The large pavilion at Franke Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana is beautifully decorated with exhibits. You will especially enjoy booths like Make it and Take it and Say Merry Christmas and Bake it and Take it and Say Merry Christmas. These two booths are filled with ideas that you can make and take to your neighbors and friends. 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 Children's Tent is filled with crafts and games. This year your children can enjoy a petting zoo. Animal Grams will be there with their miniature horses and other animals.
The Entertainment Tent provides an opportunity to sit down in the heated tent and enjoy excellent drama and music presentations by some of Fort Wayne's most talented local artists.
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.
We will be decorating a tree for the Fort Wayne Veteran's Hospital lobby on Lake Avenue.
Thursday Craft and Work Days
Work days will be held each Thursday during September - November at Heritage Mission, 1825 West Shoaff Road, Huntertown, Indiana (260-637-9980) from 10 am - 3 pm. Please pack a lunch and join us in preparing for the festival. Please call Annette at 260-637-9980 to confirm your attendance.
Little Dresses for Africa Project
This is the fourth 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 700 dresses in the past.
The Mission Wall
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.
We are collecting:
- ALL WHITE - Absolutely No Color or stripes- Underwear for the chaplains at the Allen County Jail to give to inmates (mens shorts, t-shirts, socks, Womens panties and Bras) if you would like to make a financial donation we will shop for you.
- Reading Glasses labeled with the strength of the glasses for the Allen County Jail.
- Recovery Bibles for the chaplains to use at the jail - they are given to inmates who attend Bible studies - Cost $20 each. Please contact Annette Mains - 260-637-9980