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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana December 7 - 9, 2018


'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' in northwest Indiana! From cookies with Santa, tree light celebrations to a hike in the park, northwest Indiana has TONS of activities this weekend!

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December 7th - An Evening with Santa at the Portage YMCA

Portage Township YMCA - Portage, IN

Bring your friends and family to celebrate this holiday season and enjoy:

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December 7th - Light Up the Park

Festival Park - Hobart, IN

Celebrate the holiday season with live entertainment, carriage rides, and a visit with Santa as we light up Festival Park!

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December 8th - Michigan City Snowflake Parade

Downtown Michigan City - Michigan City, IN

The Michigan City Snowflake Parade is returning to Franklin Street in the historic downtown.
The Snowflake Parade through downtown Michigan City will begin at 10th Street and proceed north to 4th Street on the first Saturday in December starting at 3pm then the lights will be turned on at the Washington Park at 4pm. Santa’s Chalet located at 7th and Franklin Streets will be relocated to the parking lot near courthouse during the parade for children to go in and share their Christmas wish lists.

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December 8th - New Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital Open House

Franciscan Health Michigan City - Michigan City, IN

The public is invited to get a glimpse of the future of healthcare and tour the new Franciscan Health Michigan City at an open house celebration from noon to 4 PM on Dec. 8.
“We are just a short time away from the opening of our brand new, state-of-the-art healthcare facility,” said Dean Mazzoni, president and CEO of Franciscan Health Michigan City. “We are excited to showcase what has become more than just a hospital. It is a regional outpatient center, a multi-specialty physician office building, a health and wellness education complex and a community meeting space.”

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December 7th - Non-Reserved Public Hayrides

Buckley Homestead County Park - Lowell, IN

$2 weekends with paid admissions except for Fall Fest Dates1-2pmTake a hay ride and spend the day see the historic park Buckley Homestead.Call 219-769-7275 to schedule your hayride!

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December 8th - Stay at Home Flyers & Bird- Friendly Ornaments

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve - Hammond, IN

Many species of birds stick around for our cold Northwest Indiana winters. Join us at Gibson Woods Saturday December 8 from 10-11:30 AM as we learn about some of them, take a short walk to see whos around and then make edible ornaments for them to enjoy at the feeder stations. Program is designed for all ages.

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December 7th - Photos With Santa at the Indiana Welcome Center

Indiana Welcome Center - Hammond, IN

Come out every weekend from November 23rd to December 23rd between 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for photos with Santa taken in the infamous Santa's Mountain, complete with a slide!

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December 8th - LC Band Boosters Holiday Craft Fair

Lake Central High School - St. John, IL

Come join us for the Annual Lake Central Band Boosters Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair. Spend the day shopping our fabulous crafters and vendors. Enjoy our Tribe of Pride members playing holiday music. Rest up and have a snack at our concession stand.

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December 8th - Visit Santa in the Crown Point Courthouse

Crown Point Courthouse - Crown Point, Indiana

Santa arrives in town and takes up residence in the Court House every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas.

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December 9th - Miller Woods Hike

Douglas Center - Lake Station, IN

Join a park ranger for a hike through the beautiful oak savanna of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Miller Woods. Hikes will vary in length depending on the interest and abilities of visitors. This ranger-led hike starts at the Paul H. Douglas Center and continues through Miller Woods to the shore of Lake Michigan. This amazing hike goes through a globally rare black oak savanna and around towering sand dunes and interdunal wetlands. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and insect repellent.

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