Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Published October 28th 2014
Light up your house with decorations this Christmas
If you love all things Christmas, you'll love the Christmas Shack at Virginia. Walking into the Christmas Shack is like walking into a Christmas wonderland. There is tinsel and sparkles and sleighbells and elves. Trees and lights and all things nice.
If you're after Christmas lights, you will find them here. Kilometres of lights deck the halls in every colour. Traditional lights on a string in many different designs, light up Santa, giant light up present boxes, lights in reindeer and sleigh shapes, even a chimney with Santa climbing into it to sit on your roof.
Inflatable lawn and roof decorations are here too. Giant inflatable Santas and reindeers. My favourite was the moving inflatable merry-go-round. It is at least 150cm tall and the merry-go-round actually moves around like a real one.
There is a dedicated section to gorgeous nativity scenes and little Santa's workshops, miniature Christmas amusement rides, and every shop you could want to fit into Santa's village.
Now there's no denying that this writer is a Christmas tragic. I love everything Christmas and battle my husband every year to be allowed to put up our decorations before 1 December. But even I was blown away by the amazing amount of decorations in the Christmas Shack. Everywhere I turned there was something I "needed".
As you first enter the store there is a lot of wrapping paper and tinsel. More tinsel in more colours than you could ever imagine using. I always find that when it gets closer to Christmas the good tinsel is gone in the department stores, and all that is left that is that really thin tinsel in an odd colour like bronze. If you find yourself in this predicament, come along here and take your pick of all of their beautiful decorations.
One of the best hard to find items they have here, is the range of baking and cooking items. Lots of shaped baking tins, icecube trays, baked ham essentials, serviettes and other Christmas cooking needs.
There is also a really comprehensive range of Christmas dress ups. From naughty elf costumes to sexy Mrs Clause, hats and caps to reindeer antlers. Baby, kids and adult costumes. There is a lot of variety to choose from. Even some costumes for the family pet and your car.
Which brings me to the traditional tree decorations. There are literally thousands of different decorations in every colour shape and size. Row upon row of tree ornaments. They are all laid out in different colour schemes and themes.
One of my favourite things in here are the beautiful little houses and cute owls and other items to put on your wall unit or as a mantelpiece. The quality is truly beautiful. My daughter loved the gorgeous white fuzzy polar bears.
You might be asking yourself about the price of all of these. Is it comparable to the department stores. I would have to say yes. The prices were more expensive than in a cheap $2 store, but then the items are much better quality and will last longer. The Christmas tree ornaments were around $3 to $7 for most of them, the dress up costumes were a good price, and so were the lights. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality versus the price. Everything was comparable to a traditional department store such as Kmart, Target and Myer but the variety so much better.
If you're a Christmas tragic like me, need new decorations, or just have little ones who love Christmas, then the Christmas Shack is a must this year. Just walking into the store makes you believe in the magic of the North Pole all over again.
The Christmas Shack is located at 2053 Sandgate Rd (corner Telford St), Virginia. It is open 7 days from 9am to 5pm.