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Going out guide: The best things to do in the coming week

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 12:01 am


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!: Enjoy plenty of family, food, fun and football.

HOLIDAY FINERY: Walk off a little of your Thanksgiving feast at the Festival of Trees 4-8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd., and adjacent Indiana Hotel. The Embassy is a gem in itself, and the beautifully decorated trees make it sparkle even more brightly.

Additional hours are noon-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Admission is $7, adults; and, $3, ages 12 and younger. Senior day is Monday.

PASS THE PUCK: After passing the poultry and potatoes at your Thanksgiving meal, cheer on the Fort Wayne Komets as they try to pass and skate around the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Tickets are $7-$25 at the coliseum box office. Parking is $4 main lot, $8 preferred lot.


ROLLING ON: The annual Festival of Trains steams in for its 14th year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St. Local model railroading enthusiasts will set up train layouts in the science center. They'll also be happy to chat about their trains and model railroading.

The trains keep rolling 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon- 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Festival of Trains is included with regular admission, which is $8, ages 3 and older, and free, ages 2 and younger.

For information, see our story on Page 8T, call 424-2400 or visit

INCREDIBLE CREATIONS: Baking artists of all ages transform gingerbread into amazing creations for the annual Festival of Gingerbread 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at The History Center, 302 E. Berry St. This year's event features more than 100 sweet-smelling gingerbread structures.

The festival continues through Dec. 9. Hours are closed Thanksgiving Day; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5, ages 19-58; $3, ages 59 and older and ages 3-18; and free, ages 2 and younger. Information: 426-2882.

IT MAKES A VILLAGE: Enjoy what organizers describe as the largest display of Department 56 snow villages in the state during the Holiday Houses for Habitat event at Glenbrook Square, Coldwater Road and Coliseum Boulevard.

The snow village layout and the Fort Wayne Habitat chapter's gift wrapping service will be located on the mall's second level west of the food court, near Regis Hair. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 24.

Admission is a freewill donation. All proceeds help Habitat build homes for local families in need.


FRONTIER FUN: Celebrate old-school with Christmas at the Old Fort from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Historic Fort Wayne, 1201 Spy Run Ave., just north of the St. Marys River.

Along with shopping for handcrafted items, visitors can enjoy re-enactors portraying the late 1700s to early 1800s, entertainment, crafts and period games and activities. For more about the event, see our story on Page 9T.

Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. For information, go to


GRINCHY GARDEN: Stroll to Whoville in the “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” exhibit now through Jan. 6 at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Don't forget your camera: The 12-foot-tall poinsettia tree in the conservatory atrium will make a great backdrop for holiday photos. You also can stroll through lighted and decorated gardens both inside the conservatory and on its grounds.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays now through Dec. 21; and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. The conservatory is closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Admission is $5, adults; $3, ages 3-17; and free, ages 2 and younger. For information, call 427-6440.

NIGHT LIGHTS: Enjoy the twinkling beauty of the Fantasy of Lights 6-9 p.m. at Franke Park, off Sherman Boulevard.

This year's event features five new light displays, including the Leg Lamp from the movie “A Christmas Story” and a new Nativity scene.

Hours through Dec. 31 are 6-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 6-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Cost is $5 per car, $10 for commercial passenger van or limo, and $25 for a bus or trolley.

SEASONAL SWING: Groove at the Holiday Swing Concert a 7:30 p.m. in Auer Performance Hall at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Cost: $7, adults; $6, seniors; $4, non-IPFW students, free, IPFW students with ID and ages 10 and under. Call 481-6555.