Few things get one in the spirit of the Christmas holidays, like visiting a well done Santa village. A well known candle factory, based in western Ma creates a sparkly and fun experience for anyone that loves Christmas. Toddlers, children and…tall children (that’s us – grown ups) alike, get thrilled with the trains, the rotating trees, the sparkly ornaments and the enticing smells all around.
This is not an affiliate post. Hubby took me and The Cute for a surprise drive to Yankee Candle village and we took a few photos to show you a few glimpses of how entertaining it is.
At South Deerfield in Massachusetts, there is the flagship store of the Yankee Candle (a well known candle maker company). Their Christmas village is a must-visit, especially if you have kids (or are one) and they sure know how to create a visually (and olfactorily) warm and festive atmosphere.
We did not attend any events and being so close to Christmas, only 5 (whaaat? only 5?) days away, there were many customers but not the massive crowds that happen on the event days.
- It is quite a large place
- It’s always super-freezing cold outside (well, around this time of the year)
- Has a massive selection of candles and scents but you can find a lot of items to buy that have nothing to do with wax, from preserves to scarves.
- It has many, many Christmas trees. Enormously tall ones, rotating ones, etc
- Several working toy trains run around the periphery of the rooms. Just look up!
- See a displayed ornament, toy, etc you like? Just grab it straight from the display (usually hang on a tree)
Every photo that follows, is taken inside the building. It might give you a good idea of the size and height, if you notice the people in the photos and compare their size with the area/decorations.
We spent over half an hour running behind The Cute, who was running behind (well underneath) the trains, with little utterings of awe. All around the rooms we went. And again and again. It was so precious watching our baby daughter jumping with excitement, eyes wide and a gate still uneven (too cute!).
It was hard to take her from the trains, until we promised some snow.
According to the forecast, it is going to snow:
Why, would you look at that!
The forecast was right: It snows!
There is Santa’s desk and Santa’s workshop and toys and fudge and even a candle museum.
And a “Bavarian village”:
And a castle gate, complete with a water filled moat.
And even a real bridge:
Did someone said “trains!”?
There is a large collection of model railroad buildings (for sale):
Everywhere around there were little Christmas corners, each tree decorated in a different style:
Visiting on a day with less crowds, proved to be a good experience. The precious moments (30 minutes of them to be exact) while The Cute was running around with excited little voices, trying to catch the moving trains, were priceless. As were the time spent over the moat, under the snowing area and of course, the toys area.
It was good family fun and certainly super-Christmas-y.
Hope you enjoyed the photos and Merry Christmas!
ps. Did you see the super-duper sample paint haul? Paint samples for 99 cents at Lowes? Run, I tell you, run!
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