A Real Christmas Village Exists In Yiwu, China

Published December 25, 2014
Updated February 16, 2018

Yiwu, China is the closest thing to a real Christmas village as you can get. With 600 factories, they produce about 60 percent of our Christmas decorations.

Red Dye in Yiwu, China

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“China’s Christmas Village” is located in Yiwu, a city in the Zhejiang Province. Though there are no elves, snow or reindeer in sight, Yiwu produces around 60% of the world’s Christmas decorations.

The UN referred to the real Christmas village as the “largest small commodity wholesale market in the world,” and it’s easy to see why. In the region’s 600 factories, migrant laborers work exhausting 12-hour days, assembling a majority of the ornaments, snowflakes, tinsel and other decorations by hand. Despite working long hours and being exposed to various chemicals, employees only earn about $460 a month.

Real Christmas Village Tree Making

Source: Daily Mail

Making Christmas Decorations In Yiwu

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Christmas Decorations Yiwu

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Yiwu Real Christmas Workshop

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Christmas Decoration Factory

Source: The Guardian

Santa Claus Decorations

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Real Santa's Workshop Yiwu

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Real Christmas Village Decorations

Source: China Daily

Real Christmas Village in China

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Once the decorations are completed, they are driven in truckloads to a large exhibition center, where fake Christmas trees, Santas, snowflakes, tinsel and LED lights line the streets. Here decorations are bought in bulk and shipped internationally to meet the needs of consumers—often Americans—who seek cheap decorations. While Yiwu’s decoration sales soared during the recession, the real Christmas village now faces more competition and decreased demand.

Workers In Yiwu China

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China Produces Majority of Christmas Decorations

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Christmas Tree Vendors

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Red Dye at Real Christmas Village

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Kiri Picone
Bay Area transplant Kiri Picone is a writer and marketer who loves bizarre news and the color purple.