CLEVELAND — More than one million holiday lights are spread out across 30 acres of decorated property, in hopes to brighten peoples’ spirits this holiday season, as the display has been doing for more than 20 years.
What You Need To Know
- Stan Hywet Hall and Garden's Deck the Hall: A Very Merry Christmas is running Nov. 27-29, Dec. 3-6, 10-23, and 26-30
- New protocols are in place to ensure a safe visit
- More than one million lights are spread out on 30 acres of decorated property
- This year’s Deck the Halls is limited to 1,500 people per night
- All tickets have to be pre-bought online at stanhywet.org
“I think that there's something for everybody in the family. We have really beautiful, traditionally decorated things. We have a lot of cutesy fun stuff for the kids to check out,” said Chloe Wingard, curatorial project specialist for Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.
Wingard is the visionary for Deck the Halls. She helped direct the entire interior of the house.
“Decorating took quite a few more days than usual because I didn't want to have all my designers in the house on top of each other, which is how it usually is,” she said. “A normal year as we try to get the decorating done in about a week. But this year, it took about three weeks so that we could spread everybody out and make sure everybody was safe for COVID restrictions.”
Many things have remained the same, but Sean Joyce, president and executive director of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, said there are some COVID-19 restrictions.
“Some of the changes are, you know, there's no tree lighting ceremony at 5:30. We do not have the big warming fire. It's just a first floor tour only in the house during Deck the Hall,” Joyce said. “Now during the day both floors are open. So the guests can see the whole, the whole house if they came during the day. The conservatory is just open for poinsettia sales, which are really popular. So the tour and the conservatory is not open and then no snow globe.”
Patrons shouldn’t worry; there’s still plenty of fun.
“But everything else, you know, at 1.2 million lights, all the grounds, dazzle light show,” Joyce said. “First floor of the house, Santa Claus is still here with Rudolph. We still have plenty of gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate and beer and wine and pretzels. So it’s really going to feel pretty close to the same.”
Deck the Halls is dazzling people into the Holiday spirit, one light at a time.
“We know that we are a family tradition for so many people in the Ohio area, and I'm very, very excited that we got to stay open,” said Wingard.
“Another great way to get into the holiday spirit with your family safely,” Joyce said. “There's plenty of room to spread out.”
This year’s Deck the Halls is limited to 1,500 people a night. All tickets will have to be pre-bought online at stanhywet.org. Ticket sales end each night at 4 p.m.