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National Christmas Center – Paradise, Pennsylvania

The National Christmas Center in Paradise, Pennsylvania is a Christmas lover’s dream. Not only is it located in the city named one of the most Christmasy places in America by Travel Channel, it also has over 20,000 square feet of festive galleries and displays.

The National Christmas Center has educated and entertained visitors for nearly two decades. Situated in a historically significant southeastern region of Pennsylvania, the Center provides a unique lens for viewing other cultures and history. Visitors get a glimpse into holiday celebrations from around the world and enjoy elaborate vignettes created from the massive collection. Vintage ornaments adorn the antiques emporium, while toys of Christmases past remind visitors of a time before iPads and videos games sat at atop children’s wishlists. The Center has a surprise in store for every member of the family and is sure to win over any Grinch who walks through the door.

The story of the National Christmas Center continues to be written. It was announced that the 2017 season would be its last under current ownership. A buyer is being sought for this festive destination.

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Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.