Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is finally here, and the region has plenty of holiday fun in store for residents ready to brave the cold! Whether you’re looking for a night of worship at Valparaiso University, a visit to Santa at the Hammond Holiday Parade, or a trip to the North Pole with the City of Portage, there’s something for everyone this weekend.
Check out our list of 10 fun things to do in Northwest Indiana and add a few to your calendar!
Support local artists by visiting Lubeznik’s Holiday Artisan Market
The Lubeznik Center for the Arts Craft Market is open! The market features unique pieces created by local artists including jewelry, ceramics, wearable art and more! It’s the perfect place to find an unforgettable Christmas present. Learn more here.
Join Valparaiso University for a night of worship at their celebratory Christmas Vespers event
Valparaiso University invites guests to participate in a festive evening of worship accompanied by live music from the Valparaiso University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra Band. The event takes place on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Learn more here.
Meet with the City of Hammond for their Holiday Parade and Santa Sprint 5k
Mayor McDermott and the Hammond Holiday Parade Committee bring you dual function this weekend. At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the day begins with a one-mile sprint down Indianapolis Boulevard. At 10 a.m., the Holiday Parade leaves Gavit High School and makes its way to the Hammond Sportsplex. Learn more here.
Admire the dazzling lights at the Electric Lights Parade in Pulaski County
The Pulaski County Community Development Commission is hosting an Electric Lights Parade again this year to welcome Santa, and everyone is invited! The parade begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Winamac, kicking off the weekend-long Winter Wonderland event. Learn more here.
Kick off the holiday season with Christmas in the City at Portage Park
The City of Portage hosts its Christmas festival in the city on Saturday. The day begins with the Portage Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual Christmas Craft Show from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Rumor has it that Santa Claus will be there in person from 12:00 noon. At 4:00 p.m., the Portage Kiwanis Club’s Santa’s Parade of Toys begins its march to Founders Square where the Portage Event Partnership will light the Christmas tree! Learn more here.
Join in the celebrations during Christmas of the poor handmaids of Jesus Christ at the center
The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are holding a free Christmas event in Plymouth on Saturday. The festivities begin at 4:00pm and include decorating cookies, frames, Santa pictures and face painting! Learn more here.
Make your new favorite holiday drink with Wise Guys
This month Wise Guys is teaching the region how to make a White Christmas Martini. Impress friends, family and co-workers at the next winter party with this celebratory drink with crushed candy canes as a garnish! Learn more here.
Check out La Porte’s art scene at the Holiday Artisan Fair
The La Porte County Historical Society Museum is hosting its Holiday Artisan Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At this event, local vendors sell handmade holiday items that make the perfect gift for any artist in your life. Learn more here.
Learn how to save lives with the La Porte firefighters
City of La Porte firefighters offer free CPR certification on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CPR can often make the difference between life and death in emergency situations, and La Porte offers this program to help keep their community even safer. Learn more here.
Sing along to M&M’s production of Scrooge the Musical
M&M Productions and Ross Music Theater Perform Scrooge the Musical This Weekend! This production marks 24 years of “Scrooge” performances and is sure to get everyone moving and groove in their seats. Learn more here.