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Paul Roberts has set up an impressive miniature Christmas village in his French Creek home.  - Candace Wu Photo
Paul Roberts has set up an impressive miniature Christmas village in his French Creek home.
— image credit: Candace Wu Photo


It will be a white Christmas after all—at least in Paul Roberts’ living room, where he’s set up an elaborate 55-foot miniature village complete with smiling figurine children, an idyllic outdoor skating rink and picturesque heritage houses reminiscent of a bygone era.

“Christmas is my favourite time of the year,” said Roberts, who has been collecting miniature figurines for more than a decade and estimates he’s spent in excess of $10,000 on recreating his version of Bedford Falls.

Roberts said his shed is brimming “floor to ceiling” with cardboard boxes containing the tiny pieces to his make-believe world. He traditionally waits until Remembrance Day is over before unpacking the boxes and setting up the village.

“It takes me about five weeks to set up and it puts me right back into being a kid on Christmas morning,” he said. “And when I pull out the little figurine people, it’s kind of like seeing old friends again.”

Roberts’ village begins at his doorway, continuing deep into the living room where it wraps around his perfectly festive Christmas tree, naturally.

It includes a children’s petting zoo, a seaport community with whale watchers and lighthouses, an outdoor farmers market, a Victorian-style city with a single track passenger train running through the flawless neighbourhoods and a Christmas harbour where last minute shoppers, adorning children and a snowman building competition come together.

“It doesn’t take much imagination to put myself on the street,” said Roberts, looking down at the hand painted houses. “It’s a purer time, there’s no crime in my village and everybody is in the mood.”

In an effort to “spread the joy of Christmas,” Roberts filmed and posted an 11 minute video touring the village on YouTube. The video can be found at


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