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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 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Department 56 Patience Brewster Dept 56 8ft Patience Brewster Dept 56 8ft Krinkles 12/2021 $3500
Department 56 Huge of Department 56 Dickens Huge Of Department 56 Dickens Village 12/2021 $2900
Department 56 Dept 56 Boss Shirley s House Dept 56 Boss Shirley S House National 12/2021 $2220
Department 56 Dept 56 Boss Shirley s House Dept 56 Boss Shirley S House National 12/2021 $2199
Department 56 Dept 56 Boss Shirley s House Dept 56 Boss Shirley S House National 11/2021 $2175
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Bernie - December 1, 2021
We have a number of houses (Dickens Village) that we want to display - what is your recommended way of connecting 4-5 or more houses to a single power outlet? Are there specific connectors that are available out there? Thanks for any suggestions.
AJ - September 16, 2021
I have a Snow Village "the Magic of Christmas" special edition 2014 piece that has never been out of box. Purchased at a business liquidation sale. Can't find the item on any auction sites or anywhere to find a value. Is it that rare? Any idea on worth?
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JohnAJ - September 22, 2021
Not sure if you have the same, but on eBay I see a Dickens village Magic of Christmas for USD 160.
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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