Picture of Christmas Village
One of my favorite Christmas memories as a child was watching and staring at my Uncle Durwood's Christmas tree. He had a train going around it and inside the track were figurines and scenic nick knacks they had bought on vacations and other travels. I loved that tree, and I vowed to have one of my own someday.

My first Christmas out on my own I bought a train and a tree and set it up....and it looked pitiful. But I started collecting buildings and figurines and it was only a few years before I had a Christmas Village that I was proud of and that has become a tradition in my family.

Step 1: Village Base

Picture of Village Base
My Village base is made of pressed wood. I'm not sure a base is absolutely necessary, but I do think it gives a stable base to the train tracks and provides the means to get electrical chords out of the way.

My board is just a standard sheet from the home improvement store, which happened to perfectly fit the space I wanted. You might need to make it smaller to fit your space.
MeDiuMRaRe (author) 2 years ago
Here's my 2012 Christmas Village:


Merry Christmas!
MeDiuMRaRe (author) 2 years ago
Here's a link to my 2011 Village video.  2012 village is in the building stages.
user5161 year ago
I love your ideas next year I'm going to try some of them. I have been trying to figure out how to have the villages at different levels without spending money. The books are a wonderful idea. Thank you.
mjt12341 year ago
It all looks so lovely. Check this out for display ideas, mountains, backdrops, etc. There are pages and pages of very detailed explanations about how to display and make Christmas villages. http://www.christmas-village-displays.com/
when setting up my village or manger, I use that poly fill (used for making pillows) available at stores that sell fabric. i get the loose stuff, not sheets. then I just fluff it up.
one thing i add to my village is a small pond i just use a CD and place a tree in the middle with fake snow arround it
CBDeadman2 years ago
I used to set my village up on a large banquet table. Since moving half way across Canada into a smaller home, I didn't think I'd ever be able to have my village set up again. Thanks to you, I'll be buying what I need and next year I'll have my village set up and my family will be able to enjoy looking at it again.
MeDiuMRaRe (author)  CBDeadman2 years ago
Ok, this is really good. The end product is amazing. I love the conpept, it looks os realistic aswell. Great job. 5* and subscribed
Dude, this is so epically awesome!
My Christmas Tree this year is gonna' be one I'll talk about for years thanks to you!
MeDiuMRaRe (author)  MachGaoGamon4 years ago
Thanks Mach! I did this instructable before Christmas 2008. Each year it just gets better because I collect more buildings and more trees and more people!
Looks great! Our Holiday village is one of our favorite traditions, thank you for the good tips on the instructions, i can't wait to try it.
ldybug5 years ago
I love that you took the time to detail this project. You very clearlystated everything. Well done.
tinkernaut6 years ago
Very nice!

You will allow me to disagree about not using too many people. I think people (and accessories) bring the village to life! Otherwise, it looks as though everyone is too cold to be outdoors :-) :-)

The trick is to use figurines that are closer to the scale of the buildings. Some villagers use a ton of people (see this one for an example) which gives the display a wonderfully busy look and gives the viewers much to look at. Each location can feature a mini-scene that tells a story.

I have just posted my first instructable, showing how to get figurines closer to scale. It is here. I hope to add pictures soon.

Very nice job on your instructable!!!!
sr1sws6 years ago
Nice. I have a Dept 56 "Christmas in the City" village that I put under our tree. I use Styrofoam insulation board for the base, which is around the tree base so it doesn't support the tree weight. Buildings are on risers (some of them). Plastic snow is the finishing touch. I agree - you cannot have too many trees ;-) Steve