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Indiana’s Cool North is calling.

Experience the state’s best kept secret. Come explore our seven eclectic counties filled with all sorts of gems—hidden and otherwise—that you might be surprised to find side by side.

Where else you can ride in a real Amish buggy, hit a Vegas-style casino, and visit the world’s largest chocolate shop in the same day? Yeah, it’s eclectic mix—but we’d suggest that’s part of what makes it so cool. Plan your visit to Indiana’s Cool North.

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Places to Explore in the Cool North.

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Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes

Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso, Porter, Hebron, Kouts

Rolling sand dunes. A national park. Relaxing beach vibes. Endless aquatic adventures. And that’s just what you’ll find along the shore. Explore a little more in Indiana Dunes and you’ll discover world-class dining, unique shopping experiences, and fantastic accommodations. A mecca for lovers of the great outdoors, you might need to add another day to your stay with all there is to see and do!

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LaPorte Lighthouse

Michigan City Laporte

Michigan City, LaPorte, Westville, Wanatah

Looking for a laid-back vacation, or is it time to let loose and live it up? You’ll find the perfect blend of both in Michigan City LaPorte. Roll the dice or shop till you drop. Explore the area’s unique history or carve out your own outdoor adventure. Whatever you decide, one thing is for sure—authentic Midwestern spirit comes standard.

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South Bend Mishawaka

South Bend, Mishawaka, New Carlisle, North Liberty

Big city attractions and small town charm. You’ll find the best of both worlds when you visit this vibrant Northern Indiana county. The iconic campus of the University of Notre Dame is a must-see, and each community holds its own hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Kid-friendly fun? Definitely. Outdoor activities? Absolutely. The ideal getaway to suit your travel style is waiting in South Bend Mishawaka.

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Elkhart County

Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa, Shipshewana

Amish life and culture play a big part in daily life here in Indiana’s Cool North, and Elkhart County is no exception. Whether by car, by bike, or by buggy, tour the Heritage Trail and discover the communities that Northern Indiana is famous for. Winding nature trails and historic downtowns all add to an experience that is original, authentic, and a little outside of the ordinary.

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Kosciusko

Warsaw, Syracuse, Winona Lake, North Webster, Pierceton

It doesn’t get any better than life on the lakes. And with over 100 of them, you’re sure to find a unique experience around every turn. Dine on the water’s edge at The Village at Winona, explore eclectic artisan’s shops, or take an old-school ride on a sternwheeler boat. The name might be a little tricky, but there’s definitely nothing complicated about life in Kosciusko County.

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Marshall County

Culver, Plymouth, Bremen

Thanks to its history as a crossroads in Northern Indiana, Marshall County offers an eclectic array of things to do, places to stay, and authentic Cool North attractions. The Quilt Barn Trail paints a charming picture of rural life in Northern Indiana, and the Blueberry Festival is one of the state’s most popular events.  Culver, “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” is home to Lake Max, the second largest natural lake in Indiana.  It takes time to unwind, and there’s no better place to spend it that in Marshall County.

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Elkhart Amish Buggy

Shipshewana LaGrange County

Shipshewana, LaGrange, Topeka

You won’t hear phrases like “daily grind” or “rush hour commute” in these parts. Life in Shipshewana LaGrange County is unhurried, uncomplicated, and definitely unlike anywhere else. Amish culture thrives here, and combined with a focus on the great outdoors, this truly is the place to get away from it all.

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Festivals & Events

Arts and Entertainment

Theatre Shows & Concerts in Indiana’s Cool North

See individual theatres for schedule of shows and concerts.

Indiana's Cool North has a number of theatres. See the individual theatres for their show and concert schedules.

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Sporting Events

Notre Dame Football Weekends

See website for game schedule

The weekends when Notre Dame Football has a home game are always a little more special than any other weekend of the year.

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MIDWEST RAIL RANGERS ON THE SOUTH SHORE LINE

Check website for dates and times

Come ride the South Shore to learn about the historic steel-making region of Northwest Indiana, Indiana Dunes State and National Parks, and the breadbasket region of Indiana.

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Shopping

Shipshewana Auctions

Auctions are held every Wednesday and Friday, year-round

Antique and miscellaneous auctions and a livestock auction is held every Wednesday. A horse auction is held every Friday, in addition to special yearly sales.

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Seasonal

Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market

Every Friday and Saturday October 4 to December 7

Enjoy holiday shopping from your favorite Shipshewana Flea Market vendors, as well as, a selection of local vendors.

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SHIPSHEWANA’S LIGHTS OF JOY

Thursday-Sunday, Nov 15 - Dec 29

Features more than two million LED Christmas lights displayed in a mile-long symphony of various light scenes in Shipshewana

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Holiday Artisan Market

November 16 - January 04, 2020

Explore our Holiday Artisan Market with dozens of regional artists contributing hundreds of hand-crafted holiday pieces,

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Christmas in Shipshewana

The light parade is Nov 9; special events on Nov 16, Dec 3 and 7; and shopping until Christmas!

Experience the beauty of Shipshewana during Christmas time. Shipshewana will put you in the Christmas spirit with holiday musicals, sleigh rides and much more.

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SUNSET HILL FARM – LIGHTS DRIVE THROUGH

November 21 - January 01, 2020

Drive through Northwest Indiana's top holiday light display.

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Winter Lights Night Festival

November 23 - November 23, 2019

Kick off the holiday lights display with more than 300 displays, visit Santa, enjoy bonfires, and end with a fireworks display.

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WINTER WONDERLAND AT WELLFIELD BOTANIC GARDENS

Friday and Saturday evenings, November 29 through December 28, 2019, plus Sunday, December 22, 2019.

Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights will transport you to a magical setting of lights, sound and beauty

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Downtown for the Holidays

November 30 - December 21, 2019

Celebrate Christmas at the Santa Parade or Winter Market!

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Santa Parade

November 30 - November 30, 2019

The Santa Parade welcomes Santa for the season; after the parade visit him in his chalet

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Historical

Santa’s Candy Cane Express @ Hesston Steam Museum

First two weekends in December (Nov 30 - Dec 8)

All aboard Santa’s Candy Cane Express…Don’t let the magic pass you by!

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Historical

Christmas At Barker Mansion

December 01 - December 30, 2019

Christmas at the historic Barker Mansion! View three floors of decorations as you’re immersed in the Barker family legacy of philanthropy and industry.

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A COPPES COMMONS CHRISTMAS

December 06 - December 07, 2019

Celebrate Christmas with an open house, music and dozens of the area’s finest artisans and antique dealers offering their wares.

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GOSHEN FIRST FRIDAYS HOMETOWN HOLIDAY

December 06 - December 06, 2019

It’s the holiday season! Come warm up and spread the holiday cheer in downtown Goshen during our Hometown Holiday celebration.

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CHESTERTON’S EUROPEAN MISTLETOE MARKET

December 07 - December 07, 2019

Chesterton’s European Market dresses up for the holidays! This extraordinary shopping experience has become a beloved holiday tradition for the European Market community.

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Festival Of Lights at Washington Park

December 07 - January 04, 2020

Over 5 million individual bulbs light up a variety of holiday and traditional displays at Washington Park that are truly a sight to behold!

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19th Annual Christmas Candle-Light Tour

December 07 - December 08, 2019

Features 5 historic homes, Trinity Lutheran Church and the Puerta de Salvacion, and live musical entertainment, refreshments and horse-drawn carriage rides.

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Fairs and Festivals

Shipshewana Ice Festival and Chili Cook-off

December 27 - December 28, 2019

Ice Carvers will be drilling and shaving blocks of ice all over Shipshewana.  Pieces for local businesses will be carved on Thursday, competition carving on Friday will be at the Wolfe Building along with a chili cook-off!

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Shopping

Shipshewana Flea Market & Auctions

Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September; Auctions held Wednesday & Friday year-round

The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 900 booths in an open-air market covering 40 acres.

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