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Christmas on Broadway

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published November 17, 2021

One of Fort Wayne’s most popular traditions, Christmas on Broadway has helped kick off the holiday season for 17 years running. It just seems to be getting more popular with each passing year. 

This year’s celebration takes place on Friday, Nov. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Broadway Plaza, located in front of the Shine & Hardin Building. 

The event attracts thousands of people each year, so you’ll want to get there early to find a good spot around the tree and have time to enjoy some of the other festivities, including a parade on Broadway, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus aboard a classic 1976 Pierce Fire Engine. Upon their arrival in Broadway Plaza, the couple will hand out Santa hats and stockings to all of the children. 

In addition, attendees will have a unique opportunity to visit with some of Santa’s reindeer as well as giving their children and opportunity to ride the “Polar Express,” a miniature, Christmas-themed train. All attendees will also be treated to holiday beverages, including hot chocolate and eggnog. 

Of course, the highlight of the night is the lighting of the spectacular 40-foot Colorado Blue Spruce tree, which was grown right here in the Summit City over the course of about 40 years. The tree and its 40,000 bulbs will be lighted by members of the Turnstone Paralympics team, who participated in this year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo. 

Topping off the evening will be a fireworks show that should send everyone home with a big smile and some great memories.


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