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. The Fantasy of Lights is Northeast Indiana’s favorite winter holiday event, now growing to 121 display scenes totalling over 316 displays illuminated with 246,720 LED lights. Proceeds of the event will support disadvantaged people within the community seeking careers.
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 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.
This year, the route increased to 2 miles long and will delight more than 100,000 visitors as they enjoy seeing colorful displays and many new display scenes. Visitors are in for big surprises this year! A completely reconfigured route, interactive radio broadcast for the children and innovative light displays will help this event become the premiere fundraiser for Blue Jacket. Our goal is to serve 50 more clients in 2018 as a result of the increased allure of the event this year.
This is made possible by at least 115 financial and in-kind sponsors of the event! If you are interested in sponsoring a display, please contact Kevin or advertising in our program, please contact Tony.
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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. See the article: F4F 5K Returning for a Second Year
We hire Blue Jacket clients to help setup, maintain, and tear down the displays! We also use at least 300 volunteers to assist in the setup as well as working in the evenings, directing traffic and engaging our visitors.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kevin Pothast.