[Top 5] Most Fun Holiday Events in Northwest Indiana 2022

Nobody celebrates the holidays quite like us here in the Midwest! If you are trying to find some great family fun to fill your calendar with, look no further. Here are the most fun holiday events in Northwest Indiana! Just be sure to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities.

Christmas Dinner Show

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Photo Credit: Theatre at the Center
  • December 1st – 11th
  • Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN

A fast, paced 70-minute dinner show that tells the story of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. With a menu of broccoli cheese soup, roasted herb chicken, sage & onion dressing, and home-made mashed potatoes, this show is a great option for anyone looking for a great meal and a good laugh. Visit their website to find out more and purchase tickets to the Dickens Christmas Carol Show.

Winter Lights Drive-Thru

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Photo Credit: Harvest Tyme
  • Dates & times vary by location
  • Multiple Locations

Winter lights drive-through shows have become all the rage in the past few years. If you haven’t been to one yet, definitely be sure to check one out this holiday season! There are tons to choose from locally, but here are a few:

Christmas Tyme Lights – Lowell, IN (They offer piping hot cocoa to sip during your drive!)

Winter WonderLights – Merrillville, IN

Winter Lights Drive-Through – Valparaiso, IN (Concessions & plenty of other activities are offered!)

Holiday Gift Gallery

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Photo Credit: South Shore Indiana
  • November 12, 2022 – January 5th, 2023
  • Art Barn School of Art, Valparaiso, IN

Take a stroll through this unique art gallery full of items created by local artisans. All items on display are available for purchase, and would make for very thoughtful gifts this holiday season. The gallery features a variety of crafts including ceramics, textiles, and hand-made jewelry.

Self-Guided Lights Tour

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Taking a self-guided lights tour in your local area has never been easier! With many easy-to-use online resources you can find a list of decorated homes to drive by with family and friends. Here are a couple of great sites to find decorated homes near you:

The Original Christmas Lights Finder

Christmas Light Guide

“A Christmas Story” Comes Home

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  • November 12th – December 30th
  • Indiana Welcome Center, Hammond, IN

Each year the Hammond, IN Welcome Center puts together a fantastic display of animatronic scenes from the 1983 classic, A Christmas Story. There are plenty of activities for kids, including a visit with Santa, as well as photo ops for families. This is a must-see for anyone in The Region.

What are your favorite holiday events in Northwest Indiana? Let me know below!

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