La Porte WinterFest 2021 promises safe fun for everyone


WinterFest 2021, organized by the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department, will take place in late January. Although several favorite events will not be held because of COVID-19 restrictions, there’s plenty of fun planned for everyone:

Saturday, Jan. 30  

— Kicking off WinterFest will be a Snowman Contest from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kesling Park Walking Trail (18th Street entrance). Entrants are instructed to build their snowman at a designated spot along the trail. Register in one of three categories by submitting the participation form, available at WinterFest | City of La Porte, IN – Official Website, by calling 219-326-9600, at the park office at 250 Pine Lake Ave., or by email to Judging will take place between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Winners will be chosen in each of the three categories: Individual Builder – 12 & Under; Individual Builder – 13 & Over; and Family (up to 5 builders). And there will be a BEST IN SNOW awarded. 

— Children who are ready to thaw out their artistic juices will be excited to participate in a Snowflake String Art Class, which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium Ceramics Room. This make-and-take art project is for children ages 8 and up and includes all supplies and instruction. Parties on the Gogh owner Kristi Chadderdon will guide your child to a finished piece of art all will enjoy! The fee is $10 and pre-registration is required. To register, call the park office at 219-326-9600 before the Jan. 25 deadline. Class size is limited to 8 participants. Enter the Civic Auditorium through the outside door at the corner of Woodward and Plain streets. Masks and social distancing will be required.  

— Don’t like the wet outdoor snow? Here’s a WinterFest event just for you! Join Parties on the Gogh owner Kristi Chadderdon during the Let It Snow Wall Hanging art project. The class will be held in the Civic Auditorium Ceramics Room from 2 to 4 p.m. The fee is $35 and pre-registration  is required by Jan. 25. There is a limit of 8 participants. Register by calling the park office (219- 326-9600) with your credit card. Enter the Civic through the outside door at the corner of  Woodward and Plain streets. Masks and social distancing will be required. 

— Joining the lineup in 2021 is a Glow In The Dark Scavenger Hunt. Come out to Fox Park at 5 p.m. for a breath of fresh air while combing the park for clues to complete your assigned riddle. The park will be used as a template for glow-in-the-dark letters that, when combined, will allow you to successfully complete your challenge. Wear your boots, bundle up and bring a flashlight for this new WinterFest event!

Sunday, Jan. 31

— Another new event is Frosty’s Frozen Bike Ride! Participants are asked to be ready outside Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park at 2 p.m. for the start of the ride. This pop-up event requires no registration, just a desire to be outdoors and a little skill to stay on two wheels. Check your tires, bundle up (layers are recommended), grab your helmet and let’s cruise the new multi-use trails together! 

For more information on WinterFest, visit and, or call (219) 326-9600.

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