The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond opens “A Christmas Story” Comes Home opens on November 13th. The exhibit, hosted by the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, runs through January 2, 2022. The exhibit is free and open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with special hours for events and holidays).
The exhibit will showcase all seven animated window displays; each depicting a classic scene from the holiday movie, “A Christmas Story.” The scenes include: Higbee’s Department Store, A Hero’s Dream, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, The Bumpus Hounds, and The Parker Living Room.
Visitors are welcome to relive their own childhood memories of Santa and that long-sought-after Christmas present while strolling through the exhibit, admiring the decorated Christmas trees or visiting with Santa. In addition to the exhibit and photos with Santa, visitors are welcome to take their own photos at the photo opportunities including the bronzed Flick outside of the Indiana Welcome Center.
Photos with Santa
Families are welcome to schedule a visit with Santa on select days leading up to Christmas. Scheduling is open now. Each session is five minutes and includes a printed photo with Santa. The cost is $10 and $6 for each additional photo.
This year Santa will not be atop the replica Santa’s Mountain, but instead will be located inside the theatre at the Indiana Welcome Center. Guests will be at least six feet from other guests during their wait and Santa will have a glass barrier separating him from guests. Appointments will be scheduled online ONLY. A scheduling link can be found at www.achristmasstorycomeshome.com.
Santa will be available for photos on the following weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: November 26, – 28; December 4-5; 11-12; 18-19; and 21- 23rd.
Guests to the Indiana Welcome Center are required to wear masks (all adults and children who are old enough to walk). Hand sanitizer stations will be available to guests as they visit the exhibit, Santa (select days) and gift shop. Six-foot markers will be placed on the floor throughout the exhibit so visitors can enjoy the exhibit safely.
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