This week is all about celebrating the holidays with family and friends. Whether you're looking for something to do, something to see, or something to eat, there's something for everyone in the Region. Gather the family and venture forth into another fun weekend!
Take a look at our list of 10 Fun Things To Do in Northwest Indiana and be sure to add some to your calendar!
Support local artists by visiting Lubeznik’s Holiday Artisan Market
Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ Holiday Artisan 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 a memorable Christmas gift. Learn more here.
Take part in a Valpo tradition with South Shore Orchestra’s “Holiday Pops!”
South Shore Orchestra is holding its annual “Holiday Pops!” concert on Thursday at the Memorial Opera House. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., features holiday favorites from around the world and throughout time, making it an event near and dear to the hearts of many Valpo residents. Learn more here.
Eat some holiday treats with Four Winds Casinos
The Four Winds Casinos will be running a special holiday buffet on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Featuring American and Asian specialty dishes, snow crab legs, soup and salad stations, and a variety of desserts, everyone is sure to find something to enjoy. Learn more here.
Enjoy the light show during Michigan City’s Festival of Lights
Michigan City has gathered artists from across the Region to create dazzling light sculptures in Washington Park. The sculptures are free to visit and are turned on at dusk everyday through the first week of January. Learn more here.
Hit the ice rink in the City of Crown Point
The city of La Porte is opening the downtown ice rink every weekend and through Christmas break! Rental skates are available, and interested parties are highly encouraged to reserve their place at the rink beforehand. Learn more here.
Connect with the human condition at Lubeznik’s “We Are Us” display
Lubeznik Center for the Arts is helping visitors discover what it means to be with the “We Are Us: The Human Condition” gallery. The gallery explores how the arts, accessible through time and across language and cultural barriers, can reveal basic human components. Learn more here.
Let your creative side free at an Art Barn Open Studio class
On Friday, the Art Barn School of Art will be opening its studio to the public from 1-4 p.m. Take the time to mingle with other artists, get in some practice, and maybe create that perfect homemade Christmas gift. Learn more here.
Take in the Winter Lights at Sunset Hill Farm
Porter County Parks & Recreation Department is presenting their Winter Lights drive-thru event until January 2. When the sun goes down, the lights go up as holiday music drifts through the county park at this free event. Learn more here.
Give praise to the Lord with Valpo University
Valparaiso University will be holding special Christmas Eve services beginning at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Resurrection. This will be the final service in the Chapel before the Valpo campus closes for the holidays, so be sure to catch your final sights of this place of worship for the year. Learn more here.
Relive Jean Shepherd’s holiday classic with “A Christmas Story” Comes Home
“A Christmas Story” Comes Home is partially an animatronic exhibition, partially a host of public events, and all holiday fun! The exhibit, based on Hammond native Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story,” features animatronic displays of famous scenes from the movie as well as frequent activities for the public to enjoy, like this weekend’s pajama watch party. Learn more here.