It’s time for candles, snow, sleigh bells, mistletoe, reindeer, and all the other holiday trappings that make Winter so festive in the West. See what the holiday spirits have summoned up in your favorite MMOs this year!
APB Reloaded: It’s time for the year to go out with guns blazing. A new game mode, the 12 Deaths of Christmas, is a free-for-all reverse gun game with rewards including Secret Santa Boxes, rewards, skins, and more. Each Holiday Box creates a new random weapon, and giving to others will let players earn a new skin and a chance to win the FAR ‘Charger.’ Or grab a Snowball Launcher and enter the Snowball Wars for a Santa Hat and Reindeer Antlers. Still not satisfied? Play each day for a special Christmas present (so long as you achieve 10 unique kills). Or have you been banned? Redeem yourself by donating ten hours of community service and you may earn the right as one of ten players from each server to have your ARMAS moved to a new account.
ArcheAge: The first Winter Maiden Festival has arrived with seasonal items, snowmen building, a new level 50 dungeon (the Sea of Drowned Love) and the dangerous Red Dragon in the Karkasse Ridgelands – all available until January 8.
Armored Warfare: Everyone can claim a special free Commander from now until January 18 at this page. Players only need to log into their existing account, or register for an account, to claim their reward.
Battleline: Steel Warfare: Get festive with the Seasonal Supply event, and earn special presents for completing PvP battles! The winter event runs from December 23, 5pm Pacific until January 6, 3pm Pacific.
Block N Load: From now through January 6, any player can earn an exclusive and permanent Santa skin for Tony Turretto by completing 20 friendly games.
Champions Online: Misfit Toys are at it again! Battle in a five man instance, collect free gifts, and face off against the world boss Clarence, a robot teddy bear. More details can be found here.
DC Universe Online: Take on the Orange Lantern Corp in the open world, or confront Larfleeze in a special boss fight. All previous years’ feats and rewards are back in addition to this year’s new feat, collection, styles, and base items, and are available until January 6. See more here.
Defiance: The Volge have decided to protest Solstice celebrations! Participate in events for a chance to get new Radiant Solstice weapons, special arkfalls and outfits, and more. Collect five gifts for your work and you can collect a special legendary weapon themed after the 12 Days of Christmas. If you’re looking for something less violent, help the Tarr family with a special reindeer scavenger hunt.
Dragon’s Prophet: The Silver Dragon Festival has arrived, but goblins and giants have decided to try to spoil the festive mood. Use the Great Dragons’ gift of light to make snowballs and snowmen to restore the peace. The event lasts through January 15.
EverQuest: Frostfell returns with a series of special holiday quests, special themed items in the Marketplace, and a special visit from Santug Cluagg from December 24 through December 26. Learn more about this year’s event here.
EverQuest II: The Frostfell Wonderland Village is open now through January 8, offering holiday-themed quests, new craftables, daily presents, and a new quest: The Great Candy (Cane) Chase. Details on this event are here.
Firefall: Father Wintertide is calling on players to help him fix his rocket sleigh. You can also join in the Snowball Fight arenas to challenge friends or strangers, and earn special rewards by playing Whack an Elf! You can learn more here.
Forge of Empires: The first major holiday event to run concurrently on FOE mobile, players can get two new buildings and earn special star currency through holiday quests from December 1 through January 5.
Fork Parker’s Holiday Profit Hike: No, not really an MMO, but we can’t exclude Devolver Digital’s free to play parody game with plenty of snark for end-of-year video game sales! You can find it free on Steam.
Forsaken World: Visit Winter Heights to begin your quest to collect presents scattered around the world. Pets and other rewards are waiting.
Grepolis: Players can use the daily Wheel of Fortune on Tyche’s Calendar, which includes new rewards and rituals.
Guns and Robots: From December 18 through December 25, win free holiday accessories by gathering cookies in the Cookie Thieves challenge, or bash open presents in The Ghost of Christmas event for a chance to get Frostie’s head.
Heroes Charge: Join the community on Facebook for fireside chats and chances to win gems!
Ironkill: Complete the new in-game “Christmas Clash” tournament between December 19th and January 2nd to be rewarded with Frostbot, a brand new, holiday-themed robot with a unique “Frostbite” attack.
Legend of Edda: Find and earn special rewards, costumes, and more by looking for snow crystals until December 31. You can also get special items for Legend of Edda, plus Seal Online and Cronous by using code Welcometoeddaonr.
Marvel Heroes: Twelve days of festivities are available from December 13 through December 24. Each day unlocks special bonuses, and you can find out what bonuses are active here.
Neverwinter: Monster battles on ice, stargazing, ice fishing, and sled racing await you in this year’s Winter Festival, which offers special rewards including an Ice Sprite and Winter Wolf companion, plus a chance at the rare Fawn of Shiallia! More details can be found here.
Perfect World International: Take part in new community events including PvP battles against the community manager, Photoshop battles, Make a Wish events, and more.
Plague Inc: Just for the holidays, players can try two new holiday themed scenarios for free and try to spread joy through the world! The holiday update also comes with other updates and improvements.
Planet Calypso: Merry Mayhem runs from December 19 through January 11. Run missions and hunt down special holiday enemies to try to score high enough to win one of many awesome prizes! Full details are here.
PlanetSide 2: Merry Auraximas! Snowmen have returned for players to take down for extra XP, the Snowblower title, cert points, and more. Special camo sales also take place from December 7 through 18, so you may have missed out on some bonus camos – but there’s still more rewards to earn.
RIFT: Fae Yule is here with tons of events to keep you busy through January 7. New quests are available in the Plane of Water, and there’s a new Golden Devourer raid boss to defeat. New minions, pets, items, and costume weapons can also be found, and previous holiday adventures are still available to play. Finally, extra rewards for completing level 65 Expert dungeons, and a new special Weekly Quest (Faelight Sparkle) will grant Raid 1 items!
RuneScape: Talk with Santa Claus and begin the annual Festive Cheer event. Help the community build a giant Christmas cracker to earn XP rewards. Fight against the Snowverload boss. Show off your skills on the slopes with snowboarding!
The Secret World: A new holiday event includes a London Opera, a hidden Masonic tomb, new items in the Rucksacks of Saturnalian Delights, and all the events from previous years for a bonanza of darkness and mystery that lasts until January 5. Educate yourself on the Conspiracy here.
SMITE: The Seven Days of Saturnalia are here with special rewards and a Gingerbread Man Icon! Find out more here.
Star Trek Online: Q returns for the Winter Festival, with animated Snowmen, Gingerbread people, ice skating, racing, and pie-eating contests with Neelix. More details can be found here.
Swordsman: Help Joe Chen to earn a Reindeer pet and some festive fashion items. Learn more here.
Trove: Welcome to Trove’s first Snowfest! Collect mystery boxes from slain enemies and from completing Shadow Arenas. Each has a chance to contain recipes, snowballs, and more, including the rare Snug Snowman Mount and Laden Sleigh Mag Rider.
Villagers and Heroes: A special event zone, Grinchta’s Lair, welcomes players to take on the notorious and dastardly green beast. Find new quests, crafting recipes, Nutcracker outfits, and more this winter! More info here.
The West: Open your Advent Calendar daily for bonus rewards!
World of Warcraft: The Feast of Winterveil is here again with new toys and pets until January 2.
World of Warplanes: Play in the Snowball combat scenario on a special Lapland map using the UFO Odin 42M, firing only snowballs at your opponents (it’s as strange as it sounds). Complete special missions and achievements, earn special firework consumables, and finally, earn the Dornier Do 17Z-7 Kauz warplane by completing the “Happy New Year!” scenario.
World of Warriors: New Warriors and Talismans are available and include the limited Kringle the Festive Fighter.
Zombies Monsters Robots: Go on “Tour of Duty” missions through December 31 to earn exclusive holiday rewards including a Santa Suit, Candy Cane melee weapon, and Snowball Gun. Or hit up one of the six new wintery maps!