Now that the cold, brisk weather is upon us and the outside lights are hung, we can turn our attention to decorating the inside of our homes for the holiday season.
In 1976, Department 56 introduced a series of hand-painted lighted ceramic buildings. These buildings now adorn window ledges, mantels and tables in homes around the country this time of year. From New York to Victorian England, there are villages to fit any style and accessories to go along with them. These villages can be the centerpiece of your holiday decorations!
If you are new to collecting Department 56 villages you may want to first explore which theme suits your style and interest. There are many to choose from, including the Original Snow Village®, Christmas in the City®, Dicken's Village® series, and North Pole series™. Once you've determined which theme you like, you can begin with one house and add a new one each year, along with the accessories to build your personal display. Accessories include everything from lighted trees and shrubs to snow, people, and even groundcovers to make your display come alive. It could be the beginning of a holiday tradition for you and your family.
There is also a large community of Department 56 enthusiasts. Joining a Department 56 club in your area is a great way to learn more about new products, retirements, and display ideas. Over one million clubs are in existence. Waterloo Gardens has a beautiful village display that was created by the staff at Waterloo and a representative from Department 56. Waterloo Gardens supplies everything for the Department 56 collector, including village and display needs.