Running from Friday, November 27 through Saturday, January 2, 2016, Akron’s historic manor house, Stan Hywet Hall and gardens is offering its annual Deck the Hall celebration. This year’s theme is “Home for the Holidays.” It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.
Taking place from 5 p.m. – 9 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 three new songs this year — “Home for the Holidays,” Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Deck the Hall.” Kids will again be able to enjoy Gingerbread Land, a play garden that has been transformed into a creative outdoor play space for children 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. New this year is an attraction you won’t want to miss. It’s an animated holiday window (in the Courtyard outside Molly’s Cafe) depicting a 1920’s downtown Akron at dusk that includes a department store, a blimp circling in the sky, shoppers, moving street cars and twinkling lights.
Inside, visitors can take a self-guided tour of 21 rooms of the Manor House which will be decorated with trees, lights and holiday adornments. A featured attraction in the Manor House is a variety of antique and vintage toys from 1900- 1917 on loan from Susie’s Museum of Childhood in Carrollton, Ohio. Among the toys on display will be Stieff bears, a vintage ferris wheel, metal toys and banks, a Humpty Dumpty circus, doll houses, wood and metal trains and Raggedy Ann dolls.
The Manor’s Master Bedroom will be set up so that visitors will think they are looking through a giant snow globe at an actual snow globe collection. In the Library will be miniature nativity scenes and cardboard “putz” houses and the kitchen table features a display of a lavish feast from a holiday of yesteryear.
Guests will be able to enjoy live musical entertainment by area choirs and musicians each evening in Stan Hywet’s Music Room. And don’t miss paying a visit to the Corbin Conservatory where you can see a very tall poinsettia tree.
Admission for the Deck the Hall event is $18 for adults and $7 for youth (6-17). Children 5 and under are free. Free on-site parking is available in the Stan Hywet main lot. Visitors can also shop for holiday gifts at Molly’s Shop and purchase food at Molly’s Cafe.
For more information about the Deck the Hall event or about Stan Hywet Hall, call 888-836-5533 or get online at www.stanhywet.org. Stan Hywet Hall is located at 714 N. Portage Path in Akron, Ohio. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.