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HolidayFest Featuring The Night Of Lights; Making Downtown Fort Wayne Your Holiday Destination!

Whether starting or keeping a family tradition make Downtown Fort Wayne your Holiday Mission! HolidayFest returns on Wednesday, November 22nd with the “Night of Lights” where we join together to light up Downtown with the iconic Santa and His Reindeer, the 30th Anniversary lighting of the Merry Christmas Wreath, Northern Lights, and many more. The evening wouldn’t be complete without the Ringing of the Bells by Downtown churches at 7:30pm and the Parkview Field Holiday Fireworks at 7:45pm. Also, this year, we welcome a new lighting partner to our holiday showcase! Be sure to visit Ash Brokerage for their Holiday Illumination at 6:40pm.

Activities: 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 a special outdoor holiday concert with Renee Gonzales and her Merry Musicians at I&M Power Center Plaza, presented by Wells Fargo. Don’t miss the kickoffs of both the Festival of Gingerbread at the History Center and Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theatre. Participate in activities like Cookies & Cocoa with Santa at Salin Bank, Santa’s Workshop at the Community Center, the Holiday Open House at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, Create a Scarf at the Allen County Public Library or Santa at the Train Station at the Baker Street Train Station.

Downtown Holiday Window Decorating: We are excited to announce the return of the Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Take a holiday stroll and view the beautifully decorated windows of participating businesses and organizations. This year’s theme is “Walking in a Window Wonderland!” Voting will begin on the Night of Lights, and with 4 competitive categories this year, the creativity and originality will be breathtaking. Nobody does the holidays like Downtown Fort Wayne!

HolidayFest all Season Long:

HolidayFest continues through the end of the year with performances, festivals, arts and cultural events, Holly Trolley Shopping, and so much more. For a complete list of lighting ceremony activities as well as a comprehensive holiday calendar, visit:

HolidayFest, featuring the Night of Lights, is presented by your Downtown Improvement District and sponsored by PNC Bank, Fort Wayne Newspapers, Do It Best, Wane TV, Visit Fort Wayne, Hanning & Bean Enterprises, Salin Bank, Majic 95.1 and Fun 101.7.