Akron Walking Tour: Downtown Christmas Windows & Attractions

  • Saturday, Dec 16, 2017 6 p.m.

Lock 3 - 200 S Main St

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***Walking tour will meet at Main St & University Ave, in front of Lock 3.

Author Joanna Wilson will lead a walking tour and discussion of Akron's history of downtown Christmas window displays and attractions. From her research on Akron retailers’ Christmas attractions--which resulted in the book Story of Archie the Talking Snowman (2015)--Wilson uncovered the 100 year history of the breath-taking, eye-catching Christmas displays that filled the windows of retailers O'Neil's, Polsky's, Yeagers and more. This year’s discussion will focus on the more outrageous and memorable Christmas window themes and in-store walk-through attractions by retailers in Akron’s long history.

Love seeing the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Cabbage Patch Dolls and Peter Pan storybook window displays each Christmas in downtown Akron? Come discover the story behind those sets and the long history of Christmas window displays by downtown retailers each year in Akron. In addition to the current displays in the former O’Neil’s department store windows, we'll also talk about the annual Journey to Bethlehem windows at the Mayflower, the corner window displays at Polsky's, and the displays at the Landmark Building.

Join us on Saturday, Dec.16, at 6 p.m. in front of the windows at the former O'Neil's department store (next to the main entrance at Lock 3) in downtown Akron on Main Street to participate in the discussion. The talk will go on rain or shine--so bring an umbrella, if necessary.

After the talk, Wilson will be available to sell copies of her book Story of Archie the Talking Snowman ($20) which details this history of Akron's Christmas window displays. Or, you can purchase it ahead of time from the publisher 1701 Press: http://www.1701press.com/