Step 1: Pick a Spot & a Theme
For our holiday display we choose to do a typical Christmas Village with a Trolley going through it .
For The Trolley, I used an O-gauge Christmas Trolley Set from MTH Trains. This is my first O-Gauge set, and you can read more about it at TheHobbyGuy.
Our holiday display is in the bow window in our living room. If you don't have a bay or bow window, you can do this on a shelf, a mantle, or a table.
I set the Trolley up first to make sure it would fit, and because I just wanted to play. The set included a circle of track, however, I laid out the track in a serpentine. This will make the trolley wind through the display and give visual interest from different angles.
Step 2: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Notice I removed the track, this made it much easier. The track was then placed back on top of the snow.
I keep saying "I", really it is my wife and my two boys who are doing the work, and I am just snapping pictures and directing. This is shaping up to be a family tradition.
Step 3: Add Some Depth and Background
I am building my scene to be viewed from the inside of the house. If your primary viewers are outside, then the "background" is not along the window.
Step 4: Be Creative
Step 5: Add Some Lights
See the smoke billowing out of the chimneys? That was my oldest son's idea. Just some of the polyester snow rolled up to look like smoke. Very nice!