Tonight’s downtown HolidayFest activities

2010 HolidayFest logo.

The Downtown HolidayFest kicks off tonight with the annual, ‘Night of Lights’.  Full listing below, also check out the page of video previews.


Lighting Ceremonies are as follows:

5:00 pm – Santa’s Workshop Lighting at the Community Center.

5:30 pm – Lighting of the Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights display.  Also available from 5 pm to 7:30 pm in the parking lot in front of Aunt Millie’s between Main and Pearl Streets will be hot cider and Aunt Millie’s Muffins. AFW post.

6:00 pm – Lighting of the Turret at the History Center.

6:15 pm – Annual Lighting of Santa and His Reindeer, PNC Bank on Main Street.

6:45 pm – Lighting of the Wells Fargo Holiday Display, Wells Fargo Building on Calhoun Street with a special performance by the Heartland Chamber Chorale of the University of Saint Francis.

7:00 pm – Lighting of the I & M “Merry Christmas” Wreath, One Summit Square on Wayne Street.

7:15 pm – Harrison Street Windows, Embassy Theatre on Harrison Street.

7:45 pm – Fireworks at Parkview Field.

A Holiday Fireworks Display will light up the sky at Parkview Field. Each and every Saturday evening between Thanksgiving and Christmas the ballpark will continue the seasonal fun! Parkview Field will play host to numerous performance groups on the centerfield amphitheater, have hot beverages and snacks available for purchase, and continue to display the Memory Stars project along the Parkview Field concourse.  Admission is free.  AFW post as well as this one.


Full list of HolidayFest activities available tonight:

1 to 8 pm – Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink

Admission is $5 (ages 14 and over) $3 (ages 13 and under) skate rental is $2. Video preview.

4 to 7:30 pm – Community Center:

Make-n-Take Crafts • Cookies and Drinks • Holidays Movies • Photo with “Buddy” the Elf • Christmas Shopping

Start off your downtown celebration at the Community Center with free holiday activities for the kids. There will be crafts, refreshments, shopping, and a free photo with Buddy the Elf. Donate a new or gently used bear and enter a drawing to win a giant elf bear. Kids can shop for inexpensive holiday gifts for $1 or less at the North Pole Stop-n-Shop. Mom and Dad can shop that night too. Community Center patrons have been crafting holiday items to sell on Candy Cane Lane. The money raised from the crafts will be donated to the Community Center’s wellness classes. Finally, check out the expanded Santa’s light display on the Community Center roof (lighting ceremony at 5:00 p.m.)

5 to 9 pm – Foellinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory:

Holiday Kick-off Party: Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, meet Mrs. Claus and take home a free photo with Santa. You can also meet Becka and Teeka, two live reindeer that know all about the North Pole. The Candy Land display garden is complete with a life-sized gingerbread house, peppermint forest, and the popular 12-foot-tall poinsettia tree. Don’t forget to stop by the terrace for the musical light show! Regular Conservatory admission fees apply. No reservations required. AFW post.

5 to 9 pm – The History Center – 25th Annual Festival of Gingerbread

Museum tours of the gingerbread creations. Raises money for support of the History Center and its programs. $2 per person with tickets available at the door.  AFW post.

5 to 9 pm – Cathedral Books & Gift Store

FREE hot cider and cookies, a special sale of 20% off of everything during these hours! Located at 915 S Clinton St.

6 to 8 pm -Cocoa and Carols at the Allen County Courthouse

Enjoy holiday carols provided by the Holy Cross Lutheran Children’s Choir from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hot Chocolate and cookies provided by the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust.  Video preview.

6 to 8:30 pm – Holiday Houses for Habitat

Bring your family and friends to Holiday Houses for Habitat, Indiana’s largest snow village display. Join us to kick-off this magical spectacle and heart-warming holiday tradition which benefits Habitat for Humanity.  AFW post.

6 to 9 pm – Embassy Theatre Presents: The Festival of Trees

Tickets: $6.50 for adults, $3 for children 12 & under.


Don’t forget tomorrow:

8:30 amThe Galloping Gobbler 4 Miler.


Please note: Information above was taken from press releases and various official websites. It is subject to change and is assumed to be the most accurate available. If in doubt, consult the venue in question.


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