SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — The sprawling Yankee Candle Village has grown to over 90,000 square feet, and, during the holiday season, much of the area is dedicated to making spirits bright. Yes, there are over 200 candle scents to choose from and well over half a million on the shelves on the premises, but the village entices visitors as a day long holiday experience. “It’s always Christmas at Yankee Candle,” said Wade Bassett, the director of operations at Yankee Candle Village. “When the fall foliage hits right through Christmas, this is really the place to come.”
This is not your grandmothers candle shop–though, she will like it too. Yankee Candle invites guests to walk through the holiday black forest, where it snows every four minutes; there is Bavarian village that is home to a 25-foot tall Christmas tree, and a wax works area where kids can learn to become a candle maker. “You can come here for a day and still can’t see it all,” Bassett said.
Alice Rup, who was visiting the village store from Holly Springs, North Carolina said, “You are going to put up your Christmas tree when you get home from here even if it’s June.”
Yankee Candle Village has recently added a “man cave” area for guys who might be less interested in smelling scents like red berry and peppermint bark. There are giant screen TVs and plenty of man candle scents to sample like, “On Tap” (beer) and “MMM, Bacon.” Also, the new collegiate line of candles includes a UConn variety. Bassett added, “This is one of those locations that people come back to every year as tradition.”
Yankee Candle Village is located at 25 Greenfield Rd. in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. They have recently open a full service restaurant on the grounds called Chandler’s. For more information about hours and holiday events click here.