New York restaurant hosts the second-largest nutcracker collection


(WTAJ/CNN) — It’s nutcrackers galore! Joanne Gerace wanted to fill up some space on the mantle at Tiny’s Grill in Utica, New York so, she bought a nutcracker.

That was more than 24 years ago in 1994, and the collection has slowly grown.

It’s now the second-largest collection of nutcrackers in the US behind only The Nutcracker Museum in Washington State.

With nearly 700 wooden decorations the display is organized into themes.

There are categories for first responders, sports figures, the cast of The Wizard of Oz, and so much more!

Anyone coming to see it for themselves is asked to bring a canned food donation for The Utica Food Pantry.

At the end of the holiday season, Gerace plans to match the donations.

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