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Pianist Jim Brickman will perform Dec. 2 in Wabash.

Holiday Events Guide

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Pianist Jim Brickman will perform Dec. 2 in Wabash.
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“Christmas at the Starlight” is set in the 1940s.
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IPFW will have madrigal dinners on Dec. 5 and 6 in the Walb Ballroom.
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Indian Village Elementary teacher Mary Pat Nichols leads students through the Festival of Gingerbread, starting Friday.
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“The 3 Santas” (three angles of the same ornament, by Jerrod Tobias) will be auctioned during “Art*a*ment” to benefit Cinema Center.
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TobyMac will be at the “Winter Wonder Slam.”

Christmas comes but once a year.

And in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, you have about 500 unique opportunities for celebrating it.

Here’s a list of highlights from the coming holiday season.

Concerts and recitals

“The Spirit of Christmas” – A Christmas stage show; 7:30 p.m. Friday; $20 to $40; Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 Ohio 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio; 419-238-6722.

“A Sandi Patti Christmas” – 3 p.m. Nov. 29; $18 to $75; Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; 260-563-1102.

“Jim Brickman: Beautiful World Christmas” – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2; $17 to $75; Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; 260-563-1102.

“Winter Wonder Slam with tobyMac” – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; $15 to $25; Huntington University Fieldhouse, Huntington; 484-1029.

“Jazz Ensemble Holiday Swing Concert” – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4; $3 to $6; Auer Performance Hall, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; 481-6555.

“Living Christmas Tree” – 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6; $10; Scottish Rite Center, 417 E. Berry St.; 484-1029.

“Canterbury Christmas at Trinity” – Presented by Canterbury Children’s Choir; 4 p.m. Dec. 6; admission charge; Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St.; 423-1693, ext. 13.

“Home for the Holidays” – The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Music presents a program of holiday music; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7; $3 to $6; Auer Performance Hall, IPFW; 481-6555.

“Holiday Pops” – Performed by Fort Wayne Philharmonic; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10; 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 12 and 19; 2 p.m. Dec. 19; $20 to $62; Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 481-0777.

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10; $19 to $75; Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; 260-563-1102

“Rejoice Concerts” – Fort Wayne Children’s Choir holiday concert; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12; $7 adults, $5 seniors and students; Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Simpson United Methodist Church, 3425 Crescent Ave.; 481-0481.

“The Heartland Chamber Chorale Sings Holiday Favorites” – 4 p.m. Dec. 13; $19 to $24; Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St.; 436-8080.

“Christmas with the New Millennium Jazz Orchestra” – 2 p.m. Dec. 13; $10 in advance and $15 at the door; Sweetwater Sound Performance Theater, 5501 U.S. 30; 467-2745 and 437-5120.

“Holiday Pops” – Performed by Fort Wayne Philharmonic; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16; $15; Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; 260-563-1102.

“River City Brass Band” – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18; $10 to $25; Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 Ohio 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio; 419-238-6722.

“The Heartland Chamber Chorale Sings Holiday Favorites” – 4 p.m. Dec. 20; $19 to $24; Allen County Public Library auditorium, 900 Library Plaza; 436-8080.

“Christmas Concert” – Presented by Fort Wayne Mannerchor/Damenchor; 4 p.m. Dec. 20; free-will contributions will be accepted; St. Peter Catholic Church, 518 E. DeWald St.; 459-2225.

Displays, festivals, open houses, tours

“Holiday Happenings at the Conservatory” – The Piñata Paradise is going on now and ends Dec. 6; Downtown Landmarks, a new exhibit featuring models of city buildings, is going on now and ends Jan. 3; conservatory hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays; Closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 to 17, free to ages 2 and younger; Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.; 427-6024.

“AWS Fantasy Of Lights” – More than 70 illuminated and animated holiday displays; Wednesday through Dec. 31; hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; $5 cars, $10 passenger vans and limos; $25 buses and trolleys; Franke Park; horse and carriage rides and sleigh rides are available on weekends for $30 to $60; reservations, 691-3780.

“Santa’s Workshop at the Community Center” – Balloons, crafts, refreshments, movies and a photo with an elf; 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday; free; Community Center, 233 W. Main St.; 427-6460.

“Holiday Kick-Off Party” – Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, meet Mrs. Claus, get a photo with Santa and meet live reindeer; 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday; $3 to $5; Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.; 427-6024.

Official Downtown Lighting Ceremony – These free events happen Wednesday: lighting of the Wolf & Dessauer Santa sign at National City Bank on Main Street at 6:15 p.m.; lighting of the Wells Fargo lighting display at the Wells Fargo Building on Calhoun Street at 6:45 p.m.; lighting of the Indiana Michigan Power Christmas Wreath at One Summit Square on Wayne Street at 7 p.m.; ongoing events at Grand Wayne Center including Mrs. Claus, ice sculptures and refreshments.

“Night of Lights” – A Festival of Trees preview at the Embassy Theatre with screenings of Warner Bros. cartoons, visits from area sports mascots and holiday window displays; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday; $6 adults, $3 seniors and children ages 12 and younger; Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 424-5665.

“Thanksgiving Festival of Trees Preview” – With music from the Grand Page Organ; 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday; $6 adults, $3 seniors and children 12 and younger; Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 424-5665.

“Festival of Trees” – Lavishly decorated Christmas trees, live entertainment, visits with Santa; noon to 8 p.m. Friday through Nov. 29; 9 to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 (senior day); and 9 to 1 p.m. Dec. 1; $6 adults, $3 seniors and children 12 and younger; Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 424-5665.

“Living Lights: A Celebration of the One True Light” – Friday through Jan. 2; hours: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; free; Zanesville United Methodist Church, 11811 N. Wayne Street, Zanesville; 260-638-4108.

“Festival Of Gingerbread” – Decorated gingerbread houses; Friday through Dec. 13; hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; admission charge; The History Center, 302 E. Berry St.; 424-4419.

“Holiday Lantern Tours” – Tours last 90 minutes and are repeated every 30 minutes; 4 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 and 12; $10 adults, $6 students ages 6 to 16; Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio; reservations, 1-800-590-9755.

“Stories from the Conductor” – Mr. Conductor shares train lore; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 to 17, free to ages 2 and younger; Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.; 427-6024.

“Holiday Memorial Tree Lighting” – Lights may be purchased to benefit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home; 5 p.m. Nov. 29; Lights are $25 apiece and two for $40; Baker Street Station, 221 W. Baker St.; 435-3222.

“Holiday Tree Celebration” – The annual lighting of the Indiana Tech holiday tree; 8 p.m. Dec. 2; free; Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd.; 1-800-937-2448.

“A Country Christmas” – Horse-drawn wagon rides, chili supper; 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12; free-will donation; Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road; 693-9526.

“Christmas on the Farm” – Live Nativity scene, horse- and tractor-drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating, a visit from St. Nicholas; 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5; free; Salomon Farm Park, 817 Dupont Road.; 427-6008.

“Art*a*ment” – An auction of fine art ornaments to benefit Cinema Center; 6 p.m. Dec. 5; $20; Cinema Center Downtown and Artlink, 437 E. Berry St.; 426-3456.

“Santa and the Reindeer” – Santa and two real reindeer; noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 to 17, free to ages 2 and younger; Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.; 427-6024.

“Orchard Gallery Open House” – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5; free; Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, 6312-A Covington Road; 436-0927.

“Holiday Festival” – Caroling, hot wassail and carriage rides; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 5; free (fee for gingerbread house kits); The Village at Winona, 901 E. Canal St., Winona Lake; 574-268-9888.

“The Star Of Bethlehem 2009” – Astronomy show with biblical twist; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19; 1:30 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18; 5 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20; $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and younger than 18; Schouweiler Planetarium at the University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; 434-3100.

“University of Saint Francis Lighting of The Lake” – Vigil candles will encircle a segment of Mirror Lake; 6 p.m. Dec. 6; candles are $10; University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; 399-7700 ext. 6400.

“University of Saint Francis Living Nativity” – The character of Saint Francis will narrate the Christmas story; 6 p.m. Dec. 6; free; amphitheatre by Mirror Lake, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; 434-3100.

“Christ Child Festival” – 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11; noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 12; noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 13; free; Memorial Coliseum Expo Center, 4000 Parnell Ave.; 482-9502.

Holiday feasts

“Victorian Repast at Swinney Homestead” – Noon Dec. 2, 3, 4 and 5; 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5; noon seatings are $23, 6 p.m. seatings are $30; Swinney House, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd.; reservations, 486-8903.

“Madrigal Dinner” – 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 1:30 and 5 p.m. Dec. 6; $30 to $400; Walb Ballroom, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; 481-6555.

“Holiday Tea for Women” – With performances by the Manchester College Cantabile Women’s Chorus and Handbell Choir; 2 p.m. Dec. 8; $5; Lahman Room, College Union, Manchester College, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester; 260-982-5285.

“Breakfast with Santa!” – 9 a.m. Dec. 19; $11; Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.; 427-6024.

Musicals, plays, revues, dance showcases and more

“It’s A Wonderful Life” – A stage adaptation of the 1946 film; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Dec. 3, 4 and 5; $5 to $12; Pulse Opera House, Wayne and Second streets, Warren; 260-375-7017.

“The 1940s Radio Hour” – 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; 2 p.m. Dec. 13; $35; Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill Road; 493-1384.

“First Presbyterian Theater Christmas Revue” – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20; $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (older than 60) and youngsters; First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St.; 422-6329.

“The Sound of Music” – 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20; $12 to $30; Ramada Wagon Wheel Theatre, 2519 E. Center St., Warsaw; 574-267-8041 or 1-866-823-2618

“Purely Dance 2009” – 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12; 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13; $5 to $14; Williams Theatre, IPFW; 481-6555.

“For Unto Y’all: A Cowboy Christmas” – A musical comedy retelling the story of Jesus’ birth; 9 p.m. Dec. 4; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; $2; Merillat Center for the Arts studio theatre, Huntington University, Huntington; 260-359-4261

“The Nutcracker” – The perennial Christmastime ballet performed by the Fort Wayne Ballet under the leadership of director Karen Gibbons-Brown; these shows feature Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Children’s Choir accompaniment: 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5; these shows will not feature Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Children’s Choir accompaniment: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13; 7 p.m. Dec. 8; 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12; Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St; $16 to $36; 484-9646.

“Bethlehem Marketplace” – Walk-through drama; 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6; free; Fairview Missionary Church, Angola; 260-665-8402.

“A Walk Through Bethlehem” – A trip back to the crowded streets of Bethlehem; 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6; free; Leo United Methodist Church, 13527 Leo Road; 627-2161.

“A German Christmas Show” – 5 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. show on Dec. 9; $20 to $30; Fort Wayne Sport Club, 3102 Ardmore Ave.; 244-6964 or 338-1324.

“Annie” – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10; $25 to $50; Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 Ohio 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio; 419-238-6722.

“A Walk to Bethlehem” – Full Bethlehem walk with marketplace; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12; free; First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St.; 744-3239.

“Christmas at the Starlight” – A musical dinner theatre; 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12; $16; First Assembly of God, 1400 W. Washington Center Road; 490-8585.

“Annie” – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11; $20 to $45; Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; 260-563-1102.

“Nuts and Crackers 2009” – An alternative holiday dance performance from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective; 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13; $10 to $12; Elliot Studio Theatre, 437 E. Berry St.; 424-6574.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” – Town bullies join the Christmas pageant and learn the true meaning of Christmas in this perennial Youtheatre production; 2 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20; $12 for adults, $8 for children and seniors; Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.; 422-6900.

“Lost In Tinseltown” – A Bower/North Interactive Mystery; 6 p.m. Dec.19; $39.95 includes buffet; Holiday Inn at IPFW, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive; 482-3800.

spen@jg.net

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