They're not Santa's elves and they don't live at the North Pole.

The real people who make Christmas decorations hail from a village in China.

Yiwu village is referred to as China's Christmas village due to the massive amounts of holiday merchandise made there.

Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, says 60 percent of the world's Christmas items come from Yiwu.

Products are built by hand and assembled in the remote village outside of Shanghai.

A 'nomadic design studio' called Unknown Fields Division traveled to Yiwu and shot a video with photographer Toby Smith.

Smith was disturbed by the harmful chemicals workers were exposed to and witnessed dangerous manufacturing techniques with machines.

But Smith said the atmosphere seemed pleasant compared to other manufacturing sectors.

Worker can be seen with glue guns making snowman, lining up snowflakes, or spraying ornaments with felt.

According to Unknown Fields, they are the first group to film these workshops.

For NewsBeat Social, I'm Christelle Koumoué.