Unique Holiday Shopping with Minimal Effort at the Fort Wayne Visitors Center

Here at the Fort Wayne Visitors Center we are proud to say that we carry a variety of holiday gifts which you cannot purchase anywhere else.

This year we have dramatically added to our prepackaged gift options to aid in your holiday shopping, in addition to the products we sold last year. They come beautifully assembled and gift wrapped for your convenience. Each option falls at a different price point so you will get the WOW! factor no matter your budget.

We have two different gift sets which come in coffee cups. The first is the Visit Fort Wayne mug (available in blue or green) with Hot Chocolate on a Spoon by DeBrand Chocolatier which is $9.75. The second is the Fort Wayne Skyline Mug with Fort Wayne coffee and Hot Chocolate on a Spoon for $15.

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Skyline mug with Fort Wayne coffee and Hot Chocolate on a Spoon

We also have a variety of gifts housed in festive holiday boxes. Our first contains the Visit Fort Wayne coffee mug, Hot Chocolate on a Spoon, Fort Wayne coffee, and a handmade coaster and ornament from Hedgehog Press. This beautiful assemblage is perfect for a Secret Santa gift at $20.

Additionally, we have gifts geared towards the reader or child in your life. The first contains the Skyline mug, Fort Wayne coffee, and a book on Fort Wayne history at $30. For the child in your life, we have a combo that contains a colorful teddy bear, slinky, light-up yo-yo, and light-up bouncy ball for $17.50.

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Gift with Skyline mug, Fort Wayne coffee, and a book

All of the contents in these packages are sold separately if you wish to create your own special gift. We also have gift bags and tissue paper for your gifting convenience.

We cannot wait for Holly Trolley and will be open for shopping on Saturday, November 29th. Come in between now and the end of the year and mention Holiday Code to receive 20% off your entire purchase. AND, just for Holly Trolley, a flash sale of our vintage inspired Fort Wayne t-shirts for just $10 each!

Visit us in person at 927 S. Harrison Street, or online at shop.visitfortwayne.com. You can also call us anytime at 260-424-3700.



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.

A Christmas Mystery/Comedy…Just for Fun!

Untitled1 A Christmas Mystery/Comedy…Just for Fun!If you’ve never been to a Bower North Productions mystery/comedy, you’ve missed a lot of fun. But no fear, your opportunity is here. Bower North is presenting a public audience-participation mystery, “John Fieldstone and the Christmas Island Caper” on Friday December 5th at the Hotel Fort Wayne, 305 E. Washington Center Road.

You’ll get to match wits with Bower North’s iconic and hapless Detective (some say defective) John Fieldstone. A cast of colorful characters are suspected of a diamond theft but Detective Fieldstone is confident he can solve the crime. Audience members will fill out a crime report with their best answer. One will be honored as the Super Sleuth of the Evening. The rest will die laughing at this original romp from Bower North Productions.

Bower North President Larry Bower says, “The evening will be one of delicious food and delightful fun. It’s the perfect holiday getaway for couples, or for smaller companies wanting to have a staff Christmas party without the trouble of finding a venue, ordering food, and hiring entertainment.” Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar at 6:30 and a holiday buffet at 7, followed by the show. For reservations, call Carol at Hotel Fort Wayne, 260-484-0411 x318.

Bower North Productions presents mysteries and Vaudeville comedy all year long for companies, churches and non-profits. You can learn more at www.bowernorth.com.



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.

Let’s See Santa Claus!

The red suit. The white beard. Gloved hands and maybe even cotton snow. Yep, that sounds like Santa Claus – and it sounds like the type of Santa that we have right here in Fort Wayne. If you’re a fan of peppermint ice cream and beautifully decorated trees, check out the Festival of Trees, held at the Embassy Theatre from November 26 through December 3. You do need to pay admission to get into the Festival of Trees, but once you’re through the doors, there is so much to see! The trees are beautiful – and Santa is waiting! Just take a look at the photos

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The entrance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Festival of Trees

– there is a great big Santa Land where kids can meet the man himself and Mrs. Claus. Parents are invited and encouraged to take as many pictures as they like – and, here’s the big plus – kids get a scoop of Edys’ Peppermint Ice Cream!

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Santa, snow and kids – this is one of the highlights of the season.

At the Botanical Conservatory, just around the corner from the Embassy Theatre, families can visit St. Nick on Saturdays. On December 6, 13 and 20, Santa Claus will be ensconced in glory at the Gardens from 12 – 4 p.m. Visitors will need to pay regular admission. This year’s holiday theme at the Gardens is “High Style Holidays,” and the decorations will reflect decor from the earlier half of the 20th century in America. In addition to seeing the gorgeous poinsettias at the Conservatory, you can also meet two of Santa’s live reindeer when you stop to snap pictures of your kids. The Conservatory always creates a lovely, warm atmosphere that is so calming during the busiest time of the year– it’s a great place to see! And, of course, there are the Santas you can see at the mall. Glenbrook Square has had a Santa Claus display for dozens of years, and their display is usually quite special. Spinning, sparkling gifts, televisions with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and green-dressed elves manning a large camera are all waiting to see your little munchkins in their Christmas finery. Yes, the lines do get long on the weekends. But if you get there on a weekday or in the morning, your line time is quite a bit shorter. Jefferson Pointe also has a Santa display, but instead of having an inside event, this Santa has his own house outside! Kids and their families walk up to one side of the tiny house, step inside, and exit – stroller and all – through a different door.

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Santa’s house at Jefferson Point is kid-sized – here’s what it looks like!

Early on Saturday mornings, near 10 a.m., it’s pretty quiet, so you can walk right up and step inside. Sometimes, there are live reindeer to see, too. And Jefferson Pointe is always so beautifully decorated – don’t miss the gigantic faux Christmas Tree in the middle of the outdoor pavilion. Although it isn’t alight in the day time, the sheer size of it makes you stop and stare. Where else would Christmas ornaments about a foot across seem to fit in seamlessly with the decorations? In the evenings, Jefferson Pointe has a music and lights show that synchronizes the glowing Christmas bulbs to different sections of the tree and all the other lights strung around the outdoor pavilion. Seeing Santa Claus, even just once during the season, is such a special event. Kids like to remember the visit and chatter about it for quite some time. So why not load up the stroller, grab the camera, and take the kids out for a visit they won’t forget?



Louisa is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident. A long-time musician and literature aficionado, Louisa likes to explore the classical music offerings that Fort Wayne has to offer. (She also likes to browse the Allen County Public Library's stacks for just the right book!)

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Nancy McCammon-Hansen
November 24th, 2014
You can also visit with Santa at the History Center on Lighting Night, November 26, and also on Saturday, December 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. He's helping us celebrate the 29th annual Festival of Gingerbread.

Straight No Chaser comes to the Embassy and you can WIN TICKETS!

The explosion of Pitch Perfect as one of the top-grossing movies of its season put a cappella music back on the map. While I’m sure we all love listening to the Bellas belt it out during the movie, it’s even better seeing and hearing groups perform in person. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the best a cappella groups in the country, Straight No Chaser, at Fort Wayne’s historic Embassy Theatre when they travel here December 16.

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Straight No Chaser is not your stereotypical a cappella group of college males singing outdated tunes in suit jackets and khaki pants. This talented group of men sing a variety of songs from covers of Adele and Ed Sheeran to songs with contributions from Phil Collins and Dolly Parton. The voices of these 10 men combine to create amazing vocal achievements that sound as if they are made by an orchestra of instruments and a choir of singers.

Their US and UK tour, Happy Hour, comes right after the release of their latest album, “Under the Influence.” This latest album features a number of holiday songs too, to put you in the mood of the season!

While you are in downtown Fort Wayne, make an evening of it! Stop by one of the local restaurants before the show. Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits is just down the road from the Embassy. And even though it might be cold, it would be a great evening to see the Christmas lights that will be up around downtown. Straight No Chaser begins at 7:30 so there will be plenty of time for dinner before and it will be dark enough when you leave to enjoy the holiday season!

And, you can win tickets to the show here!

Holley Taylor


Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Enjoy fresh produce from Fort Wayne’s indoor farmers markets – this winter!

The temperatures are dropping. but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh produce—purchased directly from the person who grew it.  Is there anything better than knowing exactly where your food comes from?

Fort Wayne’s indoor markets boost produce, as well as arts and crafts, and jewelry. Here’s a quick guide to both:

YLNI Winter Market: New this year, this market continues the momentum of the summer market located at Barr Street. That market has gained popularity over the years, as a Saturday destination.  You can find the winter market in the Ash Centre, at 1701 Freeman St. This is just a few minutes west of downtown. They are open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of Oct. 2014 – April 2015,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

I checked it out with a friend recently and was pleased to see a lot of the same vendors were there. They have a good mix of food and crafts vendors. I bought some lettuce and herbs from a booth. He was very knowledgeable and reasonably priced. I appreciate the fact that most vendors accept credit cards, so you don’t have to worry about having cash on hand. Parking is available in the lot.

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Enjoy freshly made bread from a vendor at the Ft. Wayne Farmer’s Market.

Ft. Wayne Farmer’s Market: This market has been around for a few years, and it seems to be gaining momentum.  This market is held the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, so you can check out both on off weeks. The venue, Parkview Field’s multi-purpose room, is ideal for large crowds. Due to the size of the space, there is room for more vendors. I would say there is also more of a variety. You can find vendors here that aren’t at the YLNI market. Often times there are food trucks set up outside, so you can grab a bite before or after your visit. You can park in the attached garage or in a nearby lot.

So, grab your reusable bag and head over to one of our markets. It feels great to support local farmers and artisans. Tell them we sent you!



Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.