The Indiana Welcome Center’s annual exhibit, A Christmas Story Comes Home, will kick-off this Saturday with two events, the annual A Major Event and the new Holiday Market. A free shuttle service will be provided for overflow parking. Guests can park in the Homestead Athletic Complex, 8071 Kennedy Avenue in Highland from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Both events are at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond on Dec. 3. A Major Event, complete with a number of children’s activities, will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The family-friendly Holiday Market will “pop-up” in the parking lot from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
While viewing the exhibit, which includes six animatronic window displays that were created based on iconic scenes from the movie, visitors may also vote for their favorite trees that are decorated by local businesses and organizations.
Santa will be atop his mountain from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. to take photos for $6 each. Attendees may also participate in a scavenger hunt and “FLICK” bingo games, decorate cookies for $2 or create crafts for $1. A train will be offering rides throughout the event for $1 each.
“A Major Event” will also include live entertainment and viewings of the holiday classic A Christmas Story in the theater at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The holiday market is the perfect place to pick up handmade and specialty gifts. There will also be hot cocoa and gourmet food items for sale at the market. The holiday market is family friendly.
The A Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit, which is presented in agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will run through Dec. 31, 2016. The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at the intersection of I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South in Hammond, Indiana.
For more information on “A Major Event,” the A Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit, weekend and holiday hours or other special events, contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at 219-989-7979 or visit www.AChristmasStoryComesHome.com.