ONGOING, hours vary, Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., Dyer. 219.558.8811. midwesttrainingandice.com. NWI's largest state-of-the-art training facility offers open skate sessions at its Olympic-size ice arena.
Christmas at the Mansion
THROUGH DEC. 31, hours vary, Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St., Michigan City. 219.873.1520. barkermansion.com. An annual holiday tradition, the public is invited to take self-guided or guided tours through the decorated rooms of the 160-year-old mansion.
Festival of Lights
THROUGH JAN. 1, Prairie West Park, W. 93rd Ave., St. John. 219.365.6465. stjohnin.com. The paths will be alight with decorated trees throughout the holiday season.
Winter Lights Night
THROUGH JAN. 1, dusk-10 p.m., Sunset Hill Farm, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso. 219.465.3586. porterco.org. This drive-through lights show showcases many custom-made displays. The display is free and open to the public.
Holiday Artisan Market
THROUGH JAN. 5, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Shoppers can put the art into holiday shopping with handmade, finely crafted items perfect for holiday gifts, including offerings from some of the Midwest's finest craftspeople. Proceeds benefit LCA's educational outreach.
Holiday Lights in Downtown Whiting
THROUGH JAN. 7, begins at dusk, downtown Whiting. 219.659.7700. whitingindiana.com. Visitors can enjoy the sites of holiday lights throughout historic downtown Whiting all holiday season long.
Plaza at Deep River Waterpark
THROUGH FEB. 25, 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday and holidays, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E. U.S. Hwy. 30, Crown Point. 219.947.7850. deepriverwaterpark.com. This winter wonderland is complete with a 14,500-square-foot ice skating rink, food and beverage locations, a heated restroom and more.
Open Skate and Open Hockey
THROUGH MARCH 4, hours vary, William E. Urschel Pavilion, 70 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.548.4888. centralparkplazavalpo.com. The 80-by-120-foot outdoor ice rink offers open skate and open hockey hours throughout the winter. The pavilion features a concession stand, locker rental and more.
Painting with Susan
DEC. 28, 6-8 p.m., Valparaiso Library, 103 Jefferson St., Valparaiso. 219.465.3586. pcpls.org. Artist Susan Young will teach participants the basic acrylic painting techniques. All supplies are included with the fee.
Happy New Beer
DEC. 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shoreline Brewery, 208 Wabash St., Michigan City. 219.879.4677. shorelinebrewery.com. The brewery will ring in the New Year with live music by Stealin the Farm and a midnight toast of their Happy New Beer.
New Year's Eve at Majestic Star Casino
DEC. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Majestic Star Casino and Hotel, 1 Buffington Harbor Drive, Gary. 219.977.7777. majesticstarcasino.com/newyearseve. The casino and hotel will bring in 2018 with live music from Sheryl and SayYes!, a complimentary toast, party packs, balloon drop and live countdown.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
DEC. 31, midnight, Main Square Park, 3001 Ridge Road, Highland. 219.838.0114. highlandparks.org. Fireworks will fill the night sky over Main Square Park to ring in the New Year. Hot chocolate will be served.
New Year's Eve Party
DEC. 31, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., White Hawk Country Club, 1001 White Hawk Drive, Crown Point. 219.661.2322. whitehawkcountryclub.com. All inclusive, this party will feature a premium bar, hors d’oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, a filet mignon dinner and a DJ. Reservations required.
New Year's Eve with Joe Marcinek Band
DEC. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., The Patrician Banquet Center, 410 E. U.S. 30, Schererville. 219.864.4000. patricianbanquet.com. Partygoers can ring in the New Year with the Joe Marcinek Band. Ticket price includes party favors and a New Year's shot. A cash bar and food vendors will be available at this 21-and-older event.
New Year's Expo Eve 2017
DEC. 31, 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso. 219.464.0133. portercountyexpo.com. For more than 20 years, this New Year's celebration has rang in the New Year. This year's all-inclusive, 21-and-older event features an open bar, live music by Shout Out, a prime rib buffet, a champagne toast, a balloon drop at midnight and more.
THROUGH DEC. 30, Southern Shore Art Association Gallery, 724 Franklin St., Michigan City. 219.879.4980. southernshoreartassociation.com. This annual collection of art in all genres features oils, acrylics, watercolors and photography for holiday gift shopping and browsing.
THROUGH JAN. 6, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd St., Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. In this new media and video exhibit, the work of Eric Souther and Jason Bernagozzi actively breaks, hacks and restructures images to expose the authority of media transmission as a fragile and impermanent signal.
Open Mic, Improv Jam, & Variety Show
ONGOING, 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, D Performance Comedy Theater, 500 S. Lake St., Gary. 219.613.4585. NWI's oldest comedy club hosts this free open mic night where stand-up comedians and sketch and improv performers can take the stage.
DEC. 29, 7:30 p.m., Footlight Theater, 1705 Franklin St., Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. Featuring traditional carols along with other musical selections, this Yuletide event will showcase the song stylings of Joe Stewart, a 2017 Hoosier Star competition finalist, and singing ensemble The Footnotes.
A Very Electric Christmas
DEC. 29-30, 2 p.m., 6 p.m., Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This unique theater experience for all ages tells the story of Santa putting the finishing touches on the presents while meeting some new friends. Nutcracker soldiers, the Rat King, and other holiday characters are brought to life through light and the music of artists ranging from Tchaikovsky to Mariah Carey.
An Intimate Evening with The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik - Songs & Stories
DEC. 30, 7:30 p.m., Hoosier Theatre, 1335 119th St., Whiting. 219.595.YES2. tomfooleryfunclub.com. The Ides of March bringsits musical creativity and energy to the Tomfoolery stage for an evening of music and storytelling. Rocken Horse and comedian Sharkie also will perform.
The Four C Notes
DEC. 31, 6 p.m., 10 p.m., Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. The only tribute group for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the Midwest will take audiences back to the musical glory days of the '60s.