Holiday Celebration will be held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Event
celebrations are coordinated by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce in
partnership with the Town of Chesterton, the Chesterton Police, Parks, and
Street Departments, and the Chamber organizations and volunteers.
Enjoy shopping the
outdoor holiday market starting at 11:00 a.m. and running until 7:00 p.m.
While there enjoy free carriage rides through historic downtown Chesterton
beginning at 11:00 a.m. and going until 2:00 p.m. Both will take place in
the Chamber parking lot at 220 Broadway, Chesterton.
The Tree Lighting
Ceremony is set to begin at 5:00 p.m., in Thomas Centennial Park, to kick
off the parade. Enrico Ortega-Chick, a fifth-grade student of Mrs. Lindsey
Darnell, is the winner of the essay contest. He will not only be lighting
the tree but will also be the grand marshal of the parade.
Following the Tree
Lighting Ceremony, the Twilight Christmas Parade will step off from
Chesterton Middle School at 5:15 p.m. Floats in this night-time parade will
include all manner of lighted cars, trucks, wagons, and fire engines, as
well as plenty of families and service organizations walking the route.
Impressively decorated fire engines will round out the lineup, with Santa
Claus himself making an appearance on the final float.
Santa Claus will be
receiving visitors in his Duneland house on Broadway, in Thomas Centennial
Park, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Children may also visit Santa every Saturday
leading up to Christmas, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
To continue the
celebration on this local shopping weekend, the Chamber has scheduled a
Retailer’s Open House with many businesses staying open until 7:00 p.m. that
Eat and shop your
way across Duneland all day, with many participating businesses offering
special Small Business Saturday deals. Shoppers should visit the Duneland
Chamber’s information booth, which will be set up within the Holiday Market,
to receive a “shop small” bag with details for the day that includes an open
house map and other information, while supplies last.
Be sure to like the
Duneland Chamber of Commerce on Facebook and keep an eye on the website,
dunelandchamber.org, to learn more!
For questions about
how to participate in any part of the Hometown Holiday Celebration, please
call the Chamber at 219-926-5513 or email