Kick off the Christmas shopping season with more than 750 booths filled with unique gift ideas, crafts, specialty foods, home décor, jewelry and much more. The weekend-long event, featured 140 new vendors to shop, complimentary gift wrapping and some of Cleveland’s most talented performers entertaining on two stages daily.
The 34th Annual I-X Christmas Connection is jam packed with amazing features!
More Than 700 Booths to Shop From
The Christmas shopping season starts here with over 700 booths, including 140 new vendors, offering something for everyone on your shopping list, naughty or nice! Handmade soaps, pottery, gourmet dips, woven garments, flavored coffees, jewelry, furniture and much more will fill the aisles with Christmas cheer.
Breakfast with Santa
Bring the kids to Breakfast with Santa before the show! Meet the elves and Mrs. Claus as you wait for Santa to find his way to the I-X Center. Breakfast with Santa includes: Breakfast, general admission to I-X Christmas Connection, gift from Santa and photo opportunities (bring your camera).
Holiday music throughout the weekend will get everyone into the holiday mood! Local choirs and gospel groups, Irish dance and music bands will be playing and performing all of the seasonal favorites.
We are proud to have The Ronald McDonald House Cleveland at the I-X Christmas Connection this year. Please help us support The Ronald McDonald House Cleveland by donating at the multiple locations throughout the show. Donation boxes can be found at the Shop and Drop, Gift Wrapping, the Box Office and more. Click HERE for more information on Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.
We are excited to have Strung By Shawna as our Feature Area this year. Join local Artist and Shawna, as you create a holiday themed string art masterpiece. Bring the family and get creative! She will be located in the Feature Area across from Santa Land! A small fee will apply to take part in the class. No matter your skill level, Shawna will be there with you as you try new things. (Please Note: An admission ticket to the I-X Christmas Connection is also required. This admission cost is separate from the workshop session ticket you purchase through this site)
Kids will have a great time with special features just for them! In SantaLand they can write and mail their letters to Santa, or stick around to meet him in person. The Sugar Plum Shoppe features over 4,000 pre-wrapped gifts (under $8 each) and is perfect for pint-sized wallets to buy special little gifts for Mom and Dad. Breakfast with Santa tickets are also available to add a little something special for your little ones! Breakfast with Santa includes general admission to the I-X Christmas Connection!
At Gingerbread Square, the first 600 kids will have the chance to decorate – and eat! – their own holiday cookie. A giant gingerbread house will be on display to help inspire some sweet ideas. To burn off all that excitement, a children’s play area featuring child-friendly outdoor toys will be onsite.
Shop and Drop
This service allows you to enjoy the event “hands free” but ensures you won’t go home empty handed! Attendees will truly appreciate the Shop and Drop which allows shoppers to place their holiday purchases in a safe place while they explore the show floor! Simply drop your purchases off for safe keeping and come back later to pick them up before you leave! Gift wrapping is also available, with a donation to The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, right next to the Shop and Drop for all attendees.
35 Foot Christmas Tree
As you make your way down our magical entrance way, you will be greeted at the end by our 35 foot Christmas Tree. Our tree makes for the perfect backdrop for all of your holiday photo opportunities. We will be unveiling the them of this year’s tree shortly. Can you guess what the theme will be?