Over 650 Vendors from 38 states will satisfy your shopping needs.
Cleveland, OH (October 12, 2017) – Kick off the Christmas shopping season at the 32nd Annual I-X Christmas Connection at the International Exposition (I-X) Center, November 17-19, 2017. As one of the largest Christmas shows in the nation, I-X Christmas Connection attracts over 35,000 attendees from around the region with over 650 booths offering something for everyone.
“Part of what makes the I-X Christmas Connection the number one shopping destination for thousands is the festive atmosphere as our guests shop handmade doll clothes, candles, wooded items, pet supplies, children and baby items,” says Gina Mullin, Show Manager. “Each unique gift fills the aisles with Christmas cheer, which makes shopping for everyone on your list that much easier!”
When guests arrive, they will be greeted by Cleveland’s tallest Santa Claus towering over 30 feet tall. The holiday magic continues through the festive 400 foot entrance way where guests will see the real-life Belle, the Beast Chip and Mrs. Potts from “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas,” Olaf and Sven from “Frozen” along with scenes from “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “Grinch.”
The I-X Christmas Connection prides itself on variety by offering customers a bigger and better experience every year. Whether it’s a day out with girlfriends or children coming out to enjoy the all the festivities, there’s really something for everyone. The 2017 show features include:
Authors-on-the-Go will be at I-X Christmas Connection this year for an autograph signing and talking to fans while discussing their books and CD’s. Six authors will be on site including Mark Dawidziak, Jill Burke, Andre Bernier from Cleveland’s own FOX 8 News, Neil Zucher and Bob Adamov. Visit IXChristmasConnection.com/authors-on-the-go/ for scheduled appearance times.
Children 12 and under FREE
Fun will be had by all who attend, especially the little ones! I-X Christmas Connection brings the Christmas magic alive with special features meant just for kids including:
- InSantaLand, they can visit Santa in his house as they share with the Jolly Old Elf their Christmas wishes and capture the moment with a photo.
- TheSugar 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, dad, grandparents, sibling, teachers and friends.
- AtGingerbread Square, the first 500 kids will have the chance to decorate and eat their own holiday cookie.
- “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 while singing and dancing with Mrs. Claus and friends. All kids attending will receive a special present and a photo opportunity with our guests of honor (attendees must bring own camera). A separate admission ticket is needed for this event. Additional details can be found below.
Culinary students around Northeast Ohio are competing in the I-X Christmas Connection Gingerbread House Competition. These one-of-a-kind masterpieces will be on display throughout the weekend after judging concludes on Friday, November 17. The winning student culinary group will receive a $500 donation to their school’s programming.
Live Performances & Special Guests
Holiday music throughout the weekend is bound to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Local choirs and gospel groups, Irish dance and music bands will be playing and performing all of the seasonal favorites. Don’t miss Northeast Ohio’s own Singing Angels for two performances on Friday, November 17th. For a full list of performances, please visit IXChristmasConnect.com.
Guests will not want to miss U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team Olympic gold medalist, Dominique Moceanu as she appears in SantaLand on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm for an autograph signing and photo opportunity. She’ll be on site with her jewelry line, Creations by C&C Dominique Moceanu Signature Collection and her latest book Off Balance: A Memoir, which are both available in booth #776.
Also, attending the show and greeting fans is the legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback, Bernie Kosar on Saturday, November 18 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Kosar will be on site with Cleveland Landmark Press promoting his new book Bernie Kosar: Learning to Scramble in booth #301 with an autograph signing and photo opportunity.
Get ready to play games! This year’s feature area will showcase Recess Games. Recess is not your typical game store, they have fun and engaging games for all ages, interactive learn-and-play events, plus a gaming community where players of all skill levels can participate. You won’t want to miss I-X Christmas Connection Recess Game Days, which includes:
- Friday, November 17 – Recess will showcase card games.
- Saturday, November 18 – Recess will host a Pokemon Party with a special giveaway at 11:30am and 2:30pm.
- Sunday, November 19 – It’s Family Game Day hosted by Recess.
Women’s Recovery Center
The I-X Christmas Connection gives back in a big way this year. The proud charitable partner is the Women’s Recovery Center who will be on site in booth 665 selling beautiful, handmade holiday greeting cards. Donation boxes will be setup throughout the event in seven locations with all proceeds going towards this wonderful organization based right here in Cleveland:
- After a full day of shopping, attendees will truly appreciate theShop and Drop, allowing them to place their holiday purchases in one convenient location while they explore the show floor.
- Make your life easier with gift wrapping for all attendees, located right next to the Shop and Drop. Gift wrapping is free, but a donation is appreciated.
- Additional donation locations can be found at the ticket office, coat check, customer service, credentials and the Sugar Plum Shoppe.
November 17-19 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 – 8:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm.
Save $2 by purchasing discounted general admission tickets for $11.99 at select Discount Drug Mart locations. Don’t forget about the Kris Kringle Pack which includes four tickets and a parking pass for only $46.99. Tickets sold in advance online at IXChristmasConnect.com are $13.99 (convenience fee included). Children 12 and under FREE.
Breakfast with Santa:
Tickets to Breakfast with Santa for Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, are $21.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 12 and under. This includes the live show and hot breakfast directly following. Doors open at 8:30am. Breakfast with Santa tickets include admission to the I-X Christmas Connection and can be purchased online or at select Discount Drug Mart store locations
All American Gutter Protection, Discount Drug Mart, Great Day Improvements, IGS Energy, Illuminex, Infinity Windows, Joyce Factory Direct, Leaf Filter, Macy’s, Pepsi and Renewal by Andersen.
For additional information, please visit IXChristmasConnection.com.
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