People from all over Northwest Indiana celebrate the beginning of the
holiday season each year at the Porter County Parks & Recreation’s Winter
Lights festival. This year, Winter Lights will be held Saturday, Nov. 23. at
Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso.
holiday festival offers a variety of activities, including crafts, singing
carols and decorating cookies, along with the chance for children to get
their photos taken with Santa by the Duneland Photography Club.
Winter Lights also features the only winter fireworks show in the Northwest
festival will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23. Winter Lights is
the kickoff for the seasonal holiday light show at Sunset Hill.
“Guests can expect a family-friendly event with crafts, food, holiday cheer
and of course, the only winter time fireworks display,” said Walter Lenckos,
Superintendent of Porter County Parks & Recreation. “My favorite part of the
festival is the look on kids’ faces when they see the light displays up
close for the first time or get to meet Santa.”
lights display around the park will stay up through Jan. 1. Between Nov. 23
and Jan. 1, the lights display will go on every night from dusk to around 10
p.m. After the Winter Lights festival on Nov. 23, people are welcome to
drive through the lights display when it is on in the evenings.
event provides the community a way to kick off the holiday season with
friends and loved ones. It has become a tradition for many families and it
creates memories that remind us all to be proud of our community,” Lenckos
and Toys for Tots
Along with different family-friendly activities, there will also be hot
chocolate, s’mores and other food available. The South Shore Brass Band and
the Jingle Tones will both have performances at Winter Lights. Anyone who
attends the festival is also welcome to bring donations for Toys for Tots
more information about Winter Lights, go to portercountyparks.org/winterlights.