Holiday events lists around Fort Wayne

The Indiana Michigan Power Center “Merry Christmas” wreath at Wayne and Calhoun Streets draws visitors during the 2015 Night of Lights event. The Wells Fargo Holiday Display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath at Calhoun and Wayne streets will be lit at 7 p.m. as they are once again part of the Night of Lights celebration.

The Indiana Michigan Power Center “Merry Christmas” wreath at Wayne and Calhoun Streets draws visitors during the 2015 Night of Lights event. The Wells Fargo Holiday Display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath at Calhoun and Wayne streets will be lit at 7 p.m. as they are once again part of the Night of Lights celebration.

Is it beginning to FEEL a lot like Christmas? Want to feel a little of the Christmas Joy? Here is an updated list of holiday events around Fort Wayne. Come back to this list as we will be adding through the holiday season.


• NOV. 17: Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, holiday beverages, cookies, Polar Express train ride and holiday music. Christmas Tree lighting and fireworks promptly at 6:00 pm. Arrive early as off-street parking is limited and heavy traffic is expected. Sponsored by Shine & Hardin, LLP, ABC21, 103.9 Sunny FM, Frontier Communications, Lake City Bank, St. Joseph Hospital, Prairie Farms, Trinity English Lutheran Church, Associated Builders and Contractors, Mudrack Tree Services, and Downtown Improvement District.


• NOV. 17-18: Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 17-18, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 19, Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. Tickets $30, adults; $25, seniors; and $17, ages 23 and younger. Tickets available at or 424-5220.


• NOV. 18: The annual Horseman’s Christmas Parade of Lights will be held in Garrett. The parade will begin at 5:30 and will arrive downtown at approximately 5:45 p.m. Before the parade, there will be activities downtown at the Garrett Museum of Art. The Garrett High School Show Choir will perform at 5 p.m. around the Christmas tree just prior to the lighting of the Christmas lights. After the parade, there will be a holiday moving showing at Silver Screen Thearer at 7 p.m.


• NOV. 20 through DEC. 2: both the Kendallville Public Library and its Limberlost Branch will feature a Family Christmas Card creation station. This will be in The Cortex at the Kendallville Public Library, and near the teen area at the Limberlost Branch. The library will provide all the materials needed to create the cards, and this project is provided completely free of charge. Those who bring their own photo paper can also use the Inkjet printer in The Cortex to print vibrant photos!


• NOV. 22-29: Lobbies of the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel are transformed into a wonderland of Christmas trees under the theme of “Silver Bells.” This year marks the festival’s 33rd celebration. Guests will tour the theater as they view 58 decorated trees and animated holiday windows. Admission includes a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, festive entertainment on the theater stage, including performances featuring the Grande Page pipe organ. Tickets are $8/adult, $4/youth ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free (ticket required). Purchase tickets at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy Theatre, 800.745.3000 and The Embassy’s Festival of Trees is a holiday tradition at the Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. in downtown Fort Wayne.

• Wednesday, Nov. 22, open 6-9 p.m.

Downtown Fort Wayne’s Night of Lights

• Thursday, Nov. 23, open 4-8 p.m.

Entertainment (Nov. 23)

5 p.m. – Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” movie screening

• Friday, Nov. 24, open 12-8 p.m.

Youth performances on stage. Kids can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Register to win show tickets and gift cards.

Entertainment (Nov. 24)

12 p.m. – Ellie Paige Dance Academy

1 p.m. – IPFW Saxophone Quartet

2 p.m. – DancinKids Dance Studio

3 p.m. – Fred Astaire Dance Studio

4 p.m. – K. Monique’s Studio of Dance

5 p.m. – New Millennium Jazz Orchestra

6 p.m. – Dance Ltd.

7 p.m. – IPFW Jazz Ensemble

• Saturday, Nov. 25, open 12-8 p.m.

Youth performances on stage. Kids can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Register to win show tickets and gift cards.

Entertainment (Nov. 25)

12 p.m. – Dance NY Style Studio of Dance

1 p.m. – The Dance Dolls

2 p.m. – Deer Ridge Vocal Voyagers

3 p.m. – Amaneceres de Mexico Dance

4 p.m. – Tiffany & Co. Studio of Dance

5 p.m. – Julie’s School of Dance

6 p.m. – Smooth Edge 2

7 p.m. – SheeKriStyle Dance Academy

• Sunday, Nov. 26, open 12-8 p.m.

Youth performances on stage. Kids can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Register to win show tickets and gift cards.

Entertainment (Nov. 26)

12 p.m. – Starz Dance Academy / Gymnastics in Motion

1 p.m. – Starz Dance Academy / Gymnastics in Motion

2 p.m. – Center Stage Academy of Dance

3 p.m. – North Side High School Choir

4 p.m. – Northeast School of Dance

5 p.m. – Fort Wayne Dance Collective

6 p.m. – Janice Dyson Dance Studio

7 p.m. – Pulse Dance and Performance Center

• Monday, Nov. 27, open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. AND evening hours 5-9 p.m.

Tots & Trees Day – Open to all ages with room for strollers. Enjoy the animated short “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” on the big screen.

Entertainment (Nov. 27)

10 a.m. – “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”

11 a.m. – “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”

12 p.m. – “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”

1 p.m. – “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”

5-9 p.m. – Community singalong with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, with special performance at 6:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 28, open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kingston Senior Day (open to public)

Entertainment (Nov. 28)

9 a.m. – IPFW Clarinet Ensemble

10 a.m. – En Croix Ballet

11 a.m. – Carroll High School

12 p.m. – Canterbury Middle School

• Wednesday, Nov. 29, open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Entertainment (Nov. 26)

9 a.m. – Ratio Dance Studio

10 a.m. – Canterbury High School Chamber Choir

11 a.m. – Robert Rogers, piano

12 p.m. – Fort Wayne Youtheatre


• NOV. 25 and 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Franke Park: Sponsored by the Christ Child Festival of Fort Wayne, Inc., Christmas in the Park will be a two day event that is a family friendly indoor/outdoor festival and FREE. There will be a Neer and Far Puppet Show, MIMEtime of Central Ministries of Leo, and a balloon nativity build by Big Blast Balloon Ministries.


• NOV. 25: The North Anthony Corridor Group (NACG) will host its third annual Holiday Lighting Event on Small Business Saturday, November 25th, 2017, at Longe Optical (3409 North Anthony Boulevard). Stop by between 5pm and 6pm for some cookies and hot chocolate, a raffle for gift cards to local Corridor businesses, and to see Santa! This is a free and family-friendly event. The NACG is also asking for canned good donations to a local food bank. For more information, please visit


• NOV. 29: Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring their Winter Tour, a beloved rock holiday tradition, to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on 11/29 at 7:30 PM. This year’s tour is based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” and will be a celebration of the art and accomplishments of the lauded group’s late creator/composer/lyricist, Paul O’Neill, and his inimitable creation, which he dubbed “Rock Theater.”


The Downtown Improvement District announced the lighting schedule for the annual Night of Lights on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which this year will take place Nov. 22.

• 5:30 p.m.: History Center Turret Lighting, Barr and Berry streets

• 5:45 p.m.: Christ Child Festival Nativity Lighting, Ross Building on Main Street at Maiden Lane

• 5:50 p.m.: Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights, 350 Pearl St.

• 5:55 p.m.: Community Center Santa’s Workshop Display, 233 W. Main St.

• 6:20 p.m.: Santa and His Reindeer on PNC Bank, Main and Calhoun streets

• 6:40 p.m.: Ash Brokerage Holiday Illumination, Harrison and Berry streets

• 7 p.m.: Wells Fargo Holiday Display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath, I&M Power Center Plaza at Calhoun and Wayne streets

• 7:15 p.m.: Botanical Conservatory & Embassy Theatre Displays, Jefferson Boulevard at Calhoun Street

• 7:30 p.m.: Ringing of the Bells, downtown churches and Allen County Public Library carillon

• 7:45 p.m.: Parkview Field Holiday Fireworks, Jefferson Boulevard


• Dec. 1: The Arts Place in Portland will continue its Golden Series with a special holiday performance at Arts Place. The Barefoot Movement will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. to perform their down-home Christmas Show. This event will be part of the kickoff of Winterfest weekend 2017 in Portland.


• DEC. 2: Cornerstone Youth Center’s annual Cookie Walk and Poinsettia Sale, part of Monroeville’s Holiday Magic, helps usher in the Christmas season. This year’s event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the youth center. The Cookie Walk will feature holiday merchandise and, of course, cookies for sale. In addition, the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce will provide lunch items for purchase and an activity table for kids 12 and under. Cornerstone currently is accepting donations of baking supplies such as flour, eggs, sugar, nuts, oatmeal and chocolate chips. People may drop off donations during center hours. People also will be able to order poinsettias at the cookie sale with the proceeds going to Cornerstone. Checks should be made payable to Cornerstone Youth Center. Orders can be picked up at Cornerstone from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. Delivery is available Dec. 11 for a fee. Cornerstone is located at 19819 Monroeville Road in Monroeville. For more information, call Cornerstone at 623-3972.


• DEC. 1-5: People can enjoy the holiday splendor of Christmas in the Castle at the historic Brookside administration building at USF’s main campus, 2701 Spring St. Local florists and decorators will deck out the 1902 mansion for the holidays, including display of 18 professionally decorated Christmas trees, a USF news release said. The home originally served as a summer house for Fort Wayne industrialist John Bass. Visitors can tour rooms on all three floors of the home. House tour hours are:

• 4-6 p.m. Dec. 1

• Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 2

• Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 3

• 4-6 p.m. Dec. 4

• Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 5, which is Senior Day

Senior Day gives older adults an opportunity to tour Brookside at a discounted price, the news release said. Tickets must be purchased in the lobby of the North Campus, 2702 Spring St. — directly across Spring Street from Brookside — on the day of the tours. Transportation is available to Brookside. Cost is $7 per person for adults and $3 for each child ages 10 and younger, but no strollers permitted. The senior citizen rate on Dec. 5 is $5 per person. Parking is free, and Brookside is fully accessible for people with disabilities. For more information, call 1-260-399-7700, Ext. 6708, or go to


• DEC. 9: The Whitley County Historical Society will be hosting a Victorian Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 9th from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Whitley County Historical Museum. Period clothing is preferred for this event but not required. Come and enjoy live music, Victorian food, and a historically great time! Dinner will be catered and served by Jill Daniel Catering and the cost per person is $25. Reservations are required. You must register by December 1st. To make your reservation, call the Museum at (260) 244-6372. Seating is limited.


• DEC. 9: Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Rd, Fort Wayne will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 9 from 9am to 11am. Come for a light breakfast, story time, and a craft as well as a gift from Santa. Bring your cameras for photos!


• DEC. 10: Ring in the holiday season with Concordia Lutheran High School’s annual Christmas at the Embassy at 4 p.m. at the Historic Embassy Theatre. The 2017 event, “Ask Ye, Who is This?,” will showcase the talents of CLHS music department students as well as many Lutheran elementary school students, including Central, St. Paul’s and Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran schools. The concert will include both traditional and contemporary Christmas favorites. Tickets will go on sale on Nov. 17 at the Embassy Box Office and Ticketmaster. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. No reserved seats. Begin your Christmas celebrations with song and some holiday cheer! Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at


• DEC 16: The Art Market runs fron 10 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is a curated marketplace featuring the best in contemporary craft and handmade goods. Our market strives to bring the highest quality handmade goods to the people of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Art Market: Winter Edition features the perfect holiday goods for your friends and family!


• Nov. 22: Preview 3-9 p.m. during Night of Lights (cost $3 per person), festival hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24-Dec. 10, at The History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Cost: $6 for ages 18-64, $4 for ages 65 and older and ages 3-17, and free to ages 2 and younger and History Center members. Admission includes the opportunity to visit the entire museum. AEP/Indiana Michigan Power will sponsor a free admission night 5-9 p.m. Nov. 28.

• Nov. 25: Handprint Reindeer Puppet from 1-4 p.m. at the History Center

• Nov. 26: Legend of the Gingerbread Ornament from 1-4 p.m. at the History Center

• Nov. 28: AEP/Indiana Michigan Power will once again underwrite a free night at the Festival from 5 to 9 pm. at the History Center

• Dec. 2: Visit Santa Claus this afternoon at the History Center

• Dec. 3: Storytelling presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana from 1-4 p.m. at the History Center

• Dec. 9: Gingerbread Pursuit at 8:30 a.m. at the History Center. For more information or to register, go to

• Dec. 9: “Science of Sugary Structures” 1-4 p.m. at The History Center, presented by Science Central. Create your own sturdy (or not so sturdy) edible structure. $3 plus regular museum admission.

• Dec. 10: Cookie Decorating Party from 1-4 p.m. at the History Center. Decorate gingerbread cookies! $1 each, plus regular museum admission


• Dec. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army, on North Clinton: We want to show the community how others celebrate Christmas around the world. If there are other churches from different nationalities that would like to participate in the program with a special presentation (Dance, song, etc. and would like to bring food to share from your country to share with the rest of the group)


“A Celebration of Children and Christmas” concerts, 7 p.m. Nov. 21, Towne House Retirement Center, 2209 St. Joseph Center Road; 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Georgetown Place, 1717 Maplecrest Road; 3 p.m. Dec. 3, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2417 Getz Road; and 3 p.m. Dec. 9, downtown Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Free admission, but donations welcomed. For more about the group or its concerts, search for the group on Facebook, go to or call Judy King at 489-4505.


• NOV. 19: Event 5-6 p.m. AT Baker Street Train Station, 221 W. Baker St. Speaker and performance by the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Chamber Choir. To buy a light to memorialize someone on the tree, call 1-260-435-3222 or go to Proceeds benefit Visiting Nurse.


• Nov. 29: “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” 7:30 p.m., Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Cost: $69, $57, $45.50, $35.50; available at, 1-800-745-3000, or coliseum ticket office, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and before evening events. Parking: $5, main lot, and $8, preferred lot.


• NOV. 30; 7:30 p.m. DEC. 1, 2, 9 and 16; 2 p.m. Dec. 3; and 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17; First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St. Cost: $20, general admission; $18, ages 66 and older; and free, first 30 full-time students and $10 for additional students or at the door. Tickets available at; 1-260-426-7421, ext. 121; or at the box office 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and one hour before the show.


• Event 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. Syllabub and tea refreshments, sweets and savories, music by the Hearthstone Ensemble, and gift shop open. Cost: $20; prepaid reservations at 1-260-747-1229 and 1-260-747-1501. Proceeds support maintenance and restoration of the homestead. Information:


• Event 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2, Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Cost: $5 per person. Parking: $5, main lot, and $8, preferred lot.


• DEC. 8: With silent auction, all benefiting ARCH, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8, historic Vermilyea House, 13501 Redding Drive. Food by Club Soda, drinks and see the remodeled home. Cost: $45 for ARCH members and $55 for nonmembers. To buy tickets and for information, go to or call 1-260-426-5117.