AKRON - Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is all dressed up for the holidays.
Covered in poinsettias, animatronics, and nearly a million of lights, this year's annual Deck the Hall event promises to turn the historic mansion and the surrounding grounds into "A Storybook Christmas."
"We start really early - the second week of October," said Sean Joyce, chief financial officer for Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. "We have over 850,000 lights to put up across the property, of course outside and inside, we've got 16 rooms decorated in the house. So, it takes a lot of work, a lot of volunteers, a lot of staff. It's a big team effort."
Families have been making a visit to the mansion a part of their holiday tradition for decades, as the gardens and 65-room manor house are all transformed for the season.
Outside, the popular Playgarden for children is turned into Gingerbread Land, a festive, super-concentrated area of lights and candy-colored decorations.
For a quick warm-up, families can wander over to the Courtyard to grab some fresh gingerbread cookies, hot cocoa, wine and beer.
Inside the manor house, twelve different holiday storybooks come to life with displays throughout many of the mansion's first-floor rooms.
In the grand Music Room, live music will be featured every night, ranging from classical to rock.
New attractions this year include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, ready to take pictures with Santa and the kids, as well as an animatronic Gingerbread Bake Shop.
A highlight is always the outdoor lights displays, including "Dazzle," a light show animated to three holiday songs.
Deck the Hall runs December 1-4, 8-23, and 26-30. The event is open from 5 p.m.-8 p.m., with the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. every evening.
Tickets are available online or at the door, though it's recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
For more information, visit stanhywet.org.