‘Night of Lights’ returns downtown on Nov. 27

The Christmas season will officially begin downtown with the return of the “Night of Lights” on Nov. 27.

HolidayFest begins with the “Night of Lights” lighting of the iconic Santa and His Reindeer, Merry Christmas Wreath, Northern Lights, and many more. Downtown churches will ring their bells at 7:30 p.m. and the Parkview Field Holiday Fireworks will begin at 8 p.m.

Family friendly lighting ceremonies as well as indoor and outdoor holiday activities will take place throughout the late afternoon and evening. Warm up with cocoa and carols at the Allen County Courthouse; enjoy an outdoor concert with Renee Gonzales and her Merry Musicians at I&M Power Center Plaza. Don’t miss the kickoffs of both the Festival of Gingerbread at the History Center and the 35th Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theatre.

You can also participate in activities like Santa’s Workshop at the Community Center, the Holiday Open House at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, Christmas Wish Tree ornament hanging at First Presbyterian Church, or Santa at the Train Station at the Baker Street Train Station.

New events this year include:

• Flagstar Bank is bringing back a Downtown holiday tradition with a new Christmas tree display above both the crosswalk over Calhoun Street and their Rotunda.

• Come warm up with Bistro Nota for their Holiday Open House.

• Bring your family far above the crowd to enjoy spectacular views at the VIP Bistro at Nola on 13.

• Visit the Downtown Wellness Spa’s free Sparkle Bar and add a touch of glitter to your holiday.

The Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest will also return, so tke a holiday stroll and view the decorated windows of participating businesses and organizations. This year’s theme is “Home for the Holidays!” Voting will begin on the Night of Lights, and with four competitive categories this year.

HolidayFest continues through the end of the year with performances, festivals, arts and cultural events, shopping and more. For a complete list of lighting ceremony activities as well as a comprehensive holiday calendar, visit: HolidayFestDowntown.com.

HolidayFest, featuring the Night of Lights, is presented by Lutheran Health Network and your Downtown Improvement District and sponsored by PNC Bank, TriCore Logic, Fort Wayne Newspapers, Wane 15, The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Do It Best, PERRY proTECH, Bright Signs Marketing, Sweetwater, Bona Vita Architecture, Visit Fort Wayne, Hanning & Bean Enterprises, SIRVA International, Majic 95.1 and Classic Hits 101.7.


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