Many of today’s most beloved Christmas traditions are of German descent. The evergreen Christmas tree, wood carvings and other traditional décor can be traced back to old Germany, and many residents throughout the state of Pennsylvania are from German roots as well. From these roots have emerged many strong Christmas styles and celebrations that are most prominent around the holiday season.
As you prepare for the Christmas season to come, take a detour on your holiday drive and pick up some décor in the old, traditional German Christmas spirit at the Christmas Haus. Located in New Oxford, The Christmas Haus has been a must-stop destination for locals and visitors alike for over a decade. The store is located just under 10 miles out of Gettysburg en route towards the direction of York and Lancaster.
As you walk through the doors of the 1891 brick house that makes up this unique store, you will instantly find yourself transported back in time to an old-time, German Christmas village. The Christmas Haus contains a wide selection of authentic ornaments and décor imported directly from Germany. Among the selections you will find wooden folk art carvings, papier mache Belznickles, nutcrackers, bulbs, glass ornaments, German smokers and much more. The artisans and master crafters behind these whimsical works are residents living in Germany working at the trade through their family owned and operated shops, many of which date back to the 1590s. They bring their authentic German tradition to the Christmas Haus along with a slice of the old world.
The Christmas Haus sells glass-blown ornaments from Hausdörfer Glas Manufaktur and Inge-Glas® of Germany, both family owned and operated businesses. Traditional Erzgebirge Wooden Folk Art comes to the German Haus from a variety of notable businesses including: Kleinkunst aus dem Erzgebirge® Müller GmbH, Klaus Merten, Füchtner Nutcrackers and Martina Rudolph. Paper Mache Candy Containers come from Marolin® by Richard Mahr GmbH and Ino Schaller.
So, if you’re still looking for those special Christmas ornaments and décor to make your holiday more old-world and traditional, stop on by The Christmas Haus. The Christmas Haus is located at 110 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford, PA 17350. Between the months of February to December, the shop is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the month of January, hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Extended holiday hours include operational times of 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday and Thursday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store is closed on major holidays as well as in the event of severe weather conditions. For more information, go to: www.thechristmashausonline.com.