AVON – It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas, and Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away.
But to “Enchanted villageâInside Jordan’s Furniture,â snow âhovered overhead as families ice-skated, took photos with Santa Claus and celebrated the holidays ahead.
The Enchanted Village drew people to the Avon furniture store on Saturday during the village’s opening weekend. The experience, which includes a walk through snow-capped Christmas scenes and moving figurines, will be open until Sunday, January 2.
For many visitors, it was not their first time in the village.
âI just think it’s absolutely gorgeous,â said Susan Puggioni, sitting on a bench as her children and grandchildren enjoyed the 4D âPolar Expressâ.
Watertown’s grandmother said she liked the âsnowâ made of light bubbles produced by streetlights scattered around the village the most.
And while Puggioni said the right time to start planning for Christmas is around Thanksgiving, she isn’t too strict about it.
âChristmas can last all year,â she joked.
Weymouth’s mother, Linda Moscardelli, said Christmas preparations should begin the day after Thanksgiving. Still, her family filled their time with vacation activities, she said.
âThere aren’t enough weekends,â Moscardelli said, adding that his family were planning to ride the Polar Express to train in Cape Town in a few weeks.
Marielle Tassinari, from Plymouth, was having ice cream with her 7-year-old daughter, Ruby. Christmas celebrations should start “any time after Halloween,” Tassinari said. “There is nothing wrong with being in the Christmas spirit.”
âI wish it was Christmas already,â Ruby said.
Tassinari said her daughter enjoyed ice skating in the village, as well as the Polar Express. It wasn’t their first time in the Enchanted Village, and the new addition of a tube slide this year was also fun, Tassinari said.
âThe whole experience has been fantastic,â she said.
Jordan’s Furniture purchased pieces from the exhibit, which previously featured regularly at Jordan Marsh and Macy’s in downtown Boston, at an auction in 2009.
With all of the new village bells and whistles, some visitors remembered a time when there was only the Enchanted Village: model homes with animatronic dolls featuring vacation scenes in downtown Boston , not at Avon.
Chris Rolinson, a resident of Melrose, said she frequented the Enchanted Village as a child and watched her grandchildren on Saturday discover old and new exhibits on opening weekend.
âAll it was was the village,â she said. âIt was the Christmas tradition.
Rolinson said visiting the village was nostalgic for her now, and she remembers going to Downtown Crossing in Boston when the experience was hosted by Macy’s. After that, her family would walk through Boston Common and enjoy the lights, she said.
She has followed the Enchanted Village for most of her life, Rolinson said, and now she’s discovering the picturesque scenes of the older village as well as new tube slides and ice skating with her grandchildren.
Still, Rolinson said she’d rather hang up Christmas decorations and lights after Thanksgiving.
âThis is how I was brought up,â she said. “It may be the day after Thanksgiving. The tree goes up, the lights go out.”
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