Growing up I had the best paper village. My sister and I would play for hours with it. I have no idea how it lasted so long, being it was only printed on card stock. My mom would let us turn cotton balls into into snow and play with the village for as long as we wanted. I now know it gave her the break she needed!
Are you interested in making a village? I have a great link for you. The blog Toddler Approved has a few ideas on how to make a village of your own.