Christmas Village Pieces
If you love Christmas villages sooner or later you will want to collect Christmas village pieces and accessories to give your collection personality. No matter which style you collect, from New England to Dickens, there are specialty pieces to round it out and make it special. Think of it as a dollhouse for grownups.
After you have a few Christmas houses you will want to add people, landscaping, and those special touches that give life to your Christmas village.
Types of Christmas Village Pieces
There are numerous types of Christmas village pieces. Each adds a bit of whimsy to your display. You can usually add pieces from other companies and styles because the villages tend to be in the same scale. Lemax and Dept. 56 pieces can easily be interchanged, for example.
You can find a number of different types of landscaping pieces to add to your Christmas village. These are the pieces that will go down right after you arrange your houses but before you add people and other accent pieces.
Lay down roads first and then add landscaping like trees, bushes, and fences. Remember that natural items (like trees) should usually be added randomly for a more natural look. Some of the Items that are available for landscaping are:
- Telephone booths
- Brick road
- Pebble road
- Street lights (some that really turn on)
When you are setting up your village take a look around your home for additional items. For example, a small mirror makes a fantastic pond! Blue cellophane works well as an icy river if you crumple it a bit and put bridges over it. Use your imagination!
You can also buy display platforms that are ready made for your village.
You can get people and animals as well as other figures (like statues and snowmen) to help populate your village and give it life. There is a figure for almost every action you can think of. Some that are available are:
- Children sledding
- Snowball fight
- Ice skating
- Farm animals
- Duck ponds
Where to Find Village Pieces
During the Christmas season village pieces are available almost everywhere locally. Some places that generally have a good selection are:
- Garden Ridge
- Hobby Lobby
You can also find a nice selection of items on the Internet.
Storing the Pieces
Christmas village pieces are usually made of resin so if they get broken they are difficult to repair. When you put them up for the season wrap each in a bit of tissue paper and then bubble wrap. This will ensure that the piece doesn't get jostled around and broken while you are putting it back in storage.
Take all of the wrapped pieces and put them in marked boxed. It's good to separate them out into smaller boxes so you can keep all the people together in one, all the trees in another, and so on.
Steps to a Beautiful Christmas Village Display
- First you will want to set up a display area. If you have a large village you can do this by setting up sturdy boxes of different heights and covering them with sheets. Keep the sides next to each other so one of the pieces does not get pushed off into a crevice and broken.
- Now, arrange the houses, churches, and other buildings on the boxes; not too close together. You will need extension cords to plug in the lighted buildings and animated items. Arrange so that the cords are to the back.
- Put down your streets.
- Place batting over the cords to resemble snow and cover the mass of cords that snakes through your display.
- Add trees, fences, and other accessories.
- Always add the people and animals last. By this point your village will have a certain look and the people will naturally fit in.
- Plug it in and admire your handiwork!
Christmas villages are not only a fabulous way to decorate they are wonderful heirlooms to pass down through the generations.