Since 1994, The Fantasy of Lights has helped many people in need, first through Anthony Wayne Services, now called Benchmark Services, and now through Blue Jacket serving anyone with a barrier to employment. Blue Jacket took over management in 2015.
Fantasy of Lights is northeast Indiana’s favorite winter holiday event! Proceeds of the event will support disadvantaged people within the community looking for a second chance at employment.
This drive-through event is situated in Franke Park (adjacent to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo) and transforms the park into a spectacular winter wonderland with 90 larger-than-life brilliant, animated light displays depicting holiday scenes with loveable animals, hardworking elves, jolly Santa Claus, fun toys, excited children and families, and majestic nativity figures. The 1.5 mile route delights more than 100,000 people annually as they enjoy seeing colorful displays such as the waving snowman, Santa in his sleigh, a rocking horse, penguins playing on an iceberg, skaters on a pond, Santa coming down the chimney, carolers, and a nativity scene, to name a few.
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Also Available was the Fantasy of Lights 5K by Fort4Fitness that had 1,500 runners and walkers to participate in their inaugural winter run. Prizes for best holiday outfit were awarded and strollers are allowed. All proceeds go to Fort4Fitness.
NeighborLink Fort Wayne hosted their 2nd Night Moves at the Fantasy of Lights which involves some trail running and exciting lighted courses.