The extensive Christmas village display at the East Grand Rapids home of Tim Nowak and his family.
The WZZM 13 Weatherball in the extensive Christmas village display at the East Grand Rapids home of Tim Nowak and his family.
EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Most people leave gifts under the Christmas tree, but not one East Grand Rapids family. That space is reserved for their one-of-a-kind Christmas village.
Tim Nowak says it all started with his father, who had a small, cardboard Christmas village. Nowak started his own collection 25 years ago and it's grown every year since.
"When we got married, we thought, 'What's our tradition going to be?' And our tradition ended up being the Christmas village, said Nowak. "I call mine an orphanage because it comes from so many different places and so many different pieces and we just enjoy doing it."
Nowak says his family starts putting together the 60-foot display on November 1 and it takes 20 to 22 hours to get it all set up. After that, they invite people over to tour the village, which features at least 40 lighted houses, a train and even an airport.
The village even features a depiction of the WZZM 13 Weatherball -- in blue, which is perfect for winter.