Christmas Lights

As we are preparing to install new Christmas lights for Winterfest 2016, we thought a look back at 2015 might be fun!  Wow, thousands of lights adorning every tree and shrub at the store and hotel – it took many thousand man-hours to put everything up .. but we think it was worth it.

The Incredible Christmas Place

 

The Inn at Christmas Place

 

Most of the lights we used are available for purchase at the store, or online at www.christmasplace.com.

The 27th annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest celebration starts with an official lighting ceremony in Patriot Park on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.  The light displays placed throughout the city will be illuminated at dark; for those who haven’t been before, it’s a beautiful display of lighted Christmas characters lights lining the parkway.  The light show actually begins in Sevierville (lighting on Monday night) and continues all the way to Gatlinburg (lighting on Wednesday night), a wonderful driving trip to make on an early winter’s evening – with a big thermos of hot chocolate to fuel the journey, of course.  The lights will remain on through February 28th, 2017, so you have lots of time to plan a visit to the area.

First comes fall, then comes Winterfest .. and finally it will be time for Christmas!  It’s only 96 days away – that’s 13 Saturdays to go.  Yippee!

Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

Two for Tuesday

My two finds of the week from around the store.  Could you have more fun than sorting through everything at Christmas Place?  I really don’t think so!

Christmas Ornament

I love the ombré look of this mercury glass ornament – although our website photo brings out more blue color than I found in it on the sales floor.  [Item 272129]

Mercury Glass Ball Ornament

Northwoods Santa

If a woodland theme appeals to you for Christmas, this Santa should be part of your collection!  He’s clearly comfortable in the forest, warmly dressed for a winter in the back country.  [Item 261092]

Northwoods Santa

Have you started planning your 2016 Christmas – well, those of you who find the will time to take down your tree after the holidays, of course!?

Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

Woodland Christmas Tree 2016

Another new Christmas tree was completed this week – our Woodland theme tree.  Take a little tour of our Woodland tree and enjoy the natural colors and textures of the forest for your Christmas tree.  A large deer in front, a burlap and natural fiber cabin, and whimsical forest gnomes provide visual focal points amid an overall scheme of forest birds and wildlife, also in natural fibers.  We think you’ll enjoy adding some natural touches to your own holiday displays – and be sure you see the wreaths our floral team created to complement the theme!

Some of the items featured in the tree may be found here:

[Bristle Woodland Animals]     [Bristle Twig Owl]

[Natural Sisal Owl]     [Burlap Bristle Owl]

[Mini Fur Raccoon]     [Deer-Fawn Ornament]

[Reindeer Ornament]     [Vintage Star Ornament]

[Pinecone Branch Ribbon]     [Woodland Theme Collection]

Second Look

Here are a couple of the photos from the video for a closer look.

Burlap cabin and natural fiber owl

Deer carving and Woodland Gnome

Woodland Wreath

We have more trees to go in our annual decorating re-do, so stay tuned and come back for more!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  Our Labor Day tent sale is still going strong – new merchandise is being put out every day, as we have room to display – so come on back to the parking lot and see what bargains might be just right for your Christmas decorating dreams!

Two for Tuesday

I don’t know why I started this with only two –  I complain about that a lot, don’t I?  Well, I’m sorry.  But if you were here in the store with me every day, you’d find it just as hard.

I don’t remember if I’ve yet shared a photo of Santa Claus this year – we just celebrated National Tailgating Day on Saturday, and Santa was in his football jersey, autographing mini footballs for his fans. We may be “All Vols” here at Christmas Place – but we sure wouldn’t turn away any other SEC team fans – or any football fans.  Sports fans, we just love all sports fans.  And spectators.  We love you, too!  Anyway, not the point, Santa is here Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  It’s a great time to come and meet him and get a head start on your Christmas card photo session for 2016.  [But if you, too, are All Vol, click here for some UT items!]

Santa tailgating in the courtyard

I hesitate to share this next one, because I know it might inspire a lot of un-Christmas-like envy in some of you .. but here goes.  Yes, if this is your idea of heaven for a workplace, you may have a future on the Christmas Place floral team!  Here, in a secret location in the store, is found a veritable wonderland of design resources.  And yes, I could only enter this room in a pocket-less jumpsuit with booties over my shoes.  True story.  [Click here if you’re immediately inspired to stock up on your holiday ribbons!]

Floral Area Work Station

Okay, yes, I was kidding about the booties!  Wouldn’t you love to have all these design riches at your fingertips each day?  Come to think of it, we probably have some very similar ribbon bolts and floral stems on sale (70% off) in our tent right now.  Hmmm.  Of course, all of this will work in your Christmas tree as well as your garland, wreaths, swags, and other arrangements.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  Our Labor Day tent sale continues through Sunday, September 18th – if we don’t run out of goodies before then!  Shop early, and shop often – we’re putting out new things every day, as we have room for them.  You’ll find the tent behind the store.

Two for Tuesday

My two picks of the week (a.k.a. the two picks I made that are on the website.  Y’all, this is so much harder than you might think, because we have 10,000 items on our website but we have 30,000+ items in the store!  You’re just going to have to come and see for yourself; I have so many favorites that you can call to order but haven’t yet been added to www.christmasplace.com.  It can be quite maddening, especially if you love Christmas like I do.):

Christmas Collectors

Even if you aren’t a collector, this gazebo would be a great addition to your holiday decorations.  In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Department 56, they have released a special gazebo for the Dickens Village, Snow Village, and North Pole Village.  This is the [North Pole edition gazebo], with Santa and Mrs. Claus offering a toast to all the residents of the Pole as they celebrate the completion of another successful Christmas Eve delivery.  (They do each have a glass raised in celebration, trust me, it’s just hard (impossible) to get into the photograph.)

Department 56 40th Anniversary North Pole Gazebo - Christmas decoration

Stocking Stuffers

Yes, this is where the line begins to try out for the [Reindeer Games]!  Who can resist these crazy reindeer in their knit sweaters and scarves with over-sized noses and booted feet?  Not Santa!  These fellows would look so cute leaping out of a stocking on Christmas morning…

Whimsical Reindeer - Christmas decoration

It’s 116 days to Christmas.  That’s 17 Saturdays.  Yes, you can officially start to get excited about Christmas, please.  We’re here for you!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  Our Labor Day Tent sale starts this Friday – but remember, we’ve moved the tent to a location behind the store, not in the courtyard.  It’s definitely happening, even if can’t see the red-and-white stripes from the parkway.  Come on in and find the bargains you’re looking for to get your holiday decorating underway.

P.P.S.  I almost forgot – National Tailgating Day this Saturday!  For all you North Americans, you know what this means – school colors, a grill, preferably some unhealthy-type food groups.  More to come, but Santa will be tailgating in our courtyard starting at 10 a.m., and the first 500 guests will receive a Santa-autographed football.

Christmas Bear in a Santa hat

Christmas Bears & Foxes & Chickens, Oh My!

Yesterday, you met my new friend Big-Nose Bear, he of the sweet expression and extreme hug-a-liciousness!

Plush Bear with Christmas scarf

Today, meet some of his friends, all anxious to show off their winter scarves and looking warm and Christmas-y!

Fox-y Christmas:

Christmas Fox

The Raccoon Gang:

Christmas Raccoon

Santa Hat Bear:

Christmas Bear in a Santa hat

Santa Suit Bear (a.k.a. Tower of Teddies):

Santa Bear

Christmas Chicken:

Christmas Chicken

(You know it’s not Christmas without a chicken in the house!)

Ski Bears (bag-fulls of them):

Tan bear with knit scarf and ski hat

And now for something entirely (kind of) different:  Bigfoot!  I don’t think this soft, cuddly sasquatch is going to scare anyone away from the tree, though…

Plush Bigfoot doll

Finally, also in the plush group – Gnomes all over the place! Big gnomes, little gnomes, in-between gnomes – you can’t go wrong with a gnome watching over things.  (Just don’t say it reminds you of your uncle, please.  And remember to feed them plenty of chocolate.)

Plush Gnome dolls

Embrace the hug factor this holiday with a fun and fuzzy holiday friend or two!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Santa is here for photos and story-telling and general getting-to-know-you today (August 26th) through Sunday – come and meet him!

Two for Thursday

Yes, I just changed the name of it .. because I kind of forgot on Tuesday!  Sorry!

Here are two of my favorite finds of the week.

Karen Didion, who designs Santas in every imaginable theme, still enjoys crafting one-of-a-kind pieces when she has the opportunity.  We have received four of the one-only pieces which she has personally created this year.  This one features antique wool and faux fur for Santa, and a delightful collection of antique toys Karen acquired in her travels around the country.  I particularly love the antique tree with glass ornaments, to which she has added mini lights.  It’s just a stunning piece, and one that a Didion collector will treasure and hand down to future generations.  As you can see in the photo, it is already signed and dated by Karen, and it is also numbered as one of her original creations.

Karen Didion Santa Exclusive

Karen will be at Christmas Place on Saturday, November 12th, 2016, for a signing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Even if you are unable to travel to the signing, you can purchase a piece now and we will hold it for signing and ship it to you afterwards.  [You can see Karen’s Santa collection here.]

And for fun, in our Toyland area, we have added the cutest collection of plush animals in Christmas scarves!  This brown bear with his oversize nose and corduroy paws has the sweetest expression!  I think he’s the kind of fellow you want to have around long before Christmas morning.

Plush Bear with Christmas scarf

I’ll show you the rest of this plush collection tomorrow – fun for a Friday, because FRIDAY, right?

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Don’t forget – our incredible tent sale starts a week from tomorrow.  Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 18th.  If you don’t see the tent out in the courtyard, check around back – I’m not certain where it’s going to be, but I know it will be filled with goodies!

Christmas Trees 2016 – “Christmas Cabin”

Our newest Christmas tree theme in the store is already a favorite with elves and guests alike.  The Christmas Cabin theme has a very vintage feel, with classic images of Santa, reindeer ornaments, and snowmen.  We’ve paired a crazy steer made from recycled parts to the mix, along with a classic wooden sled and lots of lights.  This tree has more lights than any similarly-sized tree we’ve ever offered – and it’s quite a show-stopper!

Complimenting the tree decorations is a new collection of dishes, mugs, and flour-sack towels that everyone who loves snowmen will have to have – four different works of snowman art are featured on the two sizes of plates, oversized mugs, and towels.  There’s also a plush snowman wearing a holly wreath necklace and warm ear muffs who’ll keep you company all winter.

Did you notice that we used a tin wash tub on legs as the stand for this tree?  Lots of room underneath for plenty of presents to be dreamed about on Christmas eve.

We hope you enjoy this little Christmas tree tour.  More tree videos will soon be posted, as we have 25 trees to cover this year.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

 

Two for Tuesday

It lives!  Can you believe it?  Yes, Two for Tuesday is back.  The only question is, how long will I be able to keep it to only two?  Especially when I know you want to see more and more!

LED lighting – you know we love it because it’s durable, energy-efficient, and not hot to the touch.  It illuminates this detailed winter scene, highlighting the layers of images in a very charming way – although there was too much sunlight to see it really well in my picture (and I may have forgotten to turn on the lights).  It’s time to use a little of your Christmas imagination.

Cut-out wood chalet scene with fir trees, mountains, and snow, on three levels. LED lit.

The scene is just over 16″ wide x 13″ tall x 3.5″ deep.  This is a decoration that will no doubt become an heirloom for your family – it just won’t be Christmas until someone plugs in the chalet!

Along with that show-stopper, we have a variety of miniature cut-wood scenes lit in the same way but secured under glass domes = no dusting.  That’s a winner!

Wood cut-out shapes illuminated by LED lights, under  a glass dome. Works as an ornament for the Christmas tree.

Just a touch of glitter for an extra sparkle, and natural rope trim keeps everything grounded.  There are several different scenes; as a starting point, we recommend at least three of these ornaments on the Christmas tree.

Wood cut-out shapes under glass domes, LED lit; assorted scenes; ornaments.

They will also sit on a table or in a window – but I wouldn’t want to waste that lovely glass curl on the top of the bell.

Whether you’re an established family, just starting out, or celebrating Christmas your own way, we believe starting and adding to the traditions you practice at the holidays are the best way to keep memories near and create new ones each year.  These wood-cut ornaments and mantle display piece will be treasured for many Christmases to come.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  I did it!  Only two.  See you next Tuesday with a couple of new highlights.  Don’t forget to put Sept. 2nd through the 18th on your calendar – Labor Day extended tent sale!

First Comes Halloween

Yes, here at Christmas Place, we do Halloween too – we do it the Department 56 way, with lights and animation and only the occasional scream from the ghosties and beasties!  Sure, there’s a bit of headlessness, and you’ll find a witch and a bat and a black cat or two.  Oh – lots of skeletons, not to be forgotten!  The amusement park attractions – hmmm, more amusing to some than to others .. but it’s all in good fun.  I only wish we kept the display stocked with bowls of my favorite, candy corn!

Take a tour of our [Halloween village] – there’s poetry in the day for you, too.

You probably saw a few houses and accessories you’d like to add to your own village.  We’d love to help you dream up some creative ways to display your spooky favorites this year!  The newest product that hasn’t even shipped yet is labeled “out of stock” on our website, but you can still add it to your cart – we’ll backorder and ship it to you later, no worries.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Our Department 56 Signing weekend is November 5th & 6th – mark your calendar and make plans to come meet one of their talented designers!  Do we have to mention door prizes and the secondary market?