Setting up the LEGO Winter Village sets every Christmas season is a favorite pastime of LEGO fans. LEGO has been releasing a new set in the series every year since 2009, and while each of the sets looks lovely on its own, when you combine them together they make a really pretty display. There is no right or wrong way to set up your LEGO Winter Village, but I thought I share some of my favorite displays done by other LEGO fans. They may inspire you in making your own village. 🙂
Just to recap, the first LEGO Winter Village set was released in 2009 in the form of the #10199 LEGO Winter Village Toy Shop, followed by the #10216 LEGO Winter Village Bakery in 2010, the #10222 LEGO Winter Village Post Office in 2011, the #10229 LEGO Winter Village Cottage in 2012, the #10235 LEGO Winter Village Market in 2013, the #10245 LEGO Santa’s Workshop in 2014, the #10249 LEGO Winter Village Toy Shop in 2015 (re-release of the first set in the series), and the #10254 LEGO Winter Holiday Train in 2016.
So, those who have been collecting the sets from the very beginning will have eight large LEGO Winter Village sets by now. That’s enough for a very substantial display! But even if you have just a few of the sets, you can make a very nice layout. In addition, LEGO has been releasing some smaller seasonal sets to supplement the Winter Village (like the dainty little #3300014 Christmas Set pictured below).
If you have a narrow display-surface like a windowsill, shelf, or fireplace mantel, you can display the LEGO Winter Village sets in a row. One nice example is the first picture above by Sean Edmison. And below is another simple display by nelleke2, with just a couple of the LEGO Winter Village sets tastefully positioned on a white surface with a bit of artificial snow and some warmly glowing lights.
The following display by Marjon Savelsberg is a bit more spread out with several of the LEGO Winter Village buildings, but the setup is still quite simple; just using a white surface for the festive little scene.
The next layout by smart_as_a_brick is more involved, featuring a frozen lake in the center, surrounded by three of the LEGO Winter Village sets, and a custom building. The added lights really give the whole layout a warm and friendly holiday feel.
Setting up the LEGO Winter Village around the Christmas tree, or a smaller Christmas decoration, is another popular way of displaying the sets. Here, Holly Webster used the older #10173 LEGO Holiday Train to circle the village. Such a display requires a wider surface, such as a table.
Below is another LEGO Winter Village setup with one of the older LEGO trains running around – this one by Lisa Lee. The scene is packed with festive holiday activities. Notice that she also included a couple of LEGO Castle buildings that goes well with the village. Also, the strategically placed fake snow covering the ground is just enough to make the scene wintery, and eliminates the need to use a bunch of white LEGO plates.
The LEGO Winter Village sets go well with trains, and trains go well with tunnels. So why not combine them all? Dav Box did just that by perching Santa’s Workshop on top of a hill with a tunnel for trains to run through, while in the village below minifigs are getting ready for Christmas.
If you have a larger surface – like a long coffee table – you can also set up your LEGO Winter Village more spread out. It also allows friends and family to interact with the village from all sides. This display was done by Mariann Asanuma, and features the newly released LEGO Winter Holiday Train circling the village.
I hope these wonderful LEGO Winter Village ideas put you in the festive mood, and maybe also give you some inspirations for your own setup. As you can see; whether you just have one set, or two or all of them, there are plenty of ways to display the LEGO Winter Village to brighten up the holidays. And if you are missing any of the recent sets, they are available at the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? Do you have any of the LEGO Winter Village sets? Are you planning to set them up this year? How do you display them? Feel free to share your own ideas in the comment section below! 😉
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