These are just a few of the great events happening in Fort Wayne in December. For a complete list of events, browse the Visit Fort Wayne Calendar of Events.
Great Train Show
December 1, 2 / Memorial Coliseum
Model railroad enthusiasts are in for a weekend of fun! This traveling show features a riding train for kids, exhibitors from across the country, and operating model railroads of all sizes.
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 / Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
Explore Santa’s railroad workshop, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, and climb aboard the red caboose during the 17th Annual Santa Train in New Haven!
December 1, 3, 7, 10, 13, 17, 28, 30 / Memorial Coliseum
During December, bring your family and friends to catch the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in action! Kids and adults will enjoy this affordable, fun basketball experience.
Fort Wayne Ballet: The Nutcracker
December 1, 2, 6 – 9 / Arts United Center
Join the Fort Wayne Ballet for a local holiday favorite. Go on a fantastic adventure with Clara and her Nutcracker in this beautiful performance.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
December 4 / Embassy Theatre
Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.
City of Churches Tour
December 7 / Various Churches
Explore the “City of Churches” like never before, as 20 Fort Wayne churches open their doors for free tours. Discover the stunning, diverse architecture of these historic places of worship.
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Holiday Pops
December 7, 8, 15 / Embassy Theatre
Join the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for their annual Holiday Pops performances! This much-loved tradition is sure to put the audience in the festive spirit.
December 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 29, 31 / Memorial Coliseum
Join the jungle and cheer on the Fort Wayne Komets this month! Grab your tickets for the New Year’s Eve game and be part of a true Fort Wayne hockey tradition.
Grab your tickets to see one of these thrilling performances this month!
- Three Rivers Music Theatre: Christmas Spectacular! / December 1, 2, 7, 8
- Arena Dinner Theatre: She Loves Me / December 1, 7-9, 14, 15
- Fort Wayne Youtheatre: A Charlie Brown Christmas / December 7-9, 14-16
Festival of Gingerbread
Through December 9 / The History Center
Don’t miss your chance to discover over 100 incredible gingerbread creations! Head to The History Center for this annual festival, featuring displays created by locals ranging from pre-school students to professional chefs.
Broadway at the Embassy: Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular
December 17 / Embassy Theatre
Make your plans to enjoy one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows! Kick off your Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable, musical journey.
Victorian Christmas Holiday Exhibit
Through January 6 / Botanical Conservatory
Experience a Victorian Era Christmas! Stroll a lamp-lit “street” as you discover scenes with yesteryear’s candles, plum pudding, carolers, handmade décor, and images from vintage postcards to capture the old-fashioned holiday feeling. Plus, take your photo with Santa and his reindeer from 12PM – 4PM on December 1, 8, & 15!
An Old-Time Country Christmas Festival of Lights
Through December 22 / Moose Lake Christian Craft Village
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmastime at Moose Lake Christian Craft Village! Find seasonal decorations, see the beautiful lights, and take in the old-time holiday experience.
Fantasy of Lights
Through December 31 / Franke Park
Journey the 2-mile driving trail through Franke Park and discover the breathtaking, larger-than-life light displays! Complete the experience with free popcorn and cocoa, visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a candy cane quiz, and more.
Headwaters Park Ice Skating
All Winter Long / Headwaters Park
Grab your mittens and head downtown for ice skating at Headwaters Park! Celebrate the season at the outdoor rink with friends and family, as you zip and twirl around the ice. Bring your own skates or rent a pair at the rink.
Move to the Rhythm
Discover live music that suits your taste, plus many holiday specials you won't want to miss!
- Mannheim Steamroller Christmas / December 1
- Jingle Bell Jazz / December 1, 2
- Jackyl with the Illegals / December 6
- Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder / December 8
- Hairball / December 14
- The Spirit of Christmas / December 14 – 16
- Sing! An Irish Christmas / December 18
- The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters & The Platters Holiday Show / December 23
PopCon Fort Wayne
December 29, 30 / Grand Wayne Convention Center
Immerse yourself in all things geeky at PopCon Fort Wayne! This multi-genre convention features panel discussions, cosplay, gaming, vendors, and a great lineup of special guests.
Countdown to Noon
December 31 / Science Central
Celebrate the New Year with Science Central’s annual balloon drop at noon! Kid-friendly activities include face painting, craft stations, and science demonstrations leading up to the giant balloon drop with 2,019 balloons.
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
December 31 / Parkview Field
Don’t miss the city’s largest New Year’s Eve event in downtown Fort Wayne! Enjoy music, fireworks, and the countdown to midnight—when the giant ball drops at Parkview Field. This celebration is free for all ages!