Festival of Trees starts today

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The annual Festival of Trees event kicks off today (Nov. 21) at Fort Wayne’s Embassy Theatre.

Known as one of the region’s most anticipated holiday traditions, this year’s festival includes a Thanksgiving Day screening of the classic holiday movie “White Christmas,” starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.

The Festival of Trees 2018 is Nov. 21-28. Admission is $8/adult, $4/youth ages 4-12, and children 3 and under get in free.

The event sees the lobbies of the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel transformed into a wonderland of decorated trees under the theme of “White Christmas.” This year marks the festival’s 34th anniversary.

Guests will tour the theater as they view 65 decorated trees and animated holiday windows. Admission includes a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus and festive entertainment on the theater stage, including performances featuring the Grande Page pipe organ.

Visit the Embassy’s website for a complete lineup of activities.

The 2018 tree decorator awards were announced at the Nov. 20 sponsors’ preview night. First place was awarded to “We Wish Who A Merry Grinchmas,” sponsored by Roto-Rooter Plumbers and decorated by Sherry Elward, John Elward, Jolene Evans, Stephanie Schoenherr, Deb Cottrell.

Second place went to “(Gnome) Home for the Holidays,” sponsored by Ruoff Home Mortgage and decorated by Ruoff Home Mortgage.

Third place was won by “White Christmas: The Blizzard of ’78,” sponsored by Fort Wayne Newspapers and decorated by Dinah Gibson, Aja Michael-Keller.

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