festivities and parade welcoming in the holiday season will be held
Saturday, Nov. 25, in downtown Chesterton and Thomas Centennial Park.
Activities begin at
11 a.m. and continue through the parade at 5:15 p.m. and visits with Santa
afterward until 7:30.
Some of your
favorite European market vendors will be set up in the usual spots. The
market will run from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Visitors and guests
will be treated to free horse-drawn rides provided by LaPorte County Draft
Horse Association. The rides will last about 10 to 15 minutes, go through
the downtown area, and run from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Holiday Season at a community Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will take place
near the Thomas Centennial Park gazebo at 5:00 pm.
Christmas Parade will begin at 5:15 p.m., with numerous entries including
floats, fire trucks, horses, Boy and Girl Scout troops, trucks, trailers and
walking groups. Join in the excitement of the Grande Finale of Santa
arriving on the fire truck!
After the parade,
Santa will be in his house to greet all the boys and girls from 6:00 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. Each child will receive a candy cane.
In upcoming weeks
Santa will be at his house every Saturday through December 16, from 10:00
a.m. to noon, and again from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to hear children’s Christmas
From 4:00 -- 7:00
p.m., local shops, and restaurants will be participating in Duneland’s
Retail Open House event. Coordinated by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce,
the shopping and dining tour will feature food and drink specials, product
sales and extended shopping hours for a single evening of vibrant holiday
shopping across Chesterton.
Leathernecks Marine Corps is collecting new, unwrapped gifts, for the annual
Toys for Tots Campaign. Donate at multiple locations in Duneland, and at the
Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration. Needed especially are toys for kids
age 7-11. The deadline for drop-off is Dec. 17.
Orthodox Church will hold their annual Christmas Bake Sale from Noon to 8
p.m., at the Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. 4th St., on Saturday, Nov. 25.
Market will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., outdoors in the
usual downtown market spot. There will be lots of vendors, mulled wine, and
live music, along with photo props for the whole family to enjoy. Santa will
be in attendance.
The Winter Night
Lights at Sunset Hill Farm Park will be open from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31.
Admission is free, and donations are gladly accepted to support this popular
holiday light display. Sunset Hill Farm Park is at the southeast corner of
Meridian Rd. and Hwy. 6, in Liberty Township.
Chesterton United Methodist Church Women’s Cookie Walk will be held
Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 -11 a.m., or as long as the goodies last. The
church is at the corner of Porter Ave. and 2nd. St., in Chesterton. Homemade
cookies and candy will be available for $7 per lb. Be sure to take a break
and visit the Holiday Tea Shoppe.
Holiday events at
Christmas Carols at
the Museum is set for Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. Join in at the
Brown Mansion, 700 W. porter Ave., Friends of the Westchester Public Library
will host a Holiday Book Sale on Saturday Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at
the Thomas Branch, 200 W. Indiana Ave., downtown Chesterton. Shop for books
and support the local libraries at the same time.
Ornament craft time will be held at Thomas Library on Saturday, Dec. 2, 9,
and 16. Children and their parents may stop by on Saturday mornings and make
a different Christmas ornament each week. No registration necessary, while
classes will be offered at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter, on
Thursday, Dec. 7, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., with 30 min. time slots. Children
age 5+ and adults may decorate pre-made gingerbread houses with icing and
candies. Register by visiting Hageman or calling 926-9080. Materials will be
provided, and candy donations will be graciously accepted.
Township Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., will host a traditional Victorian
Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 9. Make traditional Christmas ornaments
and visit with Santa from 1 to 2 p.m. Christmas Caroling will be from 2 to 3
p.m. At 3 p.m. enjoy a theatrical reading of a Victorian Christmas story.
Find a gift that celebrates Duneland in the Museum gift shop. Visit the “Do
the Dunes: Outdoor Adventures and Recreation” and enjoy some Christmas