A Guide to Holiday Events in Fort Wayne

Holiday Events in Fort Wayne

Holiday Events in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne was the fastest-growing community in the Great Lakes region in 2020 and for good reason. Fort Wayne has many exciting activities to experience all year round, especially during the holidays.

If you are looking for some holiday events to attend in Fort Wayne this year, then read on for more information.

The Fantasy of Lights

The Fantasy of Lights is one of the best holiday experiences in Fort Wayne. This is a 2 mile-long light show in Franke Park. Hop in the car and check out the 140 different light displays the show has to offer. The show runs from November 20 through December 31, and admission is $10 for each personal vehicle.

In addition to the light show, you can also visit Santa’s Christmas Market in the park. This market is open from November 23 to December 23 and features food, drinks, and crafts from local vendors.

Happy Smallidays

Get in the Christmas spirit and celebrate the “Smallidays” at the Fort Wayne Botanical Conservatory. From November 19 to January 8, you can check out events such as Breakfast with Santa, String Jams Holiday Concert, and $1 Night Light Display.

In addition to these events, the garden itself has magical seasonal displays that are sure to get you excited for the holidays.

The Festival of Gingerbread

One of the most popular holiday Fort Wayne events is the Festival of Gingerbread, located in the History Center. This festival runs from November 25 to December 18 and features dozens of gingerbread creations by local artists of all ages.

Admission is $4 for seniors and youth and $6 for adults. There are many exciting events to check out during this festival, such as visits from Santa Claus and a cookie decorating party.

Chanukah Celebration

Celebrate Chanukah with a public menorah lighting, latkes, donuts, music, children’s activities, and more! The Fort Wayne Chabad Jewish Center will be hosting the Chanukah Celebration at Promenade Park on December 18 starting at 5:00 pm. More details at: chabadfortwayne.com/chanukah

Check Out These Amazing Holiday Events in Fort Wayne

Celebrate the Christmas season right with all of these amazing holiday events in the area. Fort Wayne is a beautiful city with many different holiday traditions to enjoy.

If you are thinking about moving to the Fort Wayne area this holiday season, then feel free to contact us for more information on our beautiful apartment homes.

Best Events Going on Around Fort Wayne in December

what to do in fort wayne December 2016

what to do in fort wayne December 2016

What to Do in The Fort in December

Do you hear what I hear? The thump of a Christmas tree being loaded on top of the family car. The whirring of the mixer and the dinging of the oven timer as holiday treats are whipped up in the kitchen. The rustling of shopping bags and crinkling of wrapping paper as gifts and surprises are prepared for giving. Bing Crosby crooning carols at the coffee shop. The pop and fizz of champagne. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

We wish you a wonderful holiday season, full of friends and family and fun and here are some ways to enjoy the holiday all month long and all over Fort Wayne.

Christmas on the Farm

Saloman Farm Park’s 8th annual Christmas on the Farm on Saturday, December 3rd from 1-5pm is a day filled with holiday vendors and a visit from Father Christmas.

Christmas at Brookside

Spend Christmas at Brookside – the beautiful and historic mansion on the St. Francis University campus is decorated for Christmas by local florists and designers. Visit their website for hours and ticket information .

Breakfast with Santa

St. Francis also hosts Breakfast with St. Nicholas on Saturday, December 3rd at USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center.

It’s a Wonderful Life

First Presbyterian Church Theater presents the classic It’s a Wonderful Life “recreated as a 1940’s radio drama, this Frank Capra holiday classic brings to life the town of Bedford Falls with live sound effects and holiday carols.” December 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 2016.

Twelve Days of Christmas

See the Twelve Days of Christmas displays at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory “Elements of a familiar Christmas carol are sprinkled throughout the Conservatory, from the Atrium to the Desert. Following a whimsical twist, you can explore the facility and discover each part of the song. Along the way, you will enjoy the lights, rich color, and festive décor of our gardens in holiday dress. Kids can climb in the nest with the goose eggs, “milk” the cow, or share a croissant with a French hen. Mom and Dad can enjoy a scenic moment in a swan boat surrounded by lovely holiday poinsettias. Will you find all twelve special ornaments listed on the scavenger hunt? Take family photos or just stroll the gardens as you revive your holiday spirit.”

Fantasy of Lights

The drivable Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park is an annual tradition for many families. November 22-December 31, 2016; 6 pm-9 pm Sunday-Thursday; 6 pm-10 pm Friday & Saturday.

Festival of Gingerbread

The History Center hosts its annual Festival of Gingerbread November 25-December 11, 2016. Creatively decorated houses, crafted by creative people of all ages from all walks of life, are on display.

Mannheim Steamroller

Listen to the sounds of the season with Mannheim Steamroller performing at the Embassy Theatre on December 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

Holiday Pops

Also at the Embassy, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (along with its Chorus and special guests) present the annual Holiday Pops Concert “a program of the traditional and contemporary holiday favorites you know and love. The Hallelujah Chorus, a Christmas carol sing-a-long, and dancing Santas will sparkle in the majestic Embassy Theatre, decorated in holiday splendor especially for the occasion. Get into the holiday spirit and deliver fun for your entire family.”

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

New to Fort Wayne this year is the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on December 31st at the Barrett McNagny Parking Lot. Countdown to the New Year with an LED Tower while enjoying music, fireworks, and entertainment.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

What to Do in Fort Wayne in November

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things to do in fort wayne - november 2016

November is here and it’s time to kick off the Holiday Season with a host of great events that will get you in the Holiday spirit!

Christmas on Broadway

Get into the Holiday spirit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, snacks, holiday music, and the Polar Express Train ride on November 18th. The Broadway tree will be lit and fireworks will start at 6pm.

Headwater’s Park Ice Skating

The Headwater’s Park Ice Skating rink opens for the season on November 19. Lace up your skates and enjoy some time on the ice.

Night of Lights 2016

The Night of Lights, party of HolidayFest, is one of Fort Wayne’s favorite Winter festivals as visitors flock downtown on November 23 to kick off the Holiday season. Watch the lighting of the holiday displays including The History Center Turret, The Christ Child Nativity, Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights, and Santa and his Reindeer. There will also be plenty of free entertainment for the whole family including Fireworks at Parkview Field!

Festival of Trees

If you love beautifully decorated Christmas trees, then the Embassy is the place to be November 23-30 for the 32nd annual Festival of Trees.

Festival of Gingerbread

Join the History Center for their annual Festival of Gingerbread  November 25-December 11 and view 100’s of tasty creations from elementary school classes to professional culinary artists.


Heading into Winter and the Holiday Season — it’s a good time to give back to and support our community, appreciate the gifts and bounty of nature, and have fun, too, of course!

Area food banks need help year-round, but the holidays are a particularly hectic time. Follow the links for information on how to volunteer at two of the area’s largest charities: Community Harvest Food Bank and The Associated Churches “emergency food bank”

Go for a Hike

Eagle Marsh, the “largest inland urban wetland restoration in the country” has just opened it’s new “Continental Divide Trail”. Directions, hours, and trail maps can be found on their website.

The Fort Wayne Farmers Market

The Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market has moved inside for the Winter (to Parkview Field) and, starting this year, is now open 9-1 every Saturday! “Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market (FWFM) is a year round, producer-only market that offers a variety of products from up to 40 vendors.  You will find products ranging from farm and garden, home-based foods, natural products, and local artisans”. See the website for directions and parking information.

Arts United Events

Arts United coordinates a plethora of Fort Wayne arts-related institutions: Fort Wayne Ballet, Youtheatre, The Civic Theatre, Cinema Center, Artlink, and more. November highlights include the Youtheatre’s production of A Christmas Carol and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir’s Harvest Concert. Check the November calendar for events and dates.


Fort Wayne’s own Mad Ants — the Pacers’ NBA D-League team — are back on the court with 6 exciting games this month! Visit their website for the schedule and to purchase tickets.