Dept 56

Published: August 27, 2021
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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.

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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.

Leader in giftware industry

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, Dept 56 snowbabies figures and extensive lines of holiday & home decorative items.

Dept 56 value and price guide

What's your Dept 56 worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Department 56 Department 56 Williamsburg Department 56 Williamsburg Village 07/2021 $ 760.56
Department 56 Dept 56 Halloween Village Dept 56 Halloween Village Spider House 07/2021 $ 1 464.88
Department 56 Department 56 Christmas Department 56 Christmas Vacation Clark S 06/2021 $ 1 324.25
Department 56 Dept 56 Disney Park Village Dept 56 Disney Park Village Series 07/2021 $ 1 171.89
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Cyndi - September 10, 2021
I am looking for light replacement for 8 piece Dept 56 Halloween Village Item #90113 but I can find absolutely nothing on this set.
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