We are happy to announce a new addition to the Retro Christmas Village – The “Vintage Downtown” edition! In addition to the mid-century modern Butterfly House, Split Level House and Folded Plate House we now have three fun displays featuring “downtown scenes” in Mid Century America at Christmastime. Your Retro Christmas Village can now have six pieces to fill your home with Retro Christmas cheer!
Garland’s Department Store – My memories of shopping downtown with my Mother in the 1960s and also working in a big department store as a teen inspired this exciting display. I invented Garland’s from my imagination (it never actually existed). This glamorous mid-century scene plays out with festive shoppers visiting the three stories of this grand store front from the 1950s. It’s a peek into the past, toy trains, pedal cars, record players and the latest in couture fashion of the era. Light up the display and reveal the escalator carrying all the patrons up, even Santa is on his way to the “North Pole” of Garland’s Department store. Add some miniature trees, a bit of fluffy snow and a light behind it to recreate Christmastime downtown from yesterday. The Garland’s Department Store Christmas display was also inspired by the song “Silver Bells”.
Silver bells, silver bells, It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring, Soon it will be Christmas day
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style
Children laughing, people passing
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas….
Santa’s Soda Shop is a Christmas display with a fun ’50’s theme. You may remember one of my illustrated Retro Christmas Cards with a similar theme, 1950s Drive-in Diner it has been updated and is still available. The Santa’s Soda Shop “neon” sign and marquee lights glow when lit from behind. It features classic cars with headlights on, roller skating car hops, and a cheerful jukebox with swing dancing kids “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”. It’s the festive place to be as customers of all ages enjoy their holiday sweet treats. Santa’s Soda Shop is a Christmastime slice of Americana, and a classic addition to your Retro Christmas Village. Your Holidays are sure to be happy days with this nostalgic scene set up and glowing with Christmas spirit in your place.
At The Ring A Ding Cocktail Lounge, the joint is jumping! The imaginary band, “Swingin’ Santa and the Merry Makers” take the stage and the dancers hit the floor. Patrons enjoy a little Christmas cheer and are dressed to impress in their vintage holiday attire. A late arriving couple dashes in from their brand new Corvette (they left the headlights on). It’s a fun addition to The Retro Christmas Village and a must have for your holiday display! I can just hear that cheerful holiday tune “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” right now. This scene was partially inspired by the Holiday TV Specials that entertainers like Dean Martin and the Gold-diggers would broadcast in the 1960s. I also was informed by 1950’s “Googie” diner architecture. It was also a “gotta do” on my wish list because of our love of vintage Christmas music and swing dance. It’s the Dance Hall of my dreams! You may remember the Ring-A Ding lounge from our Retro Christmas Ornaments collection too.
What else is new? This year I designed a snazzy new full color package that will protect your Retro Christmas Village display on the way to you and also when you put it away for the season. Each display will tuck snugly into the box, store flat and take minimal space in your Christmas decor closet. A real difference from those ceramic Christmas Villages that fill your garage. One of my main concepts when developing The Retro Christmas Village was to make it easy to store and quick to set up.