I remember being a little girl and going Christmas shopping with my mother. We’d walk into a store filled to the brim with shimmering lights, red and green bows on anything a bow would stick to, and all the holiday goodness imaginable. It almost never failed . . . in the center of the store, there stood a beautiful, tiny, snowy, white Kids Christmas village.
Adults and children were always gathered around the tiny houses, watching the miniature train travel round and round the Christmas village, while the magnetized ice skaters did their figure eights over the glass ice, and the little light polls shined bright around the village people.
I could have stood and stared at the Christmas village people for hours, noticing all the fun little details, dreaming up backstories for the villagers. It would never fail though, after a while my hand would involuntarily start to raise and suddenly my fingers would almost touch one of the tiny people. Mother, ever watchful, would say in a hushed, stern voice, “Don’t touch!” and I’d be drug away to continue our Christmas shopping excursion.
Fancy no-touch Christmas Village
How I loved those Christmas villages, and vowed one day to have one. Slowly, oh so slowly I’ve started my collection. I have my best Christmas village sets by MacKenzie-Childs. They are detailed, beautiful, and hand-painted in Aurora New York. These are ones that the kids aren’t allowed to touch. They will be pass down items one day.
And, as much as I love the idea of passing down special pieces to my kids, the child in me remembers wanting oh so much to play with the beautiful Christmas village, not just look at it.
Kids Christmas village
Then one day, as I was walking the isles of Walmart, I notice the most inexpensive little Christmas village items. Tiny people, houses, hotels, shops, and barns. Woodland creatures, Santa, and everything else a little child would go crazy over. I mean, I was giddy over them! They were sold individually and also in sets. The prices were amazing, and then I had a thought. . .
I’ll make a village out of these items and I won’t care if the kids play with them. If they break and have to be replaced. The kids want so much to be part of Christmas, and I want to give that to them. I want them to touch and play and feel Christmas between their little fingers. Like how they’re able to experience our interactive advent calendar. So I’ll make them their own kids-friendly Christmas village they are allowed to play with.
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What you’ll need:
- A flat tray or three tiered tray to keep the village items and snow in
- Fake snow
- Christmas village sets of your choice
Shop Snow and Village Items
This is just one of the village sets sold at Walmart that is available online. They have so much more in store!
Assemble the Christmas village | Best fake snow for Christmas Village
I chose to use the fake snow pieces, but you could also use the fake snow blanket, or forgo the snow altogether. Yes, the snow pieces are messy, but the kids just think it’s so dang fun and I don’t mind running a quick vacuum over the area around the Christmas village once or twice a day.
You could also take white felt sheets, trim it to size, and lay it down over the area. It will be less cumbersome than the snow blanket, which can be hard to balance small items on without falling over. You could also use tiny pom poms which are easier to scoop up and place back in the container. Get creative here, the possibilities are endless.
You could also use these snowflake buttons. How adorable!
I simply took a three tied tray we already had on hand, threw some snow on each level and added the Christmas village decor. You can also use a single tray. Just make sure it has a lip on the sides so the snow stays in easier.
For smaller children, you could also make it a Christmas village sensory bin for less mess, and only bring it out when you can watch the child play in it.
I had purchased a few items to start us off with when I was shopping solo, and then brought the kids back with me on my next visit and allowed them to each pick three items to add to our collection. From here on out every year we’ll return to get a few more items, or replace ones that went broke or missing from the year before.
The kids have found so much joy in spending time playing with the village, or even changing a piece or two each time they walk by. It’s fun to stop and examine what’s been going on in the little village when I stroll by as well. I even change a piece or two and play with it a bit. What can I say, I’m the same girl as years gone by, giddy to reach my hand out at the toy store and touch the enchanting Christmas village people. 😉
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