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Photo credit: Downtown Improvement District

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Written by: Communicator StaffNovember 18, 2017

By: Emily Anderson

As part of Fort Wayne’s Holiday Fest, downtown will be busy with activities at the Night of Lights Nov. 22 from 5:15 to 8 p.m.

“Holiday Fest roots can be traced back to 1937 when the ‘Merry Christmas’ wreath first appeared at the Wolf and Dessauer department store,” said Rick Zolman, the events and programming manager at the Downtown Improvement District, which currently coordinates the Night of Lights.

Featured light designs will include Santa and His Reindeer, the Merry Christmas Wreath, Northern Lights and many more. The night’s activities will also include the Festival of Trees, Santa’s Workshop, the Festival of Gingerbread and more.

The evening will conclude with the Ringing of the Bells by downtown churches and other establishments such as the Allen County Public Library, Emmanuel Lutheran, First Presbyterian, First Wayne United Methodist, Plymouth Congregational, St. John’s Lutheran, St. Mary’s Catholic, Trinity English Lutheran, and Trinity Episcopal and the Parkview Field Fireworks.

To warm up for the Night of Lights, beginning at 5 p.m. the Allen County Public Library’s Teen Department will have supplies for free no-sew fleece scarf making.

Holley Trolley Shopping will occur take place on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday Fest has collaborated with Small Business Saturday in order to promote shopping local.

“Holly Trolley isn’t a shopping trip, it is an experience,” Zolman said.

Anyne can ride free trolleys to shop in downtown Fort Wayne, West Main Shops and the Wells Street Corridor. The trolleys will stop at several unique venues on their route and the first 200 riders will receive a free tote.

Venues the trolleys will stop at include Lace and Arrow, The Urban Hippie, Yummi Bunni, and The Old Fort. The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center will also be a stop and will feature opportunities such as Christmas ornament making, Christmas cookie decorating, and dining at food trucks in their parking lot.