Happy holidays everyone! Bricks Stack Exchange is once again participating in the Winter Bash celebration with the rest of the Stack Exchange network!

While this is a "just for fun" activity, there are also a few different prizes available this year.




All winners will need to provide me with a shipping address within 1 week of the end of the competition, or their prize will be forfeited. I'm willing to be flexible if winners would prefer a different set of equal value if they already have the prize.

The contest is not open to residents of Iran, North Korea, Myanmar/Burma, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Syria, and any other U.S. sanctioned country and where prohibited or restricted by law. This is a legal requirement that is outside of both our control and The LEGO Group's control.

New users are welcome and encouraged to participate. You may even have a slight advantage thanks to the "Still Fresh" hat. :)

The goal here is to facilitate positive engagement on the site both to celebrate the holidays and because this is the time of year when we get a lot of new traffic from parents and others just getting into LEGO.

My hope is that providing prizes for this will facilitate meaningful engagement on the site. Please don't make useless edits to posts or participate in similar shenanigans just to earn hats. :) Your actions should still provide value to the community.

Go earn some hats, and have fun building!

  • Lost Fire Station with one position. Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 7:54
  • Here are the top users for this years Winter Bash
    – Ambo100 Mod
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 19:05

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Few questions I have and they can be too much for a comment so asking in answer:

  1. Any restriction for any country due to shipment issues etc.

  2. New contributors will be considered?

  3. only hat activity counts or other things will change the probability in the case of a tie?

  • Great questions. I've updated the original post to include a few restricted countries and explicitly state that new user contributions are welcome. What did you have in mind to resolve ties? I considered giving ties to the newest account. I don't like the idea of higher rep winning, as established users already have quite an advantage already due to knowledge of how our community functions.
    – jncraton Mod
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 15:02
  • @jncraton: What about shipping costs? Who will bear those? (Yes, I'm asking again, surprise surprise...) Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 17:10
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    @LegoSonicBoy TLG will be handling and paying the shipping.
    – jncraton Mod
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 17:32

Winter Bash 2018 has come to a close! We had 376 users earn 552 hats this year.

Alexander O'Mara earned the most hats, and also won our building competition, so he will be receiving the Aston Martin and Fire Station.

The following 32 users earned at least 3 hats and were eligible for the prize drawing (excluding myself):

Alexander O'Mara
Ankit Sharma
Rin Rio-Oki
Phil B.
Zhaph - Ben Duguid
John Slegers
Laura Prendergast
Fulltime Mom
Rory Alsop
Roger Hill

The randomly selected winners from that list were:

  • Rory Alsop
  • chicks
  • Aziraphale

They will each receive the Winter Village Station.

All winners have one week to reach out to me via email (my username at Gmail) with shipping details.

Congrats to the winners, and thanks to everyone for participating! Happy New Year!

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    It might be a good idea to ping the winners in chat or something, as they might not see this answer. Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 22:29
  • That's a good idea. I'll make some effort to reach out if I don't hear from everyone.
    – jncraton Mod
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 22:32
  • 2
    Congratulations to the winners!
    – zovits
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 23:14
  • 1
    Congratulations to the winners. It was fun nonparticipating even when I miss the mark :D Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 10:48
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    Wow, what a wonderful start into 2019. Happy New Year!
    – Metalbeard
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 9:01
  • Congrats everyone, and double congrats to @AlexanderO'Mara
    – Phil B.
    Commented Jan 6, 2019 at 3:12
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    One more shout-out to @AlexanderO'Mara: he is one of 3 people to earn 30(!) hats this Winterbash, the most hats awarded to anyone on the entire StackExchange network. stackoverflow.blog/2019/01/04/adios-to-winter-bash-2018/?cb=1
    – Phil B.
    Commented Jan 6, 2019 at 3:19
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    Wow, that's so nice! Thanks so much. I hope everyone had a festive holiday.
    – chicks
    Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 15:27
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    Brilliant - many thanks! Alexander's rockin around the Christmas tree, well, rocked!
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 18:32

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