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Posted on December 03, 2018 at 8:00:00 am by Jessa C.

Santa Sightings in Fort Wayne!

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!

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Posted on November 26, 2018 at 8:00:00 am by Kayleen R.

Clip-Clop Through Christmas with a Carriage Ride

The holidays and winter may not be the best time to be outdoors, but a carriage ride through downtown Fort Wayne makes for a magical experience and the perfect end to a romantic evening!

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Posted on November 21, 2018 at 8:00:00 am by Jessa C.

Best Fort Wayne Christmas Light Displays

Updated on December 26, 2018

Fort Wayne, Indiana knows how to deck the halls. From houses dressed up in thousands of lights and, of course, beautiful downtown window displays and decorations all located in and around Fort Wayne, share the holiday season with some of the Best Christmas Light Displays in Fort Wayne, Indiana! 

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Posted on November 02, 2018 at 8:00:00 am by Louisa D.

Celebrate the Holidays in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Kick off your holiday celebrations in Fort Wayne, Indiana. From Mannheim Steamroller to the Nutcracker Ballet and beautiful holiday displays, there’s a little something for everyone.

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Posted on October 29, 2018 at 8:00:00 am by Jessica B.

Your Guide to Fort Wayne, Indiana's Holiday Festivities

HolidayFest is a Fort Wayne, Indiana tradition that begins the week before Thanksgiving and continues until we ring in the new year. The flagship event is the Night of Lights, which is always the evening before Thanksgiving. The Night of Lights is an absolute joy and also serves as Fort Wayne's official start to the Holiday season.

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Posted on December 08, 2016 at 12:00:00 am by Amber F.

Restaurants Open on Christmas in Fort Wayne

*AN UPDATED 2017 POST IS COMING SOON. CHECK BACK IN DECEMBER 2017*

Update: Originally, Golden Corral was included in this list. While nationwide, many Golden Corral restaurants were open, the Fort Wayne location was closed. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

With all the hustle and bustle that accompanies the holiday season, you may consider giving your hosts a break from cooking and suggest hitting the town for a nice dinner out. Who knows, you may even start a new family tradition. And don’t worry, I promise you’ll have a better experience than the poor family in A Christmas Story.

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Posted on December 06, 2016 at 8:00:00 am by Elaina R.

The Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival: A Chat with the Herald

2015 was my first year in Fort Wayne and consequently my first year singing at the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Boar’s Head festivals have been held since medieval times, and the Christian version of the festival started in 1340. Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne has been hosting the festival since 1975.

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I recently celebrated my first anniversary as a full-time vocal artist at Heartland Sings (yay!). As such, I had my first “Spirit of Christmas” concert experience last year. I’ve been performing for almost my whole life, and I can definitely say that this concert is very unique.

Spirit of Christmas CD Cover

Why? Much of

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Posted on November 26, 2016 at 8:00:00 am by Jessica B.

George Bailey to the Rescue

“George Bailey, I’ll love you ‘til the day I die.” ~It’s a Wonderful Life

Are you a George Bailey fan?

Plan a quick weekend trip to Fort Wayne in December! First Presbyterian Theater in beautiful Downtown Fort Wayne will present It’s a Wonderful Life: A live radio play. Shows happen the first three weekends in December.

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Posted on November 25, 2016 at 8:00:00 am by Elaina R.

A Look at the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops Concert

I am a professional musician--I have a master’s degree in vocal performance--and yet, I’ve never know what a “pops concert” is...until now. Thanks to a 1984 New York Times article entitled, “‘Pops” vs. ‘Pop’: A Popular Linguistic Ambiguity,” I am now in the know. Here’s author Will Crutchfield’s definition:

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

“'Pops,'' though also derived from ''popular,'' is more narrowly defined [than “pop”]. It refers to what we call ''light classics'' and to popular music arranged for the standard ''classical'' symphony orchestra - the ''1812'' overture, Beatles medleys, Strauss waltzes, and Cole Porter for swooning strings.”

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