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More Than 600 Booths to Shop From

254-cottage-garden-creations-3_116The Christmas shopping season starts here with over 600 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. CLICK HERE for the full exhibitor list!

Breakfast with Santa

ixcc16-bws-308x200Bring 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!).

Paint your own Masterpiece (New this year)

ArtfullyMine-Vanessa Zoellner, the Artist and Owner of ArtfullyMine, wants you to bring your creativity to the I-X Christmas Connection as you paint and go home with your very own masterpiece. All ages welcome and there’s no experience needed. For more information regarding ArtfullyMine, please visit (extra fee applies)

Live Entertainment

live-entertainmentHoliday 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. Don’t miss the “Singing Angels” for two performances on Friday, November 18th.

Santa Land

santa-landKids 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 $7 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!

Gingerbread Square

gingerbread-squareAt 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

shop-and-dropThis FREE 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, free of charge, right next to the Shop and Drop for all attendees.

Wine Cellar

Stop by the Christmas Wine Cellar to purchase bottles, gift baskets, and enjoy tastings. ‘Tis the season to be merry and toast to the memories of 2016. All special occasions deserve wine and when you stop by the Christmas Wine Cellar, you’ll be able to find the best wine for all your holiday events!

Macy’s® Fragrance Pavilion

Macy’s fragrance pavilion at Christmas Connection is a great guide to finding the perfect scent for you or that special someone on your list. Come shop the selection of the most popular perfumes from your favorite brands.


Have Breakfast with Santa!

Meet the elves and Mrs. Claus as you wait for Santa to find his way to the I-X Center! CLICK HERE for more details.

Come One, Come All

Enjoy a day of shopping alone or with a group of your closest friends! CLICK HERE for more information.

Join the Nice List

Make sure you stay on Santa's nice list by joining the Christmas Connection newsletter! CLICK HERE to sign up today.