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The Christmas/Holiday themed display thread

DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
edited November 2012 in Building and Techniques
Having just come out of my Dark Ages 1 year ago this coming weekend...I just had my very 1st successful holiday display this year with the Haunted House and some trick r treaters ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ ).

Now that Halloween is gone I find myself extremely excited about the idea of decorating the house with more Lego over Christmas as well.

Naturally I did what any good addict would do and ordered the Winter Village Bakery and Cottage immediately to start things off this year (I assume that the post office will still be available next year... Hopefully).

Would love to see some displays of what others have done with the Winter Village series. I'm excited to build this with the family after the tree goes up on December 1.
khmellymel
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  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM IrelandMember Posts: 970
    Great idea for a thread, I don't think it should be merged with either of those two linked.

    I'm very interested to see the Winter Village displays of others. Last year I used road baseplates (can't find the Brickset entry, but it can be found in #377 Shell Service Station) but this year it might not work. I only had the Toy Shop and Bakery; this year I'm adding the Post Office and Cottage to the display.

    What is the biggest white plate you can get? I'd love it if something like this came in white: http://brickset.com/detail/?Set=628-1
    Deadareus
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    ^ I used those last year and covered in white plates, but this year I think I will just use the white plates and look to try to make it modular, it was a real pain trying to carry 3 of those connected together from where I was building to the place for the display. I'm thinking 6 smaller sections that connect via technic pins like the modular houses do.
  • kylejohnson11kylejohnson11 Member Posts: 508
    @Steve_J_OM they make a 32x32 white baseplate. Not available for sale, but can be picked up on BrickLink for a reasonable price.
    Steve_J_OMDeadareus
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM IrelandMember Posts: 970
    ^Eep, the cheapest seller that has more than one in stock charges €10.95 a baseplate. Reckon you'd need three to comfortably display the four sets.

    Anyone ever try dyeing baseplates or is that a ridiculous suggestion?
    Deadareus
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    If you can get hold of this (or a few) reasonably cheaply it is a good way of picking up a few 16x16 and 16x32 baseplates: http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=3538-1
    Used to be able to get the set dirt cheap on ebay, but doesn't seem any bargains at the moment. Worth keeping an eye out for though.
    Deadareus
  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
    ^ a simple modified version of a few of those sets would make a great ski hill w/ the village at the foot of the hill.

    My plan right now is to add to the existing frozen pond and build a larger snow covered hill on one side.

    I'll use whatever white bricks and plates I have lying around this year and perhaps look to add some more elements via BL next year.

    REALLY excited to get these sets in hand and start building them come December 1st!
  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 872
    edited November 2012
    ^ I did a ski slope last year with exactly that in mind, using most of the parts from 3538 (I think there's a pic on the other thread above). My layout was mounted on 3 16x32 plates and 3 32x32 road plates, which was about right to fit the first 3 WV sets with all the extras - I just used the white plates that come with each set and spare white plates / bricks to cover up the rest of the grey - looking like they had shovelled the snow clear of the roads, etc.

    I'm pondering how to put part of the village at the top of the ski slope this year (maybe with the mine or a train tunnel underneath it!!!)
  • adventuresinlegoadventuresinlego Member Posts: 12
    Don't yet have any of the Winter Village sets but am currently working on Santa's Workshop - http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/345467




    DeadareusMinifigsMemnbvcLegoboyStuBoy
  • ThezoofoxThezoofox United Kingdom - EastMember Posts: 188
    ^awesome
    adventuresinlego
  • mnbvcmnbvc Member Posts: 139
    ^ Brilliant!

    I need to come up with a Winter theme for a public display this year. I've got the past Winter sets, and I don't think I can afford the new one prior to Christmas...a Santa workshop is a great idea.

    Has anyone built reindeer before?
    adventuresinlego
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,979
    I haven't built for the Modular, but I do keep adding things into the Winter Village. The new ~$5.00 Holiday train I will be usurping to double as one of those kid train rides in my village. I may buy a 2nd one, so I can easily create another car.

    I created an ice skating pond.
    I used my newly found mountain parts from the recent Mine discount, to create a ski slope.
    I am debating combining these to have a nice outdoor winter areas.
  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
    Very nice adventuresinlego!

    I'd like to expand on the existing ice rink that comes with the Bakery and eventually add 8 tiny reindeer and jolly old man in a sleigh. All in good time.
    adventuresinlego
  • gustoffr2d2gustoffr2d2 Member Posts: 2
    I have Toy Shop, Bakery, and Post Office (which I love) and I added my own creation of local St. Louis landmark. It's a frozen custard stand that I thought would fit right in with the other buildings. I just got this years cottage and I am a little disappointed in how big it is and that the price went up so much. The wood shed and igloo are cute, but I don't really care for the snow plow. I don't think it goes with the period of the rest of the village. I also added a Holiday Train last year and would like to expand the track some.
    Murdoch17
  • thenosthenos Twin Cities, MNMember Posts: 439
    You got a closer shot of Ted Drewes? (I'm assuming that's the custard stand you're talking about. I miss my Cardinal Sin).
  • adventuresinlegoadventuresinlego Member Posts: 12
    Deadareus said:

    Very nice adventuresinlego!

    I'd like to expand on the existing ice rink that comes with the Bakery and eventually add 8 tiny reindeer and jolly old man in a sleigh. All in good time.

    thatnks!
    mnbvc said:

    ^ Brilliant!

    I need to come up with a Winter theme for a public display this year. I've got the past Winter sets, and I don't think I can afford the new one prior to Christmas...a Santa workshop is a great idea.

    Has anyone built reindeer before?

    thanks! I don't have enough pieces nor horses to pull off Reindeer so since the Legolympics challenge calls for a story to be told, I've found a quirky replacement to tell a story with haha
    Thezoofox said:

    ^awesome

    Thank you for saying so :D there is more at the flickr page as well http://www.flickr.com/photos/adventuresinlego/
  • SirBenSirBen In the Hall of the Mountain KingMember Posts: 586
    edited November 2012
    I recently completed my Lego Nativity set for a LUG competition:
  • SirBenSirBen In the Hall of the Mountain KingMember Posts: 586
    I couldn't figure out the picture right on the first post, so here it is:
  • kylejohnson11kylejohnson11 Member Posts: 508
    @SirBen I love it! It looks great!
  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
    Very nice indeed. Love the cow.
  • adventuresinlegoadventuresinlego Member Posts: 12
    Lego finally accepted my Santa's Workshop on Cuusoo! Hope ya'll can vote :D http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/30077
  • tedwardtedward CanadaMember Posts: 163
    Xmas Village 2011
    My Village from last year. I still have the background and will be doing it again in a week or so.
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
    ^Nice!
  • MCNwakeboardMCNwakeboard VirginiaMember Posts: 315
    Here is the display I did one year

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mneuenswander/5043945377/

    And a video I did last year

  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264

    Here is the display I did one year

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mneuenswander/5043945377/

    And a video I did last year

    AWESOME! How on earth did you get the lamp posts to be lit? Love that little display.

    I think out of the 4 Winter Village sets I just purchased these will be the first 2 on display once the Christmas tree goes up.
  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
    Supported your Cuusoo AiL. How many pieces do you estimate are in it?
    adventuresinlego
  • adventuresinlegoadventuresinlego Member Posts: 12
    @deadareus - not sure, and I'm a little too scared to count once it's taken down hahaha - the project is being made for the Legolympics Christmas Diorama Challenge so it's epic in scale for that. If I had control over it then I would have about 1,300 pces at most. This looks more like 3,000 atm :s but thanks heaps for your vote!
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    Here's a section of my winter village, I repurposed #3300014 a little :-)
  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
    ^ looks great atkinsar. Would love to see more.
  • kylejohnson11kylejohnson11 Member Posts: 508
    Nothing too exciting going on in my set up. I'm hoping to get the cottage this weekend.
    Deadareus
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,407
    Finally (after several years of not getting them out of their boxes for one reason or another) got around to building the 'Winter Village' display that will be up for Dec in our house, kids love it and i am getting to rebuild it on a regular basis :)
    bluedragonDeadareusevantyler[Deleted User]Legobutterfly
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    I used Toy Shop and the new holiday set to make my Christmas Card for this year.

    image
    LegoPodcasterbluedragondino_girlDeadareusPenkid11lannyjack
  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
    Looking good guys. Man I need a lot more white bricks!

    We just opened the Bakery yesterday. Toy Shop is complete as are 2 holiday sets. Post Office and Cottage will be under the tree.

    I'll start getting the village together in a bit and post some pics.

    Thanks for sharing.
  • bluedragonbluedragon United StatesMember Posts: 505
    Post office and Cottage to be added next year along with more SNOW!
    Winter Village 2012
    evantyler
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    ^ very nice, I could do with some wintery train action in my display.
    Si_UKNZ
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,934
    ^^ Yeah, nice. But did you run out of the "brick" bricks? The top row of them looks a little strange with the lime ends, and also the change in brick pattern where they join the row below.

    For me, the overhang in the snow on the roof is what gives it the realism. This is a nice touch.
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM IrelandMember Posts: 970
    atkinsar said:

    Ok, better late than never, here's a picture of my full village as it was a few weeks back (it's moved on a bit since then):

    The backdrop is a very nice idea, looks lovely.
  • KarrdeKarrde Member Posts: 7
    I haven't gotten everything together yet. We're decorating with the grandkids this weekend. I got a few of the Christmas Train and Sanata w/ sleigh along with WV Bakery and Post Office. I'm putting the latter two together with the oldest Grandson while my wife and younger grandson decorate the tree.

    I've got a few pics of what I have put together: https://plus.google.com/photos/113902067947273159093/albums/5815201474296175329

    I definately don't have sufficient white plates to connect everything, but I'm going to use one of those fluffy white table covers.
    Deadareus
  • ThisIsMyCupThisIsMyCup Member Posts: 156
    my favorite Christmas movie.
    [Deleted User]Deadareus
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    No pics yet as too much left to do, but I'm using the fluffy white stuff and small things don't stand up well! Like Karrde I don't have enough white plates.
  • JP3804JP3804 Member Posts: 332
    ^ I just use small white plates. 4 x 4 are perfect. 2 x also work.

    Happy Building
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,944
    Ha. My display/collection is going to have an African Christmas (despite the fact that I'm in the UK). No snow but a lot of dust. :P Maybe I should get round to cleaning it up a bit?
  • BrikingBriking Dorset, UKMember Posts: 762
    Toy Shop, Bakery and Post Office now all arranged on the desk in the lounge. My youngest and me very pleased.

    Winter Cottage, 2012 Holiday Set, Santa w Sledge, 3 base plates and a pile of white plates will appear in his stocking. Really looking forward to seeing it all completed (and hope I ordered enough white plates...!)
  • dino_girldino_girl LondonMember Posts: 107
    I'm just put up my winter village display I need order my white plates for next year
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,979
    LOL!! That's a great pic!!


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/maigems/sets/72157632221996981/

    Okay. Here is our partially completed Winter Village. We are quite limited to only the bricks my kiddos have, which impacts things. The ski mountain is a step up from last year, but we don't really have the white pieces at this point to make it better. We went with a partial snow cover for that reason.

    We still haven't put up the Cottage, the 2012 exclusive or the kid's train ride.

    Bluefox1966
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,934
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