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31st Annual I-X Christmas Connection
11/2/2015

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I-X Christmas Connection at the I-X Center
Claire Vanidestine
216-265-2619 (o) / 440-668-1152 (m)
cvanidestine@ixcenter.com

 

I-X CHRISTMAS CONNECTION KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAYS SHOPPING SEASON
AT THE I-X CENTER, NOVEMBER 18-20, 2016!

 –  Tickets Are Now On Sale!    

Cleveland, Ohio (Tuesday, November 8, 2016) – Kick off the Christmas shopping season at the 31st Annual I-X Christmas Connection at the International Exposition (I-X) Center, November 18-20, 2016. As one of the largest Christmas shows in the nation, I-X Christmas Connection attracts over 30,000 attendees from around the region with over 600 booths offering something for everyone on your shopping list, naughty or nice! Over 140 new vendors will be participating in this year’s event!

When guests arrive, they will be greeted by the tallest Santa Claus in the Cleveland as he towers over 30 feet tall. As you walk into our festive 400 foot entrance way, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season with ‘Christmas Scenes from Movies Past.’ It’s a walk down memory lane for people of all ages as you catch a glimpse of some of the most nostalgic Christmas movies of all time like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Polar Express,” “Christmas Story,” Rudolph” and “Elf.”

Part of what makes the I-X Christmas Connection the number one shopping destination for thousands in the city is the festive atmosphere as guests shop handmade doll clothes, candles, wooded items, pet supplies, children and baby items. Each unique gift, ornament, wreath, stocking stuffer and gift fills the aisles with Christmas cheer.

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 Salvation Army.

Kids will have a great time with special features meant just for them! In SantaLand they can visit Santa in his house. The Sugar Plum Shoppe presented by Discount Drug Mart features over 4,000 pre-wrapped gifts (under $8.00 each) and is perfect for pint-sized wallets to buy special little gifts for Mom and Dad. At Gingerbread Square, the first 500 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. 

Paint your own Christmas canvas (8x10), with artist and owner of ArtfullyMine, Vanessa Zoellner. Bring your creativity to the I-X Christmas Connection as you chose from three festive paintings and go home with your very own masterpiece. These events throughout the weekend are fun for all ages, no experience needed and space is limited. Sign up each morning in the feature area (Across from SantaLand) to reserve your space for only $8.00.

The Christmas Wine Cellar will allow guests 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. There’s even a spot for weary men to hang out, in our Man Cave with televisions, beer and comfortable seating.

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 (guests must bring own camera). Under one (1) year old is free, but does not include breakfast. Tickets to Breakfast with Santa for Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, are $21.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased online or at select Discount Drug Mart. Ticket locations include 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. 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. (ixchristmasconnection.com/entertainment-schedule/)

Dates/Hours:
November 18-20 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, One I-X Center Drive on Route 237, adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Tickets:
Advanced discount tickets are just $10.99 each at select Discount Drug Mart locations, 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 $45.99 (while supplies last)! Tickets sold online (ixchristmasconnection.com) and onsite at the I-X Center Box Office will be $12.99 for adults and children. Children ages 12 and under FREE. 

Schedule for Breakfast with Santa for Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, are as follows: Opens at 9:00am, holiday show at 9:15am, and breakfast at 9:40am, activities until 11:00am.For more information visit us at ixchristmasconnection.com.

Official Sponsors of the 2016 I-X Christmas Connection includes All American Gutter Protection, Discount Drug Mart, Jakprints, Leaf Filter, Macy’s, Ohio Lottery, Patio Enclosures, Pepsi, Renewal by Andersen, Stanek Windows, State Farm, Universal Windows Direct and Window Nation.

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