The National Christmas Center Museum in Lancaster County

National Christmas Center Museum in PennsylvaniaThe National Christmas Center Museum is located in Paradise Pennsylvania (Lancaster County) and it’s a great way to kick off the holiday season. They offer self-guided and guided walk-through tours and various programs throughout the year.

Every holiday season my family likes to get together and take a day trip down to Lancaster to visit the National Christmas Center Museum. If you love the holiday, you’re going to love visiting this place! It’s jam-packed with holiday displays (some are animated), Christmas collectibles and thousands of holiday lights.

National Christmas Center Museum in Pennsylvania

When planning a visit, you’ll want to allow about 2 hours in your schedule to go through the center. The closer you get to the holiday, the busier & more crowded they get. We always try to go early in the season. You do have to pay admission, but it’s very reasonable and well worth it.

There are 15 main galleries and each one is as amazing as the next!

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1950’s Christmas Morning
Images of Santa
Christmas Around the World
1950’s Woolworth’s 5&10
Antiques Emporium
Santa’s North Pole Workshop & Reindeer Barn
TudorTowne – Animated Story Book Village
Winter Christmas Memories
Street of Memories – Christmas Shopping
1950’s Night Before Christmas
Toyland Train Mountain
The Art of the Nativity
O’ Holy Night
The First Christmas – Journey to Bethlehem

National Christmas Center Museum in Pennsylvania

Some of my favorite galleries are the ones that feature old-time Christmas collectibles. I like seeing the exhibits and items on display from my childhood, so I love the 1960’s and 1970’s displays. My husband likes the older ones that pre-date the 1960’s. The kids…well, they like all of the animated displays!

National Christmas Center Museum in Pennsylvania

When you do your own self-guided tour, you can really take your time and enjoy each area at your own pace. You’ll want to take your time because there is so much to see! Every time we go we see something new that we didn’t see on a previous trip.

The National Christmas Center Family Attraction & Museum is located in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. If you plan on visiting, you’ll want to put 3427 Lincoln Highway (Route 30), Paradise, Lancaster, PA. into your GPS. They are open ONLY on weekends during March and April, and open 7 days a week May through January, closed during major holidays.

National Christmas Center Museum in Pennsylvania

The holiday season is finally here and I thought it would be fun to do our weekly travel feature around something holiday related! During the Christmas & Holiday season, do you and your family go out to enjoy holiday activities like this? Go cruising to see holiday lights?

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I would love t see these exhibits. I enjoy all the items used by people during past Christmases.

  2. ellen beck says:

    I really like how this is self guided so no hurrying along with a crowd of people. You could really take your time looking at the little things. I would enjoy seeing the 60 and 70s also. I think too the older ones would be interesting when things were simpler.

  3. Cathy Jarolin says:

    I Myself would love to go here and just take my time looking at all the wonderful displays and items. I would want to visit in Nov thru Dec. That Nativity scene in the one Photo is so Beautiful. Thank You for sharing with us another Awesome place to go~

  4. Terra Heck says:

    This is something I’d like to do with the family I think it’d be neat to see all the exhibits, especially Images of Santa and 1950’s Night Before Christmas.

  5. Peggy Nunn says:

    I know my family would love this. I would like to see the 1950’s Woolworth’s 5&10 display. I remember the store in my youth. I wish it was not so far to travel for us.

  6. What a wonderful place to visit. Even if it’s not the holidays. Cool displays.