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Click to see articles and resources for a joyful family Christmas.Note: This page is one of our online buyer's guides listing products that were selected to make Christmas more fun for the model railroader or holiday display village collector in your life. At first I was focusing on the trains, especially the Hawthorne Village™ collectible trains, and only featuring a handful of the villages and structures that went with them. However, as time goes on, I've become aware of more and more display villages and accessories that deserve notice - especially villages with holiday themes. Hence this "More Holiday Villages" page. Most of the villages and accessories are made by Hawthorne Village™. All of them are of exceptional quality. (That said, the Thomas Kinkade Christmas villages are still on the Thomas Kinkade train page.)

This page lists villages that may not fit in with a particular train set, but which may fit very well into your holiday collection.

To see more pictures or to learn more about any of the villages shown here, simply click the "Buy" button. You're not actually obligated to purchase anything until you make your decision on the next page.

Note about Suppliers: While we try to help you get the products you want by recommending suppliers with a Click to sign up for the 'Trains-N-Towns™' newsletter, with articles about display villages, indoor railroading, and much moregood record of customer service, all transactions between you and the supplier you chose to provide your trains or other purchases are governed by the published policies on the supplier's web site. So please print off any order confirmation screens and save copies of invoices, etc., so you can contact the appropriate supplier should any problems occur. (They almost never do, but you want to be on the safe side.)

Note about Availability: This is a reminder that "limited edition" means that none of the villages on this page will be available indefinitely. None of my readers has ever been disappointed with the quality of these products, but several have registered disappointment that they waited a month too long to get started on a collection. As we used to say when I was working my way through college at Radio Shack in the 1970s, "We can't make them here." Please take the "limited edition" nature of these collections into account when you are making your decisions.

Update, 2016 - Bradford Exchange, who distributes the Hawthorne Village products shown on this page has recently been forced by the attorney generals of several states (including Ohio where I live) to stop letting folks in Ohio and other states recommend products we like. If we keep it up, Bradford Exchange will have to start collecting sales tax for any customers in those states who order from them. So they have sent out an e-mail asking me (and hundreds of other people) to cease and desist recommending products we like.

It will take us a while to get things on these pages reconfigured to reflect the new requirements, but in the meantime, please consider the rest of this page an archive of past recommendations, for informational purposes only. We would never dream of continuing to recommend Hawthorne Village products that we liked in 2014 and still think highly of!

The villages in this category tend to come and go quickly, so please forgive us if we post the manufacturer's description rather than our own product reviews (which we try to do for the rest of the products in our buyers' guides). The fact is, as often as not, by the time we got our hands on a colection, reviewed, and posted it, it was sold out, and we don't want to keep disappointing people who want a chance at these limited-edition collections.

In fact, four villages on this page sold out between December, 2015 and September, 2016, and I have reason to believe that two others are getting close to a sellout.

What we can say, universally, is this:

  • The vast majority of people who order these collections are delighted with them
  • The tiny minority who change their minds have no trouble getting a full refund if they keep all the packing materials, protect the product, and contact Bradford Exchange promptly, and
  • The folks who have put off ordering a collection until it was too late are always disappointed (I get more e-mails on this subject than anything else having to do with Hawthorne Village collections.)
In the meantime, please contact us with any questions about Hawthorne Villages and trains.


Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer® Christmas Town Village Collection

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer® Christmas Town Village Collection

For over three decades the television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® has captured our hearts. Now, relive those cherished memories when Rudolph's® Christmas Town village collection comes alive right in your own home, starting with Issue One featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus' Castle and FREE Rudolph & Clarice figurine. Before long you'll be lining up for training at Issue Two, Coach Comet's Flight Camp, which includes a FREE Santa and Mrs. Claus figurine. Additional village buildings, each a separate issue and some with select free figurines and accessories, will follow.‡All the handcrafted and hand-painted Rudolph Christmas Town village buildings light up, casting a warm holiday glow on your beloved friends, Rudolph and Clarice, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the lovable Hermey, Bumble and more! This magical village collection is an exclusive Hawthorne Village collectible first and a great value you don't want to miss, so hurry! Strong demand is expected. So click the link below to order now!


Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer® Christmas Town Village Collection

Precious Moments Christmas Village Collection

Precious Moments Christmas Village Collection

Discover a holiday wonderland bright with the spirit of loving, caring and sharing - the first-ever illuminated collectible village collection inspired by Precious Moments® originals from artist Sam Butcher! The true meaning of Christmas shines from the start with Issue One, Hearts and Heroes Fire Station. Soon, your collection will continue with Issue Two and additional village buildings, each a separate issue and some with select free figurines, to follow.‡An exclusive from the Bradford Exchange, Hawthorne Village Division, this extraordinary limited-edition Precious Moments Christmas Village collection is the perfect way to build your own warmly glowing village haven, brimming with Christmas spirit. But don't delay - strong demand is anticipated, so click the link below to order now!


Precious Moments Christmas Village Collection

Washington, DC At Christmas Village Collection

Washington, DC At Christmas Village Collection

The iconic monuments of our nation's capital shine even more brilliantly during the holiday season. Now you can bring all the grace and sophistication of that exquisite glow into your home with this first-ever Washington, DC at Christmas Village Collection, available only from Hawthorne Village. Experience the seasonal beauty and historical reverence beginning with Issue One, the White House with a FREE President Obama and the First Lady with their dog Bo figurine . Soon, your collection will continue with Issue Two, Lincoln Memorial. Additional collectible Washington, DC village buildings, each a separate issue, some with select free figurines, will follow.‡Each sculptural DC landmark replica in this beautiful collection is handcrafted in artist's resin and hand-painted with vivid holiday detailing. Decorated with holiday wreaths, garlands, realistic snow, and other festive trimmings, these beloved buildings even feature real working lights, so your Christmas village collection will glow with the warmth of the season. Strong demand is expected for this patriotic collection, so click the link below to order now!


Washington, DC At Christmas Village Collection

Elvis Rock And Roll Christmas Village Collection

Elvis Rock And Roll Christmas Village Collection

Slip on your blue suede shoes and stroll the sidewalks of this rockin' Christmas village! Officially authorized by the Estate of Elvis Presley, this first-ever Elvis Presley® collectible village collection lights up with a Vegas-style glow, starting with Issue One the Jail House Rock Police Station. Soon, your collection will continue with Issue Two and additional village buildings, each a separate issue to follow.‡Christmas was Elvis' favorite holiday, and this exclusive, limited-edition illuminated collectible village collection is a tribute to his everlasting gifts to us. Classic images of Elvis adorn each building, bringing back treasured memories of your favorite star. Hurry - huge demand is expected for this Collectibles Market First, and you don't want to miss this unique Christmas decoration idea! Click on the link below to order now!


Elvis Rock And Roll Christmas Village Collection

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Just for Christmas - Collectible Decorations and Gifts - Visit any of the links below
to see quality collectible Christmas gifts and decorations that have been popular with our
readers. Many are designed by Thomas Kinkade and other world-class artists and designers.

Click to see collectible table-top trees, including animated ceramic trees from Thomas Kinkade(r) and other world-class designers. Click to see collectible Christmas wreaths designed by world-known artists. Click to see classic nativity sets, including collections from world-known designers. Click to see collectible Christmas ornaments by world-known designers. Click to see Christmas collectibles with railroad themes - designs by Thomas Kinkade(r).