The holiday season officially gets underway in Fort Wayne with Night of Lights festivities beginning at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 27, the night before Thanksgiving.
Here is the schedule:
•5:15 p.m.: History Center Turret Lighting, Berry and Barr streets
•5:30 p.m.: University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center Wreath and Nativity Lighting, Berry Street east of Fairfield Avenue
•5:45 p.m.: Aunt Millie's Northern Lights, Pearl Street east of Ewing Street
•6 p.m.: Community Center Santa's Workshop display, 233 W. Main St.
•6:15 p.m.: Santa and his Reindeer lighted display at PNC bank, with Mayor Tom Henry, Santa and special guests, Main and Calhoun streets
•6:45 p.m.: Wells Fargo Holiday Display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath at One Summit Square, Wayne and Calhoun streets
•7:15 p.m.: Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory and Embassy Theatre window lighting, Jefferson Boulevard west of Calhoun Street
•7:45 p.m.: Parkview Field Fireworks, 1301 Ewing St.
You also can enjoy other special activities downtown during the afternoon and evening Nov. 27:
•Skating at Headwaters Park, 330 S. Clinton Street, 3-10 p.m. Admission is $5, ages 14 and older, $3 ages 13 and younger. Skate rental is $2. Also open 4- 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
•Santa's Workshop at the Community Center, 233 W. Main St., 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free holiday activities for children, including crafts, refreshments and a holiday movie. Donate a new or gently used teddy bear to be entered in a drawing for a giant elf bear. Children can shop for holiday gifts for $2 or less at the North Pole Stop-n-Shop, and parents can buy handcrafted items at Candy Cane Lane.
•Wells Fargo, Wayne and Calhoun streets, 4:30-8 p.m. Enjoy a performance at 4:30 p.m. by the Northrop High School Show Choir in One Summit Square. See the Wells Fargo stagecoach 5-8 p.m.
•Holiday Kick-Off Party, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street, 5-9 p.m. Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, a free photo with Santa, meeting Mrs. Claus and live reindeer, and walking through gardens decorated for the holidays. Admission is $5, adults; $3, ages age 3-17; and free, ages 2 and younger.
•Festival of Gingerbread, The History Center, 302 E. Berry St., 5-9 p.m. See the gingerbread creations and other museum exhibits. Admission is $2.
•Festival of Trees, Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd., 6-9 p.m. See trees decked for the holdays. Children also can enjoy A Party Apart's Winter Carnival on the stage. Admission $7, adults, and $3, children, at the Embassy box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.
•Holiday Open House, Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd., 6-8 p.m. Enjoy the Fort Wayne Youth Concert Orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra, visiting with Mrs. Claus, Faith in Motion Dancers, Allen County Public Library Children's Department's holiday crafts, and punch and cookies. Free admission.
•Cocoa and Carols in the Courthouse, Allen County Courthouse, 715 S. Calhoun Street, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy cocoa and cookies in the rotunda of the Allen County Courthouse as the Fort Wayne Children's Choir performs Christmas Carols. Cameras and cell phones are permitted at this event.