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First Skate Fundraiser at Central Park Plaza

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on November 18, 2020 with No Comments

Join the Valpo Parks Foundation and the Valpo Parks Department for this exclusive, family friendly, First Skate Fundraiser at Central Park Plaza on Friday, Nov. 20 at the William E. Urschel Pavillion, 68 Lafayette Street, Valparaiso.

Returning for the third year, the First Skate Fundraiser is an extraordinary way to experience the ice rink at Central Park Plaza. This ticketed event ensures safe social distancing while being the first on the ice. Complimentary hot cocoa, water and cookies will be provided. This year, two time sessions will be offered, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Participants must choose their session when purchasing their event ticket. Limited to 100 people per session.

Tickets are only $20 per person and benefit the Valpo Parks Foundation. The Valpo Parks Foundation brings people and community resources together to enhance and sustain the highest quality park facilities and programs.

Each attendee will receive the following:

  • Admission
  • Skate rental (or bring your own)
  • Hot cocoa, water and cookies
  • Commemorative hat
  • Bragging rights for being the first on the ice this season.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.eventbright.com/e/first-skate-tickets.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Winter Fest, Tree Lighting

Downtown Valparaiso’s Winter Fest runs 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Central Park Plaza, 70 W. Lafayette St. This free event includes caroling, figure skating performance, photos with Santa, and lighting of the plaza Christmas tree. Learn more at www.valpoparks.org.

Winter Lighting Drive-Through

There may not be a winter festival at the park this season, but Sunset Hill Farm County Park will host its annual winter lighting drive-through every day, Nov. 28 through Dec. 31, with music and lighting nightly from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The park is located at 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso. This holiday event is free and open to the public. To learn more, call 219-465-3586. 

Valpo looking ahead to Holly Days and more for Christmas

Valparaiso Events reports that city sidewalks are the perfect place to welcome the holidays this year. Twinkling lights and festive flourishes set the stage for ice carvers, carolers, the live Nativity and Santa’s arrival atop a cherry red firetruck. Shop, dine (or carry out) and celebrate the joy of the season.

Here is the 2020 Valparaiso Holly Days schedule:

Friday, Dec. 4

  • Tree Lighting at Porter County Public Library Outdoor Learning Plaza at 5:30 p.m., followed by other fun safe activities like Story Walk and a visit with Santa (socially distanced)
  • Santa’s Mailbox - Drop off letters to Santa.  All letters with a clearly written name and address will receive a special letter in return
  • Toys for Tots – Donate a new, unwrapped toy and brighten the season for others

 Saturday, Dec. 5, 3:00 to 6:00 pm

  • Enjoy the artistry of professional ice carvers creating a signature (and surprise) holiday sculpture on the Courthouse Square
  • Behold the live Nativity, hosted by Grace Chapel at 157 Lafayette St. (begins at 4:00 p.m.)
  • Wave to Santa on his ride through downtown from atop a cherry red firetruck, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
  • Explore Porter County Public Library’s new Outdoor Learning Plaza, complete with holiday trimmings
  • Santa’s Mailbox - Drop off letters to Santa.  All letters with a clearly written name and address will receive a special letter in return
  • Toys for Tots drive – share a new, unwrapped gift and brighten the holiday for others. Collection box will be located on the Courthouse Square 

Other holiday happenings include the following:

Food Drive for Hilltop Food Pantry – Nov. 27 – Dec. 13 

Bring a food donation to help stock the shelves at Hilltop Food Pantry.  Drop off items at Aftermath, Aster + Gray, Indie Indie Bang Bang, If Walls Could Talk, Ivy Boutique, M&S Collision, Lifestyles, Misbeehavin’ Meads, Picked Vintage, Porter County Public Library, Valpo Velvet and Valparaiso Events.

Needs include Spam, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, dry cereal and hearty soups.

Santa’s Mailbox – Nov. 27 – Dec. 13 

A very special service is coming to town!  Drop off letters to Santa by Dec. 14. All letters with a clearly written name and address will receive a special letter in return. Mailboxes are located at Aftermath, Aster + Gray, Brown Tire, Indie Indie Bang Bang, If Walls Could Talk, Ivy Boutique, Lifestyles, Porter County Public Library, Valpo Velvet and Valparaiso Events.

Toy Drive #BeLikeKeegan – through Dec. 17 

Donate new, unwrapped toys, hats, gloves and coats for Hilltop Neighborhood House. Drop off at Picked Vintage, Valpo Velvet or Valparaiso Events.

To learn more, visit www.valparaisoevents.com.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Winter Fest, Tree Lighting

Downtown Valparaiso’s Winter Fest runs 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Central Park Plaza, 70 W. Lafayette St. This free event includes caroling, figure skating performance, photos with Santa, and lighting of the plaza Christmas tree. Learn more at www.valpoparks.org.

Winter Lighting Drive-Through

There may not be a winter festival at the park this season, but Sunset Hill Farm County Park will host its annual winter lighting drive-through every day, Nov. 28 through Dec. 31, with music and lighting nightly from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The park is located at 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso. This holiday event is free and open to the public. To learn more, call 219-465-3586.

 

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