We both rode the slide! But that’s jumping ahead of the story that began back in Mark Klaus’ childhood growing up in a family that took Christmas decorations seriously including a sixteen foot fresh Christmas tree hung from the ceiling. Living up to his last name Klaus grew up being an ambassador for Christmas and putting an emphasis on Christmas in his professional life as a sculptor. This enthusiasm for Christmas led him to amass an amazing collection of Christmas decorations, toys, movie props and costumes, and New York department store window displays. All of this is on display in Castle Noel just off the Public Square in Medina, Ohio and is one of the reasons HGTV recently named Medina as Ohio’s Top Christmas Town. We visited this morning to see what the excitement was all about and truly enjoyed the guided tour through all the various rooms and ever changing collections including a mind blowing trip through The Blizzard Vortex back into childhood and ultimately to the top of Christmas Mountain for a visit with Santa and ride down The Slide just like Ralphie in A Christmas Story!

Enjoy some Castle Noel videos here.




  1. Jim n Jill Andrews

    How fun

    • Steve & Karen

      Love this small town fun!

  2. Amanda Evans

    This triggered so many childhood memories of toys! What a delightful place. I absolutely loved your slide pictures!!! I could almost picture Ralphie


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