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Tis’ the Season, the I-X Christmas Connection Returns!

(Cleveland, OH) A holiday tradition for 28 years, the I-X Christmas Connection at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio merrily comes back into town November 22-24, 2013, with hundreds of unique gifts, handmade crafts, and great holiday entertainment! The Christmas shopping season starts here with nearly 600 booths offering something for everyone on your shopping list, naughty or nice! Handmade soaps, pottery, gourmet dips, woven garments, flavored coffees, jewelry, furniture and much more will fill the aisles with Christmas cheer. Over 130 brand new vendors will be participating in this year’s event!  

Patrons will be dazzled by the fun and festive atmosphere from the minute they walk in. NEW this year, Universal Windows will be showcasing fabulous holiday window displays guaranteed to give patrons great ideas for their homes. Also making a debut will be a life-sized “snowglobe,” perfect for families to jump in and take memorable holiday photos (additional fee applies). If that isn’t enough festiveness, another “can’t miss” holiday scene comes courtesy of Exclusive Balloons - they’ll be designing a 900 square foot area in Santa’s workshop full of holiday balloons!  

The Christmas Wine Cellar will allow patrons to take a break from shopping and enjoy a few wine tastings. If a favorite vino is discovered, full bottles will be available for purchase to take home. After a full day of shopping, attendees will truly appreciate the Shop and Drop, allowing them to place their holiday purchases in one convenient location while they explore the show floor. Gift wrapping is free for all attendees. A donation box will be located at the Shop and Drop and other show areas with all proceeds going towards the Prayers for Maria Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for the deadliest childhood brain tumors known as “gliomas.”

Kids will have a great time with special features meant just for them! In SantaLand they can write and mail their letters to Santa, or stick around to meet him in person. The Sugar Plum Shoppe features over 4,000 pre-wrapped gifts (under $6 each) and is perfect for pint-sized wallets to buy special little gifts for Mom and Dad. At Gingerbread Square, the first 600 kids will have the chance to decorate – and eat! – their own holiday cookie. A giant gingerbread house will be on display to help inspire some sweet ideas. To burn off all that excitement, a children’s play area featuring child-friendly outdoor toys will be onsite.

Breakfast with Santa” is a popular feature that delights parents and kids alike! Wait to see if Santa can find his way to the I-X Center, then enjoy a hot breakfast after the show. A special present from the Jolly Old Elf and great photo opportunities (patrons must bring own camera) are included with this package. Children one and under are free unless they would like to partake in breakfast, then a ticket must be purchased. Tickets to Breakfast with Santa for Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, are $19.00 for adults and $11.00 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased online only. Includes admission to the I-X Christmas Connection.

Live entertainment throughout the weekend gets everyone into the holiday mood! Local choirs and gospel groups, Irish dance and music bands will be playing and performing all of the seasonal favorites. Northeast Ohio’s own Singing Angels take the stage for two magical performances on Friday evening at 5pm and 7pm (visit website for a full entertainment schedule).The non-profit group is a Cleveland institution supporting youth in arts and music, and have performed throughout the region as well as to international audiences.

The I-X Cleveland Christmas Connection has all the holiday shopping fun November 22-24, 2013, at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, One I-X Center Drive on Route 237, adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  It is easily accessible from I-480, I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike.

Tickets sold online (www.ixchristmasconnection.com) and onsite at the I-X Center Box Office will be $10.99 for adults and children. Children ages 12 and under FREE.  Advanced discount tickets are just $8.99 each at Discount Drug Mart, a savings of $2 per ticket from the box office price. Don’t forget about the Kris Kringle Pack which includes four tickets and a parking pass for only $42.99 (while supplies last)! Discount Drug Mart, the Official Discount Drug Store ticketing retail sponsor of I-X Christmas Connection. Customers can purchase tickets now at Discount Drug Mart utilizing the ticketing kiosks located next to the cosmetics counter in each store.

I-X Christmas Connection Show Hours :
Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday, November 24, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Schedule for Breakfast with Santa for Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, are as follows:
Doors at 9:00am, holiday show at 9:15am, and breakfast at 9:40am, activities until11:00am.

For more information visit us at www.ixchristmasconnection.com. Follow I-X Christmas Connection on Facebook