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2014 Holiday Guide

The holidays are upon us and there is no shortage of fun, family-friendly events to take part in this season.  Bundle up, bring your camera and set out to make memories with our 2014 Holiday Guide. 

Here are some of our local favorites:


Lock 3 Holiday Fest

Located next to the Akron Civic Theatre on Main Street, Lock 3 is Akron’s home for summer and winter family entertainment.

Beginning December 3, Ice Skating, Polar Putt-Putt, and Reindeer Run Hours run throughout the week and weekends.  Breakfast with Santa runs December 6, 13, 20, and 21st.  Pancake Breakfasts run every Saturday from December 27 – February 14th.  Admission varies for each event and activity.  For more information and hours, visit Lock3 online or call 330-375-2877.

Deck the Halls at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Dress for the weather and enjoy Stan Hywet estate as it glows with more than 800,000 Christmas lights.  The light show, Dazzle, begins at 6 pm and runs every 15 minutes.  Additionally, tour the Manor House (1st floor wheelchair accessible) and the Conservatory and stop for freshly baked cookies, pretzels and hot chocolate.  Admission for members is $14 adults, $6 youth, 5 and under free; Non-members is $18 adults, $8 youth, 5 and under free.  Event runs November 28, 2014 – January 3, 2015.  For more information, go to .


Make a Menorah at Home Depot

Children 4 and older are invited to build their own Menorah for Chanukah at the Fairlawn Home Depot on December 14, 2014 from 11 am – 1 pm.  Enjoy Chanukah refreshments and music! Free and open to the public! RSVP is required.  Contact Kaila Sasonkin at

Beth El Congregation Chanukah Dinner
Bring your own Menorah and Kosher Wine to a celebrate Chanukah dinner on December 21 from 4 – 9 pm at the Beth El Congregation.  Starting at 4:30, all ages are welcome to make candles to be used in the 5:30 Hanukkah Lighting.  Following is a beef brisket, veggies, latkes and brownies for dinner.  Adults $18, Children (ages 6 – 12), $12 and children 5 and under free.  Pre-paid reservations due by December 11.  Call 330-864-2105 for questions.

Chanukah at the Mall

Free and open to all, this community-wide celebration is held on December 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Anshe Sfard at 650 N. Revere Road in Akron.  The event will feature State and City officials, Judah the Maccabee and the Dreidel Man, live music, a giant Menorah, jelly donuts, latkes, Chanukah gelt, present and fun.  Free and open to all.   For more information, visit


Kwanza Program at Akron-Summit County Library Odom Branch

Join the Phi Delta Kappa National Sorority for a Kwanzaa Program.  Light refreshments and a make and take craft at the Akron-Summit County Odom Branch Library.  The event is free and runs from 3:45 – 4:45 pm.  For more information, visit the Akron-Summit County Library website calendar.

Kwanza at Weathrvane

Celebrate Kwanzaa at Weathervane on December 31, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m.  This free event is in conjunction with the Akron African-American Cultural Association and the Akron-Canton Association of Black Social Workers.  For more information, visit the Weathervane Playhouse website.


First Night Akron

This family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s celebration features music, art, dance and fireworks and is held at various venues around downtown.  The evening kicks off at 6 p.m.  Admission to First Night Akron is $10 and includes access to all events.  Children under 10 years are free when accompanied by an adult admission.   For more information and to purchase admission buttons, go to First Night Akron.

Visit our online calendar for up to date events and information.

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