Statement issued by the Embassy Theatre:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Festival of Trees at the historic Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel is a highly anticipated tradition during the holiday season. From Nov. 24-30, 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 more than 40 designer trees, Santa Land, animated Holiday Windows on Harrison Street and holiday youth entertainment on the Embassy stage, all wrapped in a Holiday Memories theme.
Event dates and times:
- Night of Lights, Wed., Nov. 24, 6-9 p.m.
- Festival of Trees, Thurs., Nov. 25, 4-8 p.m. (featuring Grande Page Organ music)
- Festival of Trees, Fri.-Sun., Nov. 26-28, 12-8 p.m. (youth entertainment on the Embassy stage)
- Down the Chimney: Holiday Tunes from the Townies, Sat., Nov. 27, 9 p.m.
- Senior Day, Mon., Nov. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Festival of Trees, Tues., Nov. 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Festival of Trees Tickets: $6.50 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.
- Down the Chimney Tickets: $15. On sale now at the Embassy box office and Ticketmaster.
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. 24, 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. The Embassy silver screen will feature Warner Brothers cartoons continuously.
Harrison Street Windows: The Embassy’s animated holiday windows return with the second installment of the adventures of Oscar the elf. This year, Oscar is working in Santa’s toy factory, but someone, or something, keeps breaking the machines. Oscar must find out how to fix the problem in time to save Christmas. Designed by David and Kathy James from Corner House Creations, along with artist Don Johnson, the Embassy holiday windows will be open for viewing until Jan. 1, 2011. Sponsors are Fort Wayne Metals, MidWest American FCU and NIPSCO.
Holiday Windows on Jefferson: The Jefferson Blvd. window near the box office will be created by Suzan Zimmerman featuring custom-designed art glass. The nativity window sponsored by Mike’s CarWash will return to the corner window on Jefferson Boulevard.
Live Trees: The Embassy Festival of Trees will continue the tradition of featuring five live trees in the Indiana Hotel Lobby. The pedal-power tree will be designed by Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot with a bicycling theme. Patrons ride a bicycle which then powers the lights of this energy tree. Four additional live trees will make up the live-tree grove, sponsored by Indiana Michigan Power. 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.
Down the Chimney: Holiday Tunes from the Townies: Down the Chimney is a new stage event for 2010, featuring favorite local musicians Good Night Gracie and Adam Strack with Hubie Ashcraft playing popular music and a few holiday tunes. It all happens on Sat., Nov. 27, at 9 p.m.
Wells Fargo Money Tree: The Wells Fargo money tree will return for the 26th consecutive year. Visitors pay $1 to guess the amount of money on the tree. The closest guess wins the amount on the tree.
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.
Breakfast with Santa: Children and their families will enjoy breakfast on the Embassy Theatre stage on Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27, 9:30-11 a.m. A visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus completes the event. Admission is $12 per person, with payment required at time of reservation. Contact Macy’s at 260.484.156, dial 1, then ext. 2781 for a reservation. Space is limited.
Senior Day: Kingston Healthcare senior day is Monday, Nov. 29, 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.
Built in 1928, the historic Embassy Theatre features national productions from the Broadway stage, concerts of all musical formats, cinema, educational programming and a continued commitment to young people. For more information, visit www.fwembassytheatre.org.