Festival of Trees

This year’s Festival of Trees takes place Nov. 22-29. Lobbies of the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel are transformed into a wonderland of Christmas trees under the theme of “Silver Bells.” This year marks the festival’s 33rd celebration.

Guests will tour the theater as they view 50+ decorated trees and animated holiday windows. Admission includes a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, festive entertainment on the theater stage, including performances featuring the Grande Page pipe organ.

Founded in 1984, the Festival of Trees supports ongoing operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation. The festival is the organization’s largest annual fundraising event.

Tickets are $8/adult, $4/youth ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free (ticket required). Purchase tickets at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy Theatre, 800.745.3000 and ticketmaster.com.

The Embassy’s Festival of Trees is a holiday tradition for northeast Indiana. Visit the Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. in downtown Fort Wayne.

Festival of Trees hours:

Wednesday, Nov. 22 (6-9 p.m.):  Night of Lights sponsored by Broadway at the Embassy

Thursday, Nov. 23 (4-8 p.m.): Thanksgiving Day sponsored by Broadway at the Embassy

NEW IN 2017: Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” movie screening (5 p.m.)

Friday, Nov. 24 (12-8 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 25 (12-8 p.m.)

Sunday, Nov. 26 (12-8 p.m.)

Monday, Nov. 27 (9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 5-9 p.m.)

Tuesday, Nov. 28 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Wednesday, Nov. 29 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Special events:

Breakfast with Santa: Nov. 24-26 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) Separate ticket required. $15 for all guests.

Tots & Trees Day: Nov. 27 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) Family-friendly. Selfies on stage encouraged.

Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Community Sing-along: Nov. 27 (5-9 p.m.) Performance from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Kingston Senior Day: Nov. 28 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) Refreshments provided by Kingston Healthcare.

2017 Breakfast with Santa – on sale now

Sponsored by 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, McDonald’s

Friday, Nov. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Embassy Theatre
Tickets: $15 for all guests

One of the most anticipated holiday traditions returns to the Embassy Theatre during the annual Festival of Trees.

Plan your Breakfast with Santa now.

Visit includes:

  • Breakfast provided by McDonald’s
  • Sing-along with Santa
  • Storytime with Mrs. Claus
  • Visit by Ronald McDonald
  • Early entry into Festival of Trees

Charge-by-phone 260.424.5665 or in person at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy. No online sales. Advance tickets required. Limited seating.


Sponsorship information

2017 Festival of Trees Sponsor Contract and Details

Festival of Trees is the Embassy’s signature fundraising event and dollars raised benefit the nonprofit’s operations and programming. Founded in 1984, the Festival of Trees is a fundraising and community goodwill event. Revenue supports ongoing operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation, Inc. The 33rd annual Festival of Trees is Nov. 22-29, 2017. Embassy Festival of Trees offers organizations a unique opportunity to participate in an annual community event and the Embassy Theatre Foundation’s largest fundraiser:

Youth Performance Education Opportunity — Youth entertainment on the Embassy stage is the highlight of the festival, with regional dance groups filling 20+ performance slots on the stage during the weekend festival hours. The youth performances provide an entertainment backdrop for the festival and young dancers receive an opportunity to experience performing on the Embassy’s Broadway-scaled stage.

Community Visibility — The Festival of Trees attracts more than 18,000 visitors annually to the Embassy Theatre. Beginning with the Night of Lights, the Embassy is a featured stop in the city’s annual downtown lighting ceremony, offering the opening of the Harrison Street holiday windows and the opening night for Festival of Trees.

Community Collaboration — This event opens the doors to Fort Wayne and surrounding communities and gives the public the opportunity to participate as patrons, musical performers, event volunteers, sponsors and/or tree decorators. The Festival of Trees is proud to partner with other downtown holiday festivals to make downtown the finest holiday destination in northeast Indiana.

Economic Development — In keeping with its mission to “preserve and operate one of Indiana’s largest historic theatres,” the Embassy manages ongoing restoration and maintenance efforts, all with the primary goal of improving and securing the theater for future generations. These efforts are accomplished by offering diverse programming and events and welcoming more than 110,000 patrons and performers each year.

If you would like to sponsor a 2018 tree, email Festival of Trees at FOT@fwembassytheatre.org.

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