Traditional Traveling Holiday along the Trail

In the style of progressive dinner parties where revelers hop from house to house for different courses, the staff at Indiana Dunes National Park invites you to a “Progressive Holiday Celebration” on Saturday, December 11, from 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. No need for a ghostly guide to share in different holiday traditions at four locations within the park: Chellberg Farm, Bailly Homestead, Paul H. Douglas Center, and the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. Receive your own Indiana Dunes patch as a holiday token if you travel to at least two locations!

At the Chellberg Farm (site 13), located on Mineral Springs Road between US 12 and US 20, step back in time to celebrate a Swedish Christmas of St. Lucia in the old farm house with traditional music and decorations, holiday baking on a wood stove, Jul Tomte (Santa Claus) in the parlor, and Santa Lucia processions at 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. Even further back in time, and a short hike from the farm house, join in on holiday songs accompanied by historical instruments like the dulcimer at the Bailly Homestead. Discover  how French-Canadian holiday traditions connect to early dune’s settler Joseph Bailly and his family. For a more modern look at holiday traditions, float over to the Paul H. Douglas Center (located in Miller Woods, site 2) where  Indiana University Professor Dr. Muhammad unveils Kwanzaa to help you prepare for your own celebration. Next, stop on over at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center (site 1) and start your own tradition of a “greener” holiday celebration.  At the center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter, learn how to lighten your holiday footprint on the Earth and save money and natural resources by making your own wrapping paper and holiday cards.

Find more information on this and other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, or contact Ryan Koepke at (219) 395-1882.

Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 393 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Park includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year.

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