Friday, December 21, 2018

Castle Noel

Take a two-hour tour to Christmas past when you visit Castle Noel in Medina. Castle Noel is “America’s Largest Year-Round Indoor Christmas Entertainment Attraction,” according to creator Mark Klaus. Yes, that’s really his name.

You’ll see props and costumes from popular Christmas movies and animated windows from New York City department stores during the guided tour, which begins outside and includes a chance to go down a giant slide like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story.”

Last year, my friend Moe asked our guide how Klaus acquires the animated windows. “Magic,” she replied. That answer will have to do. And Castle Noel does have a magical atmosphere.

Visitors from virtually every generation will be brought back to their childhood Christmases when they see the movie props and toys from another time. I might not be remembering this correctly, but I think our guide told us we couldn’t take pictures last year. Castle Noel’s website, however, encourages visitors to take photos. I’m sure someone will let you know the rules when you go.

Admission is $19.50 per person, although groups of 15 or more and seniors get in for $18.50 each. Children 3 and under are free. I don’t think anyone that young would enjoy this experience, which could affect the enjoyment of others on the tour. Something to consider.

Walk-ins are welcome, but I recommend buying tickets online in advance. Castle Noel’s hours vary, and you want to be sure the people in your group can tour together.

This might not qualify as “cheap” for everyone, but it’s a unique experience, which makes it a good value for the money.

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