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christmas village scene decorations - the cheesey ones with moving bits

(33 Posts)
brainonastick Thu 22-Nov-12 14:14:23

Does anyone know where I can get nice ones of these? I remember being totally entranced by them as a child, and I quite fancy building up a little collection for my children.

Ones that have lights or moving bits (eg a little snow train, or skaters, or flying santa). They have to evoke the spirit of of an olde snowy christmas a la Dickens though, not plastic tat from a factory.

Anyone? thanks

SuePurblybiltbyElves Thu 22-Nov-12 14:30:32

Oh, I love these. Despite the naffness grin
My local posho garden centre has menny menny of 'em: tiny ski scenes, Victorian towns, carousels - all sorts. I think they count as naice. Have you tried somewhere like that?

brainonastick Thu 22-Nov-12 14:39:51

Yes, I think the garden centre ones I remember from last year were naice grin. That's the kind of thing. Not sure when if I'll get round to doing any real life shopping though, and its hard to tell the % plasticity of things on t'internet...

I've found these online - does anyone have them/similar from the same manufacturer and can attest to their naiceness?



stuff from amazon

Loulousmummy Thu 22-Nov-12 15:15:41

I've just been eyeing up the naice one's in Dobbies. I want the toy shop. In fact I'd like a whole village, maybe I could sneak them in one by one

clangermum Fri 23-Nov-12 10:31:55

There's a range on ebay called Premier - no idea if any good but would be interested to hear if anybody has anything in this range. Not sure about moving parts.

For the first time ever I have a yearning for one.

clangermum Fri 23-Nov-12 10:33:20

Premier Lit Snow Village looks nice, can't do linky at the moment

Might be awful 'in the flesh' though

emmie31 Fri 23-Nov-12 11:18:18

I've seen lots at the garden centre and a few cheaper ones at The Range.

brainonastick Fri 23-Nov-12 11:54:36

clangermum - me too, do you think it could be the onset of <whisper> middle age?

clangermum Fri 23-Nov-12 13:11:09

I was in a garden centre, saw lots with dd who was transfixed, but they were very expensive so I didn't think much about it. Came home and about three hours later thought to myself - actually they were lovely, I think I want one. What's that all about?

Maybe it's the peri-menopause. I'll skip the hot flushes and just buy lots of stuff that five years ago I would have cringed at.

My mum went in for costume dolls you know shock

FredWorms Fri 23-Nov-12 13:20:38

Well DP has put one on his Christmas wishlist. He's 52.

WTF does that mean?

DoubleMum Fri 23-Nov-12 13:48:52

I believe the really nice stuff in our garden centre is by Lemax - the Premier stuff was there too but it wasn't as classy IMO. At the moment it's cheaper with Dawsons than Amazon because they have a discount on the front page - I know because I asked for some for xmas! I too have succumbed this year.
This is what pulled me in at the garden centre:

DoubleMum Fri 23-Nov-12 13:49:10

Doh. www.christmasatdawsons.co.uk/lemax/product.asp?pid=05070

RooneyMara Fri 23-Nov-12 13:54:39

Oh gosh I am also a bit after one of these blush

They have them in Homebase and so on, but are not very nice quality when you look close up. They're a lot cheaper though - half price the other day!

RalphGnu Fri 23-Nov-12 14:00:24

Oh, my Gran had a gorgeous one of these, it had a little train that ran round the edge of the scene. I'd admired it ever since I was a little girl.

A couple of years ago she said she was going to pass it on for the little ones in the family. I was so pleased as I knew DS would love it. And then she gave it to my brother. sad

DoubleMum Fri 23-Nov-12 14:16:42

Am also getting this.
Am assuming it's the start of the menopause.

They used to do a selection at "The Range"?

I can't vouch for the quality though.

haggisaggis Fri 23-Nov-12 15:47:27

We have one - it's at least 10 years old now. I think it is possibly a Kontsmide one as looks quite similar - but has a little glass pond with a magnet under it that moves round so the little characters look as they're skating (we only have 2 skaters left - dd was so facinated by them when whe was younger she kept taking them off and then forgetting where she put them). Every year I think about buying another one - and every year I persuade myself I could put £50 to better use!

clangermum Fri 23-Nov-12 16:38:03

FredWorms grin

clangermum Fri 23-Nov-12 16:38:39

DoubleMum I like the look of those

brainonastick Fri 23-Nov-12 16:41:43

DoubleMum - it must be the start of the menopause, it is described as 'shoppe'. You should be running a mile smile

I have just suffered the pain of dragging the children round the garden centre. They had the Konstsmide range, and also Premier (I think). Konstsmide were more like what I was after, Premier were not so special. The Konstsmide ones still weren't quite it though - maybe its just because they had the cheaper ones only (about £20 or so), or maybe it was the coloured list, a bit garish. I'm guessing you have to triple that price to get to the really nice ones.

The search continues (someone slap me, this is taking up far to much time when I should be doing important things like thinking about the 12 people coming for Christmas day and what on earth I'm going to do with them!)

clangermum Fri 23-Nov-12 17:03:06

I've dipped my toe in by ordering the Tannenbaum Shoppe. Probably a slippery slope....

That place was cheaper than anywhere else I saw it, thanks DoubleMum

clangermum Fri 23-Nov-12 17:10:57

I really wanted some movement, as that's what drew me to the sets on the garden centre, but looking on t'internet you can add a train track by buying pieces to design the shape and how it goes round the various bits you have. I think this is what the children will really like. Won't be telling them that yet, as this could get really expensive. They'll probably have left home by the time I've collected a proper village scene

DoubleMum Fri 23-Nov-12 17:36:36

DH thinks I have gone a bit mad. He's probably right!

If this is what the menopause causes - bring it on.

I got excited about a pastry brush today. So this is a whole new level of browsing and elbowing dh to make him feign interest.

nickelbabeuntiladvent Sat 24-Nov-12 17:01:56

why don't you go for the Lego christmas village stuff?

we got the one with the toy shop and bakery, and there are loads more.

bit less naff wink

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