Some people associate rich velvets and shimmering metallics with the look and feel of the Christmas holidays. But for others, illuminated plastic blow mold figurines of Santa Claus, a cow sleeping in a manger, or a permanently winking snowman symbolize that it's time for Christmas, the winter holidays, and all that goes along with that special time of year.
Maybe you're one of these fans of blow mold holiday decorations. When you look at photos of Christmases past, do you get all warm and... fuzzy when you see that hard plastic, somewhat crudely painted 6-foot Santa Claus that your father dragged out of the garage every year, usually the weekend after Thanksgiving? To some, Santa and his plastic friends might seem tacky. But for you, those memories of the magic that occurred when the sun went down and Dad plugged the bulky cord into the outlet are worth trying to recapture. What can compete with Santa, standing in the middle of a dried-up lawn, along with huge C9 bulbs dripping off the roof, transforming your one-story tract house into the most dazzling lighting extravaganza in the neighborhood?.
Or maybe you're into vintage and retro holiday decor and enjoy trolling yard sales, Craigslist, and eBay for aluminum Christmas trees, rotating color wheels, and blow molds from the 1950s to 1980s. If you could just get your hands on a Union reindeer with antlers, your lawn-based holiday diorama would be a truly spectacular sight to behold.
Tracking Down Blow Molds
So, where can you find blow mold statues and characters? Most of the original manufacturers have closed their doors, while some have continued and others have started up, realizing an increasing demand for nostalgia holiday decor. Our intrepid and resourceful elves have scoured the internet and holiday decoration books to track down the best places to score a light-up blow mold decoration for your yard.
May your nights be merry, plastic, and bright!
01 of 09
Amazon has everything, including blow mold holiday decorations. Search for "blow molds," "blow mold Christmas" or something similar for best results for new and vintage characters.
02 of 09
Search under "outdoor Christmas" or "General Foam."
03 of 09
Bronner's is a Christmas super store located in Frankenmuth, Michigan, that has been around since 1945. It carries a wide selection of blow mold holiday decorations under the classification of "Lighted Plastic Items."
04 of 09
Operated by the Fair Oaks Nursery in Madison, Wisconsin, Christmas Towne is an outdoor decor website that carries blow mold decorations, among other things.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Probably the best place to find vintage and collectible light-up blow mold lawn decorations, especially rare ones. This would be the place to track down a one of those highly coveted Mold-Craft reindeer from 1958 (auctions can receive more than 100 bids).
06 of 09
Etsy sells all kinds of vintage items, including illuminated blow mold holiday decorations. A recent search revealed all different brands and years of plastic Santas, snow people, penguins, angels, melting candles, and some novelties.
Search under terms like "Christmas blow mold" or something more specific if you're looking for a character by a certain manufacturer, like "Empire Santa".
07 of 09
While the inflatable decorations outnumber blow molds, Lowe's still carries a few, which vary from store to store. Search for "plastic Christmas", "blow mold Christmas", or "outdoor Christmas decorations."
08 of 09
The go-to site for all things related to decorating for Christmas, from blow molds to inflatables to animatronics to light displays. Planet Christmas doesn't sell blow molds, but enthusiasts share information on decorating techniques, brands, and where to buy new and vintage decor.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
While they don't sell blow mold Christmas decorations, Blow-Molded is a great reference for archival photos of vintage blow mold holiday lawn decorations, categorized by brand/manufacturer. They also have information on parts, along with original instructions, and instructions for restoration.