When we grow up, it can be tough to leave the traditions we had growing up behind. And as a young, busy couple without kids, it’s proved a tad difficult for Jeremy and I to make and stick to new holiday traditions of our own. But Night of Lights in downtown Fort Wayne is one I hope will last!
Night of Lights is a part of Fort Wayne’s Holiday Fest celebration that takes place the Wednesday before Thanksgiving each year.
Basically, it’s a sequence of major holiday light displays being lit one after another. Event-goers can walk from display to display, wait (and cheer) for them to be lit, and move onto the next.
The ultimate display is Santa and his reindeer. Usually, the mayor says a few words and the giant crowd does a countdown together. When all is said and done, the city is beautifully lit and ready to welcome the official start of the holiday season.
There are also all kinds of family friendly activities, food trucks, pop-up shops, and more. This year, we waited for the crowds to thin out a bit and grabbed dinner before making our way downtown to stroll through the festive streets.
We sure do love this city. What are your community’s holiday traditions?
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!