Man creates backyard nativity scene from recycled materials

Cedar Park nativity scene. (KXAN Photo)
Cedar Park nativity scene. (KXAN Photo)

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A Cedar Park man has turned his backyard into a giant nativity scene, and in the spirit of Christmas he has opened it up for the public to enjoy as well.

Jorge Villanueva spent three years creating the nativity village all out of recycled materials like styrofoam, stucco and old Barbie dolls. Villanueva says he was inspired by his grandfather who built his own nativity scene. After his grandfather passed, Villanueva decided to continue the tradition 2 years ago.

Villanueva said he doesn’t have any formal training, just the passion for it.

“A lot of people ask me if I design houses. I say ‘no, I start with something and when I’m done this is what it is,” Villanueva said.

The nativity village is free for the public to visit but Villanueva is asking for donations to help him expand next year. While the last day to visit the display was Sunday, you can look forward to it next year. The display is located in his backyard at 3012 Great Valley Drive in Cedar Park. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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