Christmas can be a stressful time for finances, especially when the kiddies have a long list of ‘wants'.



Why not tempt them away from the electronics/high-priced toys to spend time together as a family participating in some of Fort Wayne's holiday events? The best thing is many of the activities are free or low cost!





The Great Train Show 

The Great Train Show features model railroads, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and much more. I've found this kind of hobby transcends ages and sexes. Maybe it's because my Dad worked on the railroad in Fort Wayne at the Baker Street Station, but I'm mesmerized by model trains with their sounds, the little Victorian houses and other pieces that make up model train sets.

Vendors will demonstrate trains of various sizes and brands, along with free workshops, door prizes, and trains kids can ride and play with. This 2-day event will be held at The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6 from 10 am - 4 pm. Admission: $9

Petting Zoo at University of Saint Francis


The meaning of the Jesus' birth in a manger will take on new meaning as your kids get up close and personal with live animals used in the Living Nativity at the University of Saint Francis. The petting zoo opportunity happens in the amphitheater adjacent to the Pope John Paul II Center.

2701 Spring Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808


Discover 3D printing

Encourage elementary-aged children to create inexpensive, unique gifts by learning the basics of designing a 3D object at the Allen County Public Library Main Branch. A workshop will be held Monday, December 14, at 2 pm & 6:30 pm, where they can learn how to use a 3D printer.

Insider note: Participants will need an email address (can be a parent's). The one-hour session does not allow enough time to print the designs, but participants will receive a free print certificate to use at a later date. Space in this class is limited so register at the Children's Department or call 260.421.1220. No cost.