Christmas at the Russell House

Johnstown’s historic Russell House, the landmark property in the city’s Moxham neighborhood, will hold its annual Christmas event beginning tomorrow, Saturday, December 11, 2010 and continuing on Sunday, December 12, 2010.

Each year the Moxham Renaissance community group helps Johnstown kick off the Christmas season with a two-day holiday event. “People have told me that this gets them started for Christmas,” said Eileen DiBartola, Chairperson for this year’s celebration.

This year’s theme is Disney, with the Russell House featuring 13 Christmas trees, each trimmed to suit a particular Disney character. The trees are wonderfully decorated, often featuring handcrafted ornaments made specifically for the two-day event. Even the exterior trees get the full treatment. According to Ms. DiBartola, she was able to acquire help from Moxham Lumber for this task. “Jimmy cut 100 Mickey Mouse heads, which I then painted and covered with I can’t tell you how many jars of glitter.”

Children will be provided with plenty of opportunities to enjoy themselves. There will be craft projects, as well as a chance to get their last-minute gift requests to a very special guest, Santa Claus. There is also an elaborate model train display set up and running both days. “Some kids will sit for 30 minutes or more just watching that train,” said Ms. DiBartola.

In addition to the Christmas displays, guests will be treated to a host of entertainment, including musical performances throughout both days. Add to that free refreshments, basket raffles to benefit the Moxham Renaissance and a whole lot of Christmas cheer and you’ve got a recipe for a perfect holiday afternoon.

To join in the fun, go to the Russell House (click here for a map to the Russell House, located at 538 Park Avenue, Johnstown PA) on Saturday from 1:00PM-8:00PM or Sunday from Noon until 5:00PM. Admission is free.

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