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It’s that time of the year again! All across Azeroth and Outland, festive decorations adorn towns and cities as the Horde and the Alliance begin their annual celebration of the Feast of Winter Veil. Join in the festivities and experience some Winter Veil activities this year!

To learn more about this event, check out the updated Feast of Winter Veil game guide page.
http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/basics/events/winterveil/

And to get into the holiday spirit, make sure to check out The Night Before Winter Veil, the Blizzard holiday skit.
http://www.wow-europe.com/en/downloads/movies.html#c

The Feast of Winter Veil

  • Vitals
Type: Holiday
Date: December 15 – January 2
Location: Most Major Cities
Available to:

The Feast of Winter Veil is a yearly World Event that occurs around the time typically celebrated as Christmas around the world.  It involves gift-giving, holiday revelers, and visits from an NPC dressed similarly to the famed Father Christmas.

The event typically includes many quests, special holiday items, unique boss drops through its duration, and now with Wrath of the Lich King, special achievements created specifically for the Feast of Winter Veil.  On this page you can find a bevy of information on the event to help you along the way as you participate.  The tabbed section below can be navigated to browse that particular section of content.


Greatfather Winter

Greatfather Winter is visiting the great cities of Ironforge and Orgrimmar – courtesy of the fine folks of Smokywood Pastures and he’s spreading cheer in celebration for the Feast of Winter Veil. But, all the cheer-spreading is making Greatfather Winter hungry, and he’s looking for adventurers to get him his daily fix of milk and cookies.

Revelers

During the Feast of Winter Veil, the innkeepers bring out holiday decorations to provide a festive atmosphere for their patrons. Who knows what might happen if you /kiss a reveler standing near a sprig of mistletoe….

Gift-Giving

In the quiet, early hours of the 25th of December, the industrious goblins of Smokywood Pastures are already awake. As a much-deserved reward for the noble adventurers throughout Azeroth, these generous harbingers of the holidays deposit gifts underneath the decorated trees in Orgrimmar and Ironforge. Keep a keen eye out for these presents, as they’re there for the taking!

Starts: December 25
Ends: January 2

Gift Contains
Special 2009 Winter Veil gift

Jinglepocket Goblins’ Fare Shops

The Jinglepocket Goblins have set up their seasonal fare shops in major cities. Adventurers can purchase many holiday favorites – including Greatfather’s Winter ale, candy canes, gingerbread cookie recipes, and mistletoes.

Snowballs

Whether you pick them up from your local vendor or ask a friendly engineer to craft them for you, no feast of Winter Veil is complete without some frozen projectile-weapons. Get your mitts on some snowballs and say, “Merry Feast of Winter Veil” the old-fashioned way!

Snowmen

Accompanying Greatfather Winter in his journeys across Azeroth are his loyal troops of snowmen. They can be found wandering around Ironforge and Orgrimmar, bringing with them the chill breath of winter into even the warmest climates.

With the Feast of Winter Veil after the release of Wrath of the Lich King, you can now find the winter hats on the Northrend bosses listed below.

Boss Instance Drops
Grand Magus Telestra The Nexus Red Winter Hat
Jedoga Shadowseeker Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom Red Winter Hat
Mage-Lord Urom The Oculus Green Winter Hat

There are many special holiday achievements related to Feast of Winter Veil.  They’re all listed below, along with their requirements.

Achievement Requirements Points
‘Tis the Season During the Feast of Winter Veil, wear 3 pieces of winter clothing and eat Graccu’s Mince Meat Fruitcake. 10
A Frosty Shake During the Feast of Winter Veil, use your [Winter Veil Disguise Kit] to become a snowman and then dance with another snowman in Dalaran. 10
Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s Use Mistletoe on the Horde “Brothers” during the Feast of Winter Veil. (Brother Malach, Durkot Wolfbrother, Brother Keltan) 10
Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s Use Mistletoe on the Alliance “Brothers” during the Feast of Winter Veil. (Brother Nimitz, Brother Kristoff, Brother Joshua, Brother Cassius, Brother Anton, Brother Wilhelm, Brother Karman, Brother Crowley, Brother Benjamin) 10
Crashin’ & Thrashin’ Gain 25 crashes with your [Crashin' Thrashin' Racer] during the Feast of Winter Veil. This achievement can only be completed if you participated in the 2008 Feast of Winter Veil and received that year’s special gift. 10
Fa-la-la-la-Ogri’la Complete the Bomb Them Again! quest while mounted on a flying reindeer during the Feast of Winter Veil. (Flying Reindeer requires [Preserved Holly]) 10
He Knows If You’ve Been Naughty Open one of the presents underneath the Winter Veil tree once they are available. 10
Let It Snow During the Feast of Winter Veil, use a Handful of Snowflakes on each of the race/class combinations listed: Orc Death Knight, Tauren Shaman, Undead Rogue, Gnome Mage, Blood Elf Warlock, Human Warrior, Night Elf Druid, Troll Hunter, Dwarf Paladin, Draenei Priest. 10
On Metzen! Save Metzen the Reindeer. (Complete: Metzen the Reindeer / Metzen the Reindeer ) 10
Scrooge Throw a [Snowball] at Cairne Bloodhoof during the Feast of Winter Veil. 10
Scrooge Throw a [Snowball] at King Magni Bronzebeard during the Feast of Winter Veil. 10
Simply Abominable Complete the quest to retrieve the stolen Smokywood Pastures’ stolen treats and receive a Smokywood Pastures’ Thank You ( / ). 10
The Winter Veil Gourmet During the Feast of Winter Veil, use your culinary expertise to produce a Gingerbread Cookie, Egg Nog and Hot Apple Cider. 10
With a Little Helper from My Friends Earn 50 honorable kills as a Little Helper from the Winter Wondervolt machine. 10
Merrymaker Complete: ‘Tis the Season, A Frosty Shake, Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s, Fa-la-la-la-Ogri’la, He Knows If You’ve Been Naughty, Let It Snow, On Metzen!, Scrooge
,
Simply Abominable, The Winter Veil Gourmet and With a Little Helper from My Friends
50
Merrymaker Complete: ‘Tis the Season, A Frosty Shake, Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s, Fa-la-la-la-Ogri’la, He Knows If You’ve Been Naughty, Let It Snow, On Metzen!, Scrooge
, Simply Abominable, The Winter Veil Gourmet and With a Little Helper from My Friends
50
Quest Rewards
[1] A Carefully Wrapped Present Carefully Wrapped Present
[1] A Gently Shaken Gift Gently Shaken Gift
[10] A Festive Gift Festive Gift
[10] A Winter Veil Gift
Winter Veil Gift
[20] A Gaily Wrapped Present Gaily Wrapped Present
[40] A Ticking Present Ticking Present
[30] A Smokywood Pastures’ Thank You! Smokywood Pastures Special Gift
[30] A Smokywood Pastures’ Thank You! Smokywood Pastures Special Gift
Greatfather Winter is Here! 650 XP
Greatfather Winter is Here! 650 XP
[40] Metzen the Reindeer 5x Preserved Holly, 4950 XP
[40] Metzen the Reindeer 5x Preserved Holly, 4950 XP
[10] The Feast of Winter Veil 650 XP
[10] The Feast of Winter Veil 650 XP
[40] The Hero of the Day 5x Preserved Holly
The Reason for the Season 650 XP
The Reason for the Season 650 XP
[10] Treats for Greatfather Winter Smokywood Pastures Gift Pack, 1650 XP
[10] Treats for Great-father Winter Smokywood Pastures Gift Pack, 1650 XP
Winter’s Presents 10 XP
Winter’s Presents 10 XP
[30] You’re a Mean One… (Group) 3300 XP
[30] You’re a Mean One… (Group) 3300 XP
Stolen Winterveil Treats 1650 XP

The history of the Feast of Winter Veil, taken from the official Feast of Winter Veil page.

Quote from: Blizzard (Source)

The later seasons of Azeroth are marked as a time of change in many cultures. The Dwarves and the Tauren especially look to a legend of the coming Winter Veil – the blanketing of the land in snow, thus heralding a time of renewal – as a time for celebration.

The term “Winter Veil” is said to stem from a supernatural being referred in many cultures to as Greatfather Winter. As he would walk the land late in the seasons, winter itself would be his billowing cloak. In his wake was the blanketing of the land in snow, and thus it is said that Greatfather Winter would cast his wintry veil over the land. Though parts of Azeroth may lie in snow, it gives the land time for rebirth and renewal.

The idea of feasting during this time of year is one that traces its origins to the legend itself. As Greatfather Winter walked Azeroth, it is said he would provide a bounty for those who welcomed his presence. As such, the idea of feasting during the winter veil would bring together communities as they shared whatever they had. Typically, a single day of merriment and feasting welcomed the change, all in anticipation of the land’s renewal.

Other cultures have begun to recognize the Feast of Winter Veil as a time of great celebration, though not in the same traditions as the legend bases it in. Customs, often unrelated to anything other than a chance for celebration and gift exchange, have made their way into modern observation of the season. Even the image of Greatfather Winter is sometimes used, but more as a harbringer of commercial exploit rather than as a supernatural titan.

Source: Worldofraids

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