Fort Wayne & NE Indiana News

Breaking news, sports, events, business & government updates written by local authors.
Business

Festival Of Trees Returns To Embassy, Adds “White Christmas” On Thanksgiving

Festival of Trees is one of the region’s most anticipated holiday traditions. This year, the festival adds a special Thanksgiving Day screening of the classic holiday movie “White Christmas,” starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.

Festival of Trees takes place 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.

Visit www.fwembassytheatre.org for a complete lineup of activities.

Founded in 1984, the Festival of Trees supports ongoing operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation. The festival is the organization’s largest annual fundraising event.

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 ticketmaster.com.

The Embassy’s Festival of Trees is a holiday tradition at the Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. in downtown Fort Wayne.

Special events:

Thursday, Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Day – Festival of Trees open 4-8 p.m. Enjoy the tradition of the Festival after Thanksgiving dinner. What a treat for out of town guests! Tour the theater, view decorated trees and listen to musical performances featuring the Grande Page pipe organ. NEW: See Irving Berlin’s holiday classic “White Christmas” on the big screen! Movie starts at 5 p.m.

SOLD OUT: Breakfast with Santa: Nov. 24, 25, 26 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) Separate ticket required. $15 for all guests. Breakfast provided by McDonald’s and 3Rivers Federal Credit Union. Singalong with Santa. Storytime with Mrs. Claus.

Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Community Sing-along: Nov. 27 (5-9 p.m.) Performance from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Festival of Trees hours:

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