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Experience a Local Christmas Nativity

What better way to feel and experience the true meaning of Christmas than to visit a real-life nativity scene? These events are truly unique and offer visitors the chance to engage themselves and to have a great time all in one.

Can you imagine putting the birth of Jesus into a physical and visual experience? When you take a moment to think of the Nativity of Christ, to visit Bethlehem on the night that Jesus was born, and to feel the physical sensations of how it really was….you can be assured that you are a part of something extraordinary.

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Living Nativity scenes bring the Christmas story to life.

There are several great nativity scenes being planned in our community. From Salomon Farm, who is hosting a wonderful family event with refreshments and more, to the University of St. Francis, who invites you to their Living Nativity featuring real-life animals in a petting zoo! In addition, you’ll enjoy the annual Christ Child Festival at the Memorial Coliseum and the Leo United Methodist who offers a “Walk Through Bethlehem.”

The Events!

Salomon Farm, “Christmas on the Farm”

  •  Saturday, Dec 3 6:00p to 9:00p.m.

Traditional Christmas celebration on the farm with a live nativity scene, horse and tractor-drawn wagon rides, stories from St. Nicholas and refreshments.

 

University of St. Francis “Living Nativity”

  •  Sunday, Dec 4 6:00p.m.

In the amphitheater next to the Pope John Paul II Center, the character of St. Francis narrates the Christmas story as it unfolds. A petting zoo with the animals will be available for children free of charge from 5:30 to 5:50.

 

Memorial Coliseum “Christ Child Festival”

  •  Friday, December 16 : 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  •  Saturday, December 17 : 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  •  Sunday, December 18 : 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Located in the Expo Center - Free Admission

 

 Leo United Methodist Church, “Walk through Bethlehem”

  •  December 3, 2011 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • December 4th, 2011 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Leo United Methodist Church, 13527 Leo Rd., Leo, IN

Phone: 260-627-2161

The Leo United Methodist church will be holding their annual Walk through Bethlehem the first weekend of December. This event is a re-creation of Bethlehem as it may have been at the time of the birth of Jesus. The journey through Bethlehem begins as you enter the gates of Bethlehem and culminates at the manger. Here visitors are invited to take a few moments to reflect on the miracle of Christ’s birth.

 

These are a few of my favorites – do you know of any others that I should add to my list?

 

Lynn

About

Lynn Stone is a wife and mother of two, and founder of the go-to green living blog for parents, www.funtasticallygreen.com. Being a mom who was raised in Fort Wayne, Lynn has a deep appreciation for our city and the families raising their children in this community. She is excited to share a greener, healthier and family-friendly Fort Wayne with you! Follow her on Twitter, @SmilingGreenMom and Facebook or visit www.funtasticallygreen.com.

Visit with Santa in Fort Wayne!

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Santa Claus is Coming in Town!

When my kiddos were itty-bitty it was always an adventure trying to plan and prepare for our annual photo with Santa Claus! But, once we made it out the door, there was never an ounce of disappointment. Children love to write out their letter to Santa and dress in their reindeer sweaters and sparkly dresses to just have a glimpse of the magic of Mr. Claus. As parents, we can look back and remember all the fun we had trying to make that moment possible when we see a photo of our sweet children on his lap.

It’s a dream come true to children all around the globe to sit on his lap – sharing their Christmas list with him, while admiring his white whiskers and velvet-red suit with big black boots. Thankfully Fort Wayne’s malls understand the value and enjoyment in this experience and are offering “visit with Santa” hours again this year.

Jefferson Pointe has embraced their unique outdoor environment and are excited to announce this year’s newest feature to their Santa experience – live reindeer!

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Jefferson Pointe offers a live reindeer experience!

If heading outdoors is not your thing, Glenbrook Square has another fun event that you are sure to love! Santa will be visiting Glenbrook’s beautiful “North Pole” display where your children can enjoy sharing their special wish list with the jolly one, hand holding, a free surprise gift and many photo options including digital downloads. Learn more online!

Christmas at the malls is a must this November and December – Santa is waiting! Dates and times are below:

Jefferson Pointe:  Food Court

Breakfast with Santa
December 10th 9am-11am
Kids eat free as they share breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be two sessions; the first one from 9am-10am and the second from 10am-11am. In addition, kids will have the opportunity to see Santa’s live reindeer on this day and every Saturday through the holiday season. Sweetcakes will be providing goody/craft bags for the kids! Seating is limited. For reservations please call 260-432-4100.

Photos with Santa
November 25th – December 24th
Come have your picture taken with Santa in the food court at Jefferson Pointe! There is no charge for your child to visit with Santa. If you would like to have a picture of your child with Santa, there are many photo specials for you to choose from.

Live Reindeer
Every Saturday from 5pm-7pm
Petting and taking pictures with the Reindeer is free, just bring a camera! Come visit Santa’s Reindeer every Saturday night from 5pm to 7pm in front off Apricot Lane and Victoria’s Secret. Reindeer provided by Animal Grams.

Santa’s Hours are:
Monday – Friday 3pm-8pm Break 5pm -5:30pm
Saturday 12pm – 8pm Breaks  2pm – 2:45pm & 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm Break 2pm – 2:45pm
Christmas Eve 10am – 5pm Breaks 1pm – 1:45pm

Glenbrook Square:  in Macy’s Corridor

Arrives Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10:00am
Monday-Saturday 10-8
Sunday 12-6

After Thanksgiving:
Monday-Saturday 10-9
Sunday 12-6
Christmas Eve:  10-6

Lynn

About

Lynn Stone is a wife and mother of two, and founder of the go-to green living blog for parents, www.funtasticallygreen.com. Being a mom who was raised in Fort Wayne, Lynn has a deep appreciation for our city and the families raising their children in this community. She is excited to share a greener, healthier and family-friendly Fort Wayne with you! Follow her on Twitter, @SmilingGreenMom and Facebook or visit www.funtasticallygreen.com.

Experience the Magic of “Christmas on the Farm”

Christmas has a magic about it that conjures up feelings of peace and harmony all over the world. Many of us are drawn to the spirit of the day with memories of childhood wishes coming true, the warm glow of a fire in our fireplace, and the love that comes from family gatherings.

Whether we join our hearts preparing for this special day by donating our time, wrapping gifts to put under our tree or smiling at the excitement in our children’s voices…the days leading up to Christmas can warm our hearts forever.

If you are looking for something “unique” or “wholesome” to do this season, or just something that brings you back to your roots…then look no further. You can find some magic by visiting Fort Wayne’s Salomon Farm “Christmas on the farm” this year!

The History:

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Fort Wayne's Historic Salomon Farm

Salomon Farm Park is a Fort Wayne landmark that serves as an educational, entertaining and recreational farm set in the 1930s. Not only does the farm offer locally grown, organic produce (Yes! They really do have all the wholesome goodies we all love….fruits and veggies, herbs, plants and pretty flowers, pure maple syrup and honey), they also strive to meet many other needs and desires of families all around the Fort Wayne area. From programs and classes for adults and children related to nature, hiking, cross-country skiing and bird watching… to free family entertainment like Christmas on the Farm!

Mark your calendar now and join us for a traditional Christmas celebration on the farm with a live nativity scene, horse and tractor drawn wagon rides, stories from St. Nicholas and refreshments.

Make this a new family tradition! There is no admission charge.

Saturday, December 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Experience the magic and beauty of Christmas this year by stopping by the farm for so many    warm memories to be made…a new tradition to begin the season.

Lynn

About

Lynn Stone is a wife and mother of two, and founder of the go-to green living blog for parents, www.funtasticallygreen.com. Being a mom who was raised in Fort Wayne, Lynn has a deep appreciation for our city and the families raising their children in this community. She is excited to share a greener, healthier and family-friendly Fort Wayne with you! Follow her on Twitter, @SmilingGreenMom and Facebook or visit www.funtasticallygreen.com.

Botanical Gardens, Santa and Reindeer!

Have you experienced the horticultural amazement of our the Botanical Gardens? Wow! From four yearly seasonal displays, to the soft subtleness of the Desert Garden that stretches your thinking, the Botanical’s “three gardens under glass” offer something for everyone!

The conservatory experience can touch all of your senses including the peace that comes from a tropical vacation! Visitors can not only enjoy the beauty of so many aspects of our world and our environment, they too can unwind in the warmth of the lush Tropical Garden, “where orchids and palms thrive in the shadows of a cascading waterfall.” Now that sounds like a vacation worth taking!

And this Christmas, you can experience an amazing Christmas vacation at the Botanical Conservatory!

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Get up close and personal with Santa's helpers!

Saturdays: December 3, 10, and 17

12:00-4:00 pm

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

On select Saturdays this holiday season, Santa and two of his reindeer will be on site to greet the children while Mom and Dad take pictures to capture the moment. Explore the Conservatory in its holiday glory: this year’s theme is “Night Before Christmas.” All the delight of the holiday season comes together during the Conservatory’s year-end exhibit. Scenes from the famous poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” may be found throughout the Showcase Garden on a carpet of colorful poinsettias. The Conservatory’s traditional 12-foot-tall poinsettia tree remains a focal point and family photo backdrop, and a stroll through the lighted gardens concludes a satisfying visit.

What a fun and unique way to ring in the magic of Christmas this year! For more information, please visit them online.

Regular Conservatory admission fees apply.

 

Lynn

About

Lynn Stone is a wife and mother of two, and founder of the go-to green living blog for parents, www.funtasticallygreen.com. Being a mom who was raised in Fort Wayne, Lynn has a deep appreciation for our city and the families raising their children in this community. She is excited to share a greener, healthier and family-friendly Fort Wayne with you! Follow her on Twitter, @SmilingGreenMom and Facebook or visit www.funtasticallygreen.com.

The Magic of Science Central’s “Festival of Trains”

Chug Chug, Puff Puff.

Confused?

Intrigued?

Just wait until you hear about this upcoming event that our very own Science Central is hosting!

If you are a parent, or if you grew up loving trains, then you might really appreciate this one. At my house, you’ll find FIVE tubs FULL of wooden Thomas the Train track, plastic track with trains, and metal ones too, all stored for our kids…right next to daddy’s HO goodies! Yes! Two generations of trains and tracks, accessories galore fill our toy box with so much affection and memories that I can’t bare to get rid of them.

Trains have filled our children’s hearts for years and there’s nothing like the beauty and spirit of an engine and cars chugging around a Christmas tree at the holidays!  Nostalgic. Not only do we own these wonderful memories in our train boxes, but we own them in our hearts as well.

Trains.

Full of something special for everyone….young and old.

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If a model train has meaning to you (beyond just a coupling and buffers), then you must come and experience the magic of Science Central’s “Festival of Trains” where you can enjoy trains from several model railroad clubs, including G-scale, HO, and 3-rail Tinplate layouts. It will be an event featuring not just amazing model railroads, but a chance to relive those memories or to share your love of the rails with someone special.

Festival of Trains at Science Central

November 25-27, 2011

cost: free with admission

You don’t want to miss the Festival of Trains fun at Science Central! Area model railroad will be chugging into town to fascinate young and old. There will be trains from several model railroad clubs, including G-scale, HO, and 3-rail Tinplate layouts.

1950 N Clinton Street

For additional information, please contact Science Central at (260) 424-2400 or visit their website!

Lynn

About

Lynn Stone is a wife and mother of two, and founder of the go-to green living blog for parents, www.funtasticallygreen.com. Being a mom who was raised in Fort Wayne, Lynn has a deep appreciation for our city and the families raising their children in this community. She is excited to share a greener, healthier and family-friendly Fort Wayne with you! Follow her on Twitter, @SmilingGreenMom and Facebook or visit www.funtasticallygreen.com.