Date(s) & Time(s)::
November 25, 2015 at 5:15 PM until 9:00 PM
Location: downtown Fort Wayne
Holiday joy is upon us! Join us in Downtown Fort Wayne for HolidayFest 2015. The excitement kicks off with the Night of Lights on Wednesday, November 25th where we join together, count down, and light up Downtown with Santa and His Reindeer, the Merry Christmas Wreath, Northern Lights, and many more. The night’s activities do not end there because the Festival of Trees, Santa’s Workshop, Festival of Gingerbread, and more festivities begin that night, as well. And, the evening would not be complete without the Ringing of the Bells by Downtown churches at 7:30pm and the Parkview Field Fireworks at 7:45pm.
New This Year: Experience Downtown as it used to be with the brand new Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Come Downtown and have your senses thrilled as you stroll down the sidewalk and view the beautifully decorated windows. This year's theme is Yesteryear, and it promises to transport you back. Relive old memories and create new ones as you turn each corner and become immersed in the creativity and joy that each Downtown window conveys. Nobody does the holidays like Downtown Fort Wayne!
Activities: 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 Night of Lights at the Cathedral Bookstore, Minecraft: Build a Winter Wonderland at the Allen County Public Library, and Merry Craft-Making, also at the library.
HolidayFest featuring the Night of Lights is presented by your Downtown Improvement District and sponsored by PNC Bank, Fort Wayne Newspapers, Visit Fort Wayne, Hanning & Bean Enterprises Inc., Targeted Services P.C., Majic 95.1, and Fun 101.7.
HolidayFest continues through the end of the year with performances, festivals, art events, Holly Trolley Shopping, and so much more. For a complete list of lighting ceremony activities as well as a comprehensive holiday calendar, visit www.HolidayFestDowntown.com.
Night of Lights Schedule 2015: Wednesday, November 25th
5:15 pm – History Center Turret Lighting (Barr Street)
5:30 pm – Christ Child Festival Nativity Lighting (Ross Building on Main Street)
5:45 pm – Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights (Pearl Street)
6:00 pm – Community Center Santa’s Workshop Display (Main Street)
6:15 pm – Santa and His Reindeer at PNC (Main and Berry Streets)
6:45 pm – Wells Fargo Holiday Display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath (I&M Power Center Plaza at Calhoun and Wayne Streets)
7:15 pm – Botanical Conservatory & Embassy Theatre Window Lighting (Jefferson Boulevard)
7:30 pm – Ringing of the Bells (Downtown Churches)
7:45 pm – Parkview Field Fireworks (Jefferson Boulevard)
Check out these special Downtown activities during Night of Lights:
Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest
November 25th-December 14th
Downtown Fort Wayne
The tradition of stores and businesses decorating their windows for the holidays is back! This year’s theme is Yesteryear. Enjoy a stroll through Downtown and a trip down memory lane as you check out the beautiful and creative window displays. Make sure to vote for your favorite at www.DowntownFortWayne.com. Call 260-420-3266 for more info.
Indiana Michigan Power & Wells Fargo
Wayne and Calhoun Streets
The Northrop High School Show Choir performance at 4:30pm on the Plaza and the Wells Fargo Stage Coach picture opportunity.
1st Source Bank
200 E. Main St.
Come in and enjoy refreshments from Main St. Bistro and check out Santa’s Scooter and Sidecar.
233 W. Main St.
Start your downtown celebration at the Community Center with free holiday activities for the kids. Bring your kids out for free make and take crafts, refreshments and a movie. Kids can shop for inexpensive holiday gifts $3.00 and under. Tuba Playing Santa’s will entertain again this year from 5-6 pm and during the Community Center’s lighting ceremony. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Call 260-427-6460 for more info.
Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights
Aunt Millie’s Bakery
350 Pearl St.
On your way to see the Santa lighting, stop by Aunt Millie’s parking lot for free cider and sample Aunt Millie’s Cranberry Swirl bread. Check out the “Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights” amazing holiday light display. While you’re here, join in with Aunt Millie’s Carolers and spread some Christmas cheer! Call 260-424-8245 for more info.
Night of Lights at the Cathedral Bookstore
Cathedral Books and Gifts
915 S. Clinton St. (at the corner of Clinton & Washington across from the AEP Wreath)
Free Hot Wassail & Cookies! Enjoy your refreshments while browsing our great selection of gifts like home décor, nativities, advent wreathes, ornaments, jewelry and much more! 20% off your entire purchase from 5-9pm. Call 260-399-1442 for more info.
Holiday Kick-Off Party
1100 S. Calhoun St.
Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, meet Mrs. Claus, and get a free professional-quality photo with Santa. You can also meet two live reindeer that know all about the North Pole. Call 260-427-6440 for more info.
Minecraft: Build a Winter Wonderland
Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Winter is coming....so stop by Young Adults' Services at Main Library and add a creation to our Minecraft winter landscape. People of all ages are welcome--except Griefers!--but time limits apply. Call 260-421-1200 for more info.
Festival of Gingerbread Opening
302 E. Berry Street
30th Annual Festival of Gingerbread.
110 W. Berry Street
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Get photos with Santa and his elves and hot cocoa from the Salvation Army’s cantina while PNC lights Santa and His Reindeer.
Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Join Children’s Services at the Grand Wayne Convention Center for some merry craft-making. We’ll have a variety of make-and-take crafts for you to create. Call 260-421-1200 for more info.
Festival of Trees Opening
125 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Beginning with the Night of Lights, the Embassy Festival of Trees is a featured stop in the city’s annual downtown lighting ceremony, offering the opening of the Harrison Street animated holiday windows and viewing of the trees. Founded in 1984, the Festival of Trees is a fundraising and community goodwill event that supports ongoing operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation, Inc.
Cocoa and Carols in the Allen County Courthouse
Allen County Courthouse
715 S. Calhoun Street
Top off the Downtown Lighting Fest with Cocoa and Carols in the Allen County Courthouse compliments of the Fort Wayne Children’s’ Choir and the Courthouse Preservation.
For more HolidayFest activities throughout the season, visit www.HolidayFestDowntown.com.
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