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Home Alone Christmas display in Texas draws attention from fans all over the world


AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) — A Texas home is drawing attention from all over the world with a unique Christmas display inspired by the 1990s movie "Home Alone."

Austin couple, Kevin Urrutia-O’Reilly and Alex Moreland, created the unique display at their home on the corner of Lafayette Avenue and East 32nd Street to bring joy to families during the holidays.

“Our plan was to bring joy to ourselves and to the neighborhood, and the response has been bigger than we could imagine,” Urrutia-O’Reilly said. “We wanted to have some fun with our Christmas decorations this year.”

In the display, Kevin McCallister is on the roof holding paint, and Marv and Harry are on the front porch.

“This would be the scene where they’re running up the stairs, and Kevin throws the paint cans down and it knocks them each down the stairs after they’ve broken into the home,” Urrutia-O’Reilly said.

Last Christmas, Moreland and Urrutia-O’Reilly started talking about what they wanted for their Christmas decorations this year. They originally had a small Home Alone idea in mind; however, it ended up spiraling into this big display.

“Over the past few months we’ve just been watching home alone constantly and talking about what can we add to you know make it next level,” Moreland said.

Urrutia-O’Reilly is an artist, so he got to work when it came to 3D printing all the faces and painting them to make Marv, Harry and Kevin look realistic. Moreland paid close attention to the small details like the framed picture of Macaulay Culkin and the clothes.

“We got all their clothes at different thrift stores and built their bodies out of PVC pipes and pool noodles and cushion foam and a bunch of other stuff,” Moreland said.

Little by little they added more parts from the Home Alone movie, making it a sight Home Alone fans will want to see this Christmas.

“We’ve been seeing a lot of people taking photos and just really happy to see it, and we’re happy it’s bringing a lot of joy to people in the neighborhood. We’ve actually had people from San Antonio, Dallas and the Hill Country drive in just to see the display,” Moreland said.

They’ve also received messages from people all over the world who have seen the display on social media.

“It’s been really satisfying, especially after this past year like to see so many people connect with it,” Urrutia-O’Reilly said.

Urrutia-O’Reilly and Moreland said they’re already brainstorming what theme they want for next year’s Christmas display.