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Saks Fifth Avenue comes to Castle Noel in Medina

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    A 2016 Christmas window display from Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City featuring ribbon candy is part of a new display at Castle Noel in Medina.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    As visitors ascend the stairs to the top of Santa Klaus Mountain, they will see this tree and animated owl, part of the new Enchanted Forest at Castle Noel in Medina.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    The Grand Hall at Castle Noel contains memorabilia from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Santa Claus” films and “Jingle All the Way” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Santa Klaus Mountain has been redesigned, and now features an Enchanted Forest theme.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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A 2016 Christmas window display from Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City featuring ribbon candy is part of a new display at Castle Noel in Medina.

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A little bit of New York City is lighting up Castle Noel for the holidays in Medina.

For months, owners Mark and Dana Klaus and their team have been installing new exhibits at Castle Noel, billed as “America’s Largest Year Round Indoor Christmas Entertainment Attraction.”

The 2016 window displays from Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City and the entire set from the 2014 stop-motion animation film “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” are a few of the highlights.

“Mark had been working on trying to get something from stop-motion for a long time and to get the entire set was just over the top,” Dana Klaus said.

In addition to the entire set which has been added to the Klaus’s permanent collection, the studio has loaned the Buddy the Elf puppet, which appeared in every scene of the film.

“He is on loan for three months through the Christmas season,” Dana Klaus said. “Then he goes back to Los Angeles. We are going to have him every Christmas season.”

The 2016 Saks windows are the latest addition to a lineup of holiday store window displays that range from the 1960s to present day, with examples from Lord and Taylor, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.

The new windows are known as “Land of 1000 delights” and were built by 51 people over nine months at a cost of $2.4 million. Each display has been recreated exactly how it appeared in New York, down to the music that is playing when visitors pass through the new gallery.

“We drove up to look at the windows the night before we were going to take them down,” Dana Klaus said. “The millions of people that go see the windows in New York, now you are able to see them the same way here in Medina, Ohio.”

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.



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