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Michael Rielly

National Christmas Center attraction in Paradise to close after New Year

August 2, 2017
By Nick Malawskey
PennLive.com

EXCERPT:

The National Christmas Center in Paradise -- a family attraction which features 15 Christmas-related galleries and 20,000 square-feet of indoor exhibits -- has announced it will close early next year.

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A post on the center's web site informs visitors that: "After many tough conversations and some difficult seasons over the past few years, National Christmas Center has had to make the very difficult decision to close its doors permanently following our 2017 season."

The center's last day open to visitors will be Jan. 7, 2018, unless someone steps in to save it, as the company as a whole has been listed for sale.

The center was opened 19 years ago and founded by Jim Morrison, a lifelong collector of Christmas memorabilia. Morrison's project started when, during a visit to the Christiana Mall in Newark, Del., the "Tudor Towne" exhibit caught his eye. Morrison says it was one of the last of the "over the top" department store Christmas displays. He acquired it and found the building in Paradise in 1988 to house it. The building became the National Christmas Center in 1998.

On its website the center concluded its message saying: "We appreciate all of our many local and loving customers and friends and cannot thank you all enough for the many years of support and love you have shown us over the years."

"Merry Christmas to you all!"

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SOURCE: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/08/national_christmas_center_attr.html

 

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SantaKnows

Very sad,I have visited this museum and loved the Christmas collection and theme of it.

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SCSanta

This was a regular stop for us whenever we were visiting the area...very sad!

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Felix Estridge

I know Jim went through a lot of angst over this decision.  Very sad, indeed.

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MyraNick

Wished I were given the chance to visit this place! Sad to see it go. Prayers for a business to step in and take it over (in it's original spirit). 

 

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Elf Without Jingles

As always, you will never fully appreciate the real memories of the holiday season until they are gone. Never be afraid to hold on to that which is most precious to you.....

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Santa John Gable

The website does also state that it is for sale.  Maybe one of you wants to buy it and keep it going?

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Santa Johnny Boy

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :santa_cry:

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Schwindy
6 minutes ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :santa_cry:

Thank God Kathy & I are going in September! WOW oh WOW!

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Santa Marty
3 hours ago, Santa John Gable said:

The website does also state that it is for sale.  Maybe one of you wants to buy it and keep it going?

Maybe ClausNet Ventures LLP could be formed out of this group and buy it?

Anyone know the asking price?

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Schwindy

 

3 hours ago, Santa John Gable said:

The website does also state that it is for sale.  Maybe one of you wants to buy it and keep it going?

Oh yea could you guys see that, Hello honey, after a long day of work. Why don't you sit down I have something to tell you. You know how Marty ALWAYS says DON'T SPEND MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD, you know he only said that for Santa gear so I bought a big store! LOL! LOL!

 

@Santa John Gable: I WISH I COULD! It does look very neat in that place BUT I have yet to walk through the building as of yet!

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Santa Bruce Geron

I always wanted to visit. I am sorry to hear this news, but as stated earlier, maybe there's a buyer out there, somewhere.

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Linney

I visited it last year, amazing place and I'm going again in Sept, sad to see it close I hope someone wants to keep it going and buys it.

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Santa John Gable

I've lived about an hour from the place my whole life and have only ever been there one time.  Imagine the chaos if they decide to auction off the contents!

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Santa Johnathan

This was on my bucket list to visit. Jim was good friends with Don Warning, owner of Christmas Eve, Inc. that began the first Santa Claus collection of dated ornaments. Jim displays these ornaments within his collection. I've never met Jim but we have spoken as a result of our love for Christmas things...this was way before I had started to seriously approach portraying Santa. I truly hope this goes up for sale. I'm assuming this was never a non profit? Has there been a sale price listed anywhere? 

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