Happy Holidays, Retronauts! As Christmas draws closer, we’ve decided to take a look at some of our favorite holiday events in gaming; and what better than the biggest Christmas event of all: World of Warcraft’s Feast of Winter Veil. When I used to play World of Warcraft, one of my favorite things to participate in with the rest of the online world was its seasonal events. You had “Love is in the Air” for the month of February, the “Midsummer Fire Festival” for the welcoming of the Summer season, and of course “Hallow’s End” in October to celebrate the spookiness of the Halloween spirit. But the holiday event I most looked forward to was the “Feast of Winter Veil,” dedicated to the Christmas spirit.
During the Feast of Winter Veil which kicks off on December 16th-January 2nd, players from near and far are sent on various quests across Azeroth, all the while throwing snowballs at one another, donning their finest Christmas garbs, and snuggling up next to Cozy Fires. There is Apple Cider to be drank, reindeer to save, and Abominable Greench’s to slay (yes, Greench).
However, probably the highlight of it all, is December 25th (which corresponds in real time as Christmas Day). Here, Azeroth’s defenders can meet in either Ironforge or Orgrimmar and have an ol’ visit with Greatfather Winter (aka in-game Santa Claus). In these social hubs are giant decorated trees and on the 25th, players can begin to open gifts and receive tons of fun goodies including items that are exclusive only to that year’s celebration. So if you’re a collector, this is the holiday for you.
Something about the holiday season brings a certain sense of merriment when you’re in the World of Warcraft. Lights are hung everywhere, and Dun Morogh doesn’t seem so out of place with its snow-capped mountains. It’s a time where PVP is much more fun with snowballs, and where ugly Christmas Sweaters are sought after. It’s a definite staple of the World of Warcraft legacy, and we can only look forward to new additions under the tree each year.
Have a favorite Feast of Winter Veil memory? Let us know, and like always — have a great Throwback Thursday and a Merry Christmas!