While in Williamsburg on a day trip and on a short stay vacation at the Great Wolf Lodge, we stopped in at the Yankee Candle store for a bathroom break and to look around. We got much more than we had expected. If you are a candle lover, you will be overwhelmed by the selection of scents and candle accessories. although, my husband was a bit knocked over by the sudden mix of flowery scents that is bound to great you at the door. The surprise of this store is not only the massive size but also all the "extras". There is small cafe, popcorn and fudge counter "stores', toy store, as well as a Christmas village. Every few minutes, the Christmas room sends down a magical snowfall. There is a clock tower story time and a wonderful electric train set that circles the entire Christmas area. There is a fun bridge that goes up and over the center. At designated times, the kids can even meet Santa in his workshop (not just during Christmas season). This 'candle store' is well worth the stop, even when you aren't in the market for candles. If you are interested in candles, make sure to go during one of their semi-annual sales for even better savings!
A room that snows? Yup! Sure is!! A candy shop, build a bear workshop, fudge, popcornlicious, christmas towns, toys, and MUCH, MUCH more! Plenty of great deals on candles too. The kids look forward to going here every year. There's a huge room with clearance Yankee Candles. You can't go wrong with that!
I found the Yankee Candle Company flagship store through Trekaroo when I was planning our Williamsburg outing. Before we left, I wrote down the address in case we had time to stop and I am glad we did. It was a nice break from running up and down the cold streets of Colonial Williamsburg. It was warm, cozy and smelled amazing with all of the Yankee Candles. The kids LOVED to dip their own candles and the prices were very reasonable. $2.99 will get you just about any kind of candle you can think of to dip. We dipped a rocket in blue and yellow and ballet shoes in purple and pink. The man in charge was very friendly and great with the kids. My 3yo was able to dip her own candle in the hot wax with his help. You can even make your own wax hands! Afterwards we bought some of the best caramel corn that I have ever had at Popcornopolis (where they also give free samples!). The restrooms were clean so even if you just used it is as a potty break it is worth the stop.
It was hot and we needed a break from outside so we decided to stop. It was like a mini-mall but it was awesome! They have all sizes and scents of Yankee candles and some interesting "make your own candles" The employees were friendly and helpful. We saved the Christmas shop part for last. All the kids in our group loved the trees and the decorations, then wait..it starts to snow! We even got to see Santa (the best Santa I have ever seen by the way!) in the one store. Santa was not in his regular red and white suit but a more comfy outfit with red suspenders and and an apron. He talked to the kids, asked about school, etc. About a half hour later or so we saw him while we were in another store and he remembered the kids' names. So bring your camera Mom & Dad, you may get the best picture ever with your kids and Santa.