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Posted by Graeme, on Friday 15th February 2013
Candle Country - USA is home to the famous Yankee Candle Company

From the Basketball Hall of Fame to the Dr. Seuss Memorial sculpture garden, the Forest Park to the Norman Rockwell Museum, there’s plenty to see in Western Massachusetts. A somewhat more unusual, though no less alluring attraction is the Yankee Candle flagship store - now one of the entire State’s top tourist destinations. At over 90,000 square feet, it’s not so much a candle store as a candle country, with every conceivable shape and fragrance of candle available for the candle lover to purchase.

However, what the Yankee Candle flagship store offers is more than simply a shopping expedition, it’s an experience. Top attractions include Wax Works, where you can experiment with candle wax to fashion your own unique creations. Other popular activities include Dip-Your-Own candles - where you can dip and create taper candles - Dip-Your-Own wax hands - dip your hands in wax and make a perfect wax mould of your hands - and Make Your Own jar candle - where you can create your own layered candle. These activities are fun for everyone, especially kids.

A must visit destination

What’s more, besides being the world’s largest candle shop, the store also proudly proclaims that it’s the world’s greatest Christmas shop too. It’s a brave boast, but one Yankee Candle do much to live up to, creating a wonderland complete with Bavarian Christmas Village, snowy Black Forest and Nutcracker Castle. And what would Christmas be without Santa? In the Yankee Candle flagship store, the main man resides in the magnificent surroundings of his Enchanted Toy Works.

As if that weren’t enough to keep visitors enthralled, further entertainment is provided in the Kringle Market by the Candle Mountain Boys and animatronic band. All that adventure is bound to leave you with quite an appetite - those looking for dessert-style treats and lighter lunch fare are catered for by Mrs. Claus’ Bakery & Cafe, whilst those requiring something a little more substantial can head to the renowned Chandler’s restaurant for lip-smacking local favourites such as the signature clam chowder.

It may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re in Western Massachusetts, but the range of activities and sheer spectacle of the Yankee Candle flagship store make it a ‘must visit’ destination.