Did you know there’s a National Christmas Centre? Neither did I! It’s nestled in a place called Paradise, Pennsylvania, the heart of Dutch Country, and it’s pretty much as magical as it sounds; a huge walk-through display of all things Christmas through the decades. And here’s the thing: the whole place is now for sale. And if someone doesn’t buy it, the National Christmas Centre will officially close its doors forever after the holidays. Here’s hoping for a Christmas miracle…
Jim Morrison is the current owner of the most Christmassy place in America. No really, that’s his name, and he looks like Santa Claus too (of course he does). When Jim announced on his museum’s Facebook that they had decided to hang up their Santa hats after the 2017 season, the news drew an outpouring of comments from past guests expressing their sadness and fond memories of their visits.
Founded in 1998, the National Christmas Centre operates out of a 20,000-square-foot former inn, employing eight people and welcoming up to 20,000 visitors a year. Exhibits include a recreated vintage Woolworth’s store, a 1950s Night Before, “Street of Memories” and an 1890s Antique Emporium. But it’s never made a profit, staying afloat as a labor of love.
This place can’t close– it would be a Christmas tragedy! Let’s band together and help this nonprofit wonderland stay alive.