Each holiday season, thousands of people come to see Steve Harbaugh’s Mickleton House to marvel at its recreation of the Griswold House of “Christmas Vacation” fame. This year they will have to travel to Mullica Hill, but there will be more to see.
According to NJ.com, Harbaugh is going to build a Christmas village with an ice rink, carousel, Ferris wheel and igloos. Oh, and a newly built replica of the Griswold House, all decorated (and lit) for the holidays. Not all of the attractions may be ready for this year, but the long-term vision includes all of these things plus a tent for the kids to meet Santa Claus and a toy store.
The Harbaughs have asked people to bring toys when visiting their exhibit over the years, raising over 12,000 toys and $ 50,000 in donations last year alone. He hopes the new location in an undeveloped field on Rte. 77 under a water tower, with the new attractions, will push their charity efforts to even greater heights.
Expect to see some of the popular exhibits, like the Family Truckster replica with a Christmas tree on top, Cousin Eddie’s camper van with an Eddie dummy emptying it, well, you know. There is also a Clark Griswold mannequin hanging from the gutter. And lights. Lots of lights.
Harbaugh told NJ.com that although the poster / toy campaign was successful, he decided to move everything because he felt bad about all the traffic his neighbors had to endure.
The scheduled opening for the village is the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. All opinions expressed are those of Bill Doyle.