I just upgraded to QGIS 2.18.1 Las Palmas.

This comes with a Santa hat on the icon in the top right corner and windows bar.

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Is it possible to remove this from my installation?

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    You can pretend that it is not christmas time and set your computer's clock to something else. Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 12:58
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    I'd like to know how to remove this also. I'm putting together some tutorials with QGIS which involve screenshots, which will look odd come July. Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 17:27
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    Turns out this is easily changed without a recompile. It's possible to replace a couple of the icon files. On Linux they are located at /usr/share/qgis/images/icons. Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 17:33
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    Go to C:\OSGeo4W64\apps\qgis\images\icons or C:\Program Files\QGIS X version\apps\qgis\images\icons and replace xmas icons (16x16 and 60x60) with original icons or another icon. In OS X, they are located in /Applications/QGIS.app/Contents/Resources/images/icons.
    – aldo_tapia
    Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 23:48

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Your only real option is to replace the files in:

Windows: C:\OSGeo4W64\apps\qgis\images\icons or C:\Program Files\QGIS X version\apps\qgis\images\icons

Linux: /usr/share/qgis/images/icons

OSX: /Applications/QGIS.app/Contents/Resources/images/icons

It's hard coded to change the icon for the 12th month of the year.

I added the feature, and no I didn't consider if someone would get offended by a Santa hat, because:

  • Santa is considered generally secular where I am from (QGIS is a multicultural code base)
  • I did it in my free time for a bit of fun (aka it's an easter egg)
  • No one paid me to do it better or smarter

As it's a simple file replace you are more than welcome to make a plugin to replace the files for people who don't like the icon. I'm also a plugin moderator so if you write it I can fast track the approval for you :)

Thanks to @Snorfalorpagus and @aldo_tapia for the path locations on each platform.

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    My first thought when I saw it was that a file had been downloaded/installed by QGIS, which is not exactly a good way to build the trust of users. Seeing your answer leads to another concern: unnecessary features / bloat, which is not ideal, however small / funny.
    – Benjamin
    Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 15:22
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    If you consider a small easter egg bloat I'm not sure we are on the same path here.
    – Nathan W
    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 4:32
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    @NathanW Hi Nathan, as I should have responded earlier - I really appreciate the work people like you put into invaluable open resources like QGIS, you make the world a better place. I just don't like cultural imperialism in general, however inadvertent, and am a grinch more specifically. Thanks though for your helpful answer
    – Scransom
    Commented Dec 9, 2016 at 1:32

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