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Tiny Tinsel Town returns to Museum of Industry


STELLARTON, N.S. —

If you want to see where Santa Claus gets his beard trimmed, the Museum of Industry is the place to be.

Holiday’s at the Museum kicks off Dec. 7. For the second year in-a-row museum goers will have the chance to take in an outstanding display of seasonal cheer.

“There are so many special moments for people when they come to see this,” said Denise Taylor, marketing and services officer at the museum on Nov. 29 as workers were building Tiny Tinsel Town. 

Tiny Tinsel Town is collection of Dept. 56 houses, figures and trees that has been 40 years in the making. 

The collection belongs to Francis Crocket, Barb Retter and Patrick Mullally. With the help of museum staff, they are bringing it to life. 

There is a ski hill for tiny snowboarders, skiers and even a miniature olympic athlete to enjoy. At the very top of the hill a working gondola whizzes between snow-capped peaks and over a lodge that blinks welcoming Christmas lights.

“We are very excited to bring back by popular demand our festive display, Tiny Tinsel Town,” noted museum director Debra McNabb. “Thanks to the tireless work of a team of volunteers assisted by museum staff, we can provide a fun and joyful experience to add to Pictou County’s Christmas traditions.”

It takes about a week for every piece to be set carefully into place, not to mention a lot of batteries to run the four electric trains that wind their way through the villages, including a new addition to the museum, Whoville.

Thankfully there are also villages that don’t have a Grinch in the 2,500-square-foot room.

This year people can also take in Christmas in the City, a Dickensian village from across the pond and, of course, The North Pole.

“There’s always something new to see,” said Taylor.

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