enterprise editor's pick web only 12 Things to do in the Region this week Nov 22, 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Haven't a clue what to do with yourself this week? We've got 12 suggestions here. Ice Plaza at Deep River Waterpark This winter wonderland is complete with a 14,500-sq.-ft. ice skating rink, food and beverage locations, a heated restroom and more. The rink first opens Friday and will reopen each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday through Feb. 25 at Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E. U.S. Hwy. 30, in Crown Point. For more information, call 219-947-7850 or visit deepriverwaterpark.com. The Times Hometown Holiday Celebration Chesterton begins the holiday season with this celebration 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway, in downtown Chesterton. The festival features a holiday outdoor market, carriage rides, a retail open house, a tree lighting ceremony, a twilight parade and appearance from the man in red himself. For more information, call 219-926-5513 or visit dunelandchamber.org. The Times Crown Point Santa Parade and Winter Market Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by helicopter before stopping at the Courthouse where they will meet with families 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Crown Point. A variety of holiday vendors, as well as local businesses, will offer holiday shopping options during the Winter Market in the Maki Ballroom. For more information, call 219-663-3290 or visit crownpoint.in.gov. The Times ‘A Christmas Story’ Comes Home Six animatronic window displays from Macy's Department Store in New York will be on display through Jan. 7 at Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, in Hammond. The displays feature scenes from the beloved movie, plus a variety of events and activities that pay homage to this holiday classic. For more information, call 219-989-7979 or visit southshorecva.com/achristmasstory. Times file Thanksgiving Soul Jam This annual holiday tradition will return 7:30 p.m. Friday to Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Place, in Merrillville. The show features performances by The Whispers, Russell Thompkins, Jr & The New Stylistics, The Manhattans and The Intruders. For more information, call 800-745-3000 or visit starplazatheatre.com. Times file photo Model Train Show For the fourth year in a row, model and toy trains will roll into the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., in Crown Point on Saturday and Sunday. Featured brands include Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, HO and more. Santa will be there both days from noon to 1 p.m. John J. Watkins, The Times Winter Lights Night This drive-through lights show showcases many custom-made displays from dusk to 10 p.m. each night at Sunset Hill Farm, 775 Meridian Road, in Valparaiso. The display is free and open to the public. For more information, call 219-465-3586. The Times Holiday Artisan Market Shoppers can put the art into holiday shopping at Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., in Michigan City. The market features handmade, finely crafted items perfect for holiday gifts, including offerings from some of the Midwest's finest craftspeople. Proceeds benefit LCA's educational outreach. For more information, call 219-874-4900 or visit lubeznikcenter.org. Provided Jay Leno The acclaimed TV late night show host and stand-up comedian performs 9 p.m. Friday at Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Road, in New Buffalo. For more information, call 866-494-6371 or visit fourwindscasino.com. Provided Holiday Lights in Downtown Whiting Visitors can enjoy the sites of holiday lights throughout historic downtown Whiting all holiday season long. The lights turn on at dusk through Sunday. For more information, call 219-902-1112 or visit whitingindiana.com. Times file photo Winter Fest and Tree Lighting Valparaiso's Central Plaza comes to life with holiday cheer at this event 4-6 p.m. Saturday. The event features pictures with Santa, caroling, family photos, figure skating performances, cookies, hot cocoa and more. For more information, call 219-548-4888 or visit centralparkplazavalpo.com. The Times The Indiana Dunes Revisited — Frank V. Dudley and the 1917 Dunes Pageant This centenary exhibition runs through Dec. 10 at Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art, 1709 Chapel Drive, in Valparaiso. The exhibition presents more than 55 works by artist Frank V. Dudley, who painted the Indiana Dunes for more than 40 years. The exhibit features one of his earliest and most important paintings, a depiction of the Dunes Pageant of 1917, a key event in the history of the preservation of this beloved landscape. For more information, call 219-464-5365 or visit valpo.edu/brauer-museum-of-art. 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