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National Christmas Center

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Address: 3427 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA 17562
Phone Number: +1 717-442-7950
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Large, comprehensive collection

I love Christmas, so this museum was a nice surprise. The presentations of Christmas traditions and the evolution of Santa Claus from dubious elf (bringing switches to beat bad... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love Christmas, so this museum was a nice surprise. The presentations of Christmas traditions and the evolution of Santa Claus from dubious elf (bringing switches to beat bad children!) to our familiar jolly über-elf were very informative. The sheer scale of the collections of ornaments and decorations and prints/paintings of Santa Claus is mind-boggling. One room is presented as... More 

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Pataskala
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I had never heard of this place, but a friend of mine had heard some great things and suggested we check it out. It truly has Christmas from around the world here. There are many rooms, featuring different aspects of Christmas from modern days to those of yesteryear. Rooms reflect Christmas customs around the world from stores to family homes.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

thank you so much for sharing Jesus's birth and that Christmas is not all about Santa but about the birth of Jesus christ. I would highly recommend this place, when we come to the area again, we will be back!

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Enid, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to visit the National Christmas Center while we were in Lancaster County, PA. We really didn't know what to expect but didn't set our expectations too high. We were more than pleasantly surprised with this delightful museum. Featuring history, stories, a Woolworth store replica, trains, and nativities, this museum is everything Christmas. A must see!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice christmas museum. Well layed out and organized. I enjoyed seeing the differnt rooms/displays. Vary imformtive. Would reccommend to anyone. Plenty of parking. Nice gift shop.

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Mount Sidney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another Christmas store? NOPE! A beautiful and thorough presentation of Christmas celebration in the U.S. and Europe. Some exhibits will remind those of us "of a certain age" of Christmases past. Interesting, informative and entertaining. Take the kids and show'em how it used to be. Self guided walk through beautiful exhibits. Certain to make you smile if you love Christmas.... More 

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Limerick, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At first glance, this venue looks like a very expensive Christmas store, but it much more than decorations. The Christmas Center is an amazing collection of everything related to the Christmas experience through the ages. We had the good fortune to run into the owner and creator of this collection, and he explained how he put together the museum. We... More 

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Thank Carol M
Hammonton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit back through time. The Woolworth display brought back so many fond memories. There are displays of Christmas items from around the world including vintage Santa's. Their Nativity displays are amazing Kama also gathered from around the world! The charming gift shop offers an opportunity to purchase an ornament as a memory for your Lancaster trip down... More 

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Limerick, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

As many times as I've driven through Paradise, PA, I never knew about this stop. Guess I wasn't paying attention. But even in the summer if you want to see all things Christmas, this is the place. Their well-stocked gift shop is a delight for children of all ages. Some of the tree ornaments are a little large, especially if... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

A change of pace along Route 30. I especially enjoyed the vintage Christmas displays and the Creches from around the world

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