Find Unique Fort Wayne Gifts this Holiday Season at the Visitors Center

Are you looking for a unique Fort Wayne themed Christmas gift for a hard-to-shop-for person? Look no further than the Visitors Center! We carry a variety of items you can find nowhere else in town. Here are our gifting suggestions:

-Perfect for anybody: We carry many postcards depicting Fort Wayne and Indiana scenery, historic sites, and work by local artists Diane Groenert and Dawn Haney.  We also carry key chains, coffee mugs and tumblers, shot glasses for the over 21crowd, and pre-made gift boxes. Also, we have a great selection of local history books, including the new Postcard HistorySeries: Fort Wayne by local Randolph Harter.

-For holiday travelers: If you or your gift recipient will be traveling by air we suggest small, light-weight, non-breakable items such as magnets, key chains, post cards, and t-shirts. And, for your luggage we sell durable Visit Fort Wayne luggage tags.

-For the Fort Wayne-ian who moved away: If you want to remind someone of home popular gifts include all of thosementioned above, in addition to our beautiful and cozy afghans and large selection of Fort Wayne history books.

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From a brother obsessed with sports, to a husband who likes to take his coffee to go, there are plenty of choices for the men in your life.

-For a man: Men love the look of our sleek stainless steel tumblers andkey chains. If he is a sports lover we have TinCaps merchandise, baseball t-shirts, baseball caps, and two books on the history of sports inFort Wayne. To keep him warm we have hoodie-style sweatshirts and fleece jackets. We also have playing cards for his poker nights.

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The Visitors Center has everything from DeBrands chocolate to cookbooks written by Fort Wayne foodies.

-For a woman: For the chef we have breath-taking cutting boards by Dawn Haney and two cookbooks: Apple Recipes by the Johnny Appleseed Society and Farm to Fork The Margy Way by Margy Hooker-a local chef and owner of Tanglewood Berry Farm. We also have a beautiful glass ornament by local artist Mike Skiver and a huge selection of t-shirts and sweatshirts. For the chocolate lover we have delicious DeBrand’s chocolate, and we also carry a variety of Vera Bradley items in all the latest patterns.

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Instill Fort Wayne pride in the little ones with fun toys and books.

-For a child: Children are delighted at the fun Fort Wayne toys we carry, including: slinkies, yo-yos, teddy bears, snow globes, puzzles, and light-up bouncy balls, in addition to our colorful shirts. For the little artist we have Old Fort Coloring Books. And, for the little reader we have A is for Appleseed by Ann Corfman and H is for Hoosier by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds.

The Visit Fort Wayne Visitors Center has all of the above – and much more! Shop local and find fun, unique gifts that celebrate our great city! The Visitors Center is located at 927 S. Harrison Street. If you have a question about what you can find in our store, give us a call at 800.767.7752.

We are open during Holly Trolley THIS SATURDAY, November 30th from 11-4. On that day only we will be offering a special 10% deal on all of our afghans. 



Come see Stephanie and Megan in the Fort Wayne-Allen County Visitors Center located at 927 S. Harrison Street. They are passionate about all that Fort Wayne offers and love to give personalized information regarding restaurants, hotels, attractions, festivals, and more. You can also get maps, brochures, and a Visitors Guide. Fort Wayne merchandise and souvenirs are also available for purchase.

Creating Christmas Memories

A wonderful gift comes with the mature years… grandchildren!  And not only do the young ones bring joy to the elders, the feeling is mutual. That grand connection provides the kids with something special. Some may call it spoiling; we call it making memories.

Click on the underlined links below for details about Christmas-themed events and winter wonderland activities where Grammy, Gramps and the kiddos can build the bond and find the fun together in Fort Wayne.


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Festival of Trees 

Stroll through an indoor forest of stunningly decorated Christmas trees. The historic Embassy Theatre will add to the oohs and ahs as you each choose your favorite and enjoy entertainment taking grand atmosphere of the place in the performance hall November 27 through December 4.


Christmas at the Castle

The elegance of Brookside, the beautifully restored former home of the Bass family, located on the University of Saint Francis campus, is a sight to behold. Step back in time throughout the mansion’s three floors, all decked out in holiday glory.

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The Nutcracker

You don’t have to love ballet to love the Nutcracker, but if you do you’ll especially appreciate the graceful dancers who bring the story to life. Even little ones can be mesmerized by the splendor of the costumes, sets and music. There are two chances to see this wonderful show this season. Both the Fort Wayne Ballet and the New American Youth Ballet will both put on productions of the Nutcracker.

Online Shopping

So much fun to shop together! Don’t want to go out in the cold? Then just gather around the computer to order your favorite girly girl items from the websites of hometown businesses. Choose fashions for babies and children from Matilda Jane and Lil Diva. Browse for gifts for ladies on your list from Hand Jive. And Vera Bradley has something for every age.


Headwaters Park Ice Rink 

If you do want to get active and enjoy the brisk weather, head downtown to Headwaters Park and skate to your hearts’ content. Glide around on your own skates or rent from the rink. Fun for everyone!

Festival of Gingerbread

The kiddos will delight in admiring more than 100 intricate and imaginative creations made of edible materials.  You can add in a fun history discussion since the festival is located in the classic History Center. The Festival of Gingerbread runs from November 27-December 15.


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Talk with Santa and pet real reindeer at the Botanical Conservatory! Stroll through the scenes of poinsettias and beautiful trees. And don’t miss the many other activities at the Conservatory too, including the “dancing holiday lights” – a synchronized musical light display.

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 Christ Child Festival

View nativity displays, enjoy musical performances, create arts and crafts, and have some refreshments at the Christ Child Festival, held downtown in the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center December 6-8.

There are plenty of opportunities for fun in the Fort during this special time of year. Be sure to take photos so you can relive each grand moment!




Deborah is a lifelong northeast Indiana resident and has lived and worked in Fort Wayne since 1979. She is a freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant. She and her husband enjoy spending as much time as possible making memories with their sweet granddaughter.

Hotel Fitness 2014 Tickets – a Golf Lovers Perfect Holiday Gift

HFCG Logo Final 300x109 Hotel Fitness 2014 Tickets   a Golf Lovers Perfect Holiday GiftLooking for a fun gift for the golf lover in your life? Tickets for the 2014 Hotel Fitness Championship—are on sale now, just in time for the holiday season. The tournament, hosted by the Western Golf Association, will be held Aug. 25-31, 2014 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club here in Fort Wayne.

Bobick’s Golf will be running a special buy one, get one free ticket promotion until Dec. 31. The free ticket must be of equal or lesser value, and there is a limit of four free tickets per customer. On Dec. 2, the Hotel Fitness Championship will also be featuring a Cyber Monday deal on the tournament website with all ticket prices discounted 50 percent off—the lowest rates of the year.

The regular general admission grounds ticket options are:

  • One Day Practice Round Grounds Ticket ($10): Valid one day of your choice, Aug. 25-27
  • One Day Championship Round Grounds Ticket ($25): Valid one day of your choice, Aug. 28-31
  • Weekly Grounds Ticket ($65): Valid each day of the tournament, Aug. 25-31

Patrons also have two options for purchasing upgraded tickets that include both grounds access and entry into two upgraded pavilions with views of the 9th or 16th hole. Upgraded pavilions provide shelter from the elements, stadium seating with a view of golf and access to cocktails and a variety of food and beverages for purchase.

  • One Day Championship Round Upgraded Ticket ($50): Valid one day of your choice, Aug. 28–31
  • Four Day Championship Round Upgraded Ticket ($115): Valid each Championship Round, Aug. 28-31

The Hotel Fitness Championship is one of four Tour Finals events for 2014 that will determine the 50 players who earn cards for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. So, this is a great chance to see golfers on the rise, even before watching them on the PGA Tour!

Players who are eligible for the Hotel Fitness Championship include the top-75 money winners on the Tour at the conclusion of the Regular Season; players who finish 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list at the end of the TOUR’s Regular Season; and, any non-members who earn enough points to place them among 126-200 on the FedExCup points list at the end of the Regular Season.

All proceeds from the 2014 Hotel Fitness Championship will benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards full tuition and housing college scholarships to caddies of modest means.

All tournament patrons will have access to free parking, and ticket prices include all service fees. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Bobick’s Golf Headquarters locations at 5200 Bluffton Road and 403 Coliseum Blvd. E., or contact Sally White at (224) 260-3786 or Tickets will also be on sale at Bobick’s Golf Headquarters throughout the year.



Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

Get into the Christmas Spirit at Santa’s Workshop!

Ho ho ho!  Santa’s been busy getting his Christmas workshop ready for boys and girls to visit him at the Community Center!

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Bring your family and little ones to a fun-filled evening on Wednesday, November 27th – donwtown Fort Wayne’s Night of Lights.  Kids can get into the holiday spirit with Make-n-Take crafts, Christmas refreshments and a family-friendly movie.  Swing by the North Pole Stop-n-Shop and the Candy Cane Lane for some inexpensive, handcrafted gifts.  Donate a new or gently used teddy bear to the center for a chance to win a giant elf bear.

The Community Center will take part in the Night of Lights lighting festivities with their display lighting up at 6pm. Stop by, check out the display and stop inside! Be sure to take photos of the light display and grab a cup of hot chocolate before or after you leave!

Admission is FREE, so bring the family to enjoy one of the first downtown Christmas celebrations of the season!

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Time: Wednesday, November 27th, 4:30 – 7:30, Lighting ceremony at 6:00

Place: The Community Center 233 W. Main St.

Contact the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Center by going to the website, or by calling 260-427-6000

For more information on the Community Center Santa’s Workshop, or any of the other great Night of Lights and HolidayFest activities going on around Fort Wayne, check out Visit Fort Wayne!

Amanda Reusser


Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.

The Third Annual HolidayFest Holly Trolley

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Look at the holiday lights, grab a bite to eat and get your gift shopping started, all while riding the trolley at Holly Trolley Shopping!

Do you love to shop local? Do you want to shop on Thanksgiving weekend but not in the crazy-wait-in-line-all-night way? Do you have family in town that you need to entertain over Thanksgiving?

If so, then I think Holly Trolley Shopping, part of HolidayFest in downtown Fort Wayne, is a great option for you. It is for me.

I love to shop local. In fact, I do it at every change I get – from my summer vegetable CSA, to sound equipment to coffee shops. The Holly Trolley is how I make my holiday shopping local. Holly Trolley shopping is happening on Saturday, November 30, 2013 and is an all day event in downtown Fort Wayne. Nearly 50 different local businesses will open their doors from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can park your car near your favorite business and then hop on the trolley and shop all around town. You can also drive to each participating merchant – the trolley is not mandatory, just a fun option.

The Holly Trolley Shopping day, while busy, is not crazy busy like we think of when we imagine Christmas shopping. There aren’t mile long lines or getting up at 3:00 a.m., but it is a fun and unique experience many shoppers in Fort Wayne overlook with malls and big box stores all around town.

Another great reason to come out during Holly Trolley shopping is the unique pop-up shops that only exist for just a couple of days during the holiday season, better known as Holly Pop. This is the chance to access local artists who do not have regular stores or shops for their wares. Holly Pop will be open on November 27 ( Night of Lights), November 29 (Black Friday) and on November 30 (Holly Trolley shopping). You can truly get something at Holly Trolley that you may not find again.

Last, but not least, a great reason to check out Holly Trolley is that is a great way to spend a day with family. Last year my parents came to Fort Wayne for Thanksgiving (the first holiday in my new home) and we spent our Saturday at Holly Trolley. We found some treasures, checked out the holiday lights, and enjoyed a day out of the house. Holly Trolley offers a great taste of Fort Wayne for visitors and newcomers.

There are plenty of reasons to take advantage of Holly Trolley and all the HolidayFest, but these three are what keeps me coming back. If you’re planning on going out to Holly Trolley Shopping, you can RSVP on Facebook!

For more information on Holly Trolley shopping, or any of the other great Night of Lights and HolidayFest activities going on around Fort Wayne, check out Visit Fort Wayne!

See you on the trolley!


Whitney is a Southern girl. She is an attorney by trade and an administrator by birth who works at a local college. Whitney spends her free time adventuring with her border collie Scout and blogging at It is pretty -