Holiday Lights Kicks Off Holiday Season

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 11:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Thousands of people poured into downtown Fort Wayne Wednesday night, for the annual "Night of Lights" celebration.

"It's a family tradition," said Albion Resident Georgia Elijah.

Elijah was the grandmother of her bunch and said the event reminds her of yesteryear.

"I used to come when I was a little girl and when they restarted up, we just all get together and come in," said Elijah.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry helped flipped the switch around 6:28 p.m. on the Santa display at PNC Bank.

Then the crowd headed to One Summit Square on Calhoun Street for the lighting of the "Merry Christmas" Wreath.

New this year was fireworks at Parkview Field to culminate Holiday Fest.

Elijah's grandson was more than ready.

"Cool. Can't wait to see them," said Caleb Van Dyke.

Caleb's dad was also in on the fun.

"Walking downtown and checking out the shop windows that they also have done up. It's really actually a beginning to the Christmas season," said Ligonier Resident Alan Van Dyke.

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