Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means it is time to bring out all of my LEGO Winter Village sets and set up the annual Christmas Display.
I’m particular in that the sets can come out until after Thanksgiving, and they have to be put away before New Years – Tradition and all, you know.
LEGO started making these Creator Expert Holiday sets in 2009 and every year they release a new one. As of 2021 there are thirteen different sets that all are in the same theme. I’ve been collecting them since they came out, and want to share a few thoughts on each one so you can pick your favorite.
Lets start with the oldest to newest – be sure to comment your favorite below!
Release Year: 2009
This is the very first Christmas set, and it is now retired. But there are still some places you can find it. But be ready to pay, as it is getting harder to find complete or sealed sets.
Release Year: 2010
I didn’t get this set when it first came out – and I regretted it. Now I have it and am glad I did so my series could be complete. There are 7 minifigs, as well as a light up brick (which is pretty standard for these sets). There is also a cute little ice skating rink and a horse pulling a wagon that can be used for hay rides or hauling X-mas Trees.
Winter Village Post Office
Release Year: October 2011
Where do all of Santa’s Letters go? To the North Pole, of Course. But first they travel through this Post office, and get sorted, and then put on the vintage mail truck for their journey to Santa.
Release Year: October 2012
This set has a lot of “extra: scenes besides the main house. There is a truck with a snow-plow attachment, an Igloo, a wood shed, and the coolest little brick built toboggan.
Release Year: 2013
If I were to rank my favorite sets, this is #3. Mostly for the carousel which I immediately motorized so it could spin around and around by itself. If you don’t have the parts for the motor, you can crank it by hand which is super cool too.
Release Year: 2014
Up until now, all the sets have been village sets. Finally we were able to get a North Pole set with a real Santa and Mrs. Claus. There are a bunch of elves included and some brick built reindeer too!
Release Year 2015
This year we are back to the little village with a cute toy shop. There are presents, and model rockets, and toy trains of course. Plus If I remember correctly, this set has the biggest Christmas tree of them all.
Release Year 2016
My regular blog readers know that this is my favorite set, because it has a LEGO Christmas Train. It is possible to motorize it which I did of course. There are 4 cars, including a Locomotive, Tender, a flat car with a tree that actually goes around and around as the train goes down the track, and a cute little caboose. Even though I leave my train track set up all year, this train only comes out for 1 month every year. Obviously my #1 most favorite holiday set
Release Year 2017
What compliments a Leg Holiday Train? A LEGO train station decorated with snow and ready to take families across the land to meet relatives and re-unite everyone for the holidays. My #2 set after the Holiday Train
Release Year 2018
Every town needs a fire station, and LEGO made a great little holiday set to compliment all the other buildings in the series. There’s another brick built sled, a 4-stud wide firetruck, and an ice-rink too!
Release Year 2019
As of the first publication of this blog post, the LEGO Gingerbread Set is still available in the LEGO store, but it sells out quickly this time of year. You might be able to find it at your local LEGO store if you are careful.
Release Year 2020
This is one of the sets with a true LEGO reindeer (not a brick built one). There are also a lot of cool brick built LEGO toys like a ship, keyboard, airplane and more presents.
Release Year 2021
The latest set is still available, of course on line and at the LEGO store.
I actually haven’t built this set, but am looking forward to a relaxing evening after Thanksgiving dinner with this one. Stay Tuned to my Youtube and Instagram for some photos and shorts.