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Visions of Sugarplums

Woodsey decor and more

Today’s festive red, green and white holiday shop was originally built for the Chisholm family. Duncan Chisholm, according to local historians, was the caretaker for the Broadmoor Land & Amusement Co., founded by Count James Pourtales in the early 1890s.

The historic residence has been fully transformed and is accompanied by a merry little Santa’s House, fresh-cut trees and greenery and handsomely hewn reindeer, fashioned from recycled tree trunks.

For those who revel in festive decor or are looking for a place to immerse in all things “holiday,” this one-stop wonderland is filled to the brim with the sights, sounds and smells of the season. And it is conveniently located just one block from The Broadmoor hotel and across from The Golden Bee.

The shop is expertly decorated with everything you could ever want for the holiday - even things you didn’t know you wanted, but now feel like you couldn’t live without. Moving through the themed rooms, shoppers are surrounded on every side with twinkling lights, revolving greenery, Santas, angels, reindeer, holiday-themed serving ware and more. 

For 2013, there’s a special treat: one room will feature a warm and cozy “cabin” theme, complete with woodsy trimmings and tradition.

The Broadmoor Christmas House is also “the” place to take the kids or to while away an hour with family and friends.

Local and out of town traffic has increased each year, says Broadmoor Director of Retail Rhonda Kenny. An estimated 10,000 visitors stopped by last year, including 1,000 youngsters who were photographed with Santa.  Many enjoyed a cup of hot apple cider as they toured the festive shop’s many alcoves and rooms bedecked for the season.

There’s good news for holiday bread lovers as well. Last year’s specialty baked goods, introduced by Pastry chef Johann Willar, will be back! Usually found near the front of the store, an array of half a dozen European-inspired pastries, all wrapped in shiny cellophane with seasonal trim will be available on a daily basis. Stollens, kruellers and more make easy hostess gifts or highlight family meals.

“The baked items sold out almost every day,” Kenny recalls.

As in past years, this year’s Holiday Shoppe will also feature a number of especially themed trees.  From a glistening champagne and white fully bedecked-tree suspended from the ceiling to boughs laden with Santa’s reindeer or branches of merry snowmen, there’s a tree for every taste. A special place has also been reserved this year for a stately pine featuring special Broadmoor-inspired ornaments.

“We’ve actually sold entire trees to several of our customers – decorations, stand and all,” Kenny adds, adding that the tree and ornaments were packed carefully and re-assembled by Christmas House personnel in the customer’s home.