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The Original Christmas Village

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Address: 1323 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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A unique Christmas shop

I stepped into this unique shop on a blustery spring-like day in March 2015. I didn't see the "retirement closing" sign until another customer commented. Some items were half... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Vancouver BC
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Gresham, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I don't normally review stores, but this one has been here for over 40 years and has more Christmas decorations than you can imagine from all over the world. The store was 50% off when we were here in Feb. 2015 and we were told the owner is trying to retire and wants to close the store after this year.... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Established in 1987. Four floors of Christmas delight, variety is overwhelming . Christmas Items from all over the world, including local artists. Opened Tuesday to Saturday 11:30 am to 5:00 pm. Unfortunately the owner is retiring, original owner , did all the woodwork inside to look like a village. Big sale on 50% or more on everything. I stocked up... More 

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Vancouver BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I stepped into this unique shop on a blustery spring-like day in March 2015. I didn't see the "retirement closing" sign until another customer commented. Some items were half price. There is an amazing array of Christmas ornaments on 3 levels; the bottom level was closed. I would have loved to have visited this store years ago, but I had... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We went this past Sunday and noticed it was closed? I guess after Christmas it has limited hours for the paying customers? This is the last of Christmas stores in the downtown area! Signage indicates items for sale due to retirement sale!! UNSURE! What this means?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It is a great store with a fascinating collection of mostly Christmas oriented things, such as ornaments. It also has a nice collection of German hand carved figures and music boxes. When we planned a Christmas visit to Victoria, this store and Butchart's were at the things to do. There are many many many small items which apparently necessitated signs... More 

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Bothell, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This place is a Christmas wonderland but the staff are a bunch of Grinch's! Seriously I have never been into a store that has a huge list of rules hanging from the ceiling telling people not to touch the merchandise. I admit that it's been a while since I've been in here and there is a reason for that. This... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

As long as you keep your hands off the ornaments you will enjoy your visit . There is so much to see .

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This shop is a great place to check out some amazing Xmas decorations, but watch out for some of the extremely rude staff. NO patients for kids. So if your kids are young (or are the ones that look with their fingers) don't take them inside.Also don't think you can take a photograph in the shop, they will very quickly... More 

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San Jose, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Christmas village is again open for business as of October 28 2014. What a truly delightful place this is; there are so very many interesting things. They feature beautiful items which are found nowhere else. Many items also have sale price tags attached! My wife and I consider this a "one-of-a-kind must see" shop.

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Rockford, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Well they are large and have a number of items, but it is not a friendly store-- There are multiple signs warning you not to take pictures, and the employees are less than helpful. I was interested in some larger items and asked if they could ship them to the states and was told-- We do not do that --... More 

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