Updated: January 1, 2013 6:10AM
Hobart tree lighting
Carriage rides and pictures with Santa at the city of Hobart Christmas tree lighting. Receive a free 5×7 photo if you bring an unwrapped gift or canned good; additional photos available for purchase.
6-8 p.m. Nov. 30, Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Road
Holiday craft show
Bake sale, vendors, raffles, tie-dying at the Protsman School craft show. Santa will be there from 6-8 p.m. for photos. Free admission.
5-8 p.m. Nov. 30, Protsman Elementary School, 1121 Harrison St., Dyer
Details: Emily Pavlick @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Whiting Park Festival Orchestra & Chorus presents a holiday pops concert with an optional dinner. Cost is $15 in advance or at the door. Concert and dinner combination tickets available for $40.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Marian Memorial Auditorium, 119th Street and Lincoln Avenue
Details: Reservations required, 659-0292
Bark & Meow holiday vendor event to benefit the Hobart Humane Society.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2, Hobart Community Center
Free activities, free photos with Santa and holiday music by children’s choirs and orchestras at the holiday celebration in Portage. Bring a new unwrapped toy or cash donation for Toys for Tots.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1, Willowcreek Middle School, 59962 Central Ave. Parade to Gilbert Park follows; tree-lighting at Gilbert Park.
Details: Shannon at 781-3295
Arts and crafts
Shop 115 juried arts and crafts booths at the 26th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, Munster High School, 8808 Columbia Ave., Munster; admission is free.
Details: 836-7275 or at www.munster.org.
Make s’mores over an open fire and a Victorian pomander; tour the historic Wellington Clark Homestead.
1-3 p.m. Dec. 1, 227 S. Court St., Crown Point; admission is free
Details: Call the Old Homestead Preservation Society at 663-7678
Candy Cane Express
Ride Santa’s Candy Cane Express train. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for children over 3; free ticket with a new toy donation for Toys for Tots.
Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9, Hesston Steam Museum, 1201 E. County Road 1000N, LaPorte
Details: www.hesston.org or 778-2783 on weekends
Girls age 6 and older and their parents are invited to an ice skating party with crafts and refreshments.
9 a.m. Dec. 8, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E. U.S. 30, Merrillville. Tickets cost $15 for girls and $12 adults, and are on sale until Dec. 6, or until sold out, tickets must be purchased in advance.
Details: www.lakecountyparks.com, 769-7275
A Home for the Holidays pet adoption and holiday bazaar with baked goods, apparel, pet calendars, jewelry, crafts, pet gifts, photos with “Santa Claws,” hosted by Second Chance 4 Pets Network and 2x2 Rescue.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Xtreme Motorsports, 6647 Kennedy Ave., Hammond
Holiday Artisan Market
Shop for one-of-a kind handmade gifts, including jewelry, artwork, scarves and vases at the Gallery Shop at Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd St., Michigan City.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends through Dec. 30
For details: 874-4900, Ext. 206
‘A Christmas Story’ Comes Home exhibit
The “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit centers around six animatronic window displays from Macy’s Department Store in New York.
Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, open daily; admission free
For details: www.southshorecva.com; 989-7979
Rock ’n’ roll exhibit
South Shore Arts presents “It’s Only Rock and Roll, But I Like It,” a photo exhibit organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Through Feb. 3, 2013, at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster; free admission.