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  • File Nov. 27, 1957: Crowds move around downtown Fort Wayne as they wait for the holiday lights to be lit.   

  • File Nov. 18, 1949: Christmas lights and displays are lit downtown, including the Merry Christmas wreath on the side of Wolf & Dessauer. Check out the back of Santa's sleigh on the right of the picture – the display had only been in use for a few years at that point.

  • File 1948: Workers hang Christmas signs on lamp posts.

  • File 1985: Crowds check out the downtown Santa display.

  • File Dec. 18, 1980: Workers paint holly on the window of a business.

  • File 1980: A family checks out holiday displays at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

  • File 1958: Workers unload Christmas trees from a train car. 

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 2:10 pm

Looking Back: Christmas around town

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

'Tis the holiday season, and all you need to do is take a look around town to know that's true. 

Here are some archive photos of Christmas around town. If some look familiar, that's because they were used in previous Throwback Thursday posts on our social media accounts.

If you have an idea for a time, date, event or year to be featured in the History Journal, email Corey McMaken at