Running from Friday, November 28 through Saturday, January 3, 2015, Akron’s historic manor house, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is offering its annual Deck the Hall celebration. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.” It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.
“Christmas Around the World” Taking place from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. each night with the lighting of the Christmas tree by Santa Claus in the Courtyard. Special Note: After Christmas while Santa is on vacation, the tree lighting will be done by The Gingerbread Man. Guests are invited to stroll Stan Hywet’s grounds and gardens which will be decorated in a wonderland of lights either before or after their visit to the Manor House. This year, Deck the Hall features more than 800,000 lights both inside the Manor House and outside.
While at Stan Hywet, don’t miss a presentation of “Dazzle,” a 10 minute computerized Christmas light show animated to music featuring all new holiday songs this year.
And there is something new for the kids this year — Gingerbread Land, a playgarden that has been transformed into a creative outdoor play space for children but that all ages can enjoy.
While outside, guests can warm up by the cozy fire in the Courtyard and enjoy fresh baked gingerbread cookies and warm Bavarian pretzels in addition to hot cocoa or cider, all available for purchase.
Inside visitors can take a self-guided tour of 21 rooms in the Manor House which will be decorated with trees, lights and holiday adornmrents all inspired by this year’s “Christmas Around the World” theme.
Guests will be able to enjoy live musical entertainment by area choirs and musicians each evening in Stan Hywet’s Music Room.
Don’t miss paying a visit to the Corbin Conservatory where you can see a 20 foot poinsettia tree and a holiday floral display.
Visitors will also have the chance to partake of family photos opportunities at two sites around Stan Hywet Hall.
Again, all tours of the Manor House are self-guided. Deck the Hall will be offered from November 28 through January 3, 2015.
Admission for the event is $18 for adults and $8 for youth (6-17). Children 5 and under are free. The Front Gate closes at 8 p.m. but the estate is open until 9 p.m. Free on-site parking is available in the Stan Hywet main lot. Once that lot is full, guests will be directed to other auxiliary lots.
If you want to make your visit to the Deck the Hall event truly special (and perhaps, romantic), indulge in one of the “An Evening of Holiday Magic” packages being offered on December 5, December 12 and December 19. The package includes a holiday dinner buffet (featuring citrus thyme roasted chicken, baked ham with pineapple and holiday spices, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, mixed greens and a dessert station), beverages and a Deck the Hall tour.
Cost of the Penn Station ticket (includes two non-alcoholic drinks) is $69.95 and cost of the Grand Central Ticket (includes two alcoholic drinks) is $74.95.
Reservations are required for the Holiday Magic packages. Call 330-315-3210 to make reservations.
Visitors to the Deck the Hall event can also shop for holiday gifts at Molly’s Shop and purchase something to eat at Molly’s Cafe.
For more information about the Deck the Hall event or about Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens get online at www.stanhywet.org.
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is located at 714 N. Portage Path in Akron, Ohio. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.