At Department 56 we believe that each house begins with a story. Our stories cover everything from a glimpse into Santa’s world to how Dickens might have spent a day in Victorian London and beyond. These stories create an affinity between Department 56 and our collectors. From start to finish a typical Department 56 house can take an average of 6 months from initial ideation to final production sample. Now you can take a peek behind the scenes of our story, a story that leads to the creation of each of our houses at Department 56.