‘Night of Lights’ brightens downtown in holiday wonder

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The holiday lights turned on Wednesday night around downtown Fort Wayne during the city’s annual Night of Lights on Wednesday.

Photo from HolidayFest's "Night of Lights" 2013 courtesy Ray Steup.
Photo from HolidayFest’s “Night of Lights” 2013 courtesy Ray Steup.

Thousands gathered around downtown Fort Wayne for the annual Night of Lights, beginning at 5:15 p.m. with the History Center turret lighting. A joyous crowd followed the lighting of several downtown attractions as the city’s center illuminates for the holiday season. They watched as the iconic Santa and his Reindeer display comes to life, the giant Merry Christmas wreath shines bright and the historic Embassy Theatre’s windows dance.

After all the displays in the city have been lit, Parkview Field hosted a firework show.

Here’s the downtown Night of Lights schedule:

  • 5:15 p.m. History Center turret lighting along Barr Street
  • 5:30 p.m. Christ Child Festival Nativity on the Ross Building on Main Street
  • 5:45 p.m. Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights along Pearl Street
  • 6 p.m. Community Center Santa’s Workshop display along Main Street
  • 6:15 p.m. Santa and his Reindeer on the side of the PNC Building featuring Mayor Tom Henry, Santa and special guests, located at Main and Berry streets
  • 6:45 p.m. Wells Fargo Holiday Display and the Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas wreath with a special performance by the Northrop High School Show Choir at the I & M Power Center plaza
  • 7:15 p.m. Botanical Conservatory and the Embassy Theatre Window Lighting along Jefferson Boulevard
  • 7:45 p.m. Parkview Field fireworks from the ballpark along Jefferson Boulevard

For a complete list of lighting ceremony activities as well as a comprehensive holiday calendar, visit downtownfortwayne.com/holidayfest.

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