All posts by Tyler Schwartz

Castle Noel

There are few places in North America that are close to a Christmas paradise, that is until you hop on the Polar Express for a trip to the North Pole! One is RetroFestive in Oakville, Ontario, the second is Santa’s Village in Bracebridge, Ontario, and the other is Castle Noel in Medina, Ohio.

Castle Noel is America’s largest indoor, year-round Christmas entertainment attraction. After years of admiration, we recently visited for the first time on a family trip to the A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio, which is the perfect double whammy for any Christmas movie fan!

Castle Noel is where we got to see Cousin Eddie’s RV from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in person – and we felt like a kid at Christmas!

Cousin Eddie's RV at Castle Noel
Merry Christmas! Shitter was full!
2019 at Castle Noel
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Christmastime with Mister Rogers

After the massive success of the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor, it seems everyone has become infatuated with the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, or as he is more lovingly know, Mister Rogers. With the upcoming release of the biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood starring Tom Hanks, we thought this was the perfect time to reflect on Christmastime with Mister Rogers.

Christmastime with Mister Rogers

Christmastime with Mister Rogers was a one hour primetime special that was released in 1977 during  the four year hiatus of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS. 

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Top Ten Christmas Books of All Time

Who does not love snuggling up with a good Christmas book during the winter season? The holidays are the perfect time to gather the whole family together to recite Christmas books like The Night Before Christmas and The Polar Express.

There are hundreds of Christmas movies to choose from every year, and books are just the same. There are so many to books choose from whether you would like something funny or silly, or more nostalgic and sweet. We have made a list of some of our favourite Christmas books for you to dive into this season.

A Christmas Story Novel

A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd

Every fan of the film A Christmas Story knows the film was adapted from Jean Shepard’s “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”. A Christmas Story the novel gathers hilarious short stories featuring the autobiographical humour that Jean Shepherd. They are irresistible pieces of Americana that warm the heart and tickle the funny bone – just like the movie!

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2019 SANTA CLAUS PARADES IN CANADA

Santa Claus is coming to (your) town! We have made a list of 2019 Santa Claus parades in some Canadian cities so you can mark your calendars!

Ontario alone will host over 150 Santa Claus parades throughout November and December! Who doesn’t love a Santa Claus parade full of bands, colourful floats, mascots, and jolly old Saint Nick himself?

Don’t see your local parade listed?
Give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll add it!

Oakville Santa Claus Parade
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Grand Opening Celebration Party

Join us for our Grand Opening Celebration Party on Saturday, November 2, 2019! See what is new in store, grab some Christmas cake, cookies, and hot cider. And the REAL Santa will be stopping by to meet all in attendance!

Chippawa Fire Truck Christmas Story
The original fire truck that was used in “A Christmas Story”, a 1938 Ford La France pump truck, gives movie fans a ride around the Tremont neighborhood on Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Lisa DeJong)
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