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Department 56

One Christmas evening, a group of friends set off to enjoy a dinner of celebration at a small country inn nestled in a quiet river town. As they rounded a bend in the road, they saw the small, old-fashioned village decorated for the holidays. The lights, like fairies, glowed and sparkled amid the freshly fallen snow. All evening, the conversation was full of Christmas memories and the visions the tiny town had evoked. Amidst the jovial banter and magical memories, the idea for a lighted Christmas village was born. That spark of an idea became a reality when, in 1976, Department 56 introduced a series of six hand-painted, ceramic buildings. The rest is history.

 

The company behind the villages.

Over thirty years ago, Department 56 began as part of Bachman's, a premiere retail florist in Minneapolis. Bachman's used a numbering system to identify each of its departments. The number assigned to wholesale gift imports division was, you guessed it, 56.

Now headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Department 56 has become a leader in the giftware, collectibles and holiday decorating industry and is best known for our hand-crafted lighted villages, Snowbabies™ figurines and extensive lines of holiday and home decorative products.

The building of a village: An historic events calendar.

Department 56

Dickens' Town Tree

Dickens' Town Tree

$80.00
Sold Out

Up Up & Away Witch With Ghosts

Up Up & Away Witch With Ghosts

On Sale $30.00
Sold Out Regular price
$60.00

Bringing home The Winner

Bringing home The Winner

On Sale $17.25 Regular price
$34.50

Come In If You Dare

Come In If You Dare

On Sale $22.50 Regular price
$45.00

Happy Halloween Lit Sign

Happy Halloween Lit Sign

On Sale $12.00 Regular price
$24.00

Gathering Pumpkins

Gathering Pumpkins

On Sale $24.00 Regular price
$48.00

Purple Glitter Bare Branch Tree

Purple Glitter Bare Branch Tree

On Sale $5.25 Regular price
$10.50

Can't Wait For Halloween!

Can't Wait For Halloween!

On Sale $12.50 Regular price
$25.00

Thanksgiving At Grandmothers House

Thanksgiving At Grandmothers House

On Sale $37.50 Regular price
$75.00

Harvest Farm Roadside Sales

Harvest Farm Roadside Sales

On Sale $42.50 Regular price
$85.00