The Christmas House, an 1883 Victorian mansion decorated for Chri


In southern Lyon Michigan on Lake Street, you’ll find a Victorian mansion. The Christmas House was built in 1883 by Captain William A. Weatherhead, a distinguished Civil War veteran. In the 1930s the house was subdivided into three apartments and housed a few tenants until the late 1980s when it was lovingly restored to its original single-family splendor. Every room in this home is decorated with vintage Christmas decorations. Over 20 life-size Christmas trees, 100 animated figurines, 150 nutcrackers and much more.

This house is owned by Ralph and Jenny Dunigan. They said their love for Christmas started when they were kids. They started their life together with a Christmas themed wedding. Since then, they have spent their free time researching and collecting Christmas decorations for the home. It was in 1977 that they started opening their house to the public to see their decorations. Two houses and twenty years later, they carry on the Christmas tradition of their annual tour.

There is no conceivable way to visit this huge house filled with Christmas traditions and not leave with a warm heart. The collection of Christmas items will take you back to your childhood and the Christmas traditions of your past. I’m assuming it’s not open to the public this year due to Covid, but their website says you can make an appointment for a visit. If you love Christmas and all its colorful splendor, visiting the Maison de Noël in southern Lyon Michigan will feel a bit like paradise. Merry Christmas!

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