Michael Truschka, 14, stars as the Nutcracker Prince and Julia Thorn, 16, plays Clara in the Indiana Ballet Theatre Northwest production "The Nutcracker" at the Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, Ind. | Edda Taylor Photo
Updated: January 8, 2013 6:08AM
The city of Hobart hosts a Holiday Market, featuring crafts, decorations, gifts and sweet treats.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 9, Community Building, 705 E. 4th St.
Details: 942-4511, www.city.hobart.in.us
Indiana Ballet Theatre Northwest presents “The Nutcracker,” featuring youth dancers.
10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13, Star Plaza Theatre, U.S. 30, Merrillville
Details: Tickets cost $14-24; 755-4444,
Santa will hear wish lists in a caboose; picture packages for purchase, free cookies, hot cocoa, bake sale and train viewing.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and noon-4 p.m. Dec. 16 at Griffith Historical Park, 201 S. Broad St.
Valparaiso hosts its annual Holly Days, featuring live holiday musical performanance, ice sculptures, toy train rides, vendors. Visit Santa at the Porter County Museum.
5-7 p.m. Dec. 7, downtown Valparaiso
Away in the manger
Mangers from 50 countries are on display, showing the similarity and universality of the Christmas story.
4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 before and after carols at 5 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 505 Bullseye Lake Road, Valparaiso
Details: www.standrewsvalpo.org; 462-4946
Christmas on the Farm
Join Father Christmas and Mrs. Claus for photos, cookies, punch, coloring contest, Christmas displays, plus museum, barn and Trager Farmhouse tours.
Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at Countryside Park, 5250 U.S. 6, Portage
Details: 762-8349 or 762-1675
More than 50 local vendors and businesses are expected to showcase their wares.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Genesis Convention Center, 1 Genesis Center, Gary
‘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. The “Oh fuuudge” relay races begin with registration at 10 a.m. Dec. 8. Sign up online at www.achristmasstorycomeshome.com.
Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, open daily; admission free
Details: www.southshorecva.com; 989-7979
Candy Cane Express
Ride Santa’s Candy Cane Express train. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for children over age 3; free ticket with a new toy donation for Toys for Tots.
Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Hesston Steam
Museum, 1201 E. County Road 1000N, LaPorte
Details: www.hesston.org or 778-2783 on weekends
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
Details: 874-4900, Ext. 206
The 29th annual Christmas dinner concert
features the Gary Civic Symphony and the
Dinner Jazz Ensemble.
6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Genesis Convention Center, 5th and Broadway, Gary
Details: Tickets cost $35 and are available at the Genesis Center box office (882-5505) or by calling the Gary Historical and Cultural Society at 882-6873 or 902-0524.
More than 40 crafters showcase and sell their works and products at the Holiday Shopping Bazaar.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 15, 16 at Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 N. Grand Blvd., Gary.
Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 455-9725 or Marquette Park at 938-7362
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.
Shipshewana on the Road features a variety of vendors.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 10 a.m.-5 p..m. Dec. 16, Porter County Expo Center, 215 Division Road, Valparaiso.
Details: $4 admission for those 12 and older; www.shipshewanaontheroad.com