Northwest Indiana has tons of throwback-themed events this weekend to enjoy with the family with productions based on the Peanuts, the Beatles, and “Elf!” If musicals aren’t your thing, the Region’s got you covered with good food, good shopping, and good art. There’s a bit of something for everyone this chilly 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.
Catch up with the Peanuts at Four Winds Casinos’ “A Charlie Brown Christmas” production
The Pokagon Band of Potowatomi’s Four Winds Casino New Buffalo location will be hosting “A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage” on Saturday and Sunday. The production is a twist on Charles M. Schulz’s timeless classic while still offering audience favorites from the original animated cartoon. Learn more here.
Enjoy a free appetizer at Patrick’s Grille
Patrick’s Grille is collecting toys for Toys for Tots, and every donation comes with a free appetizer! Enjoy some of the tastiest food in Michigan City complemented by the warm, fuzzy feeling of charity. Learn more here.
Be in an auditorium and singing to “Elf the Musical, Jr.” with South Shore CVA
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday feature a production of “Elf the Musical, Jr.” put on by South Shore CVA at the Memorial Opera House. The shows, all scheduled for 7 p.m., follow the 2003 holiday classic’s story of Buddy the elf leaving the North Pole in search of his father. Learn more here.
Take in some traditional art with IU Northwest
Indiana University Northwest will be exhibiting work by Mexican artist Raul Sisnega in the School of Arts Gallery. The works, on loan from Pilsen Arts & Community House, explore the relationship between technology, biology, and psychology. The exhibition is free to view this Thursday and every Thursday after through January 13. Learn more here.
Hit the ice rink in the City of La Porte
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.
Give the gift of Christmas with Valpo Parks
This weekend marks the last call for Toys for Tots donations through Valpo Parks. Donations are being accepted until Friday at Valpo Parks’ main office on N Campbell Street. The office is accepting unwrapped, unopened toys as well as cash donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donating helps to make sure every child gets to celebrate Christmas. Learn more here.
Relive “Abbey Road” with the MEGA Beatles with the City of La Porte
Midwest Beatles cover band the MEGA Beatles will be performing at the La Porte Civic Auditorium on Saturday at 6 p.m. This nine-piece orchestra will be performing Beatles favorites as well as the solo works of each Beatle in an electrifying performance that’ll have audiences singing and dancing along. Learn more here.
Win fantastic prizes at the Four Winds Casinos’ Holiday Gift Express
Four Winds Casinos are hosting their Holiday Gift Express event on Saturday, and attendees have the chance to win some awesome prizes! Lucky winners can receive cash, free-play credits, a Nintendo Switch, or a PlayStation 5. Learn more here.
Snap a selfie with Santa in the City of Crown Point
Rumor has it that Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on the lower levels of the Lake County Courthouse this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The pair will be taking pictures with anyone who wants them, so swing by and grab your holiday photos! Learn more here.