The Christmas House

A must do destination point when you are in the Finger Lakes region is to visit The Christmas House on Historic Maple Ave. in Elmira. This 1894 Queen Anne Victorian is now the home of a magical Christmas gift shop. From the moment you step on the expansive front porch you will feel the magic of Christmas flow over you.

From traditional to whimsical The Christmas House is bursting at the seams with everything you need to make your Christmas come alive.

Yes, I like to start my Christmas shopping early so I stopped in this afternoon. I immediately went to my favorite ornaments – Inner Beauty. Our family tradition is to add a new Inner Beauty ornament to our tree each year. They sell fast so get in there soon if you want one. Last year I missed out. Maybe this year I will have to go back for a second one…They are mouth blown glass ornaments that are then hand painted from the inside. I just love them!

If you are looking for local memorabilia, The Christmas House has several really unique ideas for you. These wooden ornaments not only say Finger Lakes but they are grown and crafted in the Finger Lakes. The wood is harvested and the ornaments are handmade at Windy Woods Homestead located in the Finger Lakes.

There is also a line of jewelry that is specific to Elmira. Each piece is made from an old atlas. What a great way to use an atlas now that we have mapquest!

I have also collected Christmas village pieces over the years. There is something about putting together these little villages that takes you right back to your childhood. There are so many different villages to see at The Christmas House. You can spend hours in the village room alone!

I was thrilled to find a lot of village pieces for Halloween at The Christmas House today. If you are looking for unique Halloween decorations make sure you go check it out.

The leaves are already starting to fall. Before you know it Christmas will be here. The time to make your list and check it twice is now. The Elves at The Christmas House are ready to help you find a souvenir from our area, a gift for a friend or a special new item to fill your home with Christmas magic!

Thank you for exploring with me – Shelly

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