Tis’ the Season, the I-X Christmas Connection Time Is Here!
(Cleveland, OH) A holiday tradition for 29 years, the I-X Christmas Connection at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio merrily comes back into town November 21-23, 2014, with hundreds of unique gifts, handmade crafts, and great holiday entertainment!
The Christmas shopping season starts here with over 600 10x10 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 70 brand new vendors will be participating in this year’s event! One of Cleveland hometown favorites, Monica Potter, star of NBC’s acclaimed drama series Parenthood, is returning home to Cleveland with her latest line of home goods, Monica Potter Home Shop, that are locally made by artisans and craftspeople in the Ohio Valley.
Patrons will be dazzled by the fun and festive atmosphere from the minute they walk in. NEW this year, will be celebrating Cleveland's Christmas' displays guaranteed to give patrons a look back in history. Be transported back to Cleveland's Christmas' past as you step into the I-X Christmas Connection, surrounded by A Christmas Story movie magic. You will be reminded of Cleveland’s Christmas past as you walk by the Sterling Lindner Davis Christmas Tree and iconic replica items from A Christmas Story House. Pose for photos with the infamous flag pole, leg lamp and fire truck. Take a break from your shopping to watch the movie A Christmas Story on the big screen.
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, they make perfect gifts.
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 $7 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.
"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. Santa, Mrs Claus and friends will be there to sing, dance and get everyone ready for Christmas. 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 22 and Sunday, November 23, are $20.00 for adults and $12.00 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased online only. Includes admission to the I-X Christmas Connection. Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by Schwebel's.
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. 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 Rat Pack and More will also be performing Friday night, (http://www.ixchristmasconnection.com/en/entertainment.aspx).
The I-X Cleveland Christmas Connection has all the holiday shopping fun November 21-23, 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 $11.99 for adults and children. Children ages 12 and under FREE. Advanced discount tickets are just $9.99 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 $44.99 (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 21 and Saturday, November 22, 10:00am to 8:00pm Sunday, November 23, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Schedule for Breakfast with Santa
for Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23, are as follows: Doors at 9:00am, holiday show at 9:15am, and breakfast at 9:40am, activities until 11:00am. For more information visit us at www.ixchristmasconnection.com. Follow I-X Christmas Connection on Facebook!
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