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Lots of chances to catch Christmas spirit

2012-12-05T00:00:00Z Lots of chances to catch Christmas spiritJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
December 05, 2012 12:00 am  • 

If you’re on the lookout for Santa Claus, I have the inside scoop on some of the places he might pop up this weekend.

You can attend Holiday Lights in Homewood, taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. This annual event offers something for everyone. Attend the annual tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at 6:30 p.m. in Irwin Park, at the corner of Ridge Road and Gottschalk Avenue.

Ice sculpting demonstrations begin at 7:30 p.m. at Independence Park, at the corner of Hickory Road and Dixie Highway.

Other attractions include an antique car parade along Martin Avenue, live reindeer, a bonfire and music tent. Many businesses will have extended hours for easy shopping and free musical trolleys will shuttle shoppers between locations. Many will also feature free children's craft activities, holiday hors d' oeuvres and discounts.

The village of Homewood is presenting a special train exhibit with model trains in holiday scenes at 18065 Harwood Ave.

All activities are free and open to the public. For more information visit

The Lansing Copper Muggers and Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a pancake breakfast for Santa and Mrs. Claus from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at T.F. South, 18500 Burnham Ave. in Lansing.

For more information, visit

If you haven’t visited Peteyville yet, this is a great weekend to see it. We took our son Sunday and he was mesmerized by the lights, teddy bear Ferris wheel and carousel.

The wonderland of twinkling lights features more than 60 inflatables, including the largest Santa I’ve ever seen. Peter Basala and his friends put together the display at his home, 3033 Crane Place in Hammond. You can see it nightly now through New Year’s. They’re celebrating 25 years of making the season brighter. For more information, visit Peteyville on Facebook (!/Peteyville.IN?fref=ts.)

My brother and his friends are helping with a toy drive benefiting St. Jude House in Crown Point. The mega-event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sopranos, 840 S. Broad St. in Griffith.

The evening includes a magic show, comedy show, live music performed by Nicole Jamrose and The HZ. There will be raffles, 50/50 and drink specials. Door prizes include gift cards, Cubs hats, a Hooters 100-wing party and more.

Attendees must be 21 and cost is $5 or a new, unwrapped toy. All toys and money raised goes directly to St. Jude House. Email questions to or visit

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