It’s the holiday season, and that means Santa is coming to Fort Wayne, Indiana! Don’t miss your opportunity to tell him everything on your wish list and get your annual photo with Jolly O’ Saint Nicholas. Here are all of the places on Santa’s agenda!
Where to Find Santa in Fort Wayne, Indiana
1. Night of Lights
The Wednesday Before Thanksgiving
See Santa and his Reindeer at PNC Bank — Beginning at 5:30 pm
2. Festival of Trees
Santa does not always attend every day of the Festival of Trees, but keep on the lookout for him amongst the beautiful trees! Every year, Santa tries to make a visit to see some of Fort Wayne's greatest holiday decorations. He will also be at the Breakfast with Santa, which is sold out for 2021!
3. Festival of Gingerbread
The History Center
Every year, Santa will make a stop to browse the beautiful gingerbread houses at the Festival of Gingerbread. Check out the History Center’s calendar to see all the fun events happening on Saturdays – including a visit from Santa on December 4, 12–5 pm.
4. Breakfast with Saint Nicholas
St. Francis, Performing Arts Center Ballroom
Hosted by the University of St. Francis, enjoy a buffet breakfast and fun while learning about the legacy of the figure that inspired our modern Santa Claus. Register here.
5. Buddy's Breakfast with Santa
First Presbyterian Church
December 18, 10 am
Held at First Presbyterian Church before the Fort Wayne Youtheatre's performance of Elf Jr. Complete with meet & greets, music, crafts, goodie bags, and photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Register here.
6. Santa & Reindeer Saturdays
December 4, 11 & 18 from 12–4 pm
Stop by the Botanical Conservatory on any one of the three Saturdays before Christmas to see Santa as well as two of his reindeer, who love petting and posing for pictures! Note: Santa takes a break from 2–2:30 pm.
7. Christmas Village at Fantasy of Lights
December 2 - 5, 9 - 12, 16 - 19
After driving through the Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park, step into the North Pole experience followed by Santa's workshop where Santa will be present for pictures every night the Christmas Village is open.
8. Live Reindeer at Jefferson Pointe
December 4, 11 & 18 from 5–7 pm
Santa's plate is quite full this time of year. So every Saturday until December 18 from 5–7 pm, he'll be sending his reindeer to Jefferson Pointe for meet and greets! Plus, you can pay a special visit to the live reindeer on Christmas Eve, 12–2 pm before they head out to pull Santa's sleigh!
9. Glenbrook Square
Until December 24 (check for times), reservations are encouraged, book here.
10. Picture Time with Santa
December 3, 4, 10, 11
For a different kind of Santa experience, dance and sing along with Promenade Park's animatronic Santa! Bring friends, family, and even your furry friends to Promenade Park for photos with Santa.
This post was originally published in November 2016 and has been updated.