Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens presents its annual celebration of the winter holidays, "Deck The Hall," from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 25 through 27, and Dec. 1 through 4, Dec. 8 through 23, and December 26 through 30.
Stan Hywet is at 714 North Portage Path, in Akron, Ohio.
The entire estate is illuminated with 800,000 lights. New at Deck The Hall is an animated bakeshop window in the Courtyard outside Molly's Shop - complementing the window depicting downtown Akron (circa 1920) at dusk during the holidays. Also new is a life-sized animatronic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in the reindeer barn holding court in Santa's new meet-and-greet experience area near the animated windows.
The Manor House is decorated to reflect the theme of A Storybook Christmas and every evening of Deck The Hall also includes a Christmas tree lighting in the Courtyard at 5:30pm with Santa. DAZZLE, a light show spectacular animated to music, features three news songs and Gingerbread Land, the holiday transformation of Playgarden, is back to delight all guests. A warming fire, freshly baked gingerbread cookies, savory snacks and holiday shopping at Molly's are also part of this wonderful Christmastime tradition.
"Last year's animated holiday window of vintage Akron was so popular that we are creating a custom-designed display featuring four bakers in perpetual motion, mixing and baking cookies and cakes," says Linda Conrad, President & Executive Director. "Another new feature in the Courtyard is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This life-size animatronic joins Santa, greeting children and guests of all ages."
A Storybook Christmas in the Manor House brings to life Christmas stories in more than 20 rooms in the historic mansion. Favorites like "Frosty the Snowman" and "Elf on a Shelf" will be featured, as well as other wonderful stories, including "The Mitten" and "A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree." "We chose some Christmas storybooks that are less familiar, but very inspiring and ones that guests will enjoy," notes Kim Sorboro, Collections Manager at Stan Hywet.
In the Music Room, choirs and musicians from throughout Northeast Ohio provide a musical backdrop as guests tour the historic Manor House.
DAZZLE, the outdoor light show spectacular animated to music, has been updated with three popular Christmas songs: "We Need a Little Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Frosty The Snowman." The centerpiece of Dazzle is a 25-foot Christmas tree, lit with a full spectrum of color, a layer of lighted ornaments, and an overlay of sparkle lights. Surrounding the tree are dozens of flowers, butterflies, bees and globes also shimmering with lights. Apple trees in the Great Garden, wrapped in lights, add more sparkle to the display.
The large oaks from the Carriage House to the Manor House will be filled with oversized stars and snowflakes. Guests may stroll down the Birch Tree Alle through hoops wrapped in white lights. The Grape Arbor will be illuminated with clusters of "grape lights," and the popular miniature village is on display in the Lagoon area, viewable from the Tea Houses. In the Corbin Conservatory, the tropical Garden Under Glass, has subtle up-lighting with LED "candles" in the flower beds. Nearby, a tall poinsettia "tree" provides a perfect backdrop for family photos.
The Gingerbread Bakeshop in the Courtyard sells Stan Hywet's famous hot gingerbread cookies, as well as cocoa and cider; and the Salty Reindeer features savory snacks; including freshly baked Bavarian pretzels, popcorn, beer, wine and soft drinks. Molly's Shop is fully stocked for holiday shopping and the caf is a welcome respite, as well as place to enjoy more substantial fare and holiday treats.
Tickets to Deck The Hall may be purchased in advance at stanhywet.org or 330-315-3287, or upon arrival. Tickets include a self-guided tour of the Manor House and grounds, including DAZZLE and Gingerbread Land. Tickets include free parking.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Deck the Hall 2016
Manor House Music Room Entertainment
November 25Kimberly States / Cathy FafrakPiano
November 26Suite EleganceInstrumental Quartet
November 27Jane Delcamp / Lori NelsonFlute/piano
December 1The King's StringsHarps
December 2dismantleRepairChristian Rock
December 3dismantleRepairChristian Rock
December 8Suite EleganceInstrumental Quartet
December 9KSU Men's Octet Chorus
December 10KSU Women's choirChorus
December 11 Western Reserve Academy String quartetStrings
December 12 Shani DiggsPiano
December 13Denny FranzChoir
December 14 Barbara ShearerAeolian organ
December 15Carole SayrePiano
December 16Sperry CreekOrchestra
December 17Nancy Seiberling SmithSoloist
December 18Bryon Black and FriendsOrchestra/chorus
December 19Western Star Flute ChoirFlutes
December 20Joyful Bronze Hand Bell Quintet
December 21Graham HicksPiano
December 22Robin Bennett CostanzoSoloist
December 23All Thumbs BassoonsBassoons
December 26Steve OstrowHarp
December 27Jason FawksPiano
December 30Linda Florjancic / Nancy GrayViola/Piano