2014 HolidayFest in 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!

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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!



HolidayFest 2014 Information and Downloads:

Activity Info / Dining Info / Worship Info 

Night of Lights Map 1 / Night of Lights Map 2


Holly Trolley Shopping 2014:

Park, shop, and ride our free trollies for an exciting shopping experience through Downtown Fort Wayne and the Wells Street Corridor! The trollies will visit nearly 50 unique venues stopping at each every 25 – 30 minutes. Come out early; the first 100 riders will receive a keepsake Holly Trolley gift tote!
Find out more about Holly Trolley 2014!


Night of Lights 2014: Wed, Nov 26 Schedule:

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 Street)

6:15 p.m. Santa and his Reindeer at PNC with Mayor Tom Henry, Santa and special guests (Main and Berry Streets)

(The public is welcome to have free photos taken with Santa outside PNC from 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

6:45 p.m. Wells Fargo Holiday Display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath with a special performance by the Northrop High School Show Choir (I&M Power Center Plaza)

7:15 p.m. Botanical Conservatory & Embassy Theatre Window Lighting (Jefferson Blvd.)

7:45 p.m. Parkview Field Fireworks (Jefferson Blvd.)

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 holidays.