Deck the Hall at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Joys of Christmas Past
You know you are in for a magical evening upon entering the gates at Stan Hywet, the former home to Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company co-founder, F.A. Seiberling and his family. Driving through twinkling archways you are instantly transported to the grandness of this enchanted estate.
Be sure to arrive at the Carriage House before 5:30 to join Santa as he lights the courtyard Christmas tree. The kids can then visit Santa at his workshop to share their wish list and receive a special treat. Enjoy a treat of your own with the famous, freshly baked, gingerbread cookies while warming up near the open-pit fire. With the live music and festive atmosphere, you can’t help but feel like a character out of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Really, it’s that charming.
The magic continues as you stroll towards the glowing, 65-room Manor House, considered one of the best examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America. This is a rare opportunity to view the house in the evening.
Not a detail is sparred. It’s a bit overwhelming how stunning the home is and exemplifies the opulence of the early 1900s. As if the holiday décor isn’t enough to view, beneath the strands of garland and sparkling ornaments lies intricate paneling, hand-carved wood details and beautiful items collected from around the globe. Glimpses of your Christmas memories are captured with animatronic Christmas window displays from the famous O’Neil’s and Polsky’s department stores, along with Lionel Trains and those infamous aluminum Christmas trees.
After touring the house, be sure to make your way to the Corbin Conservatory. The beautifully lit exterior draws you into the warm greenhouse filled with giant poinsettias available for purchase. The kids will delight with miniature Lego® replicas of the Manor House and a holiday village. They can then build their own in the play area for kids or the young at heart.
Conclude your visit with a stop at Molly’s Shop and Café (named after the Seiberling family’s draft horse, Molly) to pick out a unique gift or keepsake for yourself. I especially love the interior of Molly’s Café which is located in what was once the horse stalls of the Carriage House. Surrounded by equestrian décor, enjoy a hot sandwich, soup and much more.
This was our first visit to Stan Hywet and will certainly become a Christmas tradition for our family. Make your visit a weekend trip with many nearby attractions and accommodations like the the historic Quaker Square Inn at the University of Akron.
Deck the Hall is open in December 8-11, 15-23 and 26-30 from 5-8pm. To purchase tickets, visit the Stan Hywett Hall & Gardens’ website or call 888-836-5533.