December 3, 2021

Contact:    Rob Hines

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Fort Wayne, Ind. – The following events and programs are happening the week of December 6:


Pictures with Santa

December 11 & 12 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Sweetwater Bandshell, Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.

Bring friends, family, or furry loved ones to Promenade Park for a photo and Christmas singalongs with dancing Santa! With the touch of a button, our animatronic Santa will dance and sing-along to some favorite Holiday songs. It’s a unique and fun experience! Find us at the Sweetwater Bandshell East. No reservation or fee is required. In the event of inclement weather, please check the Riverfront Fort Wayne Facebook page for updates.


American Legion Band of Fort Wayne & New Horizons Band

“A Festive Musical Christmas Holiday Concert”

Sunday, December 12, 2:00-3:00 pm

Park Foundation Pavilion

The American Legion Band and New Horizons Band will come together to will help Riverfront foster the holiday spirit with this free concert at the Park Foundation Pavilion in Promenade Park. The musicians will fill the space with familiar holiday classics like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Frosty The Snowman.” There will be a limit of 35 attendees at this performance, so please ‘Mask Up’ and join us.


Santa & Reindeer Saturdays

December 11, 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Santa and his reindeer will be at the Botanical Conservatory on each of the three Saturdays before Christmas. Visit holiday-dressed reindeer who love petting and posing for pictures. Visitors are also invited to enjoy the “Alpine Holiday” exhibit and other jolly scenery on your way to see Santa himself! (NOTE: Santa takes a break from 2-2:30 p.m.) Regular admission fees apply.


Days of Holly Shopping

Saturdays through December 18, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun Street

This year Shop Small Saturday will take place on not just one Saturday, but every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Experience the holiday excitement throughout Downtown Fort Wayne, the West Main Shops, and the Wells Street Corridor. Locally owned & operated shops will be ready to host visitors this Small Business Saturday, including our Conservatory Shop! Conservatory admission not required to shop during this experience in partnership with the Downtown Improvement District.


Suzuki Strings Performance

Sunday, December 12, 2:00-2:45 p.m.

As visitors walk into the “Alpine Holiday” showcase exhibit, listen for the children of Fort Wayne Suzuki playing holiday favorites on the violin and cello. These accomplished students are familiar with the Suzuki Method of instruction that is the “mother tongue method” based on the premise that music is learned like a language. Hear local Suzuki students perform music with holiday ear appeal. Included with regular Conservatory admission.


Book Sale

December 7-9, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Book sales are open to the public and feature hardback books for $1, paperback books for 50¢ and DVDs for $1. Other items such as magazines, cards, CDs and puzzles are also available. Donations of these items are accepted year-round.


“Alpine Holiday” Showcase Exhibit

Through January 2, Public hours

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun Street

Imagine the sting of snow on your cheek, the brilliance of dusted slopes and the fragrance of mountain pines. The Botanical Conservatory’s version of the Alps offers a bold glacial display that will have visitors basking in the cool blues of winter offsetting the rich deep colors of holiday poinsettias. Wind down a mountain path and admire the scenery from the porch of a snow-capped ski hut. Sponsored by English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, PBS Fort Wayne and Majic 95.1 WAJI.


Late-Night Light Display

Thursdays & Fridays through December 17, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun Street

Amp up those holiday plans with a visit to the Botanical Conservatory where the gardens are all dressed up for the season! Dazzle at the display of stunning poinsettias, illuminated photo ops and charming scenes that bring a twinkle to the eye. Unique gifts are available for purchase in the Conservatory Shop. All this and more serves as ideal guest entertainment when the gardens in light are best seen at night, November 26 through December 17 during extended holiday hours from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday evenings. Included with regular Conservatory admission.


Yoga on the Riverfront

Sunday, December 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.

FREE yoga on the Riverfront continues this winter inside the Park Foundation Pavilion overlooking the St. Marys River. This relaxing, 1-hour flow is for all skill levels and led by instructor Chelsea Vona, owner of Discover Yoga.


Holiday Window Displays at Promenade Park

Through January 3

Get a small glimpse of daily winter life at Promenade Park through our handmade paper cut light boxes. Paper cut light boxes are believed to have originated from China after paper was first invented. Many countries picked up the skill, 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.



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