19th Annual Christmas on Broadway to kick off the holiday season Friday evening

The children and families of Erin’s House will be highlighted as the event’s 2023 charitable organization
Published: Nov. 16, 2023 at 5:15 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The 19th Annual “Christmas on Broadway” celebration is set to usher in the holiday season in The Fort once again this Friday.

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The event, sponsored by 21Alive, will take place on Friday, Nov. 17, at Broadway Plaza, outside of the Shine & Hardin building. This year’s celebration will benefit the nonprofit Erin’s House for Grieving Children, which offers support for children, teens, and their families who have experienced a loss.

READ MORE: Christmas on Broadway highlights Erin’s House for Grieving Children

The Concordia Lutheran High School Marching Band will lead the parade, which will begin at Broadway and Creighton around 5:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to line both sides of Broadway, where a sparkling fire truck will carry Santa Claus down the street to the Broadway Plaza.

There, event organizers say Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be handing out Santa hats and stockings to all of the children in attendance. Kids at the event will also have the chance to pet live reindeer and board the miniature Polar Express train. New this year is a Smoking J’s BBQ-style food truck and the Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee Truck to offer attendees a chance to warm up with a hot holiday drink.

The 40-foot Colorado spruce, donated by Northeastern REMC, will then be lit at 6 p.m., ushered in by a fireworks show and Christmas songs. Officials say this year’s tree will be dedicated in honor of Richard Franke, late co-owner of the Fort Wayne Komets who passed away in July at 79.

WATCH: Christmas on Broadway tree lighting dedicated to late Komets owner

21Alive will broadcast the celebration live starting at 4 p.m., which will conclude with a fireworks display above the “‘07 Neighborhood.”

Where do I park?

Many viewers have been asking about optimal parking spots for the celebration.

Organizers say the event is surrounded by neighborhoods that have open, free street parking. For those who don’t mind a bit of a walk, attendees can park at the Electric Works parking garage a few blocks away, shown on the map below.

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