Deck the Hall “A Dickens of a Christmas” at Stan Hywet

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Experience Christmas as the Seiberlings did with Deck the Hall “A Dickens of a Christmas” at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. There is no setting more beautiful and magical than Stan Hywet at Christmas aglow with Half A Million Lights! Experience the charm of a traditional Christmas from years ago. You’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas at every turn, experiencing the holiday magic of the Estate, both inside the Manor House and outside in the gardens.

“At Christmas 1940, the grandchildren of F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling performed “A Christmas Carol” for family and friends, so we thought it an appropriate theme for this year’s Deck the Hall. We chose scenes and quotes directly from the Dickens story, so when you walk through the house, you’re experiencing the story first hand through Scrooge’s eyes,” notes Chrissy Kozey, Education Manager who collaborated with museum staff to plan each room on the tour.

The story literally comes to life with characters from the novella (portrayed by Stan Hywet’s History First Hand acting troupe) in various rooms of the Manor House. Many rooms on the tour depict scenes from “A Christmas Carol,” and other rooms provide information on Charles Dickens, the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era.

The Music Room will entertain and delight you with live music every evening (except 12/30) by Cleveland and Akron music ensembles.

Plan to arrive in time for the lighting fanfare every evening at 5:30. The magic of lighting the Christmas tree is breathtaking. The grounds of the Estate will be blanketed with
Half A Million Lights, creating a winter wonderland of shapes and colors.

As you stroll the gardens, make your way over to the Conservatory for a laser light show. Buy unique gifts and treats for everyone on your Christmas list at the Carriage House and Molly’s Shop & Cafe.

Guests may stroll around (for the first time in years) the recently restored West Terrace, which includes a 30-ft tall tree of lights on the West Terrace Overlook.

The Corbin Conservatory features a photo opportunity with Victorian character cut-outs, a children’s activity and giant fern “Christmas tree” decorated with poinsettia “ornaments.” Once again, the Conservatory roof will be illuminated in an elaborate lighting display. Santa Claus will be waiting for a visit in his workshop too.

Buy Tickets for Deck the Hall “A Dickens of a Christmas”

To order tickets, Call 330-315-3287, order online, or upon arrival.


Adult: $16 House &   grounds tour OR $10 for the gardens and grounds only
Youth and college students with I.D.: $5 per person for the house &  grounds tour OR$4 for the gardens & grounds only
Kids 5 and under: FREE with an adult
Member prices are available.

Deck the Hall “A Dickens of a Christmas” at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens open November 26-28, and December 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 21-23 and 26-30 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Stan Hywet Hall &   Gardens
714 North Portage Path
Akron, Ohio

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