Christmas on Broadway, new Electric Works holiday event set to light up Broadway this Friday in Fort Wayne

Mike Fisher, co-owner of A Yard Apart, adds a string of colorful LED lights to the tree that will be the centerpiece of Friday's Christmas on Broadway lighting event. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
The 35-foot Colorado spruce donated by the Ron Lauer family of the Leo-Cedarville area will be lighted at 6 p.m. Friday during the Christmas on Broadway lighting event in the Broadway Plaza next to the Shine & Hardin law firm, 2810 Beaver Ave.
Gold bells alternate with red ones around the structure circling the Broadway Plaza tree. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Red bells glisten in the afternoon sun on the structure around the Broadway Plaza tree. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Strings of colorful LED lights wait for Mike Fisher of A Yard Apart to place them on the Broadway Plaza tree. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

Mike Fisher, co-owner of A Yard Apart, Tuesday afternoon walked around the giant evergreen in Broadway Plaza. He was checking the white 30,000 lights on the tree, trying to trace the source of an outage before he got onto a lift and added colorful LED lights.

The Ron Lauer family of the Leo-Cedarville area donated the 35-foot Colorado spruce. It had outgrown its space and is getting one last hurrah as the Christmas on Broadway centerpiece. It will be lighted at 6 p.m. Friday in the Broadway Plaza next to the Shine & Hardin law firm, 2810 Beaver Ave.

The tree’s life is being prolonged for a little bit to bring some Christmas cheer, said Steve Shine of Shine & Hardin, which started the annual Christmas on Broadway event in 2005.

Christmas on Broadway, a free event, begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and will include a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus and one of their reindeer, Christmas carols by Trinity English Lutheran Church, hot chocolate and eggnog from Prairie Farms, and fireworks.

More than 3,500 people attended last year’s event.

This year, the fun also continues for the first public event at Electric Works, the former General Electric campus farther south on Broadway.

At around 7:30 p.m., representatives from the city and RTM Ventures will flip the switch on a holiday light display that will cover several buildings on the west campus. The event includes a mini block-party with a pop-up public plaza in the street at Swinney and Broadway in front of the former G.E. Club, with outdoor games, music, a photo booth, and beer and food from neighborhood vendors. The launch event and after-party are free to attend with food and drink available for purchase.

The Electric Works project, estimated to cost nearly $300 million, is expected to have work start next year with the first occupancy in 2019. RTM Ventures is an initiative created by the three developers of the site.

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