Winter Lights Night Festival brings dazzling holiday fun to Porter County

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The Winter Lights Night Festival kicks off Saturday, Nov. 22, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road in Valparaiso. The cost for the event is only $5 per car load.

Winter Lights Night Festival is hosted by Porter County Parks & Recreation and features a myriad of dazzling light displays, holiday activities, special guests and entertainment and all capped off with an amazing fireworks display.

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A student art show and contest will be on display, with all guests getting the chance to vote for their favorite project. Special guests the Snow Queen and Ice Princess will be joining the festival from 4 to 7 p.m. The Chesterton High School Madrigal Choir will perform at 4 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Food, cider and cocoa will also be available for purchase from a variety of local vendors.

Families will have the chance to take a wagon ride to admire the hundreds of light displays that illuminate the park. The Winter Lights Night Fireworks Show, which has become a Porter County tradition, will begin to light up the sky around 7:15 p.m. to close out the evening.

Winter Lights Night Festival will also be a drop off site for Toys for Tots.  Members of the Dunes Leathernecks Marine Corps League of Valparaiso will be present greeting guests and collecting toys to later be distributed to families of Porter County.

The light displays are unique to the park and many of them were custom-made by members of the maintenance staff. Some of the displays include a rollercoaster that is over 20 feet tall, a farm scene consisting of various pieces, and Santa taking off into the sky with his reindeer.

The Winter Lights displays will still be available for people to enjoy after Winter Lights Night, with a free drive through beginning on Thanksgiving Day from 5 to 9 p.m. It will then run every Friday through Sunday, from 5 to 9 p.m. through New Year’s Day. Donations are always welcome.

For more information, call 219-465-3586 or visit .

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Start your holiday shopping early at the Holidaze Arts and Craft Show at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road in Valparaiso on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be over 170 vendors featuring custom-made, unique items including home decor, jewelry, garden, purses, fine clothing and special presents for your family and friends.

Kettle corn, pumpkin rolls, chocolates, teas, coffee, BBQ sauce, freshly-made coffee cakes, dips and homemade sausages are just some of the local goods will also be available for purchase.

There will also be food samples, holiday music, over 100 door prizes, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Toys For Tots donation box and more.

Admission is $2 per person; children under 12 are free.  For more information, contact Mario Alvarez at 219-464-9918 or .

Hometown Holiday Celebration

Duneland’s Hometown Holiday Celebration will take place Saturday, Nov. 29

Enjoy shopping the downtown local shops for Small Business Saturday before walking over to enjoy free carriage rides through historic downtown Chesterton from 2 to 4 p.m. Due to time and space limitations, tickets will be given to the first 20 families in line, and additional rides will be given as time permits.

The tree lighting ceremony starts at 5 p.m. in Thomas Centennial Park and kicks off the Twilight Christmas Parade. The Duneland resident winner of the essay contest “What Do the Holidays Mean to You?” will not only be lighting the tree but will also be the grand marshal of the parade.

The parade will step off from Chesterton Middle School at 5:15 p.m. There will be floats as well as plenty of walking families and service organizations.  An impressive series of decorated fire engines will round out the lineup, with Santa Claus himself making an appearance on the final Chesterton Fire Department engine.

All individuals, groups, businesses and non-profits are welcomed to participate in the unique Duneland tradition. Parade applications are available at or by calling the Duneland Chamber of Commerce at 219-926-5513.

The chamber has scheduled a retailers open house, with businesses staying open until 8 p.m. that evening. Shoppers should visit the Duneland Chamber’s tent to receive a “shop small” bag that includes an open house map, chamber contest details and other information.

Santa Claus will be receiving visitors in his Duneland house on Broadway in Thomas Centennial Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Children may also visit Santa every Saturday leading up to Christmas from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Santa’s last visit will be Saturday, Dec. 20.

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Just in time for the holidays, the Highland Parks Department holds its annual craft show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 30 at the Lincoln Community Center, 2450 Lincoln St. in Highland.  Doors will be open to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shopping opportunities may include candles, jewelry, hand bags, home decor, skin care, handmade items, gourmet dips and more.  Concessions will be available both days.

Booth space may still be available.  Call 219-838-0114 to find out.  Fees for the two-day show are $53.50 per 10’ x 10’ interior space and $85.60 per 23’ x 6’ wall space.  Tables, chairs and extension cords are not provided.

For more information, visit www.highlandparks.org.  Stay current with programs and activities at .

IBT presents The Nutcracker

The Indiana Ballet Theatre (IBT) will perform The Nutcracker at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3 and 4. Show times are 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 4.

The performance features a cast of local dancers from Indiana Ballet Theatre’s Ballet Company and its School of Dance as well as18 other studios around Northwest Indiana plus special guests.

To purchase tickets for the daytime shows or for special group rates for the evening shows, call the IBT at 219-755-4444.  To purchase tickets to the evening shows, call the IBT at 219-755-4444 or the Star Plaza Box Office at 800-745-3000.  For more information, visit .

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