FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Families will have to change their Thanksgiving Eve plans this year. The Night of Lights has been canceled.
Fort Wayne’s decades-long tradition of gathering together downtown to watch the lighting of Santa and his reindeer and other lights has been canceled due to COVID-19 and public safety concerns.
However, the annual in-person Night of Lights will be replaced with a televised special on WANE 15.
“Our Fort Wayne community and the Downtown Improvement District have come together to create
an alternative way to honor our annual tradition while keeping families safe during the ongoing
challenges of this pandemic. While Santa and his reindeer would have loved to have us count down together for the lighting ceremony, we are certain he approves this safer option from the comfort of our homes,” said Corinna Ladd, PNC regional president of northern Indiana.
Beginning at 7 p.m., on Nov. 25 viewers can tune in to WANE 15 to experience this annual tradition from the
safety and comfort of their home. The Downtown Improvement District is hosting the special ‘Merry and Bright: A History of the Night of Lights presented by PNC Bank‘ and sponsored by American Electric Power Foundation and WANE 15.
The televised special will take viewers through the history of the iconic holiday displays throughout Downtown, featuring the story of Santa and His Reindeer. All of the holiday displays and
lights Downtown will remain lit through New Year’s Day 2021.