31st Annual Festival of Trees
brings old and new together
Fort Wayne, Ind. --- “Warm Winter Wishes” is the theme for the 31st annual Festival of Trees from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2. More than 55 beautifully decorated trees, Santa Land and the Animated Holiday windows will once again be a part of the festival with two new events being added for 2015.
The first new event will be on Monday, Nov. 30. People love to take family photos in front of the trees, so this year the Embassy is offering a night when families can take as many pictures as they want because the crowd will be limited to 100 families. Tickets for Family Photo Night are $50 per family and can be purchased from the Embassy box office. The second new event is on Dec. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir’s seven ensembles leading the audience in many of the season’s favorite holiday songs at 7 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour the Festival of Trees before and after the show.
31st Annual Festival of Trees schedule:
- Nov. 25
Festival of Trees Night of Lights, 6–9 p.m.,
Holiday Photo Fun on the Stage with Anna and Elsa, Jedi Knights and Peppa Pig
- Nov. 26
Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving Day, 4–8 p.m.
- Nov. 27, 28, 29
Breakfast with Santa, 9:30–11 a.m.
Festival of Trees Noon–8 p.m.
- Nov. 30
Festival of Trees Senior Day, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
NEW! Family Photo Night, 5–9 p.m.
- Dec. 1
Festival of Trees, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
- Dec. 2
Festival of Trees Tots and Trees Day, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Holiday Photo Fun on Stage with Anna and Elsa, the Jedi Knights and Peppa Pig
NEW! Community Sing-along with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, 5 to 9 p.m.
(performance will start at 7 p.m.)
Tickets go on sale Nov. 2 through ticketmaster.com., charge-by-phone 800.745.3000 and at the Embassy box office. Breakfast with Santa and Family Photo Night tickets are only available through the Embassy box office. B REAKFAST WITH SANTA is SOLD OUT!
Once again, the Festival of Trees will partner with the Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace at the Grand Wayne Center on Nov. 28 and 29. A Festival of Trees ticket provides $2 off admission into this juried art show, which features local artists and artistry such as pottery, woodwork, jewelry and more.
The 31st annual Festival of Trees is the Embassy Theatre Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year and money raised goes directly to the theater’s operating budget.
The Festival of Trees at the historic Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel is a highly anticipated tradition during the holiday season. For the eight days around Thanksgiving, the lobbies of the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel are transformed into a beautifully decorated wonderland of Christmas trees. Founded in 1984, the Festival of Trees is a fundraising and community goodwill event. Revenue supports ongoing operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation, Inc.
The Embassy Festival of Trees offers organizations a unique opportunity to participate in an annual community event and the Embassy Theatre Foundation’s largest fundraiser:
Youth Performance Education Opportunity --- Youth entertainment on the Embassy stage is the highlight of the festival, with regional dance groups filling 22 performance slots on the stage during the weekend festival hours. The youth performances provide an entertainment backdrop for the festival and young dancers receive an opportunity to experience performing on the Embassy’s Broadway-scaled stage.
Community Visibility --- The Festival of Trees attracts more than 18,000 visitors annually to the Embassy Theatre. Beginning with the Night of Lights, the Embassy is a featured stop in the city’s annual downtown lighting ceremony, offering the opening of the Harrison Street holiday windows and the opening night for Festival of Trees.
Community Collaboration --- This event opens the doors to Fort Wayne and surrounding communities and gives the public the opportunity to participate as patrons, musical performers, event volunteers, sponsors and/or tree decorators. The Festival of Trees is proud to partner with other downtown holiday festivals to make downtown the finest holiday destination in northeast Indiana.
Economic Development --- In keeping with its mission to “preserve and operate one of Indiana’s largest historic theatres,” the Embassy manages ongoing restoration and maintenance efforts, all with the primary goal of improving and securing the theater for future generations. These efforts are accomplished by offering diverse programming and events and welcoming more than 110,000 patrons and performers each year