Famous items from ‘Christmas house’ to be auctioned: report


TORRINGTON, CT – You’ll have the opportunity to own some of the famous “Christmas House” items this week, as an auction is scheduled for April 11 at City Hall. For years, Ron Merriman, owner of ‘The Christmas House’ at 285 Main St., operated a famous Christmas lights display.

He was forced to leave the home which has become an annual destination for families across the state during the Christmas season. He owed over $10,000 in unpaid mortgage and his house was foreclosed on late last year.

Merriman said last year he had run out of money and had no plans to put up his extravagant lights, but he saw a woman and her young son staring at the house and knew that he had to do it one last time. Merriman’s display is so popular that it was featured on the State of Connecticut website under ConneCT Kids.

The American Republican reports that the the auction will feature items which Merriman used to decorate the Christmas house, including “hundreds of abandoned mercury-glass Coca-Cola figurines and Christmas-themed dolls”. The items were placed in a city-owned warehouse after the Merrimans were removed from their home on March 17, the Rep-Am reports.

It was escorted out of his home on March 17 leaving behind many of his famous decorations. At the time, he told the Rep-Am he didn’t have the money to move his belongings.

The minimum bid for decorations is $1,325. Webster Bank bought the house at auction.

Merriman’s exhibit began in 1982 and featured a “spectacular display of Christmas lights, Christmas scenes, animated figures, angels, snowmen/snowmen, dolls, plush and just about every cartoon character that’s ever had a Christmas special on TV or in the movies. . If you had, or still have, a favorite character, from Frosty to Snoopy, there are strong chance you’ll see it on display at the Torrington Christmas House,” according to the state’s website.

The electric bill was almost $2,000 a month.

Before the auction, Merriman made one last attempt to keep his house by throwing a GoFundMe. He raised $200 but a heated debate erupted on the page. Some people advocated that the community and beyond do everything in their power to help the family keep their home, while others criticized Merriman for not paying his mortgage and taxes.


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