12/22/2013 08:00 EST | Updated 02/21/2014 05:59 EST

Christmas village takes up 3rd of N.W.T. couple's living room

Yellowknife has a new town springing to life within city limits — though there won't be any rezoning necessary.

Jonesville, named after its creators Wes and Maureen Jones, is a miniature town made up of toy models they built in their living room.

"It started with a next door neighbour," said Wes Jones. "She gave us one little house as a gift just before Christmas six or seven years ago."

The couple began seeing accessories they thought would look nice with the house. Once they added a second house, things "exploded," said Jones.

"We try and set it up so it kind of reflects our life — what we've done in the past, what we're doing now. We try to show a little bit of us in the village." 

Today the village has a church, wedding party, casino, a mountain filled with skiers, a Santa Claus and an airport. It all takes up a third of the couple's living room. 

We Jones says it's a small price to pay for a hobby that adds a little extra joy for friends and family during the holiday season.