Christmas village displays are collected by holiday lovers everywhere. They can showcase Santa's workshop, an English village, or even your favorite brand of soda.
Christmas Villages For Everyone
When you hear the phrase "Christmas village," you may conjure up the picture of an old English village display covered in dust. But over the years, designers have developed holiday scenes that fit into just about anyone's interest. From cityscapes to beloved children's characters, you are sure to find a display that suits into your home and your personality.
Village displays can be purchased from online retailers, collector's shops, holiday shops, and even department stores, like the Lenox Exclusive Village Treasures Mistletoe Park pieces available at Macy's. These villages range from rustic to elegant, and come in just about any form you can imagine. Popular Christmas villages for display include:
- Campbell's Soup Christmas Village Collection
- St. Nicholas Square Village Collection
- Care Bears Care-A-Lot Christmas Village Collection
- The Simpsons Christmas Village
You can buy the village display pieces as part of a collection, series, or group. Purchase additional pieces separately, and add to your village throughout the years.
Popular Christmas Display Companies
Villages often develop as a way to increase the line of another brand's collectibles, like the popular Precious Moments figurines. However, some companies produce several lines of Christmas villages, each with individual appeal and a distinct look. Three such companies are Department 56, Lemax, and Thomas Kinkade.
Extremely popular over the years, Department 56 has a long history of providing unique Christmas village displays. With eight different villages to choose from, one is sure to pique your interest.
- The Alpine Village Series celebrates the mountains in Europe at Christmas.
- Choose the Christmas in the City Series for a collection of some of the United States' largest cities highlights brought together for the holidays in one set.
- Pick up a Dickens' Village Series if you are a fan of Victorian-era Christmas decorations.
- Dickens' A Christmas Carol novel is represented in this holiday village display.
- Take a trip to another place with the New England Village Series.
- Whimsy rules in the North Pole Series.
- The Original Snow Village celebrates Main Street, U.S.A.
Lemax Village Collection
Lemax has rolled out an impressive collection of villages since the founding of the company in 1990. The village collections often offer holiday pieces to go with year-round village displays. Santa's Wonderland is perfect for Christmas, and Vail Village offers winter and holiday themed pieces.The Caddington Village, Harvest Crossing, and Plymouth Corners villages offers enough Christmas and holiday pieces to build small displays on their own.
Creating Christmas Village Displays
Once you have collected several pieces of the village of your choice, it is time to put them out for display. Place it on a mantel, end table, coffee table, or on a special table you place in your room of choice. Built-in shelving wall shelving units are perfect display areas, as are china hutches. Show off your village to the neighborhood and create one in your bay window facing the street.Smaller displays, such as one large building and a few Christmas village accessories, can be placed on end tables or in the center of a bigger holiday exhibit with little fuss. Simply arrange the pieces how they look the best. Place a doily or small scrap of dark green or white fabric below to separate the pieces from the rest of the décor.
Larger displays may require more extensive planning. You may need to create depth by adding some various sized books or pieces of wood, covering them with a white or forest green cloth. Add faux snow and small mirrors to create miniature lakes.
Get more tips, hints, and ideas for your Christmas village displays from Department 56's Display Ideas.
Village displays are a warm addition to any home's Christmas décor. Whether you choose an elegant Lenox display or a fun loving Simpsons display, you and your family will enjoy putting it together and collecting pieces for years to come..