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The Winter Bash 2013 page indicates "the hats get put back in their boxes on January 4th". Aside from the pure terror that sentence seems to invoke, I was curious of exactly when this is going to be.

I know that the hats have caused a bit of a time warp at times (for example the starred chat hats). Will this be true of the removal process as well?

Do we get our hats until 23:39 UTC Jan 4th, are they removed at the end of UTC Jan 3rd?

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I'm definitely interested in the answer for this. – Lance Roberts Jan 3 '14 at 15:22
I'm hoping that there will be a small window of opportunity between the secrets being revealed and the final removal of hats ;) – StuartLC Jan 3 '14 at 15:25
@StuartLC: I would not count on that.. – Martijn Pieters Jan 3 '14 at 15:27
@MartijnPieters - don't worry, your 2nd spot is safe – StuartLC Jan 3 '14 at 15:31
Wow. I'm on the leaderboard? Yay! – Amal Murali Jan 3 '14 at 15:32
up vote 15 down vote accepted

The hats will be gone after January 3rd 23:59 UTC. From the Winterbash FAQ:

What happens after January 3rd?
After January 3rd, the sites go back to normal and all hats disappear. This is meant to be a fun end-of-year celebration, not a permanent addition to the site.

and site dates are always in UTC. Most of all, this is exactly what happened last year; at midnight UTC on the last day of the bash, the hats were gone.

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This is the correct answer; you get them until 23:59 UTC today. Gather ye screenshots while ye may! – Laura Jan 3 '14 at 15:46
Drat. So it's possible that some hats will arrive in the last several hours (after Shabbat starts in my timezone) and I'll never even know I earned them. Oh, the horror! – Monica Cellio Jan 3 '14 at 16:05

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