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Best Christmas Village Collections

Updated on May 19, 2014

A Delightful Way to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays

A dear friend of mine collected these and created amazing displays each year in her living room. The tiny lighted houses and shops along with miniature decorated Christmas trees working together with her favorite themes gave each of us who visited a sense of wonder and delight.

One of the best things about Christmas is the feeling of home towns and family getting together. A Christmas Village Collection brings back memories and creates new ones every time your guests experience the lovely way you decorate with Christmas Village Collections.

You can set up a small grouping or create complete cities and everything in-between. Small groupings may be one small block in a village town you admired as a child, from a book or movie, or something you thought up as you were decorating with village collections.

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Lights and Images Memories - We could gaze into the scene all evening long...

When the evening came along she would turn on the lights. We could see into each of the windows in the buildings. We could spend hours gazing into the tiny town and imagining what the tiny people inside were doing.

A set like this takes time to build. There are great advantages to building it over time such as the collector's memory of each item. She would often say she received some tiny building or lawn decoration from a friend.

Hawthorne Village Thomas Kinkade 'TWAS The Night Before Christmas Collectible Story House by The Bradford Exchange
Hawthorne Village Thomas Kinkade 'TWAS The Night Before Christmas Collectible Story House by The Bradford Exchange

The details you will find in the Night Before Christmas Village is remarkable. The house 'shown' is the 'first-ever Thomas Kinkade Christmas story house' and has so much detail everywhere you look you are not going to believe your eyes. But that is the way we look at Thomas Kinkade's work so this shouldn't be a surprise. Everything he does is stunning. This house is no exception.

This would be a fabulous house to start building your Christmas Village (if there are any left when you are ready to order -- this is a limited edition by the Bradford Exchange -- so hurry).


Displaying Your Collection - Gradually building the city over time.

The table she used to display the collection was custom made for her. I think her son made it. It was lower than a dining table so the town could been see from all angles while sitting on her couch.

If you stayed long enough you would begin to feel as if the town was inhabited by angels. The town would seem to glow and come alive.

Will there be rolling hills? - Snow covered buildings or trees?

When you are creating your own tiny village you might like to think of a place you love or would love to travel to. But don't let that keep you from expanding into a variation of styles. Remember every great city has a mix of culture included in sections.

You might like to create your winter scene with rolling hills or snow on the ground. She would use a gauze fabric to give the illusion of snow. It would shimmer. It was amazing how some spots would have the fabric flowing over the top of the buildings as if a drift had just fallen.

Cobblestone Corners 2012 Christmas Village 62-piece Collection New in a Box
Cobblestone Corners 2012 Christmas Village 62-piece Collection New in a Box

This is the FEATURED set in the Best Christmas Village Collections review. The collection is a porcelain and resin mix with several buildings and other accessories. Note: The ''Santa's Workshop'' is included!!

You get 12 buildings and a total of 62 pieces in all. there are some decorative pieces such as a park bench and lamp post (tiny), a few tiny trees, Some figures (people in your village having a grand time). I think my favorite piece is the tiny bridge. You can really use this out of the box to create a fabulous display.


Wired or Battery Powered? - There are simple and more elaborate ways to light your display table.

Will the lights be wired or battery powered? You can do a mix or stick with one type of lights. Wired lights can be on leads going under the display table through tiny holes drilled in the top. Remember once you cover the table those holes will be covered as well.

Another idea for a more elaborate table is to have street lights and walkways lighted from underneath. The string of lights is installed under the platform and each light bulb is showing through a drilled spot in the table..

Mr Christmas 69091 Musical Animation Magic Wand House, 6-1/4" Tall
Mr Christmas 69091 Musical Animation Magic Wand House, 6-1/4" Tall

This little Christmas Village house is a battery operated music box which plays Christmas songs and has color changing lights. Inside, you can see the images through the window, you will find a dancer. this is called a 'Magic Wand Ballroom Dancers Village House' and would make a remarkable addition to your Christmas Village Collection.

When I last looked there were only TWO left so hurry before they are gone for the season.


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  • Charito1962 profile image

    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    Such pretty models! I can just imagine how tedious it must be to set up a Christmas village. (Or I may be wrong.)

  • GypsyOwl profile imageAUTHOR

    Deb Bryan 

    6 years ago from Chico California

    @OhMe: How amazing, Nancy! I'm sure the value has increased but most of all it sounds like you enjoy your Christmas Village Collection more and more over the years <3 Thanks for dropping by and have a fabulous holiday!

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    Nancy Tate Hellams 

    6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    I used to have a shop and we purchased one from Russ for our window. When we closed the shop, I got the Christmas Village. You reminded me that I need to research it and see if it has increased in value or anything. I love looking at Christmas Village Collections so enjoyed this visit. Thank you.

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    Fart Pickins 

    6 years ago

    I really like these a lot. I especially like the Thomas Kinkade one.

  • GypsyOwl profile imageAUTHOR

    Deb Bryan 

    6 years ago from Chico California

    @GeekGirl1: You know, you could be right. I hadn't thought about using a display instead of a tree. But, that really would be fabulous. Could even set it up on a table and put the gifts under the table :-)

    Thanks for dropping by and saying hello. I really appreciate it!

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    6 years ago

    this will go great in our living room. i think these christmas village can substitute the xmas tree. since both items are signifying xmas anyway :)

  • GypsyOwl profile imageAUTHOR

    Deb Bryan 

    6 years ago from Chico California

    @Joan4: A friend of mine was a collector and added year after year to her 'village' OH what a beautiful display. The best part was each year she would take a picture of her collection set up. Over the years as the 'city' grew the photo collection would show how the town had grown and it was a bit like seeing a 'Christmas Villiage Collection' transformation scrapbook. I'm not that dedicated but I sure admire the folks who are.

    I would love to have the small FEATURED set here and add a building now and then.

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    6 years ago

    Oh this page is so pretty! I love Christmas villages!


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