The large pavilion at Franke Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana is beautifully decorated with exhibits. You may especially enjoy the “Do It Together” sample projects that could be gifted to special people in our life. Strolling through the pavilion and enjoying the Christmas displays is a fun, relaxing time for you and your family.
You will have the opportunity to go back in time and walk through The Streets of Bethlehem as they might have been the day after Jesus was born. It is especially fun to take a moment and enjoy the camels, donkey and sheep.
The Activity Tent features an area for games/crafts for children, our parade float, the Animal Grams Petting Zoo, and a sitting area in front of the stage where a variety of presentations will be offered on the hour and half hour including Big Blast Balloons sharing a stage presentation with a balloon nativity both afternoons. Saturday afternoon Mime Time will be featured as well as a Thank You Concert by local immigrants. The finale for the festival will be an opportunity to sing Christmas carols by participating in the Impromptu Choir.
The DeKalb County Horsemen's Association will be at the festival offering free rides in horse drawn wagons and a carriage.
There is no charge for admission, parking or refreshments as the festival is completely underwritten by Christian churches, ministries, businessmen, and individuals.
Come, enjoy this special gift.
Saturday, November 25
Noon MIMEtime is a youth ministry from Central Ministries of Leo which dramatizes the spiritual and practical messages of contemporary Christian music through choreography and pantomime.
1:00 pm Neer and Far Ministries Puppet Show
2:00 pm Big Blast Balloon Ministries Balloon Sculpting
2:30 pm Lutheran Men of Song
3:00 pm Karen Christians Thank You Concert
4:00 pm Gene Branscomb, soloist
Sunday, November 26
12:30 pm Big Blast Balloon Ministries Sculpting
1:00 pm Carolaires
2:00 pm Concordia Lutheran High School Singers
2:30pm Missionary Churches Praise Teams
3:30 pm Finale of Impromptu Choir
We will be decorating a tree for the Fort Wayne Veteran's Hospital lobby on Lake Avenue.
Little Dresses for Africa Project
This is the fifth year that we will be sewing dresses for little girls. The dresses will be distributed by the "Little Dresses for Africa" ministry. This ministry sends mission teams that teach Bible Schools and give the handmade dresses to little girls who are desperately in need of clothing. The dress pattern is available on the "Little Dresses for Africa" website or a kit with fabric can be received by calling Annette Mains at 260-637-9980. The sun dress is a very simple, easily made dress. It is lots of fun to make them. If you need material call Annette.
The dresses that you donate will be on display at the festival. Guests at the festival will be asked to donate to help ship the dresses. This has been a successful project because children who attend the festival love to pick out a dress to send. Donations of any amount are accepted. Your help is needed to make the dresses. We have sent 1,018 dresses in the past.
Encourage our Fire Fighters
You will have an opportunity to write a note of appreciation to be included in our gift packets to Fort Wayne Fire Fighters and EMTS.
These mission projects provide an opportunity for individuals attending the festival to be the "hands and feet of Jesus". Children are given the hands-on opportunity to be a part of serving our Lord.
We appreciate your help in accomplishing these projects. Please call Annette Mains (260-637-9980) or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer supplies, funds, or labor. These are good opportunities for Sunday school groups or small groups to assist in cresting a wonderful festival for our community.