2017 - Christmas


12/2 & 3, 9 & 10/2017 Santa's Candy Cane Express

posted Nov 16, 2017, 12:10 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

It’s a child’s world of wonder where the magic of Christmas, trains, and Santa Claus evokes a warm feeling of nostalgia when your family visits the Hesston Steam Museum the first two weekends in December. Grab some hot cocoa and ride the Candy Cane Express in open or enclosed passenger coaches for a 20 minute scenic ride through the woods and farmlands of the Hesston Steam Museum. Santa waits for your Christmas wish lists in a 1900s era railroad caboose and you are invited to take photos with him at no charge. The caboose’s wood stove warms the winter air as your family prepares to visit with him. 
  • Then step into The Depot Store, where you can find lots of great stocking stuffers and gifts for your little engineer - all at 15% off the normal price. 
  • Hungry? Doc’s Soda Fountain is an authentic 1930 soda bar where “soda jerks” dish up ice cream treats for your family. Doc’s adds to the vintage experience with festive hand dipped milk shakes, full lunches, and even breakfast from 9 - 11! 
  • Free train ride? Give & Receive -  Give a new unwrapped toy to US Marine Corps Toys for Tots and receive a free train ticket (suggested value of toy is $6+). Volunteers of the Hesston Steam Museum are very proud to support this worthy cause.
Dec 2–3, 2017, 12pm–5pm
Dec 9–10, 2017, 12pm–5pm

For more information and prices call 219-778-2783 or visit Santa's Candy Cane Express.  Hesston Steam Museum, 1201 E 1000 N, LaPorte, IN 46350





12/6/2017 Winter Pallet Painting

posted Nov 13, 2017, 8:59 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 9:02 AM ]

Join us at Golden Living Center onWednesday, December 6th. Starting at 6:00 p.m., we will be giving insturctions on how to paint this winter pallet painting. For $25 per person, everything you need for this will be provided by us. Just show up ready to paint!

You MUST pre-register and prepay at:
Lil' Bit Country
17 N Main St, Knox
(574)249-0182

Deadline to register and prepay is Friday, December 1.

Proceeds will go to Relay for Life!

Hosted by:
Golden Living Center- 300 E Culver Rd, Knox Lil' Bit Country- 17 N Main St, Knox



11/12 to 12/10/2017 Heartland Christian Center Paper Drive

posted Nov 9, 2017, 10:53 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Join us this year for the Heartland Christian Center Paper Drive as we collect: Kleenex, Toliet Paper, Paper Towels, Napkins, Paper Plates, etc to be distributed to families as a gift in our North Judson Community on December 16, 2017. Your paper good donations can be dropped off at any HCC location until December 10, 2017.

Heartland Christian Center North Judson, 301 Main Street, North Judson, Indiana 46366

12/9/2017 Holiday Traditions in the Dunes

posted Nov 9, 2017, 10:35 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 10:58 AM ]

Join staff and volunteers from 12 noon to 3 p.m. as we celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes.” The program takes place at the Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm 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.

Chellberg Farm is located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. 

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. 

For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu.

12/10/2017 Drive-Thru Live Nativity

posted Nov 7, 2017, 9:15 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

The Sorrowful Mother Church Youth Group presents a drive-thru live Nativity from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

After you have visited the Nativity Scene, stop in our Parish Hall to make Christmas Ornaments as a family! Don't forget we will be serving up delicious cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and we will probably have a very special guest. We look forward to sharing this special magical evening with you and your family!

Sorrowful Mother Parish, 165 Grace St, Wheatfield, Indiana 46392

11/11/2017 to 1/7/2018 A Christmas Story Comes Home

posted Nov 2, 2017, 11:14 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

The "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit centers around 6 animatronic window displays from Macy's Department Store in New York featuring different scenes from "A Christmas Story".

There are also a variety of events and activities going on all season long.The holiday classic, "A Christmas Story", was written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark and was based on Shepherd's 1966 book, "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash". The book is a compilation of short stories based on Shepherd's experiences growing up in Hammond, Indiana. A number of the short stories appeared in Playboy magazine and originated from his unscripted radio broadcasts in the 1950's, 60's and 70's.

Shepherd narrated the entire movie and also had a cameo in the Department Store scene. The movie was set in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana which was a disguise for Shepherd's hometown: Hammond. Hohman is one of Hammond's busiest downtown streets.

You can find more information at http://www.southshorecva.com/achristmasstory/

11/25/2017 Annual Christmast Fest Parade at Hensler Nursery

posted Nov 2, 2017, 9:22 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Our annual Christmas Fest Parade officially kicks off the holiday season. The Parade will be held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus!  

Come out to Hensler Nursery to see them roll in with our local fire departments (Center Township, Oregon Township and Davis/Hamlet Fire Department).

12/1/2017 Norwayne Field Christmas Tree Lighting

posted Oct 30, 2017, 12:28 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 9:19 AM ]


SOLD OUT - Santa Trains @ Hoosier Valley Railroad

posted Oct 30, 2017, 12:05 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 2:14 PM ]

The Santa Train departs the station at North Judson and travels to English Lake. The train will pick up Santa Claus just outside of town before continuing on its journey. Santa will then personally visit with each child on board the train and give them a gift bag filled with goodies. The train then returns to the station. 

Ticket prices are as follows: $15 adults (16+), $13 youth (6-15), $9 children (1-5). Children under 1 are free*. All passengers will ride in our heated coach. The train ride lasts approximately 75 minutes and is 10 miles round trip. Remember that we are on central time (Chicago time) and times listed are departure times. Please arrive before your departure time.

This is one of our most popular train rides, so we definitely recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Purchase 6 or more tickets and receive our group rate ($2 off per ticket). All tickets of the same type/time/date must be purchased at the same time to receive this discount.

*Children Under 1 Year: Children under one year of age can ride the train for free. However, these children must sit on an adult's lap and cannot take up a seat. Please notify the ticket agent upon arrival that you have a child under one. Please do not bring strollers or car carriers on the train.

12/2/2017 Peppermint Parade

posted Oct 19, 2017, 10:28 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Santa Claus is comin' to Town during the Peppermint Parade! The Parade will start at 3 p.m. taking Santa down to Wythogan Park to visit with the children.  Make sure to bring your own camera for pictures with Santa.

While in the park, enjoy free hot cocoa, cider, and smores.  Then stay for the Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:00 pm.



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