This article appeared in a past edition of OhioTraveler.com.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens presents Deck The Hall from 5-8pm on select December dates.
DAZZLE, updated with all new animation, is an outdoor light show spectacular animated to music in the Great Garden will entertain guests. Making its debut is Gingerbread Land, a winter transformation of Stan Hywet’s newest outdoor space, Playgarden. The Manor House is decorated to reflect the theme of Christmas Around The World. The roof of the Tudor Playhouse will be trimmed with piped “icing,” and the entire space will be decorated with lights, giant lollipops, candies and gingerbread men.
Every evening of Deck The Hall also includes the Christmas tree lighting in the Courtyard at 5:30pm with Santa. A warming fire, freshly baked gingerbread cookies, savory snacks and holiday shopping at Molly’s are also part of this wonderful holiday tradition.
“Families and guests will delight in this newest child-friendly feature of Deck the Hall,” notes Linda Conrad, President & Executive Director.
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 garden, wrapped in lights, add more dimension (glimmer) to the display.
“DAZZLE and Gingerbread Land, plus the lights inside the Manor House and outside on the grounds will easily raise the total number to more than 800,000 lights on the estate,” said Conrad.
On the lawn outside the Manor House, an antique sleigh provides the perfect backdrop for family photos. Inside the Manor House, “Christmas Around the World” features rooms decorated with holiday traditions from all parts of the globe, with a focus the history and traditions of St. Nicholas, Father Christmas and Santa. In the Music Room, choirs and musicians from throughout Northeast Ohio provide a musical backdrop as guests tour the historic Manor House.
The tropical oasis in the Corbin Conservatory, Garden Under Glass, has a cool winter feel with blue and white LED lights. A poinsettia tree provides another perfect backdrop for family photos. Outside, trees will be filled with oversized stars and snowflakes from the Carriage House to the Manor House. The Birch Allée will be wrapped in clear lights and the large oaks and beeches will be uplighted for dramatic effect. The Grape Arbor will be lit with clusters of “grape lights,” and back after a hiatus is the miniature village in the Lagoon area, viewable from the Tea Houses.
The Gingerbread Bakeshop in the Courtyard will be selling Stan Hywet’s famous hot gingerbread cookies, as well as cocoa and cider; and the Salty Reindeer is selling savory snacks, including freshly baked Bavarian pretzels, popcorn, beer, wine and soft drinks. Molly’s Shop is fully stocked for holiday shopping and the café 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 www.stanhywet.org or 330-315-3287, or upon arrival. Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron Ohio. It is the nation’s 6th largest historic home open to the public.