Castle Noel/ posted in: Hometown Tourist
I am the most hum-buggiest of people in December. I don’t like hub bub over Christmas. My house is decorated against my will. So when I was told that there was a Christmas themed memorabilia place a few towns over, I had to see it for myself.
This collection is brought together by a sculptor who really likes Christmas. He has been buying and restoring holiday movie memorabilia and department store window displays. Now he displays them in this museum. He made this mouse for when his daughter was in The Nutcracker with the Cleveland Ballet.
You have to go through it in a guided tour. I hate guided tours. I would have much rather had everything labeled and done it at my own pace.
The tour starts off slow with rooms with still shots of famous actors in holiday movies, vintage games, and some trains. It gets more interesting as you move on with some costumes from movies like Elf.
I found the window displays the most interesting part of the tour.
I’ll be posting more on my Instagram feed over the next few weeks.
The tour ends with the opportunity to visit Santa and to go down the slide from The Christmas Story.
There is one shining piece of movie memorabilia that you get the chance to visit twice. It is from the best Christmas movie of all time – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
I’ve seen Cousin Eddie’s camper. I can die now.
$17 for adults
The tour is not wheelchair accessible. There are a lot of stairs. A modified version of the tour is available for people in wheelchairs.