Stan Hywet Decks the Hall (and the Gardens, Too)

Stan Hywet Decks the Hall (and the Gardens, Too)

- in Outdoors, Things to do

 Don’t let December pass by without a trip to the spectacular Stan Hywet in Akron for its annual Deck the Hall holiday extravaganza and one million (yup, a million) light display throughout the expansive grounds.
The estate is open Dec. 7-10, Dec. 14-23 and Dec. 26-30 from 5 to 8 p.m., with the last admission at 8 p.m., The estate closes at 9.
The mansion’s main rooms are decorated by area designers who each chose a vintage postcard to set the room theme. Their interpretations are creative and inspired.  While the splendid interior is over-the-top with lavish decor, it’s the outdoors that will put the “wow” in your holiday season. The pathways and gardens have decor that ranges from the whimsical to the wild to the elegant. This is a perfect outing for families and, in fact, for people of all ages.
Part of the gardens has a light show arranged with music. It’s a spectacle that is sure to put you in the Christmas mood.
Visit Stan Hywet’s website at for tickets and other information about a visit.
Here are other details to keep in mind:

Free, on-site parking is available in the main lot. Once the lot is at capacity, guests will be directed to auxiliary parking lots and we’ll shuttle you back to Stan Hywet

Handicapped Parking: Handicapped parking spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Accessibility:  Only the first floor of the Manor House is wheelchair accessible.  Level Paths to and from the Manor House, down the Dazzle Path and to the Corbin Conservatory are kept as clear as possible of snow and ice


Nightly tree lighting at 5:30 pm. After Christmas, look for the Gingerbread Man.

Live music in the Music Room, courtesy of area choirs and musicians.

Self-guided tours of the Manor House included in ticket purchase.

Freshly baked gingerbread cookies, savory warm pretzels, cocoa, hot cider, beer and wine for purchase in the Courtyard.

Enjoy all of the above treats at the cozy warming fire in the Courtyard.

Visit with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the Corral in the Courtyard.

Take a family photo at two featured photo spots  — perfect for that family holiday picture.

Marvel at our new animated Gingerbread Bakeshop Window in the Courtyard.

The tropical Corbin Conservatory is beautifully decorated for Christmas with a 20ft poinsettia tree.

Shop for unique holiday gifts in Molly’s Shop.

Enjoy light fare or a sweet treat in Molly’s Café after your tour.

Helpful Hints

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.This is a walking experience with various weather conditions and elevations.

Purchase your tickets at on-site admissions beginning at 5 pm.

Online and phone ticket sales end at 5 pm when the event begins. Then buy tickets upon arrival.

For Stan Hywet members: Don’t forget to click on the “Member Login” button to receive the member discount on tickets.

Groups: Group pricing available for groups of 10 or more. Reservations MUST be made in advance.  Contact Group Sales at 330-315-3284.

Deck the Hall is very rarely impacted by inclement weather. Check our website for updates. We will also post updates on Facebook and Twitter.

The first floor of the Manor House is handicapped accessible.

Outdoor heaters are provided in viewing and waiting areas when the temperature is below freezing.

Strollers and food & beverages are allowed on the grounds, and in the Corbin Conservatory, but NOT in the historic Manor House.


About the author

Marie Elium spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter in Virginia and Ohio before switching to freelance writing when her two children were young. The kids are now Millennials, but writing continues to be one of her favorite endeavors. Marie was named editor of Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond magazine in November 2015 and is a graduate of Miami University.

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