Posted on August 25, 2020 by Dina Miller
2020 has been a year like no other, and now winter is coming in Northern Indiana! No bah-humbugging allowed because there’s still some safe options in Indiana’s Cool North! If you’re looking for your own festive jaunt, or just want to shake off any winter blahs, head out for dazzling lights and plenty of outdoor activities. During the holiday season and well into the New Year, take time to discover all that can still make winter wonderful in Indiana’s Cool North.
It’s a great idea to check with the event or business before finalizing plans; things can change quickly.
When: January 23, 2021
Competition carving begins at 10 am. Artists will be carving adjacent to each other at the Wolfe Building in downtown Shipshewana.
Then, head inside to warm up with a chili cook-off.
Grab your hat and mittens and embrace winter in South Bend! The new ice trail and pond has just opened at Howard Park and is the new premier winter destination. The Merrifield Park Ice Rink offers skating and skate rentals several days a week. Squeals of delight fill the air on the innertube runs at Ferrettie/Baugo and St. Patrick’s County Parks. St. Patrick’s also offers three special cross-country skiing nights.
Skaters love the NIBCO Water & Ice Park, complete with an ice rink and path, skate rentals, and a warming facility with concessions. Cross-country skiers head for the groomed trails at Ox Bow County Park in town and Bonneyville Mill Park a few miles away. Both parks offer sledding and snowshoeing too.
Winter turns the Indiana Dunes into a quiet wonderland perfect for sledding, skiing or hiking along snowy woodland trails and among sandy dunes. Head out yourself anytime or join naturalists at the Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton who lead special hikes during the holidays–one on Christmas Eve morning for a stroll through the dune forests and another New Year’s Day for a more rugged trek through the high dunes.
At Valparaiso’s open-air William E. Urschel Pavilion, you’ll hardly notice you’re outdoors. A roof protects you from any wintry elements, and lights, music, and a well-maintained rink make ice skating a dream. Part of downtown’s Central Park Plaza development, the pavilion includes an indoor area for skate rentals and hot drinks during the winter months.
For gift shopping or post-holiday bargains, here are some ideas: