THROUGH DEC 14 Holiday Hop & Shop, Crown Point: Barbara Jean’s Gifts and Gourmet, 105 S Court St. 219.661.1600. bjgiftsandgourmet.com; Blue Pear, 106 W Clark St. 219.779.9482; Old Green Shutters Antiques, 118 S Main St. 219.663.4425; Hammond: It’s Just Serendipity, 5630 Hohman Ave. 219.932.NEAT or 219.512.4298; itsjustserendipity.com; The Junk Fairy, 5213 Hohman Ave. 708.272.2011. thejunkfairy.net; Highland: The Comfy Couch, 2631 Hwy Ave. 219.513.9948. mycomfycouch.com; Flipside Clothing, 8905 Indianapolis Blvd. 219.595.0019; RSO Jewelry, 2647 Hwy Ave. 219.838.9335 or 219.201.3547. rsojewelry.com. Participating businesses invite shoppers to hop and shop local for unique and one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Purchases of any amount are required at each shop to qualify to be entered into a special drawing for one of 8 fabulous prizes.
THROUGH DEC 29 Gift of Art, 5-8pm, Southern Shore Association Gallery, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation. A variety of works—from traditional to contemporary—by Southern Shore Art Association artist members will be on display and on sale for 50% off or more.
THROUGH JAN 3 Winter Light Show, 5:05-9:05pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7770. southshorecva.com. Throughout the holiday season, the Indiana Welcome Center dazzles visitors with a light show every five minutes after the hour. Each show lasts 15 minutes and coordinates with music broadcast on 89.9 FM.
DEC 12 Toastmasters Club Holiday Celebration 7-8:30pm, Family Christian Center, 340 45th St, Munster. toastmasters.org. The Calumet Toastmasters Holiday Celebration is open to the public and features comedienne Jeannie Rapstad, along with free food and door prizes for guests to enjoy.
DEC 13 Salsa Night 9pm-2am, 219 Bar and Grill, 2415 Rush and Central Ave, Lake Station. latingroovematrix.com. 219 Bar & Grill will host top-notch salsa bands Marisol y Su Orquesta Tropical, My Brother’s Salsa Band, Freddy K y La Dynastia andTato y Su Orquesta Suave. Every second Friday, hear the contagious rhythms of Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and Bachata.
DEC 13 The Super-Suits, 10:30pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Chicago’s super heroic dance/party band take the stage at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge.
DEC 14 Holiday at the POPS, 7pm, La Porte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St, La Porte. 219.326.2471. holidaypopslaporte.org. This family-friendly philanthropic concert event kicks off the holiday season with performances from a variety of local talent—including the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. Proceeds benefit the La Porte Hospital Foundation’s VNA found, which supports Indiana University Health La Porte VNA Services, and other vital philanthropic healthcare needs in the community.
DEC 14 Jazz @ Miller Bakery Café, 8-10pm, Bakery Café, 555 S Lake St, Gary. 219.427.1446. millerbakerycafe.com. Local singing legend and jazz vocalist Patt Shaffner and bassist Scott Pazera play at the Miller Bakery Café for a night cool drinks, delicious food and hot jazz.
DEC 14 Planetarium Showings, Challenger Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet, 2300 173rd St, Hammond. 219.989.3250. clcniw.com. The event begins with the Winter Sky and Star of Bethlehem Show and a Laser Holidays show follows with beloved holiday songs to celebrate the season.
DEC 14 Santa Trains, Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, 507 Mulberry Street, North Judson. hoosiervalley.org. Climb aboard the popular Santa Train, where kids of all ages can visit with Santa Claus, receive a special gift bag and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family.
DEC 14 Indoor Street Market 8am-1pm, Lincoln Community Center, 2450 Lincoln Street, Highland. highlandparks.org. Come shop for your favorite breads, honey, spices, dog treats and more the second Saturday of each month at the Lincoln Community Center Banquet Hall.
DEC 14 Pop Up Art Event, 5-9pm, Lake St, Gary. 219.951.9393. millerbeacharts.org. Since 2011, this popular event has drawn more than 75 local artists and more than 1200 visitors. Artists can display their work in empty storefronts in Miller Beach’s Arts and Creative District at no charge.
DEC 14 4th Annual Santa Pub Crawl for Charity 6-11:55pm, Crown Point Square Pubs, begin at Diamond Jim's, 210 S Main St, Crown Point. $25 donation at the door to Carmelite Home or Burrell Cancer Center. Drink and food specials at each participating bar. Join local residents, past and present, of the Merrillville/Crown Point community who gather together each year for a good cause and have a lot of fun doing it. This year, celebrate the Merrillville High School all-class reunion around the Crown Point square at Diamond Jim's (6-7:30pm), Martony's (7:30-8:30pm), Zombie Club (9:00-10:30pm), and The Registry (10:30-?!). Group photo scheduled for 8:45pm on the courthouse steps. Prizes for best Santa attire! Sponsored by the MHS Class of '88.
DEC 14 Valparaiso University Handbell Choir concert 7-8pm, Gloria Christe chapel in the Chapel of the Resurrection, 1600 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso. valpo.edu/student/handbellchoir. The five-octave VU Handbell Choir presents its annual Christmas concert in the Gloria Christi Chapel (the small chapel in VU’s Chapel of the Resurrection). This ensemble is comprised of students from all majors and musical backgrounds who will be applying a variety of unique sounds and techniques throughout the hourlong concert. There is no admission charge; however, free-will donations are gratefully accepted. Get into the Christmas spirit with a variety of captivating handbell pieces.
DEC 14 Wildlife Holiday 1-3pm, Gibson Woods, 6201 Parrish Ave, lakecountyparks.com. It always makes us feel good to be able to share our holiday bounty with our animal friends. Each year around the holiday season the public is invited to make edible ornaments to decorate the trees and shrubs outside the wildlife viewing area at Gibson Woods. Afterwards, stay a while and watch as the birds, squirrels and other wildlife discover the tasty treats we’ve made for them. Stop by Gibson Woods any time between 1 and 3 p.m. for the “Wildlife Holiday." We will be making popcorn garland, peanut butter pinecones and many other special treats to hang on the trees and shrubs.
DEC 14-15 Shipshewana on the Road, 9am-6pm, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 269.979.8888. shipshewanaontheroad.com. For two days only, this popular outdoor market stops in Valparaiso with products and merchandise from artisans, crafters, flea market dealers and retail business owners—including finished and unfinished pine furniture, handmade crafts, toys, home décor, handmade jewelry, clothing and more.
DEC 15 Quarters 4 a Cause Auction 2pm, Hammond Fraternal Order of Police, 7527 Kennedy Ave, Hammond. Tickets $5 for 1 paddle or $20 for 5 paddles. Local vendors will be offering new, current and discontinued items for cash and carry along with great booking specials. Door prizes and 50/50 raffles will be offered. All proceeds will benefit the Hammond FOP Auxiliary.
THROUGH FEB 23 Ice Plaza at Deep River Waterpark Thursdays 2-9pm, Fridays 2-10pm, Saturdays 12-10pm and Sundays 12-9pm, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E US 30, Crown Point. 219.947.7850. Deep River Waterpark will be open for Ice Skating on the Friday after Thanksgiving day through the last Sunday in February.
DEC 13 Highland Santa Walk and Run 7pm, Wicker Park Social Center, 8554 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland. Highland's first ever nighttime Santa event! Come dressed in Christmas lights or red and green glow sticks! A head lamp or flashlight is required. This is a non-timed event for both athletes and non-athletes, the Santa Walk & Run is about spreading holiday cheer as Santas in full Santa outfits (or Santa hats or other holiday wear) walk or run through town.
DEC 14 Snowflake Skate 9-11:30am, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E US 30, Merrillville. Cost: $15 girls, $12 adults. lakecountyparks.com. Advance tickets are required because participation is limited for Lake County Parks Snowflake Skate for girls 6 and older and their dolls. Tickets are $15 and include admission, skate rental, all activities, pizza, drinks and dessert. Adult tickets are $12 and include admission, skating (if they choose), and food. Girls and their "friends" will skate on the outdoor plaza and learn skating moves from the Deep River Waterpark Snowflake Skater. They will have their photo taken and make a souvenir to take home. The morning will conclude with lunch in the eatery and a group skate routine.
THROUGH DEC 15 E. John Walford Exhibit, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso. valpo.edu/artmuseum. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday. The permanent collection and E. John Walford exhibitions at the Brauer Museum of Art are on display through Dec. 15. The permanent collection exhibition highlights the many first rate works that belong to the Brauer. Visitors can see in seven galleries fine examples of major movements in American art from the early 19th century to the present. E. John Walford's exhibition of digital collages are the artist's interpretation of biblical stories.
THROUGH DEC 21 Holiday Lights—A Winter Celebration of Solar, 4-7pm, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. The prairie comes to life each night with LED and fiber optics create grass and prairie flowers blowing sweetly in the breeze. The display begins with luminaries on the mounds and concludes with the magnificent tree all aglow.
THROUGH JAN 3 "A Christmas Story" Comes Home Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond. 800.255.5253. The "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit centers around 6 animatronic window displays from Macy's Department Store in New York featuring different scenes from "A Christmas Story". There are also a variety of events and activities going on - visit the website for more information. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, stop in Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm to get your photo taken with Santa for only $5.
THROUGH FEB 8 We are Porter County, Porter County Museum of History, 153 Franklin St, Valparaiso. 219.465.3595. This interactive and engaging exhibit highlights the formation of the county from its founding in 1836 to present day and visitors can learn about the transformation of the county from frontier to modern landscape.
THROUGH FEB 9 Citizen ★ Soldier ★ Citizen, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Contemporary works by military combat veterans will be on display at this exhibition honors those who have fought for freedom and those fighting to reintegrate into society after their war experiences. Also, Through Feb 24: Theater of Conflict.
Through JAN 5 New Views—The Rendered Image in Architecture, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. This exhibition focuses on the digitally rendered images that have recently become ubiquitous in the world of architecture and design. Also, through Jan 12: Isaac Julien—The Long Road to Mazatlán; through Jan 12: Japanese Art of the 1960s—The Challenge of Tradition; Through Jan 5: Shomei Tomatsu—Island Life; Through Jan 5: 3 in 1—Contemporary Explorations in Architecture and Design; Through Jan 5: Max Kozloff—Critic and Photographer; Through Jan 12: Amar Kanwar—The Lightning Testimonies; Through Jan 9: Violence and Virtue—Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes; Through Feb 16: Dreams and Echoes—Drawings and Sculpture in the David and Celia Hilliard Collection; Through Jan 26: focus—Monika Baer; Through Jul 27: When the Greeks Ruled—Egypt after Alexander Great; Through Apr 14: Ugo Rondinone—we run through the desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted; Through Jan 27: Art and Appetite—American Painting, Culture and Cuisine.
Through Jan 5 Creatures of Light—Nature’s Bioluminescence, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum.org. From glowworms to deep-sea fishes, this exhibit features the mysterious and magical world of bioluminescence. Visitors can discover the thousands of living organisms that blink, glow, flash and flicker. Also, through Jan 20: Fractured—North Dakota’s Oil Boom.
Through Feb 2 80 at 80, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.684.1414. msichicago.org. Commemorating the museum’s 800th anniversary, this exhibit features 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection. Many of these items will ignite visitors’ memories from past exhibits—such as a gigantic Paul Bunyan statue and TAM, the Transparent Anatomical Manikin—while some are cutting-edge innovations. Ongoing: The Art of the Bicycle.
Through Jun 15 MCA DNA—Warhol and Marisol, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. mcachicago.org. Inspired by the multi-faceted relationship of Andy Warhol and Marisol, this exhibit compares and contrasts Warhol’s silk screen printings and Marisol’s wood sculptures side-by-side. Also, through Jan 5: Paul Sietsema; Through Mar 9: The Way of the Shovel—Art as Archaeology; Nov 29-Apr 13: CITY SELF.