Date(s) & Time(s)::
Daily from November 21, 2012 until November 28, 2012
Location: The historic Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel
The Festival of Trees at the historic Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel is a highly anticipated tradition during the holiday season.
From Nov. 21-28, 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 that supports ongoing operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation, Inc. This year's festival will feature 55 designer trees, Santa Land, animated Holiday Windows on Harrison Street and holiday youth entertainment on the Embassy stageand A Party Apart’s Winter Carnival on the Embassy stage, all wrapped in the Imagine theme.
Event dates and times:
Night of Lights, Wed., Nov. 21, 6-9 p.m.
Festival of Trees, Thurs., Nov. 22, 4-8 p.m. (featuring Grande Page Organ music)
Festival of Trees, Fri.-Sun., Nov. 23-25, 12-8 p.m. (youth entertainment on the Embassy stage)
Breakfast with Santa, Fri., Nov. 23 and Sat., Nov. 24, 9:30-11 a.m.
Kingston Healthcare Senior Day, Mon., Nov. 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Festival of Trees, Tues., Nov. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Kids Day at Festival of Trees, Wed., Nov. 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Festival of Trees Tickets: $7 for adults, $3 for children 12 & under. On sale now at the Embassy box office, all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and all MidWest America FCU locations.
Breakfast with Santa Tickets: $12.50. On sale now at the Embassy box office or by calling 250.424.5665.
Special features for this year’s Festival of Trees include:
Night of Lights: To kick off the holiday festivities, the annual downtown holiday lighting ceremony takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 21, with the Animated Holiday Windows on Harrison Street open for viewing. The Festival of Trees is open to the public from 6-9 p.m. with a winter carnival presented by A Party Apart on stage. The winter carnival will include a slide, moonwalk, train ride and carnival-style games.
Harrison Street Windows: The Embassy’s animated holiday windows return with the second installment of the adventures of Oscar the elf. This year, Oscar will find himself in another situation when he gets a request from a sleeping Santa to order “whatchamacallits” from the toy factory. Oscar must find out how to make these new presents in time for Santa’s delivery on Christmas Eve. Several new characters are introduced: Jasper the cricket; Betsy Bob, Oscar’s know-it-all apprentice; and Cousin Clyde, a giant by elf standards. Designed by David and Kathy James along with artist Don Johnson, the Embassy holiday windows will be open for viewing until Jan. 1, 2013. Sponsors are Fort Wayne Metals, MidWest America FCU and NIPSCO.
Holiday Windows on Jefferson: The nativity window sponsored by Mike’s CarWash will return to the corner window on Jefferson Boulevard. The Jefferson Boulevard window near the box office features Down the Line: Hard Chord Presented by 3Rivers. The concert is part of the 2012-13 Embassy-originated programming series and features five local bands covering hard rock covers on Dec. 29, 2012.
Live Trees:The Embassy Festival of Trees continues its tradition of featuring five live trees in the Indiana Hotel Lobby sponsored by Indiana Michigan Power. The pedal-power tree will be designed by Memorial Park Middle School with the title, “Starry Night.” Patrons pedal a bicycle which then powers the lights of this energy tree. Four additional live trees also feature decorations by local non-profit organizations: The League for the Blind and Disabled, the Fritz Family for the Shriners, Holland Elementary Special Ed Preschool and FAME. Each live tree is lit by LED lights donated by Lowe’s. The live trees will be donated to Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation and Allen County Parks for planting.
Additional Activities and Games:: The Wells Fargo money tree will return for the 28th consecutive year. Visitors pay $1 to guess the amount of money on the tree. The closest guess wins the amount on the tree. A Vera Bradley raffle offers visitors a chance to win a luggage set for $2 per chance. A photo booth becomes a featured tree giving patrons the opportunity to take holiday photos inside the booth for $3 per photo strip. New to the festival is the TinCaps tree, constructed from round Christmas decorations and baseballs. Patrons pay $1 to guess the number of round spheres on the tree and the closest guess wins a grand prize from the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Also, Santa letter-writing will be featured in the Hotel Lobby. For $2 children may write a letter to Santa and receive a special letter in return.
Santa Land: Santa and Mrs. Claus reside in Santa Land, where life-size toy soldiers greet children as they enter a bright and colorful holiday wonderland of candy canes, toys and presents to sit on Santa’s lap and whisper their holiday wishes. A local retailer, Phil’s Hobby Shop, designed Santa Land, infusing a hobby theme into the Santa Land décor.
Breakfast with Santa: Children and their families will enjoy breakfast on the Embassy Theatre stage on Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, 9:30-11 a.m. A visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus completes the event. Admission is $12.50 per person, with payment required at the time of reservation. Call the Embassy box office for reservations at 260.424.5665 for tickets. The Nov. 24 breakfast is sold out and space is limited for Fri., Nov. 23.
Senior Day: Kingston Healthcare senior day is Monday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors can enjoy live organ music on the Grande Page pipe organ and view the spectacular trees throughout the historic facility.
Kids Day: Children will delight at the craft activities nestled in between the festival trees on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids Day features deluxe face painting and balloon art from Sweetcakes Comedy Entertainment, a reindeer craft, beaded candy canes, a scavenger hunt and cookie decorating.
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