Black bear positioned as a decoration in the Christmas tree.

Smoky Mountains Christmas Tree

Those of you who know us know that this is redecorating season, as we make room for all the new decorations arriving daily for Christmas.  The Smoky Mountain room is moving to the end of the hall and receiving a gorgeous makeover – but it’s still under construction for a time. Here’s a sneak peek at what the designers have been up to this week. (Click the link above to see the Smoky Mountain selection on our website.)

Do you recognize this wall? No, you don’t – it’s brand new!

Interior wall newly resurfaced with rough wood siding and large windows.

There’s our big, carved, Smoky Bear, taking donations for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  And yes, there’s an outhouse back there..wonder what’s inside?  Maybe later…here’s the tree – with plaid-clad elves, a plaid reindeer, and a colorful ski lodge theme.

Decorated Christmas tree in a mountain ski lodge theme with plaid reindeer and elves.

Plaid reindeer with branches for antlers, decorating a Christmas tree.

Large elf in Christmas tree with fur-lined sweater and plaid ski pants.

Merry Christmas ornament in the Christmas tree.

Black bear positioned as a decoration in the Christmas tree.

Wood-look mounted deer's head as a Christmas tree decoration.

Paradise…it says “Just Another Day In Paradise!”

Merchandise display of black bears and rustic signs.

A bird in the hand is worth two on the branch?  We’re changing that to “put another bird in your shopping basket, honey, y’all can’t have too many birds!”  Under construction…

Birds perched on lighted branches, the beginnings of a new display.

And finally, we’ll leave you with this:  any guesses as to what this will become?  Only time will tell the story!

Birch trees lined up against a wall, with a large wooden spool in front - soon to be a new merchandise display for something fun.

We love where you’re going with your design, team! I’ll be back later in the summer with more pictures of our Smoky Mountain room. I hope you’ll come to see it for yourself, too!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  This is the final weekend of our tent sale – still lots of great stuffing going under the big top every day – come and shop before it ends on Sunday, June 5th!

Memorial Weekend Tent Sale

But you can shop all week! The tent is staying up until June 5th, and you have 9 days to save 50% on all kinds of things for your Christmas celebrations – and other items, too. We’re liquidating some home decor and spring flower inventory. Come take a peek – we can’t list everything you’ll find in the tent, there’s just too much.

Charles Viancin silicone storage solutions:

Christmas Place tent sale Memorial week - housewares selection.

Pre-made bows and ribbon sampler collections:

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - ribbon bundles and bows

Lawn decorations – in need of a little loving care, but oh, so fun!

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - Exterior elf and reindeer figures

Lemax and Department 56 lighted houses – and I think I see a cookie jar or two in there, plus a Possible Dreams and a Jim Shore Santa?

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - Lemax and Department 56

Pre-made floral items in glass and metal containers:

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - pre-made floral arrangements

Unassembled floral arrangements (wink wink!):

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - floral stems and arrangements

Unbreakable ornaments and glass decorations:

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - unbreakable ornaments, glass Christmas decorations

Just for fun .. look who was on time to work this morning – Ms. Canada Goose with two of her goslings! They love the river behind the store for a morning swim. One of the mamas has 10 babies to herd, I’ve been told – I’m hoping to see her soon.

Canada goose with two goslings

As we always say – shop early for the best selection, and shop often for new sales merchandise being put out each day! Happy first-weekend-of-summer!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Even if you can’t make it to Pigeon Forge for Memorial Day, you can still order gifts in honor of your military service men and women – check our selection here.

Thursday Things To Love – Christmas Decorations in a Country Theme

You know I used to do “Two for Tuesday” – but I could hardly ever keep it to just two .. so I’m doing “Thursday Things” instead – and I can show as many things to love as I want with no guilt!  Here are some of my favorite things from around the store this week.  I’m a fan of the homespun, country style of Christmas decorations that we are showcasing in the Christmas Gallery – and of course, there’s so much more than I can show in one post.

Have you seen the wide variety available in these frosted glass lamps?  Softly painted winter and Christmas themes decorate several shapes and styles of vases and lamps, each lamp filled with a strand of mini lights.  They will add a warm glow to any corner of your holiday home.  These are priced to make wonderful Christmas gifts, too!

Frosted glass lamps filled with strands of mini lights, painted with images of Christmas and winter.

Frosted glass lamps filled with strands of mini lights, painted with images of Christmas and winter.

The Ginger Cottage “Elf Academy” ornament is decorated on the board inside with all the things the accomplished elf must master to fulfill his or her full potential at the North Pole!  Reindeer names, reindeer games, toy categories, food groups – every topic is covered in this little school house.  Light the ornament by placing it over one the mini bulbs on your Christmas tree, through a little hole in the floor.  We love the frosty snow coating added to each little building.

Balsam wood ornament of a tiny house, lighted by placing it over a light bulb on your Christmas tree.

A prophetic pillow that really says it all….

Christmas pillow reads "When you stop believing in Santa you get underwear," and a large snowman head decoration.

Burlap is still going strong for the homespun holiday look – birds, balls, poinsettias, ribbon, and more, in all the colors of Christmas.  We love the country look, as it welcomes many textures and translations for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

Burlap bird, red ball, and decoupaged cowbell with heart applique Christmas ornament collection on a homespun style tree.

More “country” textures – galvanized tin walls, chicken-wire windows, cotton blooms, barnwood wall art, and a carved stag head – we’ve layered it all on for a fun take on the theme!

Galvanized metal walls with chicken-wire window pains on top make for a multilayered, textured  display of whimsical barn wall art.

Classic red barnwood walls are the perfect backdrop for a pair of gorgeous wreaths from our Floral Design team.

Christmas wreath with burlap ribbon, cardinal, and poinsettia, displayed on a red barnwood wall.

Christmas wreath with snowman, "Let It Snow" sign, and burlap ribbon and decorations, displayed on a red barnwood wall.

So many themes to show you, and only thirty-one Thursdays until Christmas!  If there’s a favorite theme you’d like to see, be sure to let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure it’s covered.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. If you’re planning to be in Pigeon Forge on Memorial Day or the following week, don’t miss our Memorial Week Tent Sale!  We don’t do this every year, so come and get a fast start on decorations for 2016 and save a little money while you’re doing it.

Miss Heart of Christmas

We recently welcomed a royal visitor to The Incredible Christmas Place – Kentucky’s Teen Miss Heart of Christmas came to visit!

Miss Heart of Christmas winner

Where else would you expect her to spend her holiday but in a Christmas wonderland?  We were delighted to welcome this sweet young woman to our store.

The “Miss Heart of the USA” pageant programs are focused on teaching young girls that it is never too soon to be involved in giving back to the community.  Every pageant is a food drive!  All participants are required to bring donations to each competition, titles are awarded based on donations, and their community involvement extends beyond pageants to other events.  At the local level, the girls are encouraged to participate with groups like March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, and local shelters and food banks.

Congratulations and good luck to Kentucky’s Teen Miss Heart of Christmas – and keep up the good work for your community!

Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

Life & Death at Christmas Place

Over the weekend, we noticed that a duck has nested and laid several eggs under a sheltering tree in our courtyard train bed.  The eggs are a beautiful light turquoise color (though you can’t see it in these photos).

Duck's nest under a tree in the courtyard train bed at Christmas Place

View of duck's nest under a tree in the courtyard train bed.

We’ve also noticed this morning that a young red-tailed hawk has spotted the nest and is anxious for a meal!  Several smaller birds in the area are trying to distract the little hawk, and we are anxiously awaiting Mama Duck’s return to watch over her babies.  The hawk has been swooping around, waiting for the courtyard to clear of people before attacking the nest.

Red-tailed hawk perched on the roof of Christmas Place

While I was taking these photos, we think Mama Duck flew over and was waiting for me to leave before returning to her nest.  We’ll keep you updated on the outcome in this battle.  Of course we want the little hawk to have a good life, but we’d sure like to see those ducklings in a few weeks, too!  Life sometimes makes for hard choices.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

Letters to Santa

Christmas is just 18 days away today – but there’s still time to get in a last-minute letter to Santa! Here are some recent letters to inspire your thinking for the holiday.
Vincent's first letter to Santa

 

Sierra's letter to Santa

And, lest you imagine otherwise, you’re never too old to write to Santa!  (Of course, we’ve changed the names so we don’t spoil the surprise!)

Comet's letter to Santa

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Just checking to make sure you have all your lights up for the neighbors to enjoy .. if not, please, for the sake of your neighbors, remedy the situation now! The best lights are all right here: http://www.christmasplace.com/landing/led-lights.cfm

Falling for Fall Fashions at The Boutique!

We’re back with a Boutique update this week – just to show off a few of our fun – and fuzzy – fashions for fall.  This weekend, it’s turning crisp and cool – are you sweater-ready?  Check out a few of our favorites.

Fall knits tops

Knits in a kaleidoscope of fall colors, textures, and weights.

Brown leather jacket, fringed short boots, wedge shoes, monogrammed boot cuffs, print top

On-trend fringed boots, or wedges paired with monogrammed boot cuffs, warm brown leather and an awesome print. Have some fun!

A close-up of those boot cuffs and a pair of awesome leggings - don't be afraid to stand out from the crowd!

A close-up of those boot cuffs – yes, there’s a hint of sparkle there – and a pair of awesome leggings – don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd!

Selection of fall colors and patterns in silky scarves.

Add a colorful scarf to keep the fall breezes away.

Need a little more coverage? This sweater-coat with over-sized collar can handle fall all day long!

Need a little more coverage? This sweater-coat with over-sized collar can handle fall all day long!

Bouclé knit cap with two-button accent on the brim.

Cover your ears with a soft-soft-soft cap – comes in several colors, to match your every ensemble.

Boot socks with buckle or button detail at the cuff.

Don’t forget your toes – they’ll stay toasty in these plush socks with cuff accents, another way to accessorize your new boots.

Tunic dresses, fuzzy knit vest, shoes, boot cuffs.

Colorful tunic dresses pair well with a fuzzy vest for office or after-work style.

This is just a small sampling of the colors and styles in The Boutique now for fall.  Come and find your perfect looks for the ball game, s’mores around the fire pit, a mountain drive, and all your favorite cool-weather activities!  We’re open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. I can’t believe I almost forgot to mention that there’s an Endless® bracelet and charms to coordinate with every look, too!  Don’t miss out on their free charm offer to start your collection.
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Silver & Gold – 2015 Christmas Tree

No, Burl Ives is nowhere in sight, I checked .. but what else could I start with for this gorgeous Christmas Tree?!  I’m a slave to musical Christmas traditions.  With Christmas trees, just as with fashion, silver, gold, bronze and copper can play together in beautiful harmony.  Okay, great.  Now I’m stuck on musical references, and there isn’t a musical note on this tree.

Just please to enjoy the photographs – I’ll let them tell the story.

Gold & silver Christmas tree

Silver deer in Christmas tree

Gold & silver Christmas tree - full length view

Gold & silver tree top

Gold & silver tree ceiling accents

Gold, silver, natural wood, burlap, snowy white berries mix together on the tree.

Gold and silver tree with copper bird accent.

Gold and silver blend with copper, tan, and white accents.

Gold & silver tree with snowflakes and faux fur ribbon.

More gold, silver, copper, and bronze.

Copper and white Santa Claus ornament.

White doves on the gold & silver tree.

Golden deer with a white fur collar on the gold & silver Christmas tree.

Oversized metallic pinecone on the gold & silver  Christmas tree.

Did you notice the bleached antlers on the ceiling and in the tree topper?  {Love!}

Is anyone else now craving a caramel macchiato or a mocha frappuccino?  No?  Just me?  Well, I’m off to find one – I think Mrs. Claus’ Candy Kitchen will have one for me .. and some caramel apple pie fudge, or maybe a sliver of pumpkin pie fudge.  The perfect ending to a busy day of putting up the tree! taking pictures of a Christmas tree a whole team of other people put together. Wow, that’s enough glitz and glitter to satisfy even me!

More 2015 Christmas trees photos to come – is there a theme I can cover just for you? Let me know.

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

Labor Day Tent Sale!

It’s almost time!  You wait for it all year, now it’s only two weeks away.  Everything in the tent will be 40% off the marked price – great bargains on gifts and Christmas decorations!  Shop early for the best selection, but the tent will be up all week .. unless we run out of goodies!

Labor Day Clearance Tent Sale

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. While you’re here, be sure to look at our 2015 Christmas trees – free shipping on all trees purchased at the store – take advantage of the savings!

First Look – Musical Nutcracker

Wandering through the store this morning, I came across an eye-catching new display piece by the Nutcracker tree.  Look at this big guy!

He plays Christmas tunes, of course – and the lights on his jacket and drum light up in sync with the music.

I’m afraid he’s only to be enjoyed, not for sale.  Hope you’ll come and see him for yourself when you’re in Pigeon Forge this fall or Christmas!

~Janet @ Incredible Christmas Place