Photography courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is expanding its popular Christmas Village with new shops and a 23-foot pyramid created by German artisans.

Fifteen workers from the Erzgebirge region spent 2,150 hours building the octagon-shaped structure. Each of the four levels spins and is decorated with hand-carved characters. 

The first level displays a nativity scene, and the second shows six flower children holding a flower that symbolizes a tie to the Arboretum. On the third level, there are four shop keepers that would tend to the shops in the Christmas Village. Resembling nutcrackers, they include an apothecary, a cobbler, a clock maker and a book maker. Four angels playing trumpets sit on the fourth tier.

Four candles illuminate each level, and a spinning propeller sits at the top.

“We wanted to add another show-stopping feature to the popular Christmas Village, and this colorful Christmas pyramid is that ‘wow factor,’” said Alan Walne, Dallas Arboretum board chairman. “There is no other one like it in the world.”

The Christmas Village debuted in 2019 with shops and façades resembling a European hamlet. It opened with 12 shops, and more will be added this year.

The Christmas Village opens Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 31