National Christmas Center

On January 7, 2018, the National Christmas Center of Paradise, Pennsylvania, closed its doors. For over 19 years, this 22,000-square foot beloved tourist destination shared the magic of Christmas, both religious and secular, its memories, its history, and its traditions with thousands of visitors.

Jim Morrison, founder, curator, and historian of the center, along with his business partner, Dave Murtaugh, began a search for someone who could purchase the center’s Christmas collections and keep the spirit of Christmas alive by continuing to share these treasures with others. Their prayers were answered, and the search ended when, in October, 2018, Stone Gables Estate purchased the entire Christmas collection, one of the largest collections of historical Christmas memorabilia in the United States. Morrison, who is referred to as the “Keeper of Christmas,” comes with the collection to Stone Gables Estate. He will continue to play an integral role in the resurrection of the National Christmas Center at Stone Gables Estate.

In early 2019, the Christmas collection was carefully packed, loaded onto numerous tractor trailers, and transported to a climate-controlled storage area where it will be monitored, cleaned, restored, and put into full working order until its new home is ready. Several rare nativity scenes from the National Christmas Center will be displayed this Christmas in The Star Barn. One exhibit to be included is a 23-piece life-sized and hand-carved basswood Nativity.

There will also be several new and exciting collections added, all under the watchful eyes of Santa Morrison.

The Barns of Belmont

The National Christmas Center will be housed in 40,000 S.F. of the future restored Barns of Belmont. The main 120 x 60, four-and-one-half story 1867 Belmont barn and its associated structures, located along Fruitville Pike in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were threatened by impending development. In 2014, Stone Gables Estate acquired these structures. The buildings were carefully disassembled in 2015, cataloged, and moved into temporary storage. The Barns of Belmont is a multi-year endeavor. The two main Barns of Belmont and the National Christmas Center are projected to be completed and opened by November, 2023.

Christmas Light Drive-Through

Every Friday & Saturday in December

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Stone Gables Estate
1 Hollinger Lane,
Star Barn Way
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Phone: 1-717-902-9791

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