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Christmas Connection set for 3-day run at I-X Center

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 9/23/2022 Marc Bona,

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland’s 36th Christmas Connection is scheduled for Nov. 18-20 at the International Exposition Center.

More than 450 exhibitors are slated to fill the convention center’s aisles, tables and booths with crafts, specialty foods, soaps, ornaments, wood creations, jewelry, clothing and a lot more. It’s a one-stop holiday shopping event.

More than 40,000 shoppers are expected.

The event will feature a new VIP shopping experience that allows for limited priority shopping away from crowds 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18.

Other features:

• Photo opportunities with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves.

• A Santa mailbox will be set up.

• Cleveland’s tallest “Santa,” at 30 feet, will be positioned near the entryway.

• Live entertainment.

• A classic Christmas movie will be shown in the movie area.

• A string art class will be offered for a small fee.

• The Sugar Plum Shoppe features more than 3,000 pre-wrapped gifts (under $8) for kids to shop.

• A shop-and-drop area allows guests to leave purchases and pick them up when they are ready to leave.

• Free gift wrapping, with donations appreciated for GiGi’s Playhouse down syndrome achievement centers.


• 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18: VIP shopper morning. Limited tickets available. Regular hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.


• VIP shopper morning is $25 online only.

• $14 general admission at the box office.

• $12 admission online.

• Free for kids 12 and under.

For group discounts, email

The I-X Center is at One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland. Parking is $10.

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