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National Christmas Center

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Address: 3427 Lincoln Hwy E, Paradise, PA 17562-9621
Phone Number: +1 717-442-7950
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

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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Honeymoon in Paradise

My husband and I just got married and took a trip out to Lancaster for a mini honeymoon. Our first stop was the National Christmas Center, which we had gone to last visit to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I just got married and took a trip out to Lancaster for a mini honeymoon. Our first stop was the National Christmas Center, which we had gone to last visit to Lancaster but we did not explore the museum. IT IS INCREDIBLE. We love Christmas. We LOVE Christmas, and the museum was really neat, very detailed, and... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for something different to do in Lancaster and thought about going through this old time museum, were we in for a treat. Lots of things brought back childhood memories that I had forgotten about, both my husband and I were pleasantly surprised. It's something you have to try if you have time on your hands, you won't... More 

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Centralia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited a couple of years ago - and it's still the best Christmas attraction ever. Truly amazing level of detail, and a remarkable collection of all things Christmas: toys, cards, Santas, nativity scenes, and much much more. Toward the end of the tour there is a nice presentation of the biblical Christmas story, as well. If you are in the... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Initially, I was hesitant to spend the money to go through the museum. But, I'm so glad I did! My family and I spent almost 2 hours exploring it. The displays were amazing and we especially loved the replica of a Woolworth's store! They did a great job and it was much larger than it looked. It is definitely worth... More 

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Essex, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for things to do in the Lancaster area and stumbled upon this Christmas museum. As many others have stated, it is much larger than you expect when you enter the building. We really enjoyed seeing the Christmas items from years gone by, especially in the Woolworths store where we saw toys and decorations from our childhood. My... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent hours here touring the museum. We really enjoyed the many beautiful displays, many of which were lit-up and motorized for an entertaining show in every room. Even though I am a Christmas aficionado I still learned many things about my favorite holiday while visiting here. We were fortunate to go for free on a Smithsonian Museum Day at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't sure what to expect. VERY pleasantly surprised! There were many more rooms and much more to this museum than it appears from the outside. I thoroughly enjoyed the replica of an F. W. Woolworth store. Brought back great memories! The Santa origins from many different countries / cultures was very nice. Christmas Comes To Tudor Town was just out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely place to visit. Be prepared to see wonderful toys and decorations from years gone by. Also, enjoy learning about how all different cultures celebrate Christmas. There are beautiful displays and a great train set. Really glad we took the time to visit. Admission was a little high but it was worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

I like quirky, out of the ordinary places. So a giant Christmas museum sounded fun to me. This place didn't disappoint. There are rooms set up like old stores that showcase antique Christmas items. That was so much fun to see. The place was quite large and had a good amount inside. The staff was friendly and the gift shop... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

I wasn't sure what to expect, but this place is huge! My favorite part was seeing things that I had at my Christmas celebrations 60 years ago! There are decorations, cards, toys, trees, etc from years ago. I can't imagine that there is any Christmas museum any larger than this one! There are Nativity scenes from all over the world.... More 

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