The Duneland community’s Hometown Holiday Celebration will begin right after
Thanksgiving, on Friday, November 23.
Over the course of the following month, more than a dozen events will offer
Duneland children and their families opportunities to celebrate the holidays
with local businesses and non-profit organizations and, of course, with
Santa Clause himself.
The Celebration begins the afternoon of Nov. 23, with free horse-drawn
carriage rides through downtown Chesterton from 3-5 p.m. Rides will begin in
the Duneland Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 220 Broadway, and will be
offered to the first 40 guests. Each ride will last approximately 10
minutes, and couples will be asked to share rides. Numbered slips will be
given to those lining up beginning at 3 p.m.
Freshly made kettlecorn, hot chocolate and gourmet hot dogs will be
available for sale to those waiting for rides and the parade.
The annual Twilight Christmas Parade will step off from Chesterton Middle
School at 5:30 p.m.,, following the time-honored route along Broadway to
Calumet Road and Porter Ave. The Chesterton High School Pep Band and
Chesterton Middle School cheerleaders will provide a holiday soundtrack and
dance routine to accompany the more than 30 other parade entries, including
historic fire trucks, martial arts performers, a walking nativity, holiday
floats, marionette artists and more. Santa Clause will make a special
appearance as the Grand Finale of the parade.
Parents are asked to keep close watch on their young children, as drivers in
the parade will be unable to see in between vehicles in the dark.
Immediately following the parade, Duneland children and their families are
encouraged to attend a free “Dave Herzog’s Marionettes” show at the Library
Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave. Entitled “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland,”
the show will feature Santa Clause, Frosty the Snowman, Termite the Singing
Christmas Tree, Jake the Juggling Christmas Present, Jack in the Box, The
Nutcracker on Skates and Jingles the Elf on the Flying Trapeze. Herzog, a
full-time professional puppeteer specializing in the art of the marionette,
performs 375 shows nationwide each year, in addition to creating his own
Santa Clause will be in his house on Broadway in Thomas Centennial Park from
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. to hear children’s Christmas wishes. Each child will be
gifted with a coloring book and coupon from Applebee’s Bar and Grill, as
well as a candy cane. Visitors are asked to bring canned vegetables to Santa
for him to deliver to local families in need.
Santa Clause will be in his house in Thomas Centennial Park the following
day, Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. - Noon, and again from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Duneland children can also visit Santa every Saturday leading up to
Christmas, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 10 a.m. – Noon and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The Hometown Holiday Celebration will also include a series of Progressive
Open Houses hosted by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce. The first event will
be held on Thursday, November 29, and open houses will continue every
Thursday leading up to Christmas, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, from 4-7 p.m. Shoppers
may enjoy $5 drink and appetizer specials at participating restaurants,
including Lucrezia, Popolano’s, Sage and Uncle Joe’s Bar & Grill.
Participating retailers will be offering extended holiday hours, open until
8 p.m., along with holiday sales and specials.
Shoppers are invited to visit the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, 220
Broadway, on Thursday, Nov. 29 between the hours of 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. for
cookies, punch and maps to direct holiday shopping and dining tours.
Chesterton’s European Market will host its annual Mistletoe Market on
Saturday, December 1, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event, held at Westchester
Intermediate School, will feature artisan and culinary gifts for all ages,
holiday music, fresh food and sweets, fresh Christmas trees and greens, and
photos with Santa for children.
For more information about the Duneland community’s Hometown Holiday
Celebration, please contact the Duneland Chamber of Commerce at (219)