Date(s) & Time(s)::
November 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Location: downtown Fort Wayne
Whether keeping or starting a holiday tradition join us for HolidayFest in beautiful Downtown Fort Wayne featuring the Night of Lights on November 26. With exciting lighting ceremonies and heart-warming activities Downtown is a magical place to kick off your holiday season!
The Night of Lights begins with the History Center Turret Lighting, then join the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center for a Wreath Lighting and Choir performance. Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights and the Community Center Santa’s Workshop are lit next. Don’t miss iconic lightings like PNC’s Santa and his Reindeer followed by the Wells Fargo Holiday Display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath. The Botanical Conservatory displays and Animated Holiday Windows at the Embassy Theatre capture the imagination of everyone heading to Parkview Field for the Night of Lights Fireworks.
New This Year:
Stay tuned after the fireworks to hear the first annual Ringing of the Bells, coordinated by First Presbyterian Church, as nine of our local churches will chime in unison to ring in the start of Downtown’s Holiday Season!
The fun doesn’t stop with the lighting ceremonies as great activities will take place throughout the evening. Warm up with Cocoa and Carols at the Allen County Courthouse or participate in activities like the Grand Wayne’s Holiday Open House, Embassy’s Festival of Trees, History Center’s Festival of Gingerbread and live reindeer at the Botanical Conservatory.
Free parking will be available at the Civic Garage beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the Plaza Garage at the Ed Rousseau Building (former City County Building) will be free after 6:00pm on November 26, 2014. Gates may still be down if patrons arrive earlier, but will be open for those who exit after 6:00 p.m. Special thanks to the City of Fort Wayne for this kind gesture!
HolidayFest featuring the Night of Lights is Presented by PNC Bank and your Downtown Improvement District and sponsored by Fort Wayne Newspapers, Visit Fort Wayne, Hanning & Bean Enterprises Inc., Targeted Services P.C. and WAJI 95.1 Best FM. HolidayFest continues through the end of the year with performances, festivals, art events, Holly Trolley Shopping, and so much more. RSVP on Facebook for Night of Lights!
5:15 p.m. – History Center Turret Lighting (Barr Street)
5:30 p.m. –University of Saint Francis Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center (PAC) Wreath Lighting (Berry Street)
5:45 p.m. – Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights (Pearl Street)
6:00 p.m. – Community Center Santa’s Workshop display (Main St)
6:15 p.m. – Santa and his Reindeer at PNC (Main and Berry Streets)
6:45 p.m. – Wells Fargo Holiday Display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath (I&M Power Center Plaza)
7:15 p.m. – Botanical Conservatory & Embassy Theatre Window Lighting (Jefferson)
7:45 p.m. – Parkview Field Fireworks (Jefferson)
Special Feature: Stay tuned after the fireworks to hear the Ringing of the Bells as nine of our local churches chime in unison marking the beginning of the holiday season.
SKATING AT HEADWATERS PARK
330 S. Clinton Street, 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ice Skating - Open Thanksgiving Day
Admission $5 | 13 & Under $3
AUNT MILLIE’S NORTHERN LIGHTS
350 Pearl Street, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free cider and bread at the amazing holiday light
USF ROBERT GOLDSTINE PAC
431 W. Berry Street, 5:30 pm
Lighting USF’s historic Christmas wreath and choir
performance of “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s
CATHEDRAL BOOKS & GIFTS
915 S. Clinton Street, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Special sale of 20% off everything & free cookies
1100 S. Calhoun Street, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Holiday Kick Off Party!
Adults $5 | 17 & Under $3 | Under 2 FREE
233 W. Main Street, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Santa’s Workshop with free holiday activities for
the kids & holiday light display.
Wayne and Calhoun Street, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Northrop High School Show Choir
performance at 4:30 pm on I & M Power Center
Plaza, lighting of the animated holiday exhibit &
302 E. Berry Street, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
29th Annual Festival of Gingerbread, $2 tickets at
110 W Berry, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Get photos with Santa & hot cocoa from the
Salvation Army’s cantina while PNC lights Santa
and his reindeer!
125 W. Jefferson Boulevard, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Festival of Trees & animated window display
begins with free holiday photo fun on stage!
GRAND WAYNE CENTER
120 W. Jefferson Boulevard, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Youth Concert & Symphony
Orchestras, plus ACPL Children’s Department
holiday crafts and free punch and cookies.
1301 Ewing Street, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
“Lights of Love” luminary display presented by
Erin’s House and at 7:45pm fireworks!
COCOA & CAROLS AT THE COURTHOUSE
Allen County Courthouse
715 S. Calhoun Street, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cocoa, cookies and carols performed by the Fort
Wayne Children’s Choir in the rotunda. Cameras
and Cell Phones Welcome.
YOUR VIRGIN HAIR BOUTIQUE
912 S. Calhoun St, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Santa Claus comes to YVH for the Night of Lights!
Children can visit Santa & receive a candy cane
inside the boutique. Parents are welcome to bring
their cameras for photos of their children. Free hot
cider and cocoa will we served.
300 W. Wayne St., 5:40 pm
On your way through the lighting ceremonies stop
by 1st Presbyterian at 5:40pm before Aunt Millie’s
to enjoy their lights and music from their Carillon.
Also stay tuned after the fireworks for the ringing
of the bells at 8:05pm!
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