Their museum includes:
- wonderful displays full of carolers in different scenes including old-time villages with shops and bustling streets and children playing in the snow,
- a room of nativity sets from around the world (which you can view online here – just click on the second image to open the gallery of pictures),
- caroler dolls showing how Christmas is celebrated in different countries,
- scenes from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the Nutcracker,
- a costume room full of old-fashioned clothing for children and adults to wear,
- a overlook area where you can watch the dolls being manufactured,
- a gift shop (that is usually quite crowded near Christmas),
- some of the original early carolers as the company got started,
- a short video on the history of Byer’s Choice and how the dolls are made,
- and probably many more things I am forgetting.
The museum is open year round. We have noticed the gift shop being packed near Christmas, but have enjoyed a pretty empty museum during a school day leading up to Christmas. I love taking the time near Christmas to just relax and do something fun with the kids. This is one of those relaxing activities we look forward to every year.
Tips for visiting:
I often have the kids play “I spy” or share one of their favorite details of each scene since there are so many detailed displays. This helps them to be better observers and to enjoy the field trip even more.
We usually spend 2-3 hours at Byer’s Choice. There are some nice outside spaces if you visit during nice weather. We have enjoyed even walking through the snow to see some of the outdoor statues.
If you don’t live anywhere near Byer’s Choice:
You can take the virtual tour here. There also are photos of some of their displays here. You can view their amazing nativity collection here (click on the 2nd image to scroll through their gallery of pictures). I love to see Creches (or nativity sets) from around the world. You can learn a lot of cultural in seeing how Jesus’s birth is portrayed.
Do you have any field trips you love to take around Christmas?
Photos are from two past years’ trips. We still haven’t gone this year yet! This post contains affiliate links.