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The companys been in business since , and Yankee Candle Factory remains a popular New England tourist destination.Photo Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

You can tour Yankee Candle Village as an inidual or in a group. On arrival, greeters meet you and will hand out souvenir buttons and store maps. Next, youll spend some time in the Worlds Largest Candle Store. This flagship store, reminiscent of an old Swiss chalet, is full of large showrooms stocked with hundreds of candles in every and scent imaginable. The store is so big youll be happy you have your map to guide you through the maze of selections. Aside from candles, you can also purchase home and kitchen accessories, gift baskets and Yankee Candle collectibles.

Aside from shopping and exploring the wonders of the Christmas season, visitors to Yankee Candle can participate in the candle process. Youll learn the history of the company, watch factory workers make the candles and learn how to dip your own. Visitors can choose their and scent, and then create jar candles or stick candles.

After shopping in the massive factory store, tour groups visit the Worlds Greatest Christmas Shop, where Christmas never ends. Here, Santa listens to wish requests yearround, and his toy factory bustles with animated elves. Elaborately decorated Christmas trees line the shop, and the Bavarian Christmas Village looks just like Germanys markets in December. The Kringle Market is where all the holidayscented candles can be found, as well as festive decorations. The Nutcracker Castle is dedicated solely to nutcrackers from around the world. Dont miss the Black Forest Room, where its always snowing.

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The Yankee Candle Company is practically a household name, with . million in sales and retail locations across the United States as of . Yet despite fame and financial success, the company headquarters has remained in its hometown of Deerfield, Massachusetts. The Scenter of New England, as the company calls its main candle factory, boasts more than different candle scents, and draws millions of visitors each year for tours and shopping.

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During your day of shopping and dipping candles, you can stop and dine in Chandlers Restaurant, the Yankee Candle Village restaurant featuring traditional New England lunch fare. Group menu options are available, as well as boxed lunches for tours on the go. For special occasions, theme dinner events can be arranged.

A view of the Yankee Candle flagship store. It contains a candle museum among other attractions.