Start Collecting

Want to know more about collecting Department 56 products? You might want to first explore our Villages or Snowbabies to find a theme that suits your personal style and interests. Join a club and meet other collectors. This page is your one stop resource for getting started.

Family Tree

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It started with our Original Snow Village® introduction in 1976. See how our Village family has grown to help you celebrate traditions past and present.


Collecting Village pieces Collecting Village pieces

Decorate your home with lighted buildings and accessories.

Handy Items to Have When Setting Up Your Display

56.55026 AC/DC Adapter- Can be used to power accessories that use a battery box

56.53500 Building & Lighting Accessory System - Great to hide cords and plug in up to 12 items in one display! Also can be used for accessories that require batteries.

56.52175 Tacky Wax - Helpful in securing standing figurines and accessories such as street lights and trees.

Village Snow - Adds a realistic look and is great for hiding cords in your Village display.

Department 56 Brochures - Did you know we have printed catalog for sale? 100+ full color pages featuring all current Village products and accessories.

Connecting with Others

We have a variety of sources to stay connected with other Village enthusiasts.

Know Your Bulbs

Bulbs are not all the same, which one do I need? They come in various wattage and voltages. We've created a PDF to help you to purchase the correct replacement bulbs for your various village cords.


Collecting Snowbabies pieces Collecting Snowbabies pieces

These charming hand-painted porcelain babies begin in the imagination and at the hand of Snowbabies® Collection creator Kristi Jensen Pierro.

Possible Dreams

Possible Dreams Santas Possible Dreams Santas

Decorate your home with hand-made, unique and mixed media themed Santa figurines which evoke family memories and bring holiday traditions to life.