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National Christmas Center

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Address: 3427 Lincoln Hwy E, Paradise, PA 17562-9621
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+1 717-442-7950
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Journey through the memories, History and traditions of Christmas in our...

Journey through the memories, History and traditions of Christmas in our 20,000 sqft Museum & Family Attraction. Replica of a Woolworth's Department Store, Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, Toyland Train Mountain, TudorTowne Animated Storybook Village, Santa's Workshop and so much more!

(Last tour tickets sold 1 hour prior to closing)

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This is a fantastic place to visit. We've driven past this place many time on our travels thinking it was just a Christmas store. Boy were we wrong!!! It is a museum. You walk... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
Harold R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a fantastic place to visit. We've driven past this place many time on our travels thinking it was just a Christmas store. Boy were we wrong!!! It is a museum. You walk through a predetermined path. Old time Christmas at it's best. We spent over an hour just walking and gazing at all the things they have. A... More 

Thank Harold R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Don't let the small exterior fool you. The establishment is huge and there is a lot to see. It takes quite a bit of time to visit the Christmas Center. You can go at your own pace. It is perfect for all ages-parents, grandparents and kids. It is truly a magic place to visit. The displays are amazing. It took... More 

Thank JSchneidy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I am typically a fast looker but spent double the suggested amount of time here. I loved the old fashioned Woolworth's and picking out my family's decorations. The Christmas around the world information was neat as was the massive train layout set up as if you were a child looking up into the tree. The museum ends with a walk... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

A cute little stop in Amish Country. Admission to the museum is reasonable and the exhibits are cute. The wax figures and mannequins are a bit out dated. And the animatronics need some serious work. But the atmosphere overall is very nice. My favorite room was the old time five and dime. If you have small kids, they may be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit here & certainly will not be our last. $12.50 to enter & plan on at least 1 1/2 hours. (We only had 1 hour & wished we had more time). Lots of rooms... some of the rooms contained a Woolworth Store, Tutor Village, trains, Christmas's from around the world, and nativity... the real reason for... More 

Thank Riwillcher
Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

just wonderful , so much to see a lot of walking inside and they have hot coffee but the displays were great I have never seen anything so wonderful greatest gift shop wonderful treasurers this is a must for everyonethe helpers were great polite attentive and pleasant

Thank Jean T
Rankin, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

We have been visiting the National Christmas Center every year for the past 5 years and always enjoy our visit. The Center consists of figures and the holiday traditions from the country that they represent. There is a room showing how an old Woolworth's department store would be set up for the holidays, along with Santa's workshop. The Center also... More 

Thank ScottStemler
Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Loved this museum, wish we had more time so we will have to go back. There is so much to see. My 80 year old parents enjoyed the trip down memory lane with so many vintage displays of Christmas past. Nice gift shop too. The museum has a nice balance between the commercial side of Christmas as well as the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

The two women at the ticket counter were downright miserable. No welcome or greeting and they grunted when they took our money. They looked like they hated their jobs and wanted the day to be over. There were no directions given as to how to proceed or what to expect, so we followed the crowd. There was a strange man... More 

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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

I see people complaining about $12.50 to get in. Folks, if you enjoy Christmas and, or, you think about a Christmas years and years ago.. this is the place to push that button and see things that will carry you back to that time. This place is awsome! but if you need modern gadgets and cheap thrills then go elsewhere... More 

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