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Free Admission at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield, Massachusetts

Yankee Candle Village, the "Scenter of the Universe," in South Deerfield MA. Photo: Visit Massachusetts Flickr page.

Yankee Candle Village. Photo: Visit Massachusetts Flickr page.

Major tourist attraction usually require a high admission charge, but the Yankee Candle Village flagship store in South Deerfield, Massachusetts has common “scents” not to do that.

Sure, you could spend a fortune on candles as there are 400,000 candles and 200 scents. Yankee Candle Village is, after all, the world’s largest candle store. Beyond candles, the gift selection is another bright light with, to name a few, home furnishings, jewelry, toys, souvenirs, candy and other sweets, collectibles and gift baskets. There’s also Chandler’s Restaurant for full course meals.

While it is tempting to buy a thing or 10, the reality is that you can enjoy the experience with free admission and see some fun attractions. Bavarian Christmas Village features a German-style village with a year-round dedicated German village Christmas celebration theme, including the presence of Mrs. and Mrs. Claus and snow falling from the ceiling. There’s a Christmas tree that is reportedly the tallest in the world. The Black Forest store continues the Christmas theme with holiday items for sale, including tons of ornaments.

The Nutcracker Castle is a sight to behold with Santa’s Workshop making Yankee Toys, as well as the sight of a moat. Wax Works is a fabulous attraction where kids of all ages can make wax souvenirs, wax hands, wax art and wax candles.

Billing itself as “Scenter of the Universe,” the 90,000 square foot Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield attracts million of visitors each year. Next to Boston’s Freedom Trail, this could very well be the second most popular New England travel attraction, according to those in the tourism industry! It’s a beautiful place, too, with more than 12,000 tulips and daffodils on the property.

For more information on Yankee Candle Village — including hours and the many year-round daily and special events — log onto the Yankee Candle Village South Deerfield web site.

Yankee Candle Village is located at 25 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield MA

Tel. #1 (877) 636-7707
Tel. #2: (413) 665-2929

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What to do nearby:
Visit Historic Deerfield Village
Find scenic views of Mt. Sugarloaf
See more than 400 varities of flowers, shrubs and vines at the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls
Shop at Wilson’s Department Store in Greenfield — one of the last family-run department stores in the country

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