*This post has been updated on November 1, 2018.

We’re making a list and checking it twice, to find out the best holiday festivities in Fort Wayne.

Celebrate the holiday season and create new memories in Fort Wayne, with a festive weekend getaway!

The can’t miss holiday events in Fort Wayne await.

Night of Lights Celebration

Kick off your visit at the annual Night of Lights Celebration in downtown Fort Wayne on Wednesday, November 21!

The Night of Lights is an evening of sparkling streets, heart-warming traditions, and magic in Fort Wayne. Watch as some of Fort Wayne’s beautiful displays like Santa and His Reindeer, and the Merry Christmas Wreath come alive for the season.

Family posing for a picture at Night of Lights in Downtown Fort Wayne

HolidayFest Events

Also, starting that evening is Fort Wayne’s HolidayFest, which brings together all of Fort Wayne’s favorite holiday festivals

Discover beautifully decorated trees at the Embassy Theatre’s Festival of Trees, fun gingerbread displays at the History Center’s Festival of Gingerbread or the world of trains at Science Central’s Festival of Trains.

Embassy Theatre Festival of Trees

Holiday Performances

During the holiday season, Fort Wayne’s performing arts community comes alive with vibrate performances, touching moments, and festive stories.

This season, experience performances by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at their Holiday Pops concerts, the Fort Wayne Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker, and the Civic Theatre’s production of Elf.

For a family-friendly celebration, consider the Broadway production of Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular at the Embassy Theatre on Monday, December 17.

Holiday Performances

Irving Benlin's White Christmas - Fort Wayne Civic Theatre Graphic - Fort Wayne, IN

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Holiday Pops Concert - Fort Wayne, IN

Holiday Pops

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer the Musical - Embassy Theatre - Fort Wayne, IN

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - The...

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Fort Wayne Youtheatre - Fort Wayne, IN

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Spirit of Christmas - Heartland Sings - Fort Wayne, IN

Spirit of Christmas

Jingle Bell Jazz - Heartland Sings - Fort Wayne, IN

Jingle Bell Jazz

Holiday Shopping

Check a few items off your “Naughty and Nice” list at Fort Wayne's outstanding retail stores, unique boutiques and more!

Shop on Small Business Saturday – November 24 – at Fort Wayne’s many boutiques, or hop on a trolley that takes you around to all of the wonderful shopping destinations in downtown Fort Wayne with Holly Trolley shopping.

For your one-stop shopping, check out Jefferson Pointe or Glenbrook Square, where you can find many national stores. Plus, each facility features various soft-play areas perfect for the little ones!

If you’re looking for a unique gift, discover fun artisan gifts at various museum gift shops like the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and find a Fort Wayne themed gift at the Fort Wayne Visitors Center where gift-wrapping is free with your purchase!

The Find - Fort Wayne, IN

Extend Your Visit

Extend your visit with other magical experiences in Fort Wayne that round out your festive weekend.

Take a spin around Headwater’s Park Ice Skating rink, take a Victorian Christmas at the Botanical Conservatory, and discover the Fantasy of Lights with an evening carriage ride!

Ice Skating at Headwaters Park

'Tis the season for family fun!  Take time to enjoy the holidays together in Fort Wayne, Indiana!

Start planning your weekend away today with Fort Wayne’s hotel packages and some of Fort Wayne's great restaurants.