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The Ice Rink at Lock 3
The Ice Rink at Lock 3
Fireworks at the Tree Lighting Ceremony
Fireworks at the Tree Lighting Ceremony
Enjoying First Night Akron
Enjoying First Night Akron

Holidayfest

Stay tuned as 2013 information is updated.

Window Displays

Beginning in the 1950s, Akron area families would flock to the animated holiday window displays in the O’Neil’s and Polsky’s building windows downtown. By the end of the 1980s both O'Neil's and Polsky's stores were gone, leaving a void in local holiday family traditions. Downtown Akron Partnership brought the vintage displays back to the Akron community in 1999.  These holiday displays can be found in the University of Akron Polsky's Building from Thanksgiving to New Year's.

Lock 3 Winter Schedule

November 29, 2013 - February 23, 2014
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving)
Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
December 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
December 25, closed
December 26, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
December 31, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
January 1, closed
January 21 (MLK Day) 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursdays in February 3.9 p.m.

February 17 (President's Day) 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Ohio's Largest Outdoor, Seasonal, FREE Ice Skating Rink at Lock 3

Lock 3’s most popular winter feature is their 10,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink, the largest seasonal skating venue in Ohio!  The Lock 3 ice rink opens on Friday, November 29 for skating through February 23. Admission to the rink is free; skate rental is $3 and strap-on skates are free for toddlers based on availability. Skate rental is free on Thursdays and Fridays from 1-5 p.m. with a DoDowntown card.   www.lock3live.com

Reindeer Run Sledding Hill

The 150-foot “Reindeer Run,” a sledding hill constructed inside Lock 3. It’s an all-season slide designed to provide a fun ride for younger children. Adults may accompany children  on the slide. Only toboggans and tubes provided by Lock 3 may be used. Sleds are rented for $3 for 33 minutes, and the number of sleds available each half-hour will be limited to ensure maximum fun. 

Thursdays, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Fridays, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Saturdays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Sundays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
December 24, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
December 26, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
January 2, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Archie, The Talking Snowman

Akron's beloved Archie, the 17-foot-tall talking snowman, is back by popular demand! Archie is remembered by thousands of local residents who visited him at Chapel Hill Mall as a child, and his fans have made a powerful appeal for his return, including a Facebook page titled "Bring Back Archie the Snowman." The people have been heard! Visit Archie at the Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 29.

November 29, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Fridays, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Saturdays, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sundays, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
December 26 & 28, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Kinderzone at Lock 3 sponsored by Hattie's Cafe

Located in the Lock 3 Commons, children of all ages can decorate gingerbread cookies to eat, hang as ornaments or give as gifts. The cookies are made by The Bakery at Hattie's Cafe at 209 S. Main Street. Gingerbread cookies to decorate are $2, 3 cookies for $5. The Kinderzone will also have Santa Claus during select hours. Bring your camera. Visit www.lock3live.com for Kinderzone and Santa Claus hours.

Akron History Exhibit and Toy Marble Museum at Lock 3
Sponsored by Summit County Historical Society 

Visitors can celebrate Akron’s industrial history from canal boat building to cereal manufacturing, from rubber and tires to Lighter-than-Air and engage Akron’s whimsical past at the Akron Toy Marble Museum. Lock 3 was where the American Toy Marble & Toy Manufacturing Co made marbles in the 19th century. New this year will be a kinetic sculpture with toy marbles moving through a traditional marble  “railway.” 

Holiday Market at Lock 3

Find unique, handmade gift ideas featuring local, independent product and interesting products from Germany and Akron. There is something for everyone at the Holiday Market. Vendors include Lit Wick Candle Company, Pushing Tin Studio, Highland Baking, Homemade Delites, Tindercraft Ceramice, kre8ivLizard, ReTread and Downtown Akron Partnership.  Mario Hausdorfer, from Germany, sells a variety of German-made products including hand-blown glass.

Weekends (November 29 – December 29.): Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.;
December 24, Tuesday, 11 a.m. –4 p.m.;
December 31, Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
 

Holiday Tree Festival at the John S. Knight Center (November 23 - December 1, 2013)

More than 100 carefully decorated trees are on display each year attracting more than 200,000 visitors! Admission to the tree festival is FREE and donations of trees from local sponsors as well as the purchase of the trees on display raised $216,000 in 2010 for Akron Children's Hospital.  https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/holiday_tree_festival/

Countdown to First Night (November 29-December 31, 2013)

The largest-scale advent-type calendar in the U.S. is our “Countdown to First Night,” at Lock 3, featuring thirty-six individual panels of original artwork, created by our community to emphasize Akron’s wealth of talent and diversity. Panels are unveiled between November 29 and First Night on December 31.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony, Friday, November 29, 2013, 7 p.m. at Lock 3

Welcome Santa Parade, Saturday, November 30, 2013, 11 a.m. on Main Street

Santa will be racing to town this year in an Indycar!  Bridgestone America’s is sponsoring the Santa float and bringing Santa to town in style along with his loyal Bridgestone pit crew.  WONE’s Tim Daugherty and WQMX’s Sue Wilson will emcee this annual event featuring over 75 marching units.  It’s the 27th anniversary of this popular Downtown event.

First Night Akron 2014 (Tuesday, December 31, 2013)

Make plans for New Year’s Eve and join the fun in Downtown Akron! Now in its 18th year, First Night Akron is a New Year’s Eve celebration unlike any other. This family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts brings the community together to create lasting memories. Come in out of the cold and celebrate the New Year! On Tuesday, December 31, 6 p.m.-midnight, enjoy indoor entertainment and fun for all ages throughout Downtown Akron featuring the region's best in music, dance, theater, visual and interactive arts! Entertainment and fun will delight the whole family!  www.firstnightakron.org

Ongoing Events:

November 9
Downtown Passport Event: Holidays at Hower House at Hower House

November 15 - February 23
Ice Skating at Lock 3

November 16
Downtown Passport Event: Holidays at Hower House at Hower House

November 17
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

November 18
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

November 19
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

November 20
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

November 21
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

November 21 - November 22
UA Myers School of Art Holiday Shop

November 23
Downtown Passport Event: Holidays at Hower House at Hower House

November 23 - December 1
Holiday Tree Festival at John S. Knight Center

November 23
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

November 24
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

November 25
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

November 26
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

November 29 - December 24
Holiday Pop Up Shop

November 29
Holiday Market at Lock 3

November 29
Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Lock 3

November 29
Akron Zoo Black Friday Deal at Akron Zoo

November 30
Downtown Passport Event: Holidays at Hower House at Hower House

November 30
Holiday Market at Lock 3

November 30
Welcome Santa Parade at Lock 3

November 30
The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Theatre of Ohio at Akron Civic Theatre

November 30
Holiday Ornaments at Akron Glass Works

November 30
Mr. Jingeling & Friends Holiday Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 1
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 1
The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Theatre of Ohio at Akron Civic Theatre

December 1 - December 31
Holiday Book & Gift Sale at Library Shop on Main

December 1
Holiday Ornaments at Akron Glass Works

December 1
Mr. Jingeling & Friends Holiday Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 1 - December 18
The Diamond Deli: Help for the Holidays at Diamond Deli

December 2
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 3
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 3 - December 5
Half Price Sale at Library Shop on Main

December 4
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 5
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 6
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 6
The Nutty Nutcracker presented by Ballet Theatre of Ohio at Akron Civic Theatre

December 6 - December 7
Urban Elf

December 7
NOTO's 6th annual Wine & Shop

December 7
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 7
The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Theatre of Ohio at Akron Civic Theatre

December 7
ArtsyMart at Summit Artspace

December 7
Holiday Ornaments at Akron Glass Works

December 7
Mr. Jingeling & Friends Holiday Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 7 - December 8
Trolley Service at Lock 3

December 8
German Carol Service at Zion Lutheran Church

December 8
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 8
The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Theatre of Ohio at Akron Civic Theatre

December 8
ArtsyMart at Summit Artspace

December 8
Holiday Ornaments at Akron Glass Works

December 8
Mr. Jingeling & Friends Holiday Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 9
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 10
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 11
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 13
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 14
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 14
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 14
Holiday Ornaments at Akron Glass Works

December 14
Mustill Store Holiday Open House at Cascade Locks Park Association/Mustill Store & House

December 15
Jingle Jazz, featuring The Boston Brass at E.J. Thomas Hall - The University of Akron

December 15
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 15
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 15
Holiday Ornaments at Akron Glass Works

December 16
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 17
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 18
The Polar Express at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station

December 20
Akron Symphony Pops Series: Holiday Pops at E.J. Thomas Hall - The University of Akron

December 20
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 20
The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show at Akron Civic Theatre

December 20 - December 22
Summit Choral Society Annual Christmas Candlelight Concerts at St. Bernard- St. Mary Parish

December 21
Akron's 34th annual TubaChristmas at E.J. Thomas Hall - The University of Akron

December 21
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 21
Holiday Ornaments at Akron Glass Works

December 22
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 22
Holiday Ornaments at Akron Glass Works

December 22
Summit Choral Society Annual Christmas Candlelight Concerts at St. Bernard- St. Mary Parish

December 24
Christmas Eve Service at Zion Lutheran Church

December 24
Christmas Eve Mass at St. Bernard- St. Mary Parish

December 24
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 25
Christmas Day Service at Zion Lutheran Church

December 25
Christmas Mass at St. Bernard- St. Mary Parish

December 27
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 28
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 29
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 31
New Year's Eve Mass at St. Bernard- St. Mary Parish

December 31
Holiday Market at Lock 3

December 31
First Night Akron at Downtown Akron Partnership