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.
Le Chic Holiday Market
December 3 - 4 / Memorial Coliseum
Shop the 2021 Le Chic Holiday Market, featuring many amazing, unique vendors at the Memorial Coliseum! Find the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
Days of Holly Shopping
December 4, 11, 18
Shop your favorite local businesses online or in-store. Participating locations will offer discounted retail and dining specials and provide plenty of festive cheer to celebrate the holiday season. New this year, print off your Holiday Passport and recieve enough stamps to be entered to win a Downtown overnight package!
December 4 - 5, 11 - 12, 16 - 23
This event is free and does not require zoo admission! Come decorate cookies, say hello to animals on the farm, hear a Christmas tale during Story Time, and have your picture taken with Santa Claus!
December 10, 11 / 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 3 - 5, 9 - 12 / Arts United Center
Join the Fort Wayne Ballet for The Nutcracker—a local holiday favorite. Go on a fantastic adventure with Clara and her Nutcracker in this beautiful performance.
Kris Kringle Village
December 3 - 5, 9 - 12 / Arts United Center Plaza
New this year, as part of the Nutcracker's festivities, come to this traditional German Christmas Market. Browse the charming, wood chalets filled with seasonal food and gifts.
City of Churches Tour
December 3 / Various Churches
Explore the “City of Churches” as 12 Fort Wayne churches open their doors for free tours. Discover the stunning, diverse architecture of these historic places of worship.
Wander through Promenade Park and view these beautiful paper cut light boxes. The art is believed to have originated from China after paper was first invented, but Switzerland remains the enduring leader referring to the art form as Scherenschnitt. The light boxes will be displayed in the windows of the Park Foundation Pavilion at Promenade Park from November 24 to January 3 and can be best viewed at dusk.
December 10 - 11, 18 - 19 / Embassy Theatre
Join the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for their annual Holiday Pops performances! This beloved tradition features amazing dancing, Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-alongs, and the “Hallelujah” Chorus—and it’s sure to put the audience in the festive spirit.
December 3, 4, 17, 18, 19, 26, 27, 31 / Memorial Coliseum
Join the jungle and cheer on the Fort Wayne Komets at home this month! Grab your tickets for the New Year’s Eve game and be part of a true Fort Wayne hockey tradition.
Through December 24
Miracle on Jefferson is brought to you by Copper Spoon, and will feature a holiday oasis with over the top kitschy, festive décor, and a themed cocktail menu.
Through December 19 / 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 giant displays created by locals of all ages and professions.
Rumble in Fort Wayne
December 17 - 18 / Memorial Coliseum
Experience two days and nights of competitive racing programs inside the Memorial Coliseum. This indoor racing tradition began in 1956, and returns for an action-packed weekend.
Through January 2 / Botanical Conservatory
Come and wind down a "mountain path," breathing in the scent of pine. Enjoy the rich deep colors of holiday poinsettias and the cool blues of winter from the porch of a ski hut. Enjoy the outdoor light displays Thursdays and Fridays in the outdoor gardens through December 17.
Through December 31 / Franke Park
Journey the 2-mile driving trail through the Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park and discover more than 110 breathtaking, larger-than-life light displays! Back this year, catch the Christmas Village - a popular walk-through event at the end of the driving route with a variety of food and craft vendors, the first 3 weekends in Dec.
Through February 28 / 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.
December 29 / Memorial Coliseum
Part streetball from the players who defined it, part interactive family entertainment, the new Spread Game tour will show off the best of the Globetrotters in a dazzling exhibition of talent and game.
Countdown to Noon Celebration
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 balloon drop.
Grab your tickets to see one of these thrilling performances this month!
- Three Rivers Music Theatre: Christmas Spectacular! / December 10 - 12
- Fort Wayne Youtheatre: Elf Jr. / December 10 - 12, 17 - 19
- Arena Dinner Theatre: Dashing Through the Snow / December 3 - 5, 10 - 12, 17 - 18
Move to the Rhythm
Discover live music that suits your taste, plus many holiday specials you won't want to miss!
- Jazz Ensemble Concert II / Auer Performance Hall
- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / Clyde Theatre, December 5
- A Motown Christmas / Embassy Theatre, December 7
- Bands Concert II / Auer Performance Hall, December 9
- Thunderstruck: America's AC/DC Tribute / Clyde Theatre, December 11
- Sunday Heritage Concert Series / Promenade Park Foundation Pavilion, December 12 & 26
- Straight No Chaser: Back in the high Life Tour 2021 / Embassy Theatre, December 16