Introducing the 2023 BIMsmith Winter Wonderland Holiday Revit Family Competition

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Introducing the 2023 BIMsmith Winter Wonderland Holiday Revit Family Competition

Team BIMsmith

BIMSMITH 12/7/2023

It's finally December, which can only mean one thing: it's time for some holiday Revit families!

For the fourth year in a row, BIMsmith wants to help spread holiday cheer with the Fourth Annual BIMsmith Winter Wonderland Holiday Revit Family competition!

Show your holiday spirit by creating a winter holiday-themed Revit family for the chance to win fame, glory, and some exciting prizes! Submissions can be related to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the New Year, or something else winter-related. We want to celebrate your creativity and talent on display as we close out 2023 in classic BIMsmith style.


2023 Rules and Requirements

Here is what you need to participate in the 2023 Holiday Revit Family Competition:

  • •  Create a Revit family (be creative!)
  • •  Relate the family to a seasonal/holiday theme (i.e., Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, etc.)
    • •  To submit your entry:
      1. 1) Email your .rfa to (***NEW IN 2023***)
      2. 2) Post an image of your Revit family on one of your public social media channels (either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn). Tag BIMsmith and use the hashtag #BIMsmithWinterWonderland.
      3. 3) You must be following BIMsmith on your social media account of choice to be eligible to win.
  • •  Your social media post can include just a simple .jpg or screenshot, but your Revit file will be required by email to be fully eligible.
  • •  Multiple entries will be accepted (and encouraged!)
  • •  The competition is open to everyone
  • •  Submissions must be your original work and not the intellectual property of any other individuals or organizations. 
  • •  Submission Deadline: Wednesday, December 27th, 2023 at 5:00pm CT (GMT-6)


Judging Criteria

The BIMsmith Team of Revit experts and guest judges will judge the competition based on three criteria:

  • •  Creativity - Get inspired and have some fun!
  • •  Execution - How well did you build your family?  Would it pass your BIM Manager's standards? Is it usable? Would YOU use it?
  • •  Functionality – Does your family surpass basic geometry and incorporate legitimately useful functionality?

Our judging panel will feature some names and faces you'll recognize:


Need some inspiration? Check out our library of free Christmas Revit families!



1st Place - $500 Amazon Gift Card

2nd Place - $350 Amazon Gift Card

3rd Place - $150 Amazon Gift Card

The top 10 entries will be given the opportunity to be published for public download BIMsmith Market. 


Submit Your Entries



  • and also post to one of the following:







Recap: 2022 BIMsmith Winter Wonderland Winners

Need some inspiration for your 2022 Revit family entry? Here are some of the winners from the 2021 BIMsmith Winter Wonderland Holiday Revit Family Competition.


1st Place - Wrapping Family

Creator: Julian Wandzilak

Company: W7k


As the winner of last year's competition, Julian Wandzilak wanted to explore the idea of creating a changeable family.  Julian decided to make a simple wrapping family with a limited number of parameters (W, H, D, T, Materials) and animate it with a “time” parameter.


2nd Place - Christmas Piñata 

Creator: Tamara Cortés
Company: Ware Malcomb


Inspired by a favorite Mexican Christmas tradition, Tamara created this single parametric piñata Revit family.  There is no limit to how big you can make the body, cones, or tassels.  For extra variety, you can choose between the traditional 7 points, or the common 5 or 9.  



3rd Place - Christmas Tree Caber Toss

Creator: Nick Dodge
Company: Ratio Design


As Christmas comes to a close, you somehow need to get rid of that Christmas Tree!  Nick Dodge may have found the perfect answer with a Christmas Tree Caber Toss, a competition in a single family.  This Revit family combines your Classic Scottish games with your need to get rid of the Christmas Tree.  You may just want to be careful about how hard you toss it, it might spontaneously combust. 


Honorable Mention - Sam, the Snowman

Creator: John Marlow
Company: Parallax Team


You might recognize this fellow from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but to others, he's just a classy old gent that usually shows up around this time of year. 


Buddy the Elf's Breakfast Pasta

Creator: John Pierson
Company: Parallax Team


After working on this recipe for a while, and finally perfecting it, John Pierson created the infamous Buddy the Elf's Breakfast Pasta.  Of course, this delicious pasta cannot be complete without extra, and we mean EXTRA, maple syrup. 


Christmas Stars

Creator: Petar Penchav
Company: All 1 Studio

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Petar Penchav created a fully parametric Christmas Star that could be used as a top of your Christmas tree, create your custom Christmas wreath, or as a single decoration element.



Creator: Robin Deurloo
Company: Robin Deurloo - Building Modeling 


Using inspiration from a 2021 Christmas card, Robin Deurloo created this snowman using technical drawings.  Robin describes it as "nothing too technical, but a fun little project."


Parametric Gifts

Creator: Philip Chan

Company: SmithGroup

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This may just look like your typical set of Christmas gifts, but Philip Chan has taken gifts to a whole new level.  This Revit super family is a workplane-based family that has all the instance parameters needed to change the overall size, and one can even alter the location of the ribbon. 


Stained Glass Window

Creator: Simon Yew
Company: VIA Architecture

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Following up on his previous year's entries, Simon Yew created this beautiful stained-glass nativity scene to help celebrate the birth of Christ.  The family merges classical Architecture with a little modern look. The set includes the Holy Family, Manger background scene, and the Star of Bethlehem.


Christmas Forest 

Creator: Dariel Rey Garcia
Company: Emproy 2


Dariel Rey Garcia didn't want the Christmas Tree to be the center of the celebration, but rather celebrated in a family in the forest, creating this Christmas forest.



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