    Non-Resident: $108 1st dog/$36 additional dog
    click for details


    Centennial Park Dog Park
    1010 South Centennial Drive - Munster, IN
    Fees: $40 per year Residents /$ 25 each additional dog (Residents must obtain a town tag as well for $10 that can be purchased in the Clerk Treasurers office.)
    Fees: $115 per year Non-Residents / $35 for second dog / $25 for third dog (New prices Effective 1/1/2016. Highland residents can receive the Munster resident rate. You must possess a current driver's license showing residency. No exceptions.
    click for details


    Freedom Bark Park
    17105 Cline Ave, Lowell, IN 46356
    FEES:
    Lowell residents: $60.00
    Cedar Creek, West Creek and Eagle Creek Townships
    *Lowell residents who are 65+ or on disability $30.00
    Non-residents $70.00
    *Non-residents who are 65+ or on disability $35.00
    For each additional dog please add $5.00
    click for details


    Perry Ferrini Dog Park
    5061 W 91st Ave, Schererville, IN 46375
    The annual cost is $60 for one dog and an additional $15 for each additional dog for residents (no more than two dogs per resident). Non-Residents’ annual cost is $100 for one dog and an additional $25 for each additional dog (no more than two dogs per member). Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Membership runs through the calendar year; that being January 1 through December 31.
    click for details


    Riverside Bark Dog Park
    Calumet Ave. & River Drive North, Hammond, IN 46324
    Free
    click for details


    Wicker Memorial Park Dog Park
    8554 Indianapolis Blvd.
    Highland, Indiana 46322
    Dog Park Rates
    Township Resident $25 1st dog $10 additional dog
    Out of Township $60 1st dog $20 addtional dog
    Out of State $100 1st dog $30 additional dog
    click for details


    Wiggly Field Dog Park
    10051 Hedwig Dr., St John, IN 46373
    Annual Participant/User Fee for St. John Residents: $25.00 – one dog; $10.00 each additional dog.
    Non-Resident Participant/User Fee: $100.00 – one dog; $25.00 each additional dog.
    click for details



    LAPORTE COUNTY
    Bluhm County Park (3 acres)
    3855 South 1100 West, Westville, Indiana
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Creek Ridge County Park (3.25 acres)
    7943 W. 400 North, Michigan, City
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Luhr County Park ( 1 acre)
    3178 S. 150 W., LaPorte, IN
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Small Animal Shelter (1 acre)
    2855 W State Road 2, LaPorte, Indiana
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details



    PORTER COUNTY
    Royal Acres Country Club
    3554 Sturdy Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Privately owned dog park.
    Memberships are available for terms of one month to one year:
    1 Year Membership: $150
    9 Month Membership: $120
    6 Month Membership: $100
    3 Month Membership: $75
    1 Month Membership: $40
    Multiple dogs from the same household: second dog is half price, third dog is one third price
    All memberships require an additional $10 refundable deposit for every key FOB issued.
    Day visits available by appointment or on Fridays during business hours - we need to be here to let you into the park ($5).
    click for details


    Lakeland Park Dog Park
    1200 Lakeland Park Dr, Burns Harbor, IN 46304
    A dog park, a 200 ft. by 100 ft. fenced-in area, is located on the south end of Lakeland Park, 1200 Lakeland Park Dr. in Burns Harbor. Lakeland Park is available to all residents as well as any visitors. There is a $5 parking fee from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily or a season pass may be purchased for $20 for Porter County Residents. Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the dog park.
    click for details


    Woodland Dog Park
    2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage, IN 46368
    Free
    click for details


     
           
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Holiday, Fun, Food, Gifts, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.

    The market is rich in cultural tradition and includes special events, performers and activities.
    Daley Plaza
    50 W. Washington Chicago IL
    312.494.2175
  • | Arts and Entertainment, art classes, adults, kids, seniors, munster, crown point
    - Register for Winter Art Classes!

    South Shore Arts has been providing quality art instruction since 1970!
    Classes for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS

    Painting / Pottery / Photography / Drawing / Cartooning / Fiber Arts & more!

    Classes begin JAN 8.

    Locations in Munster & Crown Point


    219-836-1839 x 103

    South Shore Arts
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Kelly Freeman 2198361839x103 kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, christmas, holidays, lights, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Decorated Homes in Northwest Indiana

    Whenever possible, we encourage you to check the Facebook page or website for each home (listed below when available) to see if the displays are down before you drive out. This occasionally happens due to high winds, severe weather, or technical difficulties.

    Enjoy!


    BURNS HARBOR

    259 Lake Park Rd., Burns Harbor
    Lights on weekdays 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
    Fri. and Sat. from 4:30pm to 11pm.
    The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and goes until Jan 1. Tune into radio station 92.5 fm. Lights are timed to music. This year we are collecting money on behalf of The Caring Place in Valparaiso, IN. Please follow our page for updates. click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander, Cedar Lake
    Lights on from about dusk to 10pm, December 10 to January 7. click for details

    9331 W. 135th Pl., Cedar Lake
    Lights on from 4:30p-10:30p. Turn your station to 98.9 as the lights are synced to music!

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    CHESTERTON

    709 S. 22nd St., Chesterton
    5pm to 10:30pm daily. 20 foot snowman up (except when it is windy!)

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    CROWN POINT

    3290 Windyhill Rd., Crown Point
    Nov. 25th to Jan. 6th, Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm and Fri and Sat. 5-10:30pm. There are 30,000 lights that dance to 10 different songs on 103.1 FM. We also have a new feature of Santa projected on the house! We also collect food and donations for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry. The collection bin is located next to the mailbox. click for details

    7746 W 96th Place, Crown Point
    Stella's Winter Wonderland
    Dec. 2-New Year’s Eve. 5-10pm. We have just over 7,500 lights and growing every year. We have an arch with over 1,000 lights.

    9824 McKinley St., Crown Point

    618 N. West S., Crown Point

    581 O'Hagan Dr., Crown Point

    499 Court St., Crown Point

    493 Court St., Crown Point

    222 Wells St., Crown Point

    1040 Greenbriar Ct., Crown Point

    301 E. 125 Ave., Crown Point

    381 E. 130th Lane, Crown Point

    10750 Alabama St., Crown Point

    1325 S. Hayes St., Crown Point

    825 Alderbrook, Crown Point

    441 S. East St., Crown Point

    922 Monterey Ct., Crown Point

    1834 W 99th Ave., Crown Point

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    DYER

    1020 Richmond Ct., Dyer
    Lights on at 4:30pm, from 11/24-first week of January.


    1315 Capri Lane, Dyer
    Begins 11/24 to 1/7, from 5:00-10:30pm.
    Tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show.

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer St., Griffith
    Lights will be on about 4:30 to around 10PM, seven days a week. Lights are on now-January 8 or 10th. Please get out and walk around if you would like.

    726 N. Indiana St., Griffith
    Lights are on now until January 1, 5-10pm.

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    HAMMOND

    Peteyville
    3033 Crane Place, Hammond
    We are open from 5:00-10:00pm every day, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve. click for details

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    HEBRON

    603 S. 800 W., Hebron
    The display is up now until January 1st. The light show starts at 4:30pm and runs until 10:00pm (Monday - Thursday) and from 4:30pm until 11:00pm (Friday-Sunday). The display contains over 50,000 lights and is programmed to multiple audio tracks. Free Candy Canes are located in the Candy Cane Mailbox. click for details

    216 Locust Ave S., Hebron
    Lights on now until January 1. Lights turned on around 5pm and stay on until morning.

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    HIGHLAND

    9121 Idlewood Dr., Highland
    Lights are on from 5-10pm daily, now until January 1.


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    LOWELL

    The Gingerbread House
    1231 Harrison St., Lowell
    Display on from 11/23 to 1/1, 5pm until 10pm.
    We have movies playing all night and you can sit in your car and listen on your car stereo, or you can roll down your window and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is also a mailbox for the children to mail out their Christmas wishes to Santa. This year we are excepting donations for the local animal shelters. Our lights are connected to a music box that the lights dance to. Santa will be at our house on 12-9/12-16 and 12-23 from 6pm to 8pm(later if needed). We will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn. Each child will receive a magical bell from Santa.

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    MERRILLVILLE

    2901 W 54th Pl., Merrillville
    Dec. 2-Jan. 7, 4pm-midnight.
    Music played over radio station 100.1. Station frequency listed on sign in front yard. Lights are sync’d to the music. click for details

    201 E 71st Ave., Merrillville
    Lights are on from 5pm to approx. 10pm every night until December 31st.

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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Festival of Lights- Washington Park
    6 On the Lake, Michigan City
    Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays that are truly a sight to behold! It is the largest free drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. That has been an annual event for over 20 years at Washington Park. December 2–January 7. click for details

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    MUNSTER

    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    Lights will be on from dusk-10pm every night through Jan. 1. Display includes lights set to Christmas tunes. Music can be played through radio station 88.5FM

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    PORTAGE

    6440 Gaywood Ave., Portage
    Light Display will be on daily 5pm-10pm. Large light display with half of the lights blinking to the sound of the music.

    2063 Karen Ct., Portage
    Music show with lights are on from 5:30-10pm, 7 days a week. Santa is waiting and waving out of the window for you!

    6846 Portage Ave, Portage
    Light display starts at 5pm, now until January 1.

    2240 McCool Road, Portage

    2140 McCool, Portage

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N. US Highway 231, Rensselaer
    Display dances to music with 32 channels, LED lights, and a 20 foot mega tree! Tune your radio to 88.1. The display will be on from 5pm-10pm every night starting 11/23-1/14. People are welcome to pull into the driveway to enjoy the show because of it being on major highway.

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive, Schererville
    Lights, 17 ft. animated tree. Starts Thanksgiving night and runs nightly 6pm-10pm, and an hour later on weekends. This year we are collecting Toys for Tots! Box will be displayed for collection until Dec 11th. click for details. Tune into 91.3 for music and stories.

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    ST. JOHN

    Festival of Lights/Christmas Display

    The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.
    Visit with Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Don't forget your camera!
    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!
    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.

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    VALPARAISO

    Winter Lights Drive Through
    775 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
    The Winter Lights are live and ready for your family to enjoy! Drive through Sunset Hill Farm Park from dusk-10pm any night through New Year's Day and take in over 300 light displays. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!click for details

    658 Nome Rd, Valparaiso
    Many lights and music! The display will be on from now until New Year’s Day, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm. Friday and Saturday until 10pm.

    202 West 450 South, Valparaiso
    Computer controlled light display that is sequenced to music. Stop by and turn your radio dial to 89.3 FM to listen to the music as you watch the lights. We design and build our own display props so everything is one of a kind. New this year is a 16 feet tall pixel tree made from over 600 feet of PEX tubing. This year the display will run from November 24 to January 1. click for details

    609 Partridge Path, Valparaiso- Woods of the Winding Creek Subdivision
    Light display on from 5-10 daily, now until January 3. This year our son Thomas Pruitt Jr. has created a combo of Halloween and Christmas in honor of our late daughter's favorite holidays. You can also view his tribute to Elizabeth on Facebook at Thomas' Winter Wonderland.
    click for details

    1551 Gilleevan Dr., Valparaiso
    Large light display that runs everyday after 5pm until sun up with music. The neighbors across the road also have a lot of lights! We are on a dead end road, but there is plenty of room to turn around once you get to us!

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    WHEATFIELD

    5387 West State Road 10, Wheatfield
    Come check out our amazing light display this Christmas season! Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM, drive into our North parking lot between 5-10pm, and bring your family for 30 minutes of your favorite Christmas music all coordinated to lights! This is sure to be the most stunning display in town! click for details

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    DO YOU HAVE A NORTHWEST INDIANA HOME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS LIST? PLEASE SEND US DETAILS TO STACY.TRAVIS@NWI-TOWNPLANNER.COM. THANK YOU!
     
           
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Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

  • | 9:30am - 11:30am | Kids, education, learn, wildlife, nature, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - Open to the homeschooling community, this program will teach students about Indiana’s native wildlife and the local environment. Students will have the chance to meet Moraine Ridge Wildlife’s live animal education ambassadors. All ages are welcome. Tickets are required for students only, parents or guardians may attend for free.
    Moraine Ridge Wildlife Education Center
    566 North 450 East Valparaiso IN 46383
    Stephanie Kadletz, MRWRC 219.299.8027 skadletz@mrwildliferehab.org
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Library Events
    - Enjoy coloring - alone or with the whole crew! We'll provide the materials for coloring, or you can bring your own! Cookies and beverages will be provided.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • - Daily December 19-December 23
    Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
    2800 Colorado Street Lake Station IN 46405
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:30pm - 2:00pm | Library Events
    - Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events, silver buckle saloon, bingo, prizes, highland, northwest indiana
    - $3000.00? Are you kidding me? Chance to win the tonight! BAR BINGO every Wednesday! And amazing specials including $9 buckets of domestic beer!
    Silver Buckle Saloon
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    Silver Buckle Saloon 219.838.5909
  • | 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Library Events
    - Readers are invited to join in a discussion about a selection from the Great Conversations series, which includes the best literature and writings in the Western tradition.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
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    - Please join us in celebrating the reason for the season, the night Jesus was born. We will have a Living Nativity scene on the front lawn of First United Evangelical Lutheran Church from 7-9pm December 20th and 21st. The scene will also include live animals. We encourage visitors to view the animals as well as come inside the church for refreshments and caroling.

    The church is located on 6705 Hohman Avenue in Hammond, IN 46324. We look forward to seeing you there.

    6705 Hohman Avenue Hammond IN 46324
    Chauncey Daspit 312.617.1426 cdaspit@ameritech.net
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    - NWI's oldest comedy club hosts NWI's only Comedy Open Mic & now Variety Show. Ever wanted to try stand up comedy? Are you a current stand-up comedian or a sketch or improv performer? Do you just love to laugh. Come on out to the Lake Street Arts district in Miller to the D Performance Comedy Theatre. No admission fee to watch or perform. All you pay for is your food & drink. All Comedians are guaranteed 5 mins but usually get 8-10 min. I will guarantee the first 5 sign ups 10 if you contact me to reserve a slot in advance assuming you are not a first timer. Come get seen by guys who book shows in Northwest Indiana. Did I mention it's FREE? There's no reason not to come on down! Message the King to reserve a slot in advance or sign up at 8 pm after the doors open. Poets, Spoken Word Artists, Rappers, Singers are also welcome too. Every Wednesday in #MillerBeach #GaryIn #GaryIndiana hosted by King-David Lane & Darryl Perfor Mance.
    D Performance Comedy Theatre
    500 S Lake St, Gary (Miller) IN 46403
    David Lane 219.613.4585 kingdavidlane@gmail.com
  • | Local Events, northwest indiana, events, happenings, free, what to do, newsletter, nwi
    - We email:
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    And so much more!

    Click on this link, then fill in your email address and zip code*
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    *You just need to choose one of the following zip codes (choose the one that is closest to where you live). We list events from the surrounding towns for each zip code!

    LAKE COUNTY
    46403 Cedar Lake
    46307 Crown Point
    46311 Dyer
    46312 East Chicago
    46402 Gary
    46403 Gary
    46304 Gary
    46406 Gary
    46407 Gary
    46408 Gary
    46409 Gary
    46319 Griffith
    46320 Hammond
    46323 Hammond
    46324 Hammond
    46327 Hammond
    46322 Highland
    46342 Hobart
    46405 Lake Station
    46356 Lowell
    46410 Merrillville
    46321 Munster
    46375 Schererville
    46373 St. John
    46394 Whiting


    PORTER COUNTY
    46304 Chesterton
    46341 Hebron
    46368 Portage
    46383 Valparaiso
    46385 Valparaiso

    LAPORTE COUNTY
    46350 LaPorte
    46360 Michigan City

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  • | Arts and Entertainment, Theater, Comedy, Musical, Play, Plays, Shows, NWI, Northwest Indiana Theater
    - You don't have to travel into the city for the theater. Check out these various theaters and their productions in Northwest Indiana.



    Acting Theatre of Michigan City
    215 West 10th Street in Michigan City
    (219) 872-4221
    The Acting Theatre of Michigan city is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to producing first-time theatre of all disciplines created especially for Michigan City area audiences and in cooperation with other arts organizations.
    click for details


    Beatniks on Conkey
    418 Conkey Street, Hammond, Indiana 46324
    219-852-0848
    Open Most Weekends! Plays, Variety Shows, Music, Comedy
    Coffee, cookies, cake
    Reservations strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!
    click for details


    Chicago Street Theatre
    154 W. Chicago Street
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 464-1636
    Our award-winning theatre company began a new chapter of its history in 1997 when we purchased the Chicago Street Theatre, located at 154 West Chicago Street in Valparaiso, Indiana. The theatre underwent an extensive renovation completed February 1, 2008. The intimate 130-seat theatre now features brand new stadium seating that makes it an incredible space to enjoy live theatre.
    click for details

    Dune Arts Foundation
    288 Shady Oak Drive in Michigan City
    (219) 879-7509
    The Dunes Arts Foundation sponsors the Dunes Summer Theatre and the Children’s / Youth Theatre. The Foundation has as its goal providing people who live in the surrounding communities with the enjoyment of theatrical entertainment and the opportunity to develop their capacity for artistic expression. “The Dunes” has been providing quality educational and theatrical programs for over 60 years!
    The Dunes Summer Theatre is located at the border between the states of Indiana and Michigan, on a scenic 20+ acre wooded site in the Lake Michigan dunes, about a half mile from the lake shore itself. The theater seats over 200 patrons.
    click for details

    Canterbury Theatre
    807 Franklin Street in Michigan City
    (219) 874-4269
    Canterbury Theatre offers an intimate setting with reminiscences of the past and conveniences of the present. With its bright green roll-up awning, leaded glass on the facade, tin ceilings, and turn-of-the-century-style lighting fixtures and fans, the building reflects its past. But with modern restrooms, handicap accessibility, central air conditioning--all part of recent renovations--the theatre is modern and comfortable.
    Canterbury Winter Arts Series focuses on community and area programming, presenting our audiences with a variety of performing arts experiences, including drama, music and comedy.
    Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest's oldest professional summer companies, presents an exciting slate of comedies, musicals and thrillers, produced by our talented Resident Company, hailing from throughout the country. Come see tomorrow's stars, today!
    click for details


    Foot Light Players
    1705 Franklin St
    Michigan City, Indiana
    (219) 874-4035
    Community Theatre - primarily fall, winter and spring productions
    click for details


    Gary Shakespeare Company
    Performances will take place at Theatre Northwest
    3660 Grant Street
    Gary, IN 46408
    and Marquette Park at 7200 Oak Avenue, Gary
    (219)-938-4565
    Gary Shakespeare Company was founded in 2013 by a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts. Since then GSC has worked tirelessly to bring the Bard to Steel City.
    click for details


    Highland Parks Performing Arts Group Summer Theatre
    Performances are held at:
    Main Square Gazebo
    Fifth St. and Ridge Road
    Highland, IN 46322
    219.838.0114
    The Highland Parks Performing Arts Group puts on a summer production on the lawn at Main Square.
    click for details


    LaPorte Little Theatre Club
    218 A. St. LaPorte
    (219) 362.5113
    La Porte Little Theatre Club is family fun and friendly. We encourage everyone to take part in community theatre, whether you are on stage or part of the crew, you just can't beat live theatre for fun and excitement!
    click for details


    L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group
    Performances held at:
    Great Oaks After 4 Club
    13109 Wicker Avenue
    Cedar Lake, IN
    219.374.8000
    The Region’s only full-time dinner theatre.
    click for details


    Marian Theatre Guild
    119th St. and Lincoln Ave.
    Whiting, IN
    219.473.7555
    The Marian Theatre Guild is Whiting's longest running community theatre, presenting a fall musical and spring drama/comedy annually. The Guild is associated with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and performs in their Marian Memorial Auditorium located at 119th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
    Please watch our calendar of events on Whiting's town page for upcoming shows.
    click for details


    Memorial Opera House
    104 Indiana Avenue in Valparaiso
    (219) 548-9137
    Built in 1893 as a memorial to Civil War veterans, this historic landmark theatre continues a long tradition of opening its doors to local and national talent. With each season specifically selected to delight and entertain our patrons, we know even the most discerning theater enthusiast will be captivated.
    click for details


    Ross Music Theatre
    In association with M & M Productions
    227 Center St
    Hobart, Indiana
    (219) 947-4922
    Ross Music Theatre is a Community Theatre Group whose goal is to involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as Theatre. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical. Our summer show, known as RSMT is usually the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August and our winter show normally takes place in December. In addition, we now offer theatre classes and youth workshops.
    click for details


    Theater at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road in Munster
    (219) 836-1930
    Theatre at the Center (TATC) is the resident theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts. Its 5 Mainstage productions attract an audience of over 50,000 annually. TATC operates on an Actors Equity contract and regularly employs the finest performers in the greater Chicago area for its year-round seasons of classic American musicals, new plays and comedies. Other programming includes 4 Theatre for Young Audiences productions annually, theatre classes for young people and special events, including music, comedy and limited run theatrical works.
    click for details


    Theatre Northwest on Grant
    3660 Grant Street
    Gary, IN
    (888-968-7486)
    Theatre Northwest on Grant is an intimate, flexible performance venue which is home to the Fall and Summer IUN productions as well as numerous special events each year. Newly renovated in 2011, this space was once a Hollywood Video! Now completely refurbished, it seats up to 77 audience members as close as 5 feet from the action onstage.
    Located two blocks west and half a block south of the IUN Campus near AutoZone and IUN Arts on Grant in the Old Village Shopping Center.
    click for details


    The Star Plaza Theatre
    8001 Delaware Place
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 769-6311
    Star Plaza Theatre is an intimate 3400-seat theatre, conveniently located just outside Chicago where I-65 and US30 meet. The auditorium has two seating levels in a semi-circle around the stage. The Main Floor Level seats 2,000 people and the Mezzanine Level, which overhangs the main level about midway, seats 1,400. The furthest seat in the auditorium is only 120 feet from the stage thrust.
    click for details


    The Towle Theater
    5205 Hohman Avenue
    Hammond, Indiana
    219-937-8780
    The Towle Theater, serving NW Indiana:
    •Challenges its talent and audiences
    •Demands unwavering quality
    •Nurtures both young and seasoned;
    While consistently providing unparalleled experiences through performance and education. We do not admit anyone under the age of 6 years old. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
    click for details


    Valparaiso University Theatre
    Valparaiso University Center for the Arts,
    U.S. Highway 30 and Sturdy Road in Valparaiso
    (219) 464-5162
    Valparaiso University Theatre is a 280-seat facility for plays, musicals and small operas. Under the stage apron is a 25-seat orchestra pit; equipped with a full-trapped mainstage and double-decked side stages for environmental staging. It is the venue for the Theatre Department's major productions. The theater features four main stage productions and musical productions sponsored by the Department of Theater and Television.
    click for details


    4th Street Theater
    125 N. Fourth Street
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    (219)926-7875
    Originally founded in 1990 as the North Coast Cultural Association and was located in the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church until a fire burned the church down in 1998. Our second location, now the Fourth Street Theater, opened its doors in the fall of 1999. Our first performance was a revival of Footlight Players production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged” in 2000. We then produced our first show in the spring of 2001: "The Good War." In the summer of 2002, we joined the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, or NIETF, from whom we have since received over 120 nominations and 40 awards for excellence in all aspects of theatrical production.
    click for details

    Genesius Guild
    First United Methodist Church
    6635 Hohman AvenueHammond IN 46324
    877-724-7715
    The Genesius Guild is a community theatre troupe based in Hammond, Indiana. The Guild currently utilizes the facilities in the First United Methodist Church of Hammond. The Guild was founded in 1984 as an outgrowth of the summer Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church. Our name is taken from Saint Genesius, the Patron Saint of Actors.
    click for details

    Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts
    6915 Grand Avenue
    Hammond, IN 46323
    219-989-7316 x 1889
    The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts (HAPA) is an institution of rigorous
    programs committed to artistic and academic excellence.
    click for details

    Hammond Community Theatre
    P.O. Box 394
    Hammond, IN 46325
    To foster, promote, and increase the public knowledge and appreciation of the arts and cultural activities in the City of Hammond, Lake County, Northwest Indiana and surrounding community's for the enjoyment of the organization's membership and audiences.
    click for details

    Highland Theatre Company of HHS
    9135 Erie Street
    Highland, IN 46322
    • To bring together students who share a love and passion for the performing arts
    • To educate students in the performing arts through active participation
    in productions and workshops
    • To foster a love and appreciation of the performing arts in both Highland High School and the wider Highland community
    click for details

    Improductions, LLC
    773-828-9117
    A company founded to help push do-it-yourself productions in the Chicagoland area. This company is together as a place where people who produce their own theatre productions find skills and resources to help make their dreams a reality. Whether it’s team management, audio/video production, theatrical instruction, or graphic art production, we have the ability to help anyone seeking expertise and experience in putting the best production possible forward.
    click for details

    Munster Theatre Company
    8808 Columbia Avenue
    Munster, IN 46321
    219-838-3200
    It is the home to the Munster Theatre Company, which produces 4-5 scripted and improvisational theatre productions per year, and the Wilbur Wright Theatre Company. The auditorium also is the home of Lakeshore Community Concerts, which hosts six nationally-touring musical acts each year. The auditorium is available for client rental.
    click for details

    Seedlings Theatre
    219- 281-2829
    We are planting the arts across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. We are inclusive in every sense, welcoming seasoned, first-time, and non-traditional actors, directors, designers, technicians, volunteers, and audience members to engage with the performing arts in new ways. Our productions inspire growth, engage discussion, and enrich the community.
    click for details

    Valparaiso Theatrical Company
    219-309-6794
    The mission of Valparaiso Theatrical Company is to offer professional style theater at an affordable price while giving to charitable causes.
    click for details






     
           
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    DK Barbell & Performance Training
    8450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Dave Knoerzer 219.746.3108 dkbarbell@gmail.com
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Holiday, Fun, Food, Gifts, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.

    The market is rich in cultural tradition and includes special events, performers and activities.
    Daley Plaza
    50 W. Washington Chicago IL
    312.494.2175
  • | Local Events, Christmas Decor, the Artful Garden, Antiques, Candy, Toys, NWI, Crown Point
    - Support local business in Crown Point by shopping on the Square!

    The Artful Garden has a unique selection of holiday decor to decorate your home! They are open T-F 9:30 -6:00, Saturday 9:30-5, and Sunday 10-4.

    Spend a few hours shopping on the square. Uncover special treasures at stores with shoes, clothing, comic books, art, furniture, gifts, and antiques, including the three-story Old Town Square Antique Mall. At the center of it all, is the beautiful Lake County Courthouse. Stop for lunch at the Main Street Cafe, Twelve Islands Restaurant, or SIP Coffee House, to name just a few.

    Inside the courthouse, you will find more unique shops with candy, toys, specialty clothing, and more! You can even stop in at the Lake County Historical Society Museum or Nokas Cafe.

    There is something for everyone!
    The Artful Garden
    118 S. Main Street Crown Point IN 46307
    The Artful Garden 219.662.0900 artfulgarden@sbcglobal.net
  • | Arts and Entertainment, art classes, adults, kids, seniors, munster, crown point
    - Register for Winter Art Classes!

    South Shore Arts has been providing quality art instruction since 1970!
    Classes for KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS

    Painting / Pottery / Photography / Drawing / Cartooning / Fiber Arts & more!

    Classes begin JAN 8.

    Locations in Munster & Crown Point


    219-836-1839 x 103

    South Shore Arts
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Kelly Freeman 2198361839x103 kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • | Local Events, family, fun, outdoor, winter, snow, sledding
    - Pokagon State Park's refrigerated Toboggan Run near Angola, Indiana, has about 90,000 riders every season. With the 30-foot tower and dips and valleys, the total vertical drop is 90 feet over the course of a quarter mile. The top recorded speed is 42 mph. It's a 20 to 30 second thrill ride.

    Schedule

    It opens for the season, with or without snow at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 24. It operates through Feb. 25, 2018.

    Hours

    Friday: 5:30-9 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Fees & General Information

    Toboggan sled rental per hour: $13 (including tax). Toboggan Run gift certificates.
    Toboggan renters are guaranteed one ride per hour during peak times.
    Friday Special: Rent three toboggans in the same hour, the third one is free (except during winter break).
    Park entrance fees: $7 in-state vehicles, $9 out-of-state vehicles, $2 a person on a bus.
    During winter, fees are collected Friday nights and on weekends when the run is open.
    Park closes at 11 p.m. Opens at 7 a.m.
    Driver’s license is required as deposit, rents up to four toboggans.
    Must use park’s sleds. Rented on first-come, first-served basis.
    Maximum of four people per toboggan (no exceptions).
    Cash, check and Visa/MasterCard accepted.
    No all-day rentals.
    No group reservations or group rates.
    There are no specific age or height restrictions, but children must be able to understand and abide by rules.
    No cameras or video equipment allowed on ride.
    Toboggan will close if temperature drops to 0 degrees F or below.
    Warming Center concession available (carry-in food prohibited).
    Nature Center is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; closed Monday and Tuesday; and open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    The park office, (260) 833-2012, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
    Pokagon State Park
    450 Lane 100 Lake James Angola IN 46703
    260.833.2012
  • | Local Events, Christmas lights, christmas, holidays, lights, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Decorated Homes in Northwest Indiana

    Whenever possible, we encourage you to check the Facebook page or website for each home (listed below when available) to see if the displays are down before you drive out. This occasionally happens due to high winds, severe weather, or technical difficulties.

    Enjoy!


    BURNS HARBOR

    259 Lake Park Rd., Burns Harbor
    Lights on weekdays 4:30pm to 10:30pm.
    Fri. and Sat. from 4:30pm to 11pm.
    The show starts the day after Thanksgiving and goes until Jan 1. Tune into radio station 92.5 fm. Lights are timed to music. This year we are collecting money on behalf of The Caring Place in Valparaiso, IN. Please follow our page for updates. click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander, Cedar Lake
    Lights on from about dusk to 10pm, December 10 to January 7. click for details

    9331 W. 135th Pl., Cedar Lake
    Lights on from 4:30p-10:30p. Turn your station to 98.9 as the lights are synced to music!

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    CHESTERTON

    709 S. 22nd St., Chesterton
    5pm to 10:30pm daily. 20 foot snowman up (except when it is windy!)

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    CROWN POINT

    3290 Windyhill Rd., Crown Point
    Nov. 25th to Jan. 6th, Sun-Thurs 5-9:30pm and Fri and Sat. 5-10:30pm. There are 30,000 lights that dance to 10 different songs on 103.1 FM. We also have a new feature of Santa projected on the house! We also collect food and donations for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry. The collection bin is located next to the mailbox. click for details

    7746 W 96th Place, Crown Point
    Stella's Winter Wonderland
    Dec. 2-New Year’s Eve. 5-10pm. We have just over 7,500 lights and growing every year. We have an arch with over 1,000 lights.

    9824 McKinley St., Crown Point

    618 N. West S., Crown Point

    581 O'Hagan Dr., Crown Point

    499 Court St., Crown Point

    493 Court St., Crown Point

    222 Wells St., Crown Point

    1040 Greenbriar Ct., Crown Point

    301 E. 125 Ave., Crown Point

    381 E. 130th Lane, Crown Point

    10750 Alabama St., Crown Point

    1325 S. Hayes St., Crown Point

    825 Alderbrook, Crown Point

    441 S. East St., Crown Point

    922 Monterey Ct., Crown Point

    1834 W 99th Ave., Crown Point

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    DYER

    1020 Richmond Ct., Dyer
    Lights on at 4:30pm, from 11/24-first week of January.


    1315 Capri Lane, Dyer
    Begins 11/24 to 1/7, from 5:00-10:30pm.
    Tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show.

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer St., Griffith
    Lights will be on about 4:30 to around 10PM, seven days a week. Lights are on now-January 8 or 10th. Please get out and walk around if you would like.

    726 N. Indiana St., Griffith
    Lights are on now until January 1, 5-10pm.

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    HAMMOND

    Peteyville
    3033 Crane Place, Hammond
    We are open from 5:00-10:00pm every day, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve. click for details

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    HEBRON

    603 S. 800 W., Hebron
    The display is up now until January 1st. The light show starts at 4:30pm and runs until 10:00pm (Monday - Thursday) and from 4:30pm until 11:00pm (Friday-Sunday). The display contains over 50,000 lights and is programmed to multiple audio tracks. Free Candy Canes are located in the Candy Cane Mailbox. click for details

    216 Locust Ave S., Hebron
    Lights on now until January 1. Lights turned on around 5pm and stay on until morning.

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    HIGHLAND

    9121 Idlewood Dr., Highland
    Lights are on from 5-10pm daily, now until January 1.


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    LOWELL

    The Gingerbread House
    1231 Harrison St., Lowell
    Display on from 11/23 to 1/1, 5pm until 10pm.
    We have movies playing all night and you can sit in your car and listen on your car stereo, or you can roll down your window and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is also a mailbox for the children to mail out their Christmas wishes to Santa. This year we are excepting donations for the local animal shelters. Our lights are connected to a music box that the lights dance to. Santa will be at our house on 12-9/12-16 and 12-23 from 6pm to 8pm(later if needed). We will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn. Each child will receive a magical bell from Santa.

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    MERRILLVILLE

    2901 W 54th Pl., Merrillville
    Dec. 2-Jan. 7, 4pm-midnight.
    Music played over radio station 100.1. Station frequency listed on sign in front yard. Lights are sync’d to the music. click for details

    201 E 71st Ave., Merrillville
    Lights are on from 5pm to approx. 10pm every night until December 31st.

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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Festival of Lights- Washington Park
    6 On the Lake, Michigan City
    Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays that are truly a sight to behold! It is the largest free drive-through light exhibit in the Midwest. That has been an annual event for over 20 years at Washington Park. December 2–January 7. click for details

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    MUNSTER

    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    Lights will be on from dusk-10pm every night through Jan. 1. Display includes lights set to Christmas tunes. Music can be played through radio station 88.5FM

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    PORTAGE

    6440 Gaywood Ave., Portage
    Light Display will be on daily 5pm-10pm. Large light display with half of the lights blinking to the sound of the music.

    2063 Karen Ct., Portage
    Music show with lights are on from 5:30-10pm, 7 days a week. Santa is waiting and waving out of the window for you!

    6846 Portage Ave, Portage
    Light display starts at 5pm, now until January 1.

    2240 McCool Road, Portage

    2140 McCool, Portage

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N. US Highway 231, Rensselaer
    Display dances to music with 32 channels, LED lights, and a 20 foot mega tree! Tune your radio to 88.1. The display will be on from 5pm-10pm every night starting 11/23-1/14. People are welcome to pull into the driveway to enjoy the show because of it being on major highway.

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive, Schererville
    Lights, 17 ft. animated tree. Starts Thanksgiving night and runs nightly 6pm-10pm, and an hour later on weekends. This year we are collecting Toys for Tots! Box will be displayed for collection until Dec 11th. click for details. Tune into 91.3 for music and stories.

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    ST. JOHN

    Festival of Lights/Christmas Display

    The Clerk-Treasurer's Office is proud to sponsor "Christmas in the Park and Festival of Lights", located at Prairie West Park along W 93rd Avenue. Trees will be displayed through New Year’s Day. There will be Christmas trees, entertainment, the "Holiday Train" and refreshments.
    Visit with Santa on Opening Night November 24th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Final Visit Night Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Don't forget your camera!
    Stroll along the paths and view the beautiful trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
    Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate and Popcorn and Santa's Train Rides!
    The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 (day after Thanksgiving). The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include Santa’s arrival.

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    VALPARAISO

    Winter Lights Drive Through
    775 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
    The Winter Lights are live and ready for your family to enjoy! Drive through Sunset Hill Farm Park from dusk-10pm any night through New Year's Day and take in over 300 light displays. Drive throughs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!click for details

    658 Nome Rd, Valparaiso
    Many lights and music! The display will be on from now until New Year’s Day, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm. Friday and Saturday until 10pm.

    202 West 450 South, Valparaiso
    Computer controlled light display that is sequenced to music. Stop by and turn your radio dial to 89.3 FM to listen to the music as you watch the lights. We design and build our own display props so everything is one of a kind. New this year is a 16 feet tall pixel tree made from over 600 feet of PEX tubing. This year the display will run from November 24 to January 1. click for details

    609 Partridge Path, Valparaiso- Woods of the Winding Creek Subdivision
    Light display on from 5-10 daily, now until January 3. This year our son Thomas Pruitt Jr. has created a combo of Halloween and Christmas in honor of our late daughter's favorite holidays. You can also view his tribute to Elizabeth on Facebook at Thomas' Winter Wonderland.
    click for details

    1551 Gilleevan Dr., Valparaiso
    Large light display that runs everyday after 5pm until sun up with music. The neighbors across the road also have a lot of lights! We are on a dead end road, but there is plenty of room to turn around once you get to us!

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    WHEATFIELD

    5387 West State Road 10, Wheatfield
    Come check out our amazing light display this Christmas season! Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM, drive into our North parking lot between 5-10pm, and bring your family for 30 minutes of your favorite Christmas music all coordinated to lights! This is sure to be the most stunning display in town! click for details

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    DO YOU HAVE A NORTHWEST INDIANA HOME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS LIST? PLEASE SEND US DETAILS TO STACY.TRAVIS@NWI-TOWNPLANNER.COM. THANK YOU!
     
           
  • | Celebration, Santa, El Salto, NWI, northwest indiana, holidays
     
           

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

  • | 8:30am - 5:00pm | Local Events, pregnant, pregnancy, mom, baby, nurse, assistance, mother, infant, toddler
    - Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Lake County is offering first time pregnant mothers a free personal nurse who is specially trained to help new moms face the challenges of pregnancy and parenthood. Your nurse will visit you in your home until your baby is two years old! Call 219-444-2000 for more information!

    Your nurse will help you:
    - Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
    - Build a strong support system
    - Make the home a safe place for baby
    - Find resources to help with childcare, school, jobs, housing, etc.
    - Set and reach goals

    An NFP Nurse is someone to talk to about:
    - Your questions, concerns, hopes, fears
    - What to expect during pregnancy, labor, parenting
    - What you can do to care for yourself and baby

    Who qualifies?
    - Less than 28 weeks pregnant
    - No previous live births
    - Eligible for programs such as Medicaid, HIP, WIC, SNAP, TANF
    - Resident of Lake County Indiana

    Apply online at click for details
    Or call us at 219-444-2000.
     
           
    Nurse-Family Partnership 219.444.2000 nfplake@goodwillindy.org
  • | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Special Interest, birds, walk
    - September 7, 21
    October 5,19
    November 2,16
    December 7,21
    January 4,18
    February 1,15
    Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a field trip to different birding spots in Northwest Indiana. Field trips will begin at Gibson Woods at 9 am and participants can carpool to various locations where migrants and wintering birds have been seen. Locations will be decided the week prior to each trip. Trips happen the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.
    Call 219-833-3188 to let us know you’re coming & to get that weeks location!
    Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
    6201 Parrish Ave. Hammond IN 46323
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • - Daily December 19-December 23
    Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
    2800 Colorado Street Lake Station IN 46405
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • - The largest national park in Florida protecting critical habitat for many rare and endangered species is also the largest subtropical wilderness in the US.

    Biscayne National Park is a watery wonderland which protects rare aquamarine waters, islands and coral reefs.




    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 3:15pm - 4:00pm | Local Events
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    Teens can decorate gingerbread cookies.


    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Library Events
    - Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math, children in kindergarten-6th grade, can enjoy experimenting, designing, building, computing, & crafting at the Merrillville library!
    Merrillville Public Library Youth Services
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 4:00pm - 9:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Fun, BYOB, Lights, Chicago, Things to do, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - The Original BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley is coming back to Chicago and tickets for 2017 are now on-sale!

    Ticket Includes:

    Trolley Ride to Take in Some of Chicago's Best Holiday Spots
    Visit Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, drive by Millennium Park Christmas Tree, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows
    Visit Lincoln Park ZooLights
    Chili Buffet before the Trolley Departs
    Gift Bag with Souvenir Santa Hat
    BYOB for 21+ on Trolley

    Join us for a BYOB trolley ride through Chicago's seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks.

    Head to Matilda (3101 N Sheffield) for check-in, where the lights display begins with Matilda's unique, upside down Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a chili bar (vegetarian chili available), and prep for our gawker ride through Chicagoland's yuletide lights.

    As soon as we board a vintage trolley, we'll be whisked off toward Christkindlmarket, The Magnificent Mile, State Street and Macy's Holiday Windows, and the Christmas Tree at Millennium Park followed by a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo for their fabulous ZooLights display. We'll have the chance to get off the trolley and explore the Christkindlmarket and ZooLights.

    While on the trolley we'll listen to classic Christmas music, sing Mariah Carey and enjoy whatever beverages we brought! Friday and Saturday night trolleys we'll even throw in some party tunes.

    After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back to Matilda and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw.
    Matilda
    3101 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago IL 60657
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Library Events
    - Every month, come to the library and make a different craft that can brighten up your surroundings. All materials provided. Please register.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Teen Services 219.365.5379
  • | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Religious Events, Nativity, Manger, Carols, Things to do, Christmas, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Christ
    - Please join us in celebrating the reason for the season, the night Jesus was born. We will have a Living Nativity scene on the front lawn of First United Evangelical Lutheran Church from 7-9pm December 20th and 21st. The scene will also include live animals. We encourage visitors to view the animals as well as come inside the church for refreshments and caroling.

    The church is located on 6705 Hohman Avenue in Hammond, IN 46324. We look forward to seeing you there.

    6705 Hohman Avenue Hammond IN 46324
    Chauncey Daspit 312.617.1426 cdaspit@ameritech.net
  • | Special Interest, Attraction, Tours, Family, Museum, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Northwest Indiana hosts a variety of museums and other establishments offering tours to the public. Stop by or schedule a tour at one of the following locations!

    ALBANESE CANDY FACTORY (guided group tours and self-guided tours)
    5441 E Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 947-3070
    Every year, people from all over the country come to learn about our process of making the “World’s Best Gummies” and chocolates. What makes us unique is that we are the only candy company that offers a public tour for gummi manufacturing in the USA. You’ll get to view our Gummi Factory through 8 separate windows and see two videos explaining the creation of our gummies and one video featuring our Gold Label Chocolates. Albanese tours are a great way for people of all ages to add a little fun and knowledge to their day.
    Our tours are designed for people of all ages and the tour is wheelchair accessible. We offer two types of tours – guided group tours or self-guided tours, geared toward the individual visitor. Both types of tours are FREE. From November – December and March-April, no tours will be given. Santa and the Easter Bunny visit us every year during that time.
    click for details

    BUCKLEY HOMESTEAD COUNTY PARK (self-guided and guided group tours)
    Farm & Barnyard open daily 7am - dusk
    Buildings open seasonally
    3606 Belshaw Road
    Lowell, IN 46356
    Visitors will feel like they are experiencing the past when greeted by hosts in period dress who share the spirit and history of past eras. Seasonal tours are available and include the 1910 farm with original buildings, garden, and farm animals; early 1900s one-room schoolhouse; and 1850s pioneer farm and garden.
    click for details


    BROKEN WAGON BISON (guided group tours and “walk-in-tours” with no minimum group size)
    563 W 450 N, Hobart, IN 46342
    (219) 759-3523
    Come visit Broken Wagon Bison and have your own personal encounter with North America's largest native land mammal.
    Summer tours give you the opportunity to be "surrounded" by bison (in the safety of our Bison Tour Wagon) and watch the new-born calves nurse and run around.
    Tours are available for groups of 20 or more and are perfect for school groups, church groups, boy and girl scout troops, and business groups. "Walk-in tours" (no minimum group size) available June through September on Saturday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
    click for details


    COMMUNITY VETERANS MEMORIAL (guided and self-guided tours)
    Open daily from dawn - dusk
    9710 Calumet Avenue,
    Munster, Indiana
    219-836-3392
    Community Veterans Memorial is a 6.5 acre park featuring bronze and granite sculptures, and life-size monuments to depict the major military conflicts that shaped the 20th Century. Admission is free.
    A commemorative brick pathway leads visitors on their journey through history. Individuals and groups are invited for self-guided tours in which several stations provide pre-recorded information about the defining wars of the 20th Century. Guided tours are also available.
    click for details


    FAIR OAKS FARMS (guided and self-guided tours)
    856 N 600 E
    Fair Oaks, IN 47943
    (219) 394-2025
    Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.
    click for details

    GRIFFITH HISTORICAL PARK AND RAILROAD MUSEUM (guided and self-guided tours)
    201 S Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319
    Home to a 100yr old Grand Trunk depot, E,J&E Interlocking tower, several small structures, and several rail cars. Also there is a collection of artifacts. The Park and Museum are open on the first Sunday in June till the last Sunday in August and for special tours.
    click for details

    HESSTON STEAM MUSEUM (self-guided tours)
    1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, IN 46350
    (219) 778-2783
    Ride our 1/4 scale and 1/8 scale steam railroads. Both meander over bridges and through an enchanting wooded landscape. The Hesston Steam Museum is filled with other steam powered machinery including a steam-powered saw mill, a railroad steam crane, steam powered electric power plant, steam traction engines and more.
    click for details


    JOHN DILLINGER MUSEUM (self-guided tours)
    Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Last admission at 4:00 p.m.
    1 Courthouse Sq #205, Crown Point, IN 46307
    The John Dillinger Museum takes visitors on an interactive, historical adventure through the life and times of John Dillinger and other gangsters of the 1930s depression era. Through the stories of the infamous gangsters, visitors will also learn of the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.
    click for details


    JOHN H. BARKER MANSION (guided and self-guided tours)
    631 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 873-1520
    Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the rail car industry, John H. Barker. This house, while actually lived in for only a very short time, has brought many years of enjoyment to the Barker family, and to the residents of the City of Michigan City.
    Self guided, guided and behind the scenes tours are all available.
    click for details


    JT SHRIMP LLC (Individual tours, technical tours, school tours and group tours)
    4836 W 1450 N, Wheatfield, IN 46392
    (219) 987-3809
    Ever wonder how shrimp is raised on a farm? Come out to JT Shrimp and get a tour of our facility! Individual tours, technical tours, school tours and group tours are available.
    click for details


    LAKE OF THE RED CEDARS MUSEUM (self-guided and special tours are available by appointment only...not necessarily open without appt.)
    7408 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake, IN 46303
    (219) 390-9423
    The Lake of the Red Cedars Museum houses many interesting exhibits of Cedar Lake and the surrounding area. It is open May through September, and special tours are available by appointment. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
    click for details


    THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM (Self-guided tours, audio tours and docent-led tours)
    1 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 872-6133
    Built in 1858, the old lighthouse had a lantern with a light that could be seen from 15 miles. It is the oldest remaining lighthouse in Indiana. The museum is open for public tours from April through October, every day except Monday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Time. Self-guided and audio tours as well as docent-led tours are available. The last tour each day begins at 3:30 PM Central Time. Call the museum at (219) 872-6133 to check on special hours, closings, or to book tours. Strollers are not allowed in the museum. Admission: Adults/$5 and Children 14 and under/$2.
    click for details


    MERRILLVILLE COMMUNITY PLANETARIUM
    Clifford Pierce Middle School
    199 East 70th Avenue, Merrillville, IN
    (219) 650-5486
    The Merrillville Community Planetarium is part of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, a K-12 public school system in Northwest Indiana. The Planetarium is located in Clifford Pierce Middle School. We provide programming for Merrillville classes, outside groups, and the public. Bring the family to explore the moon during our summer public show. Public programs start at 7:30 p.m. The planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before show time. No one is admitted after the program starts. Programs last from 60 to 90 minutes. Admission to public programs is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Seating is limited and should be reserved by calling (219) 650-5486 or using the form on our web site. Tickets are sold at the door. Groups may arrange for a private show by calling the planetarium at (219) 650-5486.
    click for details

    PORTER COUNTY MUSEUM (guided and self-guided tours)
    153 Franklin St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 465-3595
    The Porter County Museum–also known as the PoCo Muse–is a small, yet dynamic institution that aims to share the stories of Porter County and its people. The museum features permanent as well as temporary exhibits, and provides educational programs year round. Several school groups, scout troops, and organizations come from all over the county to tour the museum and learn about Porter County’s history.
    click for details


    THE SHRINE OF CHRIST’S PASSION (guided and self-guided tours)
    10630 Wicker Ave, St John, IN 46373
    (219) 365-6010
    The dramatic 6,000 sq. ft. Shrine Gift Shoppe/Visitor Center and Café are open year round. The Prayer Trail is also open year round weather permitting. There is no charge to experience The Shrine of Christ’s Passion. The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit and continues to exist from sales at our one of a kind Shrine Gift Shoppe and from the generous donations of our guests. All donations are much needed, welcomed and appreciated.
    click for details

    SOUTH SHORE CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TRAIL (self-guided tours)
    (Various Locations throughout Northwest Indiana)
    This trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments and architectural icons related to the brave men and women of Lake and Porter counties who sacrificed during this most pivotal era in history. Indiana contributed more than 200,000 Union troops to the Civil War effort between 1861 and 1865, and hundreds of those veterans are buried in the cemeteries of Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail serves as a guide for visitors who want to see and pay respect to the veterans' historic burial grounds and learn the stories of humanity behind the Calumet Region men in blue.
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    TASK FORCE TIPS INC. (guided tours)
    3701 Innovation Way, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 462-6161
    Task Force Tips, is a three-shift "around the clock" 7 day/week production facility. However it is open daily to visitors from 8 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday. Your visit is sure to be memorable, as you are escorted by a TFT employee. Our new wide area broadcast presentation system can be used to allow everyone to easily hear as well as see many of the ongoing processes. This assures your visit will be a personal and individualized tour of this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
    Special Note: Anyone arriving after these normal hours are STILL WELCOME. However due to the limited number of people available, we ask for at least 24 hours notice so that we can assure that a tour guide specialist will be available.
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    THOMAS CONWAY OBSERVATORY
    19100 Chase St, Lowell, IN 46356
    773-639-5491
    The Calumet Astronomical Society operates the Thomas Conway Observatory, located just southeast of Lowell, Indiana. Like many good ideas, this one started small and just keeps growing. Conway Observatory is open to the public during specific dates and times. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free. Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather, call the CAS Hotline 773-639-5491 before visiting.
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    1933 WORLD'S FAIR HOMES AT BEVERLY SHORES, INDIANA (self-guided tours and guided tours)
    The legacy of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair Century of Progress Exhibition, these homes stand along the Lake Michigan dunes as monuments to American ingenuity and modern technology. For more information, visit the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center on Kemil Road at U.S. Highway 12 near Beverly Shores (219) 926-7561, ext. 225. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers a guided tour of the homes one day in October. Visit the website for the upcoming date.
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    CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER (individual and group tours)
    *Please call ahead for events open to the general public
    Hours: 8am-4pm
    2300 173rd St, Hammond, IN 46323
    (219) 989-3250
    Our mission is to create an exciting learning environment that promotes the continued exploration of the Earth and space sciences through innovative programs that challenge how teachers educate, students learn, and businesses operate. We seek to foster in the community a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. One-Hour Tours Take a look behind-the-scenes to find out what makes our place so special. The Challenger Center of Northwest Indiana has been called the “hidden gem” of NWI—find out why!
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