2015 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 25. With exciting lighting ceremonies and heart-warming activities Downtown is a magical place to kick off your holiday season! Tweet using #HolidayFestFW


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Night of Lights 2015: Wednesday, November 25

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: Allen County Public Library, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Wayne United Methodist Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Trinity English Lutheran Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church.

7:45 pm – Parkview Field Fireworks including Lights of Love from Erin’s House for Grieving Children. (Jefferson Boulevard)

Santa Photos: You, your friends, family, and/or children can have your photo taken with Santa Clause in front of the Santa lighting at the PNC building from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. during Night of Lights. Photos will be taken by our professional photographer and posted on our Facebook page the following week.

Lighting Ceremonies: The Night of Lights begins with the History Center Turret Lighting, and then enjoy the Christ Child Festival Nativity Lighting at the Ross Building on Main Street. 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.

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 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.

DHWDC Graphic finalDowntown Holiday Window Decorating Contest


Please join Your Downtown Improvement District as we bring back Downtown Holiday Window Decorating here in the District! This tradition has gone by the wayside in recent decades, but with your participation it will come back! What better way to celebrate this incredible holiday tradition than with a free contest?

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Participating businesses: ACPL, Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, BND Commercial, Citilink, City Exchange Shops, Community Center, Cottage Flowers, Courtyard Marriott, Creative Women of the World, DID, Earth Adventures Unlimited, Embassy Theatre, Envision Fort Wayne, Fancy & Staple, Fifth Third Bank, Fort Wayne Ballet, Grand Wayne Convention Center, History Center, LaHartz, Inc, Markey Bonding, MKM Architecture + Design, PNC Bank, Revitalize Health Bar, Salvation Army, Smiley’s Joy, Stoner’s Fun Store, Visit Fort Wayne,
Waiter on the Way, Wells Fargo, Wine Down, and Your Virgin Hair.

Holly Trolley Shopping 2015

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 several unique venues stopping at each on their route. Come out early; a selection of our first riders will receive a keepsake Holly Trolley gift tote!

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Participating businesses: 3R Gallery, 3rd World Gift Shop, Abigail’s Confections, Artlink, Big Eyed Fish, Botanical Conservatory, C.M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home, Castle Gallery, Cathedral Books & Gifts, City Exchange, Community Center, Connolly’s Do It Best, Cottage Flowers Inc, Creative Women of the World, D&M Leather, Dirty Joes, Earth Adventures, Embassy Theatre, Emiley’s Haute Cottage, Eye Pix,Fancy & Staple, Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market, Fort Wayne Museum of Art / Paradigm Gallery, Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot, Fort Wayne Trails, Foxy Ladies Art Posse, GI Joe’s Army Surplus, Great Panes Glass Co., Guitar Exchange, Hairspray, Historic Fort Wayne, History Center, House of Furniture, Hyde Brothers Booksellers, Idlehour Boutique, Indiana Artisan Marketplace, Jay’s Mini-Mart, Jimmy John’s, Linda Lou’s New and Used Furniture, Main Street Bistro, Maisie and Maude, Mercantile on Main, Morning’s Flowers and Gifts, Panaderia, Pedal City, Pembroke Bakery, Phoenix, PranaYoga School of Yoga and Health, Ratliff Gallery, Richard’s Bakery and Big Apple Pizza, Salvation Army Thrift Store, Saving Grace, Science Central, Sharon’s Victorian Gifts, Sharon’s Victorian House of Gifts, Smiley’s Joy, Stitch Punxx, Stoner’s Fun Store, Sunny Shick, The Brewer’s Art Supply, The Wood Shack, Toscani’s, Urban Hippie, Vanilla Bean Cookies, Visit Fort Wayne, Wells Street Variety and Gift, and Your Virgin Hair