Just about every week, our Department 56 elves are reporting the fun of helping families begin new Department 56 collections. Parents are encouraging their kids to each select a village to collect – and with eight official “villages”, collections within villages, Winters Frost, and classic brands like Mickey’s Christmas, A Christmas Story, Peanuts, The Grinch, and the newest – Christmas Vacation and The Simpsons – there is quite a lot from which to choose… and I could go on.
Here are some of the beautiful collection photos taken by Department 56 for their 2013 releases – many of these houses and accessories are already here in the store, and the pieces that won’t be delivered till after September are available to order now. You can even order from our online store and tell us to hold them for the artist signing on November 2nd – we added this new feature to the site just last month. (More about the signing down below.)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Yes, I still own a strand of those big, super-hot Christmas bulbs! And in homage to that infamous trip to pick out the tree….
Snow Village Harley Davidson - new Roadside Cabins
Coca-Cola Collection - love that classic Santa Claus!
This spectacular model of the famous Chrysler Building in New York City is one of the largest pieces Department 56 has ever made, at over 22″ tall. Featuring chrome plating on the top spire and both interior and exterior LED lighting, you’ll keep this one on display year round. The Chrysler Building, completed after a competitive race to build skyscrapers in 1930, still stands today as the world’s tallest brick building.
The Chrysler Building, Christmas In The City - staged on a mirror for added drama - ingenious.
From the New England Village, The Dirty Owl tavern is wonderfully detailed and colorful, with a very warm glow about it.
New England Village
Dickens Village - love the blue pebble stream!
There’s an ever-so-slightly-haunting subseries to the New England Village called “Salem Willows,” depicting some of the history of Salem, Massachusetts. I kinda like these spooky-ish houses.
New England Gables
My favorite is next – this glittering collection is the easiest to display, as trees and accessories are all mounted together on one base – just plug in and enjoy.
Winters Frost - enough glitter to keep me happy!
What about the more whimsical collections, you ask? North Pole Village has some of the cutest little pieces this year!
North Pole Village
Don’t forget one of the most enduring classics of Christmas – Rudolph!
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - with Rudolph, Clarice, Sam, Bumble, Santa - but wait, where's Yukon Cornelius?!
And one of the more recent classics…
A Christmas Story - we have that lamp .. with a red shade!
Now, back to our fall artist signing event – on Saturday, November 2nd, designer Scott Enter will be here at Christmas Place from 12:30 until 3:00 p.m. to sign the houses that you purchase – and a few Snowbabies, if you like. Scott is the creative force behind The Original Snow Village and many other pieces. We will have so many pieces for him to sign that weekend that we must limit him to houses, not the smaller accessories (like people). It’s always fun to talk with the designer about his inspiration and vision for the villages, and to swap ideas with other collectors as well. You will also want to enter our drawings for door prizes each hour.
On both Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd, we’ll host our annual Secondary Market Sale in the courtyard. This is where collectors rent tables and sell retired pieces from their own collections – and it’s a great opportunity to hunt for those elusive pieces that will complete your own collection. You collectors know how much fun it is to get together with those who share your interest in these beautiful lighted houses – and perhaps pick up some new display tips along the way.
If you would like to rent a table for the weekend, please contact Teresa Hughes at 1-800-445-3396, extension 148. She has all the details about the Secondary Market sale.
So circle the first weekend in November as an important date to visit Christmas Place! If an in-person visit is not possible, then shop on-line with us and you can still have your houses signed. You can also give us a call at 1-800-445-3396; our Guest Services team would be happy to help you with a mail order.
Building a family collection and working together to set up a holiday (or year-round) display of your favorite pieces is a rewarding way to spend time forming those family traditions that will be treasured for a lifetime and beyond. These beautiful houses are definitely to be shared from each generation to the next, and can be the foundation for many of your most treasured holiday memories.
~Janet @ The Christmas Place
P.S. Tomorrow – the Halloween collection!