Christmas Towns: Paradise, Pennsylvania

National Christmas CenterAt this time of the year, it's interesting to discover destinations where Christmas has special significance. Paradise, Pennsylvania is one of those places.

The National Christmas Center, where visitors can re-kindle the memories and magic of Christmas, aims to entertain and educate visitors through a series of exhibits. For example, 1950's Woolworth's 5 & 10 recreates a Woolworth's store from the 1940s - 1950s. The shelves of this replica of a "five and dime" are stocked with vintage toys and treasures. Christmas Around the World gives visitors a glimpse of the traditions that shaped a typical American Christmas. At TudorTowne, an animated storybook village, one of the oldest Christmas fairy tales comes to life.

With advance notice, The National Christmas Center opens early to accommodate tours for groups of 20 or more. Event planners can purchase Christmas ornaments, garland, vintage candle holders, snowmen and other decorations from the gift shop and online store.

Other attractions include:

  • 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum, part of a Mennonite settlement founded in 1711
  • historic Revere Tavern which opened in 1740 as "Sign of the Spread Eagle," a stagecoach inn. 
  • the Rainbow Dinner Theater

Places to stay in Paradise include the The Revere 1790 House, a restored limestone farmhouse adjacent to the Revere Tavern. Like the 6-room Creekside Inn, dating back to 1781, it is suitable for small executive retreats and meetings. Larger groups can stay at the 66-room BEST WESTERN PLUS Revere Inn & Suites. It has 5 meeting rooms.

For other Christmas towns in America, read Christmas Towns: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Santa Claus, Indiana and Incentive Destinations: Celebration, Florida on Cvent Event Blog.

Photo Credit: Jim, the Photographer

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