2014 HolidayFest Activities

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“High Style Holidays” garden exhibit
November 22-January 4, 2015

Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 12-4 p.m.

Thanksgiving 4-8 p.m., Closed Christmas and New Year’s

High Style Holidays is a poinsettia-filled display capturing the elegant flair and lively spirit of the Art Deco style and Roaring ‘20s chic, a gorgeous backdrop for holiday enjoyment and family pictures. Sponsored by 95.1 Best FM and PBS 39.

$5/adult, $3/child age 3-17; Ages 2 and under free.

Headwaters Park Ice Rink

Headwaters Park

November 22- March 2

Open from 1-10 pm on November 26

Outdoor ice skating rink

Call the rink office at 422-7625

$3 ages 13 & Under; $5 ages 14 & over; $2 skate rental

Visitors Free, Free Parking

Lights of Love

Erin’s House

Parkview Field Amphitheater Area

November 24-December 3, 5-8pm

Honor a loved one’s memory by lighting a luminary to be displayed at Parkview Field. In addition your luminary provided photos will be displayed on the video board in a rotation as a special tribute to those passed. Luminaries can be purchased and viewed at Parkview Field.

Call Erin’s House at (260) 423-2466 to purchase your luminary.


Embassy Festival of Trees

Embassy Theatre

125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

November 26-December 4

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.

29th Annual Festival of Trees Schedule:

November 26, 6-9pm Night of Lights

November 26, 4-8pm Featuring Grande Page Organ music

November 28-30, 12-8p Youth Entertainment on the Embassy stage

December 1, 9am-1pm Senior Day – Open to public

December 2, 9 am-1pm Festival of Trees open for viewing

December 3, 9am-1pm Tots and Trees Day – Open to public, special kid activities

Festival of Trees Tickets: $7 for adults, $3 for children 4-12, 3 & under FREE. Available at the Embassy box office, 800-745-3000, and at ticketmaster.com


Extended Holiday Hours

Botanical Conservatory

1100 S. Calhoun Street
November 26 – December 19
The Conservatory will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday evenings from Thanksgiving through the week before Christmas. Enjoy an evening downtown at the botanical gardens, done up for the holidays. The gift shop is also open until 8:00 p.m. Regular admission charged, except for 1st Thursday. Closed Christmas Day. Call (260) 427-6440 for more info, or visit www.botanicalconservatory.org.


Garden in Lights

Botanical Conservatory

1100 S. Calhoun Street

November 26-January 4
We’ve decorated not only the Showcase House, where you’ll find the customary poinsettias and elegance, but the Tropical and Desert Houses and the outdoor gardens as well. Especially effective during our evening hours on Thursday and Friday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the gardens are lovely throughout the holidays and provide a tremendous backdrop for family photos, out-of-town guest entertainment, great conversations, and even marriage proposals! Make the most of your visit as you enjoy one of Fort Wayne’s treasured resources for beauty and relaxation. Our gift shop will also be open during public hours for holiday shopping. $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17; Age 2 and under free. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.


Wells Fargo Stagecoach

Wells Fargo Bank

111 E. Wayne St.

November 26, 4:30-8:30p

4:30 pm: Northrop High School Show Choir will perform at One Summit Square, under the direction of Tom Maupin.

5:00 pm: Come and experience America’s most legendary vehicle – the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, on display in front of the Wells Fargo Indiana Center Building at 111 E. Wayne Street. The stagecoach display is free and open to the public through 8:30 pm. Be sure to bring your camera for lasting memories. As a special treat, Jack-the-Dog will be around to greet you at the stagecoach.

7:00 pm: Wells Fargo animated holiday display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath lighting with Mayor Tom Henry at One Summit Square.

Santa’s Workshop

Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Community Center

Community Center

233 W. Main Street

November 26, 4:30-7:30pm

Start your downtown celebration at the Community Center with free holiday activities for the kids. Bring your kids out for free make & take crafts, refreshments, and a movie. New this year: tuba-playing Santas will entertain the crowd from 5 – 6 pm and during the Community Center’s 6 pm lighting ceremony. Don’t forget your camera! A brand new, towering Christmas tree will be set up in the lobby, a great place for family photos. We’ll have crafts, refreshments and movies too. Donate a new or gently used bear and enter a drawing to win a giant elf bear. Kids can shop for inexpensive holiday gifts for $3 or less at the North Pole Stop-n-Shop. Mom and Dad can shop, too. FREE

Northern Lights Display

Aunt Millies

November 26, 5-8pm

On your way to the Santa lighting, stop by Aunt Millie’s parking lot for some cider and bread. Check out the “Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights” amazing holiday light display.

Emoticon Cookie

Allen County Public Library

Young Adults Department

900 Library Plaza

November 26,  5-6pm

It’s Night of Lights in Fort Wayne. Stop by Young Adults’ Services on the 2nd floor of Main Library to design (and eat) your own Emoticon Cookie. Limit two per person; while supplies last. For middle school and high school students, adults, and children accompanied by parent or caregiver. FREE More info at www.acpl.info


Holiday Kick-Off Party

Botanical Conservatory

1100 S. Calhoun Street

November 26, 5-9 pm

Bring the family to get a free photo with Santa, meet some real reindeer, and enjoy a free cookie and hot cocoa during the Night of Lights. Sponsored by PBS 39 and WAJI Best FM 95.1.

Call (260) 427-6440 or visit www.botanicalconservatory.org

$5/adult, $3/child ages 3-17, age 2 and under free


Cathedral Books & Gifts

915 S Clinton St

Across the street from I&M “Merry Christmas” wreath lighting

November 26, 5-9pm

Free Cookies & Hot Wassail! 20% off everything sale!



Hallelujah Chorus

University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center

431 W Berry St

November 26, 5:15pm

Featuring members of Heartland and area congregation choir members singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah prior to lighting the historic outdoor wreath.


Join Children’s Services at the Night of Lights!

Children’s Services/Allen County Public Library

Grand Wayne Center

November 26, 6-8p

Come watch Downtown Fort Wayne get dressed up for the holiday season, as the decorations are lit at Night of Lights! The Grand Wayne Center is full of fun to celebrate this big event, and we will be there with some festive crafts to make.



Cocoa and Carols in the Courthouse

Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust

715 South Calhoun Street, Room 300

November 26, 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for cocoa and cookies in the rotunda of the Allen County Courthouse while enjoying Christmas Carols from the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir during the Night of Lights!
Cameras and Cell Phones Welcome


Youth Orchestra Holiday Concert

Grand Wayne Center

November 26 6:30-7:30

A wonderful holiday tradition! John the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestras as they play holiday classics as a part of Fort Wayne’s annual Night of Lights Festival. Holiday selections will include A Christmas Festival, Here Comes Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Sleigh Ride. The Youth Concert Orchestra will be playing at approximately 6:30 p.m. and the Youth Symphony will follow at approximately 7:00 p.m. FREE


Parkview Field Holiday Fireworks

Parkview Field

November 26, 7:45pm

The Parkview Field Holiday Fireworks show will put you and your family in the holiday spirit! Food and beverages will be available for purchase, but admission is free!




HolidayFest – Hot Cocoa Stop [PENDING CONFIRMATION]

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

1150 S Harrison Street

November 27,  6-9pm

Enjoy Champion’ s Seasonal Hot Cocoa During Holiday Fest, Night Of Lights Tour.


Grand Wayne Center’s Holiday Open House [CONTENT PENDING]

Grand Wayne Center

November 29, 6pm-8pm





The Festival of Gingerbread

The History Center

302 E Berry St

November 28-December 14

Hours are 9-5 Mon-Thurs & Sat; 9-8 Fri; and noon to 5 on Sun.

The Festival of Gingerbread, now in its 29th year, attracts crowds who come to view the creations of individuals of all ages, families and professionals. Over 100 creations made of edible materials by

persons ranging in age from pre-schoolers to adults including professional chefs are featured.

Festival of Gingerbread 2014 Program Schedule: (regular admission applies plus an additional fee as indicated)

Nov 26, 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Visit Santa Claus in the Orientation Room during Lighting Night, $3 per person

Nov 29th, 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Create Your Own Ornament, $1 plus regular museum admission

Nov 30th, 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Holidays around the World, $1 plus regular museum admission

Dec 2nd, 5:00PM to 9:00PM
AEP Indiana Michigan Power Free Night
Free Book Giveaway by Women United

Dec 6th, 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Visit Santa Claus this afternoon at the History Center, regular museum admission

Dec 7th, 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Storytelling with Real Men Read, regular museum admission

Dec 13th, 1:00PM to 4:00PM
“Science of Sugary Structures”
Presented by Science Central. Explore sturdy (and not so sturdy) structures by making your own edible creation, $3 plus regular museum admission

Dec 14th, 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Cookie Decorating Party, $1 plus regular museum admission

All events are subject to regular admission. Admission is a low $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children 2 and older.

Breakfast with Santa

Embassy Theatre

125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

November 28 and November 29, 9:30-11am sponsored by McDonald’s

Kids will be delighted to enjoy breakfast and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as they share stories and holiday songs.

Tickets: $12.50. Reservations starting November 1 available by calling the Embassy box office, 260-424-5665.

Festival of Trains

Science Central, Inc.

1950 N. Clinton Street

November 28, 10am-4pm

November 29, 10am-5pm

November 30, 12pm-5pm

Climb aboard for holiday fun at Science Central’s 15th Annual Festival of Trains, featuring an extravaganza of model trains presented by area train enthusiasts.


$8 Admission, FREE for kids 2 & under; there will be no discounted admissions during Festival of Trains.


Holly Trolley Shopping

November 29, 11am-5pm

Park, shop and ride a free trolley to unique gift shops and attractions across Downtown.

By Downtown Improvement District and Wells Corridor



Christmas at the Old Fort

Historic Fort Wayne

1201 Spy Run Ave Fort Wayne, IN 46805

November 29, 11am-5pm

Welcome the holidays at the Old Fort and revel in a time when life was simpler with activities for kids, a bake sale, and period artisans with unique gifts for sale. Warm up by the fire and create decorations as we deck the halls and enjoy a unique seasonal event for all ages.



Last Saturdays in Children’s Services

Allen County Public Library

900 Library Plaza

November 29, 2-4pm

While you are downtown enjoying the Holly Trolly Tour, stop in to Children’s Services between 2:00 and 4:00 to make a special gift for loving attitude and creative spirit.



$1 Night

Botanical Conservatory

1100 S. Calhoun Street

December 4, 5-8pm

On the first Thursday night of each month we offer a $1 admission price for both adults and children, instead of the usual $5 and $3. Babies and up to age 2 are still admitted free. For more information, call (260) 427-6440. Evening hours only.

Paper Quilled Ornaments

Allen County Public Library

900 Library Plaza`

December 4, 6-7:30pm

Join us to make a paper quilled ornament! Learn the basics of paper quilling in this 1 1/2 hour class. Materials provided. Registration in advance is required. Program limited to 20 people.



Christmas at Home with the Swinney Sisters

Swinney Homestead

1424 W Jefferson Blvd

December 5 & 6

Enjoy Hearthstone Ensemble music, syllabub, tasty savories and sweets, Victorian Christmas traditions, and unique items in the upstairs Gift Shop.

260-489-7115, www.settlersinc.org


The Nutcracker

Fort Wayne Ballet

Arts United Center

303 E. Main Street

December 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13 & 14

Tchaivsky’s classic “Nutcracker” comes alive in downtown Fort Wayne!

For tickets and times call 260-422-4226 or visit www.fortwayneballet.org


Fort Wayne Museum of Art

311 E Main St

December 6, 1-4pm
Hammered dulcimer performance by Darlene Hackett and children’s art activities celebrating the fun of wintertime.
Visit fwmoa.org/visit for up to date exhibition and visitor information.


Santa & the Reindeer

Botanical Conservatory

1100 S. Calhoun Street

December 6, 13 & 20 , 12-4pm

Santa and two of his reindeer will greet the children while Mom and Dad take pictures to capture the moment. Explore the Conservatory in its holiday glory; this year’s theme is “High Style Holidays”. Regular admission fees apply: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17. Conservatory members or volunteers and children ages 2 and under are free. Sponsored by PBS 39 and WAJI Majic 95.1. For more information, call (260) 427-6440 or visit www.botanicalconservatory.org.


Heartland Sings: The Messiah

Heartland Chamber Chorale

University of Saint Francis Permorning Arts Center

431 W. Berry St.

December 7, 7:30pm-10:00pm



“Prancer” Movie Night

Allen County Public Library

900 Library Plaza

Main Library Theater

December 9, 6:30pm

Doors open at 6 PM; Limited seating, first-come, first-seated.

The spirit of good will is felt as 9 year old Rebecca Harrell stumbles across the reindeer in the forest. Filmed in Indiana, this is perfect for midwinter entertainment.


Excerpts from the Nutcracker

Allen County Public Library

Main Library Theater

900 Library Plaza

December 11, 5:30pm & 7:00 pm

Enjoy “Excerpts from the Nutcracker” by the New American Youth Ballet in the ACPL Theater. FREE!

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Holiday Pops

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Embassy Theatre

125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

December 12, 13, 19 & 20, 7:30pm and December 13, 2pm

Celebrate the season with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Phil Chorus and a talented cast of guest artists in this spectacular Fort Wayne tradition! Enjoy seasonal favorites of Sleigh Ride, Handel’s original Hallelujah Chorus and more. Former Associate Conductor Sameer Patel returns to Fort Wayne to lead this festive concert, and Santa might even make a special trip from the North Pole to bring more holiday cheer. Before and after the concert, enjoy the ornate decorations at the Embassy Theatre. On sale at the Embassy box office, or by calling The Phil at 260.481.0777 or online at www.fwphil.org

2013 Poetry Contest Award Ceremony

Allen County Public Library

Main Library Theater

900 Library Plaza
December 13, 11am
Children and Young Adults in Kindergarten through Grade 12 will read their winning poems and receive their awards in this celebration of the 32nd annual ACPL Poetry Contest for children and young adults. All poems relate to this year’s theme: “Imagine That!”




Gingerbread Pursuit 4 Mile Run and Walk  [Julie, we could not confirm through Mitch Harper can you confirm]
December 14, 8:30am
Race starts at Wayne & Clay; finishers at Tower Bank. Runners gather at 7:15am to pick up their packets and chips at the Cinema Center – 437 E. Berry Street.  Participants earn free entry to the History Center’s Gingerbread Festival! Register online at VeepRaces.com.

“The Nutcracker”

New American Youth Ballet

USF Performing Arts Center

431 W. Berry St.

December 13, 2pm & 7pm

$15 online,  $20 at the door (limited amount)



“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” Movie Night

Allen County Public Library

900 Library Plaza

Main Library Theater

December 16, 6:30pm

Doors open at 6 PM; Limited seating, first-come, first-seated.

Enjoy the laughter as Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all!FREE


Fort Wayne Dance Collective

December 15, 2pm

South Side HS Auditorium

3601 S. Calhoun St.

FWDC students perform a series of original pieces in a holiday and seasonally themed concert.

Tickets are $13 adults, $11 children 12 and under. Tickets will be available for purchase through the ArtsTix Community Box Office by calling 260.422.4226, or online at tickets.artstix.org. Artstix fees will apply.

Holiday Children’s Gently Used Book Swap and Sale [PENDING CONFIRMATION]

Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Community Center

Community Center

233 W. Main Street

December 17-20

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center and the Anthony Wayne Lions Club are joining forces to offer this special children’s used book sale and swap. As Dr. Seuss wrote, “The more you read, the more things you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” Reading with your kids 20 minutes a day is a great way to help them get excited about books and having lots of choices for reading also helps keep their interest. Used books for toddlers through teenagers will be available for swapping or purchase at our Gently Used Book Swap and Sale. Your child may swap up to 5 books per day while purchasing is unlimited. Kids must be present to swap books.

Plan your shopping/swapping trip around these events:

December 17, 12-5pm, Story time, craft and snack at 1pm

December 18, 8:30am-7:30pm,  Santa & Mrs. Claus read a story and sign autographs at 6pm & 6:45pm

December 19, 8:30am-7:30pm, Magic show by Dick Stoner at 6pm

December 20, 8am-12pm, Story time, craft and snack at 10am

We are now accepting donations of gently used or new books for this event. Books may be dropped off at the Community Center any time between 8am and 4:30pm. If you have a large quantity of books we will gladly pick them up. Call 427-6467 for more information or to arrange a pick-up time.


The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Fort Wayne Youtheatre

Arts United Center

303 E. Main Street

Dec. 19 @7 pm (Pre-Show Party at Artlink @6pm), Dec. 20 @11:00 & 2:00

In 1934 Youtheatre opened our doors with “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” our very first production! Hans Christian Andersen’s heartwarming story of a toy soldier’s struggle to win the heart of his ballerina true love! The Auer Black Box Theatre becomes a Christmas toy box complete with holiday carolers! This production features an original dance by the Fort Wayne Ballet! www.fortwayneyoutheatre.org


$17 adult, $14 under age 18, $14 age 60+

Science Fun: Santa Science

Botanical Conservatory

1100 S. Calhoun Street

December 20, 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

Santa enjoys science, too, just like every good little boy and girl. We’ll be doing some seasonal science experiments just in time for the holidays. We’ll begin by overflowing science with Christmas cheer making ‘Holiday Cheer Eruptions.’ Then, since you can’t have cookies without milk, the ‘Santa’s Magic Milk’ experiment is a must. Remember, even Santa needs to get his teeth clean after eating all those cookies, so ‘Santa Toothpaste’ will be made using common household items. Let this class put a scientific spin on your holiday season! No preregistration requires; free with paid Conservatory admission.


Heartland Sings: The Spirit of Christmas

Allen County Courthouse

715 South Calhoun Street

December 20 & 21, 2pm-3pm, 5-6pm




Family Garden Close-Up: Poinsettia Paradise

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

1100 S. Calhoun St.

December 27, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

This small Mexican shrub is quite popular around the holidays. Let’s explore more about what this beautiful plant can do and have some fun too! You’ll be able to enjoy the lovely sights that surround you in the Showcase garden with our very own Poinsettia tree with loads of them sprinkled around the entire space. How many different colors of poinsettias can you find? Young learners preK-1st grade are invited to stop by the activity table to learn about poinsettias, make a craft, and have a snack while visiting the Conservatory gardens. No pre-registration required; free with Conservatory admission.

Call 260-427-6440 or visit www.botanicalconservatory.org

$5/adult, $3/child, age 2 and under free


“Do You Want to Sing With A Snowman?”

Allen County Public Library

Main Library Theater

900 Library Plaza

December 29, 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm
For the first time in forever royalty, reindeer, and snowmen are cordially invited to the Main Library Theater!! Let it go, sing along, and shout out all your favorite lines along with your friends. Costumes are always encouraged!


Hip Hats

Allen County Public Library

900 Library Plaza

December 30, 2-3pm
Need something to keep your head warm? Join us in the Children’s Services Program Room any time during the hour to make your very own hip hat! Children will be provided with all the materials they need. No sewing involved!



Winter Carnival:  A “Winterval” Event [PENDING CONFIRMATION]

Community Center

233 W. Main St.

January 27, 1p-4p

Beat the winter blahs by bringing the whole family out for snow crafts and activities, ice carving demonstrations and yummy treats to warm you inside and out! Several downtown attractions participate with their own wintery activities. Go to www.fortwayneparks.org and click on the Winter Carnival link to check out the latest schedule of Winterval events. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor and Home Health Care Solutions.