The holiday season has arrived in the Summit City, and there’s no shortage of things to do as the community spreads holiday cheer with cherished traditions.
Christmas on Broadway
Join the party and help kick off the holiday season at the 14th annual Christmas on Broadway event starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in front of the Shine & Hardin building, 2810 Beaver Ave., on the Broadway Plaza. The event will feature the lighting of a 40-foot tall spruce and a fireworks display.
Attendees will be treated to hot chocolate and eggnog. The free event will also offer family-friendly activities including 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.
Fantasy of Lights
This drive-through event is situated in Franke Park located at 3411 Sherman Blvd. (adjacent to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo) and transforms the park into a spectacular winter wonderland with 70 larger-than-life brilliant, animated light displays.
The light display runs Nov. 20-Dec. 31 and is open 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 per car. Proceeds from the event benefit Blue Jacket, an organization that supports disadvantaged people within the community looking for a second chance at employment.
Night of Lights
Locals fill the streets of downtown Fort Wayne for this Thanksgiving Eve tradition featuring several holiday lightings, including Santa and his reindeer at the PNC Bank on the corner of Main and Calhoun streets. The festivities return Nov. 21.
• 5:45 p.m. History Center Turret Lighting, 302 E. Berry St.
• 5:55 p.m. Christ Child Festivity Nativity, 230 West Main St.
• 6 p.m. Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights, Pearl Street
• 6:05 p.m. Community Center Santa’s Workshop display, 233 West Main St.
• 6:20 p.m. Santa and his reindeer, PNC Bank on the corner of Main and Calhoun streets
• 6:40 p.m. Ash Brokerage Holiday Illumination, Harrison and Berry streets
• 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Holiday Display & Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath, I&M Power Center Plaza
• 7:15 p.m. Botanical Conservatory & Embassy Theatre Window Display, Jefferson Boulevard
• 7:30 p.m. Ringing of the Bells by Allen County Public Library and downtown churches
• 8 p.m. Fireworks display at Parkview Field (north gate will close at 7:45 p.m.)
For more information, visit downtownfortwayne.com/holidayfest.
Coco & Carols at the Courthouse
The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir advanced ensembles, Concert Choir, Youth Chorale, and Chamber Singers, add to the holiday spirit as a part of the Night of Lights. Encouraging the crowd to join them in singing, the singers will perform holiday favorites in the beautiful rotunda. This free event takes place at the Allen County Courthouse 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 21.
Embassy Festival of Trees
The 34th annual Festival of Trees returns to the Embassy Theatre, 125. West Jefferson Blvd., Nov. 21-28 with the festival theme “White Christmas.” Lobbies of the Embassy and Indiana Hotel are transformed into a wonderland of Christmas trees. General admission tickets are $8 and tickets for children age 4 to 12 are $4. Tickets are available at the Embassy Box Office and ticketmaster.com. Proceeds from the event benefit the Embassy’s operations and programming.
Festival of Gingerbread
Wonder at this display of more than 100 gingerbread creations at the History Center, 302 East Berry Street, Nov. 23 to Dec. 9. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 years and older and youth age 3-17, and free for children age 2 and younger.
Competitive categories for the gingerbread creations range from lower-elementary school classes to professional culinary artists. For more information, visit fwhistorycenter.com.
Christmas at the Old Fort
Welcome the holidays with fun and festivities at Fort Wayne’s Historic Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24. Jump in your car or hop a ride on the Holley Trolley (sponsored by the Downtown Improvement District) to revel in a time when life was simpler with games and activities for the whole family.
Artisans will present hand-crafted gift ideas and the bakers of the Old Fort will offer their wares. Warm up by the fire and create decorations as you enjoy a unique seasonal event for all ages.
Admission is free. Parking is available at Headwaters and Lawton parks.
Holly Trolley Shopping
Park, shop and ride free trollies sponsored by the Downtown Improvement District in celebration of Small Business Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24. Trollies will visit several unique venues through downtown, West Main Street and the Historic Wells Street Corridor. For more information, visit downtownfortwayne.com/holly-trolley.