10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana This Weekend, November 24-27 – ValpoLife

Between celebrating what is grateful for and ringing in the coming holiday season, Northwest Indiana has an activity for everyone and everyone in the area! Get an early start with your Christmas shopping at local stores, get to know your community at winter festivals and maybe spot Santa!

Check out our list of 10 fun things to do in Northwest Indiana and add a few to your calendar!

Support local artists by visiting Lubeznik’s Holiday Artisan Market

The Lubeznik Center for the Arts Craft Market is open! The market features unique pieces created by local artists including jewelry, ceramics, wearable art and more! It’s the perfect place to find an unforgettable Christmas present. Learn more here.

Help children in need celebrate a Christmas with Allegius FCU’s Toys for Tots campaign

Each year, Toys for Tots helps distribute Christmas gifts to children they might not otherwise get. Allegius Federal Credit Union (FCU) accepts toys; Visit any Allegius FCU location to donate a toy and support the cause! Learn more about Allegius FCU here.

Race with Valpo’s Turkey Trot in Thanksgiving

Valparaiso holds its annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th. A 5k run is a healthy way to start your holiday! If racing isn’t your pace, you can volunteer to race to get involved while saving your energy for family and friends later in the day. Learn more here.

Light up the region’s Christmas trees

Once Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to light the Christmas tree! The City of Hobart and City of Crown Point will light their trees on Friday at 5pm and 6pm respectively, and the following day there will be treelights in Valparaiso and Hammond at 5pm and 6pm respectively. No matter where you are, there is an opportunity to ring in Christmas!

Chill out with your friends at the Valpo Winter Festival

In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, Valparaiso Parks and Recreation will host a winter festival on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be Christmas carols, figure skating demonstrations and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. The rink is open, so get ready to hit the ice. If you bring a receipt from a small business you will receive a special price on your skate entry! Learn more here.

Join the city of Chesterton for a hometown holiday celebration

The City of Chesterton is hosting an all-day celebration to kick off the holiday season on Saturday. With local vendors, a tree lighting ceremony, carriage rides through downtown and a parade, there’s plenty to look forward to! Learn more here.

Watch Kris Kringle at the Santa Parade in the town of La Porte

Although it starts a little later, Santa Claus comes at 3pm on Saturday and the town of La Porte throws a parade to celebrate! Families are invited to line up along the route from State Street to the end of the parade at Plaza 618. After that, Santa Claus will be available for photos and the city will light its Christmas tree! Learn more here.

Spin to win the Black Friday Frenzy at Four Winds Casino

Four Winds Casino is delivering gift certificates and cash prizes to its customers just in time for the shopping season. Visit any Four Winds location to enter the prize draw. Six lucky winners will receive a $500 retail gift card, six will receive $250 in instant credit/free slot play and three will receive $1000 in cash! Learn more here.

Shop local for small businesses this Saturday

This coming Saturday is a wonderful time to check out some of the smaller businesses in your area. Whether it’s a coffee shop down the street or a little hobby shop on the corner, spread the holiday spirit by shopping locally. These shops offer tangible goods and services, but they also make your community feel unique and one of a kind!

Round off the weekend at Hobart’s Holiday Market

Christmas carols will blaze through the streets of downtown Hobart this Sunday from 9am to 3pm while the Christmas Market is in full swing! See unique gifts for the upcoming holidays from local vendors, as well as baked goods from the Maria Reiner Senior Center. Learn more here.