Holiday Traditions at Indiana Dunes

Join staff and volunteers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as we celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes.” The program takes place on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at four locations within the park: Chellberg Farm, Bailly Homestead, the Paul H. Douglas Center, and the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the region’s cultural history while enjoying a fun-filled afternoon with family and friends.

A traditional Swedish Christmas will be presented at the National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm. In the farmhouse, volunteers in traditional dress will explain the Swedish holiday decorations on display while Jul Tomte (Santa) shares the story of the Christmas tree. Then meet Papa and learn how the Santa Lucia legend is celebrated in many Swedish households. Finish your tour in the kitchen where various Swedish foods of the holiday season will be displayed and a traditional holiday cookie will be given to each visitor.

Walk the trail or take a free shuttle to the Bailly Homestead, a National Historic Landmark, to discover the French-Canadian holiday customs that may have been practiced by early settler Joseph Bailly and his family. Staff and volunteers in the Bailly house will share these holiday customs through story and song. Visitors will also see a display of traditional food and get a taste of a Christmas Yule Log cake. Hot apple cider will help warm visitors up before they hop back on the shuttle bus to the parking lot.

At both the Paul H. Douglas Center and the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, children will get to make traditional holiday decorations and put them up on the Christmas tree or take them home. At the Douglas center, there will also be free refreshments and light snacks available.

Chellberg Farm is located in Porter, Indiana on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Highways 12 and 20. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. The Paul Douglas Center is located at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller neighborhood of Gary. The For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at

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Sue Baxter