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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. 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, Wanatah, Rolling Prairie

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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Kosciusko Winona Lake Park

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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Shipshewana LaGrange County

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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Marshall County Culver Lake

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. It takes time to unwind, and there’s no better place to spend it that in Marshall County.

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Elkhart County

Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa

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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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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Community

Downtown South Bend First Fridays

Every First Friday of the month

Explore downtown South Bend for one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, art galleries, studios, museums, salons, clubs, cafes, restaurants and more

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GOSHEN FIRST FRIDAYS

The first Friday of every month

Downtown Goshen, Inc. focuses on letting people know just how exciting our city can be. With monthly festivals and themed events FREE to the public,

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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 to December 15

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

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Christmas in Shipshewana

November 10 - December 31, 2018

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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Holiday Artisan Market

November 17 - January 04, 2019

9th annual Holiday Artisan Market: Shop for handmade, finely crafted items perfect for holiday gift-giving

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SUNSET HILL FARM – LIGHTS DRIVE THROUGH

November 22 - January 01, 2019

Drive through Northwest Indiana's top holiday light display.

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THE GIFT OF LIGHTS AT THE POTAWATOMI ZOO

Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday from November 23 to December 23

See our inaugural holiday lights display. More than a million lights will be wrapped around trees and in free-standing displays at Potawatomi Zoo.

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HOMETOWN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION & TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE

November 24 - November 24, 2018

The Twilight Christmas Parade (at 5:30) ends with Santa Claus. Hot chocolate along with other traditional holiday sweets will be available.

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ELKHART’S WINTERFEST CELEBRATION

December 01 - December 01, 2018

Join us for the WinterFest Parade and colorfully decorated floats make their way down Main Street in Elkhart! Tree lighting and Skate at NIBCO afterward.

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Snowflake Parade

December 01 - December 01, 2018

The Snowflake Parade will run through downtown Michigan City.

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Festival Of Lights at Washington Park

December 01 - January 05, 2019

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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Historical

Santa’s Candy Cane Express @ Hesston Steam Museum

First two weekends in December

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

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Pioneer Land Christmas Open House

December 01 - December 02, 2018

Pioneer Land is decorated the way it would have been in the 1840’s

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Shopping

CHESTERTON’S EUROPEAN MISTLETOE MARKET

December 01 - December 01, 2018

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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GOSHEN FIRST FRIDAYS HOMETOWN HOLIDAY

December 07 - December 07, 2018

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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December First Friday – Hometown Holly Days

December 07 - December 07, 2018

Twinkle light parade (cars/trucks as well as people can decorate themselves with twinkle lights and be a part of a parade) Santa is at end of parade and lights get turned on at Central Park

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Bremen Holy Walk

December 07 - December 08, 2018

Experience what life was like when Jesus was born by taking a walking tour of Bethlehem!

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Glowing Lights Night

Saturday nights in December

Come see Barker Mansion as Christmas tree lights will be the only source of illumination during popular Glowing Lights Nights.

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Shipshewana Ice Festival and Chili Cook-off

December 27 - December 28, 2018

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

PAJAMA DAY SALE

February 02 - February 02, 2019

Make plans for the annual trip for overnight pajama parties, and early morning shopping in jammies to take advantage of the sales. giveaways, drawings and deep discounts.

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Culver Winterfest

February 08 - February 10, 2019

Sledding hills, Polar Plunge, & Ice wars

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