Christmas City theme song celebrates 50th anniversary with record auction

By KBJR News 1

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM CDT


It's the theme music for the Christmas City of the North Parade and the song that Duluthians can't stop humming this time of year.

Christmas City, by late talk show host Merv Griffin, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

In commemoration of the song that's been a Christmas anthem for 5 decades, Security Jewelers in Duluth is auctioning off two original copies of Christmas City on vinyl.

"These were pressed by WDSM in 1963 and when I first acquired them I thought boy these are really cool, we could probably do a nice charity auction with these," says Co-Owner of Security Jewelers Jay Seiler.

The 45 RPM records will be given away with a variety of gifts including four Bentleyville Chocolate bars, one of which may contain the only undiscovered golden ticket.
Seiler says the song plays in the minds of Northlanders throughout the holiday season.

"Once it starts playing you can't get it out of your head," says Seiler.

The catchy classic is synonymous with Christmas time in Duluth.

"Just about everybody in town has known somebody that's marched in the parade, who's danced in it, who's cub scout troop has been in it, who's ridden on the MN power float. It's an iconic event in Duluth and I think the records are an iconic piece of Duluth memorabilia," Seiler adds.

Christmas City was written by Don Peterson and recorded by the late talk show host, Merv Griffin who also started the game show, Wheel of Fortune.

Thursday evening "record package" has already hit 305 dollars on Ebay...with eight days to go on the auction.

Gabrielle Ware