Start Here for Christmas Village Display Ideas
If you keep an eye on Christmas all year long, then this site is for you. We recommend some great books on designing village displays as well as our own eight guide series on creating your own village scenery that you get for free when you signup for our newsletter.
But visitors beware...displaying villages from Department 56, Thomas Kinkade, Hawthorn or Lemax is an addiction that has hooked many!
Whether you are interested in getting structures from Department 56 or any other miniature creation company (or even making them yourself for that matter), decorating with Christmas miniature villages is a beautiful addition to your holiday preparations. There are a number of positive things that you can do with Christmas miniature villages in order to achieve a result that you simply can’t get with traditional holiday decorations.
Free Guides to Creating Village Scenery
The Christmas House:
Many of the miniature villages that are created today are extremely lifelike, and you can actually use them as very nice representations of a lot of the different houses that might be near your own house.
When miniature villages are this realistic, they can be decorated in a way that mirrors the decorations of your own house in real life, and therefore, you are going to be able to add a very impressive looking decorated miniature village as a tie into all of the other decorations that you have. Unity is a concept that is important in all kinds of decorating, and The Christmas House concept can be used to bring unity to the Christmas decorations that you put up this December.
Miniature villages are also important because of the fact that most of these villages allow people the chance to express emotion through decoration. This means that you might actually be able to recreate a positive Christmas scene to use in your house with your village pieces.
Imagine the idea of all of your friends and relatives seeing a Christmas village that recreates a scene from a famous holiday movie or one that recreates the town you grew up in. It would serve to make the holiday atmosphere in your house very positive indeed, and that can only be a good thing during the holiday period.
Spruce up the Tree: If you are looking for a way to spruce up your Christmas tree decorations in a way outside of the normal lights and balls, try placing your village pieces at the base of the tree. While this is the traditional area for gifts, placing the villages around or under the tree can make a beautiful, unforgettable scene that is sure to stay in the hearts and minds of your guests for the years to come.
Christmas miniature villages are an excellent addition to any holiday décor no matter where you choose to place them or what you choose to include.
Christmas Village Idea Books
If you only invest in one resource on building D56 displays, then make sure it is this 2-book bundle: Displaying Your Collectible Houses and Display Tips for Collectible Houses. Click here for complete descriptions and reviews
You can by either book individually or save and buy them both together for $25. Plus a free layout you can try to get your feet wet!
Village Display Table Plans
Easy to follow plans for an inexpensive D56 display table you make yourself. Click here for a description.
Thomas Kinkaid Villages and Collectibles
For no fuss tabletop decorating, I recommend Thomas Kinkade Christmas items.
The picture to the right of the crystal snowman is a good example. It has a Thomas Kinkade village inside the snowman that you can see and it has a moving train that circles the snowman. So you get the lighted village look, without all the work of setting up individual pieces.
There is also a selection of villages, figurines and accessories available as well.
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