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Christmas Village Pieces

Updated on February 5, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

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:

  • Mailboxes
  • Firewood
  • Trees
  • Mailboxes
  • Telephone booths
  • Fences
  • Brick road
  • Pebble road
  • Street lights (some that really turn on)

Animated accessories

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
  • Carolers
  • Ice skating
  • Shopping
  • Dogs
  • Farm animals
  • Deer
  • 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
  • JoAnn's
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Michaels
  • Target
  • Kohl's
  • Wal-Mart

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Put down your streets.
  4. Place batting over the cords to resemble snow and cover the mass of cords that snakes through your display.
  5. Add trees, fences, and other accessories.
  6. Always add the people and animals last. By this point your village will have a certain look and the people will naturally fit in.
  7. 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.


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      bsharp61 6 years ago from Kentucky

      I've been collecting since 88...I have Christmas village houses, people, and asscesories from stores that have gone out of business...such as Carolina Pottery...I have Christmas village items from Walmart, Kmart, Lowes, Sears, Kohl's, Christmas stores in Gatlinburg Tenn...Garden Ridge, flea markets, yard sales, and ebay. I set it up after Thanksgiving, takes me about 3 to 4 days to set it up...I use 3 tables...I have an old part of town...1870's...a Bay/ocean scene...and a part of town with a train that is a lil more modern, say circa 1890's. I still refuse to use any cars or trucks...all transportation is horse drawn...I love my hobby...and I work with it in one way or another throughout the year...

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Oh! How cute! I've never seen those before :)

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      Cailin Gallagher 7 years ago from New England

      AW! Great hub!

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      craftybegonia 7 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      Very cute hub!

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Cool hub! I had a gorgeous set when I was younger. I really want to get back into it so the youngsters in the family can enjoy it as much as I did growing up.

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      molson5070 7 years ago from State College, Pa

      this reminds me of my grandma. she has a whole set of "department 54" houses. It makes her whole house feel like christmas.

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      beckyboel 7 years ago from New York

      They are very cute and your hub is fantastic!

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      eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I love Department 56 and have some houses and figurines that I love to display at Christmas. I have a flying Santa that I like to place in the middle of my village. I just wish I had more room to add to my display. Thanks for a great article. Merry Christmas! Teresa

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, this was really strange to me because I suddenly remembered doing this when I was small! I had totally forgotten, I can still see the pieces now! lol thanks for the memories, cheers nell

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      webtwilight 7 years ago

      For the past 10 years I have been buying items for my wifes christmas village. She has a large collection now. She loves it and makes my daughter excited to see what her father is buying her mother next.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      We put up our Christmas village this year (it stayed in the attic the past 2 years). My 7 year old twins LOVE it and now I'm inspired to add to our collection. eBay sounds like a great place to look for Christmas village pieces. Great hub!

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      jaymelee23 7 years ago from United States

      Nice decor.. people will love this.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      I also loved this one bcause I am a sucker for anything to do with doll's houses little people/villages etc.An up and useful/awesome here.

      Thank you so much for sharing.

      Take care Marye.

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      brandonakelly 7 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      This is some pretty useful information, I'll have to direct my mother to this hub, she's really into Christmas Decor and little village scenes

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      They are absolutely beautiful

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      Jackie Paulson 7 years ago from USA IL

      I have a set that I started but now live in such a small area that I don't put it up or Christmas decorations.

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      Moxyl 7 years ago from Global Village

      They are adorable! I still remember my parents used to have that displayed on their cupboard. Thx for sharing!