Featuring Plenty of Nostalgia
and One Million Holiday Lights
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens presents “DECK THE HALL : A Very Merry Christmas” on select dates in December. Some elements of this Akron tradition have been updated, and social distancing plans are in place at Deck the Hall to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
Deck the Hall in the historic Manor House is a one-way tour, limited to the first floor. Fourteen rooms will be decorated with nutcrackers, snowmen, playful elves, as well as plenty of nostalgic holiday brands to put all visitors in a festive mood. A scavenger hunt is incorporated into the self-guided tour for added fun. Capacity in the Manor House will be continually monitored and limited to ensure a safe experience.
As in the past, guests will begin the evening in the Carriage House Courtyard, with a large decorated and brightly lit Christmas tree in the center of all Courtyard activities (there is no tree lighting this year). Two animated shop windows are just outside Molly’s Shop: The Gingerbread Bakeshop features bakers in perpetual motion; and a second window is reminiscent of downtown Akron at dusk during the holidays, circa 1920. Rudolph’s Corral (sponsored by ACME Fresh Markets) is nearby, where Santa will host socially-distanced visits with plexiglass between himself and the kids. The Gingerbread Hut and the Salty Reindeer will be selling refreshments, including everyone’s favorite – HOT gingerbread.
Guests may stroll the gardens illuminated with one million holiday lights, stopping by the Great Garden to enjoy holiday music choreographed to the DAZZLE light show. GINGERBREAD LAND is a one-way walk-through tour featuring even more lights, and the greenhouse is open to purchase the healthiest poinsettias around in a wide variety of colors. Back at the Courtyard, Molly’s Shop is brimming with unique Christmas merchandise, with capacity limits in place to ensure a safe shopping experience.
To ensure more social distancing, tickets to Deck the Hall must be purchased in advance at stanhywet.org or by phone at 330-315-3287. Purchasing tickets in person is not allowed at Deck the Hall this year. Tickets include a self-guided tour of the grounds, Dazzle, Gingerbread Land, and the first floor of the Manor House.
For more information, visit https://www.stanhywet.org. Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron Ohio.