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The Christmas Connection holiday extravaganza returns to the IX Center Friday, November 18 for the 26th year.

Running until Sunday November 20, the weekend long event includes more than 500 vendor booths featuring hundreds of unique gifts, homespun crafts, and holiday entertainment.

The event offers holiday shoppers everything from candles to handbags, gourmet coffee to chocolate pretzels, and handmade jewelry. Complimentary gift wrapping is available.

This year’s Christmas Connection will feature several new features including a Shop and Drop section where shoppers can place their holiday purchase in one location while they explore the event’s sales floor.

Children can also enjoy a new Sugar Plum Shop that features gifts for their parents and Gingerbread Land where kids can decorate their own edible Cookies By Design creation.

The USO will be joining the event this year in support of troops overseas. Patrons are encouraged to sign and share their holiday messages with 10,000 holiday cards donated by American Greetings.

Throughout the weekend children can also enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” featuring a hot meal, a special present, and a photo opportunity with the purchase. “Breakfast with Santa” tickets are available online and at the box office.

General Admission is $10. Children ages 12 and under are free. Discount tickets can be purchased for $8 each at Discount Drug Mart.

The I-X Center is located at One I-X Center Drive on Route 237, adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

article courtesy of Newsnet5.com

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