Christmas on Broadway will bring fireworks and a tree lighting to Fort Wayne at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. The tree is located in front of the law office of Shine &Hardin, at the Broadway curve at 2810 Beaver Ave., Fort Wayne.
The display of over 30,000 colored lights will be lit simultaneously with a fireworks display. The celebration drew more than 3,500 people last year.
Family-friendly activities include a visit and photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus, refreshments, rides on the Polar Express train and the chance to see and pet a live reindeer. Attendees will be treated to holiday beverages provided by Prairie Farms, a farmer owned dairy, which will include hot chocolate and eggnog.
The Ron Lauer Family of the Leo-Cedarville area donated a 35-foot Colorado spruce as this year’s tree.
The Trinity English Lutheran Church will share in the celebration this year. The church’s choral group will sing traditional Christmas carols. The Rev. Gary Erdos, pastor, said the church’s involvement this year is not only part of its outreach program, but also a desire to be involved in the joy that Christmas On Broadway provides to the families throughout the region.
ABC21 will provide live coverage of the celebration on the 6 p.m. newscast.
“This year, moreso than ever, the brilliance of the Christmas tree and the uplifting spirit that it provides to the community is even more poignant, given the tremendous strides in the refurbishing of the Broadway Corridor and the seven contiguous neighborhoods, all of which are part of the increasingly popular ’07 community,” said Steve Shine, partner in the law firm of Shine &Hardin, LLP. “This wonderful occasion has grown far beyond a celebration of the Broadway Corridor, having become a source of pride for all of Fort Wayne and the surrounding area.”
Melrose Pyrotechnics, led by Fort Wayne’s Matt Loraine, will again provide the fireworks display. Melrose stages the city’s biggest fireworks shows, including the Three Rivers Festival and July 4th fireworks, as well as the TinCaps’ post-game shows.
Each year, Mudrack Tree Services places the tree into its secure position within a large Christmas tree stand constructed by crews assembled by the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. – Indiana/Kentucky Chapter. Electrical service to the tree is supplied by Custom Control and Machine, with the tree itself decorated by A Yard Apart. Other grounds preparation will be undertaken by Vision Scapes.
The Christmas tree will remain illuminated nightly through the first week of January.
Clips of the tree lighting ceremony will be included as part of the telecast of “Steve Shine’s Annual Holiday Marathon,” to be broadcast 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Christmas Day on MyTV Fort Wayne, Channel 21.3 (over-the-air). The program features classic holiday movies and interviews with local celebrities who share how they spend the holidays with their families. The Holiday Marathon will also be broadcast on Dec. 25 on Comcast Channel 252, Frontier/Fios Channel 9, Mediacom Channel 10 and DirectTV Channel 22.