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Hometown Holiday Celebration is Saturday

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The annual 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.

Celebrate the Holiday Season at a community Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will take place near the Thomas Centennial Park gazebo at 5:00 pm.

The Twilight 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 wishes.

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.

The Dunes 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.

Additional events

St. Elizabeth’s 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.

The Mistletoe 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.

The annual 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 the Library

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.

Make-N-Take 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 supplies last.

Gingerbread House 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.

The Westchester 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 refreshments.



Posted 11/22/2017




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