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No Twilight Parade this year; look for Santa in your neighborhood Saturday, November 28

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The Hometown Holiday Celebration, Saturday, Nov. 28, will look somewhat different this year, the Duneland Chamber of Commerce is announcing.

Begin with shopping locally. “Enjoy shopping in our beautiful Downtown all day” on Saturday, Nov. 28, the Chamber said. “Most retailers have special hours and holiday specials. Not comfortable visiting a store in person? Many offer online ordering options. The Chamber also sells gift certificates that encourage shopping locally. They are good at over 90 local businesses. You can call or stop by the Chamber to purchase.”

Tree Lighting Ceremony

This year the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree in Thomas Centennial Park will be done virtually and posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

The traditional Twilight Christmas Parade has been cancelled this year, due to the need to continue social-distancing, Instead, the Chamber has been able to secure the presence of Santa Claus, who will be escorted throughout town by the Chesterton Fire and Police departments, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 28.

“They will be very conscious of the social-distancing mandate and while Santa will not be able to make contact with you, he would like to see everyone’s best holiday smiles and spirits,” the Chamber said. “Santa would like to remind everybody to stay in your yards, do not cross into the street, and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from your neighbors. After the tour, Santa will be heading back to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas.”

Santa’s tentative schedule:

-- 10 a.m.: Duneland Cove and adjacent areas.

-- 10:20 a.m.: Morgan Park.

-- 10:50 a.m.: Villages of Sand Creek, Easton Park, Estates of Sand Creek, Morgan’s Corner, and adjacent areas.

-- 12:30 p.m.: Crocker, Westwood Manor, Abercrombie Woods, Golfview Estates, and Dogwood Estates.

-- 1:15 p.m.: Western Acres, Texas Street, Rosehill Estates, and Stone Meadows.

-- 1:45 p.m.: Chestnut Hills, Westchester South, Shannon Drive, Oakwood Drive, South Park Acres, and adjacent areas.

-- 2:15 p.m.: 14th, 15th, and 18th streets in the area of Portage Ave., Westchester Ave., Washington Ave., and Griffin Lake.

-- 2:45 p.m.: 16th, 17th, and 18th streets, Annabelle Court, and surrounding areas.

-- 3:05 p.m. Downtown Chesterton between 15th Street, Calumet Road, Porter Ave. and Broadway.

-- 3:25 p.m.: Second, Third, and Fourth streets between South Calumet Road and Fifth Street.

-- 3:45 p.m. Neighborhoods north of Broadway.

-- 4:10 p.m.: Morningside.

“We will stick to this schedule as possible,” the Chamber said. “If you hear sirens, know they are close. Santa hopes to get around to see as many boys and girls as possible.”

“Santa Claus’ house and sleigh will be in the park again this year but he will not be in them,” the Chamber added. “Santa needs to stay healthy this year. He has lots of work to do. Families are welcome to come and take pictures in the sleigh and in front of the house throughout the holiday season. Masks are encouraged and social-distancing is always recommended.”

The Hometown Holiday Celebration is coordinated by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Chesterton, the Chesterton Police, Parks, Street, and Fire departments, and the Chamber’s organizations and volunteers.

For questions about the Hometown Holiday Celebration, call the Chamber at 926-5513 or email


Posted 11/20/2020





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