Event celebrates the meaning of Christmas


Christmas in the Park returns to Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24-25. The free festival features a variety of family-friendly activities focusing on the reason for the season.

Visitors are invited to experience “Journey through the Streets of Bethlehem” as Fire & Light (formerly Audience of One) youth theater troupe performs re-enactments and interacts with visitors. The walk includes a stop at the nativity complete with live donkeys and sheep.

Outside the magi tent, visitors will have the opportunity to see and learn about live camels.

Christmas in the Park also offers interactive activities focused on giving. Participants will have a chance to write a note to a veteran that will be delivered to the VA Northern Indiana Health Services Facility or contribute toward postage to handpick a dress to send around the world through the “Little Dresses for Africa” project.

In the heated pavilion, a variety of displays will include ideas for making gifts for individuals, families or small groups.

Children will enjoy making crafts and playing games in the activity tent, experiencing the Animal Grams Petting Zoo and watching balloon sculpting.

The Talent Sharing Tent will feature the talent of musicians, singers and storytellers. Big Blast Ministries will also present a balloon demonstration.

Families will also have the opportunity to take horse-drawn wagon rides 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can take family photos with the words “Joy,” “Love” or “Hope” to use for customized Christmas cards.

For more information, visit ChristChildFest.org.