Normally I run 2 sets of pre-war standard gauge under our tree with a few large pre-war tinplate buildings.
This year I'd like to make a traditional Christmas village, snow and all. I have 6 lighted Hawthorn/Norman Rockwell Village buildings (HO scale) that I'm pulling out of storage, where they've been for at least 20 years. I bought O gauge Christmas/ winter related people, small accessories, glittered "snow" draping, "Soft Snow" flakes and snow covered trees. I have cobble stone rubber-like material (about 1/16 inch thick) for streets. I have a complete set of plastic/1950's toy-like "Dime Store Dream" vehicles to use
I plan on running either my pre-war 238E engine pulling tinplate passenger cars 2630 (2) and 2631, or my pre-war 224E engine pulling tinplate passenger cars 2640 (2) and 2641, in the foreground with the buildings elevated behind.
I never made a Christmas village. How do I handle the elevation and snow draping? Do I even use the snow draping or just the snow flakes? If people, trees and small accessories are to be on the snow draping, how do I steady them? How do I integrate the streets/sidewalks? Etc, etc.