Holiday Celebration will take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The
festivities will extend through the month of December as Santa Claus visits
Duneland children in his house in Thomas Centennial Park.
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.
local downtown shops on Small Business Saturday, before walking over to
enjoy free carriage rides through historic downtown Chesterton starting at 2
p.m. and going until 4 p.m. Those wishing to experience a delightful ride
through downtown Chesterton should line up in the Chamber parking lot at 220
Broadway in Chesterton beginning at 2 p.m. Due to time and space
limitations, tickets will be given to the first 20 families in line, and
additional rides will be given as time permits.
The Tree Lighting
Ceremony is to begin at 5 p.m. in Thomas Centennial Park, to kick off the
parade. The Duneland resident winner of the essay contest “What is your
favorite holiday tradition?” 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 will populate this night-time
parade, including all manner of lighted cars, trucks, wagon and fire
engines, as well as plenty of walking families and service organizations.
series of decorated fire engines will round out the lineup, with Santa Claus
himself making an appearance on the final Chesterton Fire Department engine.
groups, businesses and non-profits are welcome to participate in the unique
Duneland tradition. Parade applications may be obtained by visiting
www.dunelandchamber.org, or by
calling the Duneland Chamber of Commerce at 219-926-5513.
Santa Claus will
receive visitors in his house on Broadway, in Thomas Centennial Park, from 6
p.m. Đ 8 p.m. Children may also visit Santa every Saturday leading up to
Christmas from 10 a.m. Đ Noon, and from 1 p.m. Đ 3 p.m. Santa’s last visit
will occur on Saturday, December 17.
To continue the
celebration on this shopping weekend, the Chamber has scheduled a Retailer’s
Open House with businesses staying open until 8 p.m. Eat and shop your way
across Duneland all day with most participating businesses offering special
Small Business Saturday deals.
visit the Duneland Chamber’s table, which will be set up near the carriage
rides, to receive a “shop small” bag with details for the day that include
an open house map and other information. Make sure to like the Duneland
Chamber of Commerce on Facebook and keep an eye on the website,
For questions about
how to participate in any part of the Hometown Holiday Celebration, please
call the Chamber at 219-926-5513 or email