Olde World Canterbury Village

You don’t have to go very far to get into the Christmas spirit. Aldridge’s Always Christmas, in Lake Orion, is one of the largest and most unique Christmas stores anywhere. It is located in the Olde World Canterbury Village, a designated historical site in the State of Michigan, extending over 21 acres.

Directions:

From I-75, take Exit 83 North (Joslyn Rd).  It is located off Joslyn Rd, north of Waldon Rd, at 2369 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion, just 3 miles from I-75.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:30
  • Sunday 11:00 – 5:30

It’s Always Christmas houses one of the World’s largest collections of Department 56 items including the entire seven series. They are showcased on a giant 70’ x 10’ main display. Nearby the Department 56 display is the World’s largest Nativity display featuring a vast Fontanini collection.

In the lower level of Always Christmas, fascinating adults and kids alike, is an amazing selection of licensed sports products including NFL, MLB, NHL and collegiate teams, toys, board and travel games, puzzles, dolls and specialty gift items. There is a large collection of children’s books, battery operated toys and remote-controlled cars and trucks. They also feature educational toys and games, including Educational Insights which is a line of science projects and books. The prices are very reasonable. Santa arrived this weekend and will be at Always Christmas every weekend through Dec. 18th from 12:00 – 5:00.

There are several other gift shops with offerings from greeting cards to home décor and garden accessories. The most fascinating shops are the Celtic Connection with a wide selection of Irish knitwear, Irish linens crystal and jewelry, and its sister store, the Highland Fling which specializes in tartan goods, kilts, skirts, ties and sashes. They will special order any tartan. They are also known as the only kilt rental outlet in Michigan.

If you need to rest and are hungry, The Clansman Gaelic Pub offers a casual dining atmosphere. It is located on the north end of Canterbury Village behind the King’s Court Castle.  The Pub offers home-made soups, sandwiches and a selection of fresh salads. Domestic and imported beers, cocktails and wines are served from the bar. They also offer full service dining along with three plasma televisions where you can relax and enjoy your favorite sports event.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 10:00
  • Friday & Saturday 11:00 – Midnight
  • Sunday 11:00 – 6:00
  • Phone: (248) 391-1900

The King’ Court Castle, located on the grounds, is a magnificent structure built with old world craftsmanship featuring oak paneling and carvings from France, tapestries and an antique stained glass window from Scotland. The antique fireplace in the castle was shipped from England. What a wonderful background for a fairy tale wedding!  There is even a wedding chapel and bridal boutique nearby. The facility is also available for corporate events.  For information on facility rentals, call (248) 391-1900.

If you are looking for a unique gift, Olde World Canterbury Village is the place to visit. You can browse or buy; the employees are very cordial and helpful. It is truly a pleasurable shopping experience.

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