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Jingle All the Way to Paradise, PA for the National Christmas Center

December 9, 2011 at 9:55 AM | by | ()

Unfortunately Santa doesn’t open up the North Pole in the offseason for a behind-the-scenes look at what takes place in his workshop, but we might have found the next best thing. If the holiday stress and shopping is taking a toll on you this season, just consider taking a holiday timeout to visit the National Christmas Center. There’s no official museum all about Christmas, but this is pretty darn close.

Located in Paradise, Pennsylvania—right in the heart of Amish country—the place is dedicated to preserving and sharing memories of Christmas present and past. We don’t think there's exhibits dedicated to embarrassing holiday sweaters or home movies, but there are 15 different galleries and exhibits—along with a handful of smaller displays. In total there’s like 20,000 square feet of stuff to see and displays to wander through.

They’ve got different images and renditions of what Santa looks like from different countries and generations, as well as a recreation of the Christmas season from about 100 years ago. Step back in time to peruse a 1950's Woolworth's 5 and 10 store, or catch a "flight" to see how different countries celebrate the holiday season around the globe. There’s advertising, trains, nativity scenes, and pretty much anything and everything related to Christmas, so you’re definitely going to see some better stuff than the fake poinsettias at the mall.

Admission is $12 for the adults in your group, but the kiddos can sneak in for just $5. Best of all, it’s open all year long, so if you need a little holiday pick-me-up during the summer it’s all right here waiting for you.

[Photo of Santa Hard at Work: National Christmas Center]

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