With Christmas passed, the Region turns towards the new year with a variety of festive activities to help everyone start off 2023 right. From shopping, dining, and music, there’s something to fill everyone with a little bit of warmth this stormy weekend. Make sure to take advantage of the several holiday-themed events closing out the year!
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.
Check out the Region’s artists at the Art Barn Holiday Gift Gallery
The Art Barn School of Art is wrapping up its Holiday Gift Gallery this weekend, so take advantage of the event to snag some cool holiday merchandise from local artists in Northwest Indiana. The gallery is open on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Countdown to the New Year as the City of Whiting drops a giant pierogi
It’s time for the seventh annual Pierogi Drop in Whiting! Come costumed for a night of live entertainment, food, and the introduction of the new Mr. Pierogi. The event begins on Saturday at 8 p.m., and the giant pierogi drops just as we leave 2022 behind. 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.
Rock around the clock with the Head Honchos and Rich Hardesty in La Porte
The Head Honchos and Rich Hardesty are coming to the La Porte Civic Auditorium on Friday. The blues rock concert begins at 6 p.m. with a performance by the Head Honchos and continues into the night with Rich Hardesty and the Little Nashvilles. Tickets begin as low as $10, so come out for a rockin’ night of music. Learn more here.
Grab a scoop of Culver’s Flavor of the Day
This weekend, Culver’s is offering a variety of tasty flavors everyday, beginning this Thursday with salted double caramel pecan and ending on Monday with espresso toffee bar. While you're there, why not grab a whole meal by throwing a ButterBurger and some cheese curds into the mix. Check out the rest of Culver’s Flavor of the Days here.
Take in the Winter Lights at Sunset Hill Farm
Porter County Parks & Recreation Department is presenting their Winter Lights drive-thru event one last weekend before it’s gone until next year. When the sun goes down, the lights go up as holiday music drifts through the county park at this free event. Learn more here.
Learn something new with Wise Guys University’s January class
This month, Wise Guys University is teaching you how to make a Kansas City BBQ Sour. With few ingredients and plenty of taste, this drink is sure to impress friends and family alike at your next party. 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. Learn more here.