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An Artisanal Christmas in Bucks County Pennsylvania
Are you looking to find that perfect gift and a little bit of Christmas spirit on an idyllic Christmas getaway weekend? Architectural Antiques in Perkasie and Byer’s Choice Christmas Museum and Gift Emporium are hidden gems in historic Bucks County that will help you find gifts—and memories—to be treasured for a lifetime.
Architectural Antiques is both an extensive collection of authentic antiques and a living history museum, showcasing an array of old home elements and accessories in its pre-1950s converted barn—from vintage cabinets, to hand carved banisters, to iron wrought gates. It is a destination for those undertaking all kinds of restoration and craft projects as well as those who want to step back in time to see the lived-with and loved artifacts of older generations. Grab a cup of coffee at the coffee station, speak to knowledgeable staff and architectural enthusiasts, and visit the famous 1946 International Green Truck for a special surprise. Here you can truly savor all the minutiae of Christmases past, at a place where “details are everything.”
At Byer’s Choice Christmas Museum and Gift Emporium visitors can be fully immersed in Christmas landscapes both intricate and vast as they wander through the Byers’ Choice Christmas Museum and appreciate Byers’ iconic caroler figurines. Countless Christmas vignettes composed of hundreds of Byers’ figurines as well as figurines from around the world depict Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the North Pole, and the Nativity, allowing Christmas enthusiast to enjoy the scholarly, storied, and sacred aspects of Christmas on a new scale. These beautiful, handmade Christmas statuettes, designed by former fashion designer Joyce Byers, started as a family tradition and quickly ballooned to a national phenomenon, now bringing the wonder of Christmas into homes across the country. Be sure to stop at the gift shop to purchase your own Christmas scene or select from a range of curated Christmas gifts for that special someone. If you visit on a weekday you can also get a glimpse of artisans (and possibly Joyce herself) working on the workshop floor.
Architectural Antiques is located at 3080 Bedminster in Perkasie and is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Byer’s Choice is located at 4355 County Line Road in Chalfont and is open on Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.