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Wintersday 2009—Frosty Festivities

Can you feel that crisp chill in the air? It's that time of year when the cities of Tyria shine like beacons with festive decor, and the gods Dwayna and Grenth fight over who will control the weather during the coming months. Holiday vendors sell seasonal treats, and the air is full of snowballs and the sound of laughter. Wintersday is almost here!

The towns of Lion's Arch, Droknar's Forge, Ascalon City, Kamadan, and the Eye of the North will be decked out in Wintersday decorations. Visitors to Lion's Arch, Kamadan, and the Eye of the North will be invited to participate in holiday quests, missions, and games, all with their own rewards.

Mark your calendar! Wintersday Redux events begin at noon Pacific time (-8 GMT) on Friday, January 29th and run until 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 7th. The Wintersday grand finale takes place in Lion's Arch and Kamadan, beginning at 12:01 AM Pacific time on Sunday, February 7th, and repeating every three hours until 12:01 AM on Monday, February 8th. Don't be surprised if a snowball fight breaks out before the end of the festival!

Wintersday 2009 - Eye of the North Wintersday 2009 - Lion's Arch
Wintersday 2009 - Kamadan Wintersday 2009 - Droknar's Forge

Wintersday 2009 Holiday Events

There's a lot going on during this year's Wintersday festival. Here's what you can expect:

  • 8v8 ATS-style Snowball Tournaments!

  • Holiday quests in Lion's Arch, Kamadan, and the Eye of the North! Certain quest chains returning from previous years involve beloved (and rare) holiday-themed animals.

  • Two repeatable quests set in the Secret Lair of the Snowmen. It's your choice: help save the Snowmen and all of Wintersday, or lead a group of Grentches for a final "bah, humbug" of the season.

  • Venture into the Underworld for a series of repeatable snowball fights against the forces of Grenth or the followers of Dwayna. Seize control of piles of presents to claim victory for your side in this frosty fray!

  • Embrace the old adage "it is better to give than to receive" at the city event games in Lion's Arch and Kamadan. Deliver presents to the children before the Grentches ruin Wintersday. You never know, the little urchins might reward you with something special for your generosity!

  • Collectors will once again exchange items for Wintersday consumables in Kamadan, Lion's Arch, Ascalon City, Droknar's Forge, and the Eye of the North.

  • More snowball mayhem in the form of PvP snowball fights! Random forces unite within an arena to fight for either Grenth or Dwayna. The first team to gather five presents for its patron deity wins the day. Will Grenth have his way and plunge the world into eternal winter, or will Dwayna be able to melt enough hearts to bring about an early thaw? You'll have the final say!

Wintersday 2009 Holiday Rewards

As always, Wintersday vendors will be spreading seasonal cheer with special gifts and treats to help make your holiday complete:

Frosty Summoning Stone Frosty Summoning Stone
Nobody should be alone on Wintersday! Use this item to summon a Snowman ally!
Mischevious Summoning Stone Mischievous Summoning Stone
Summon a Grentch ally to help you celebrate Wintersday, Grenth-style.
Frosty Tonic Frosty Tonic
Don't just build the snowman—BE the snowman!
Mischevious Tonic Mischievous Tonic
Get in touch with your inner Grentch by taking on the outer appearance of one!
Wintersday Gift Wintersday Gift
What surprise will you find inside? Don't ask us—unwrap it and find out!
Snowman Summoner Snowman Summoner
Because sometimes you just need a snowman.
Eggnog Eggnog
The official beverage of Wintersday!
Spiked Eggnog Spiked Eggnog
A more potent nog for the hale and hearty. Don't worry; there are no actual spikes in the drink!
Wintergreen Candy Cane Wintergreen Candy Cane
The candy of choice for adventurers everywhere!
Rainbow Candy Cane Rainbow Candy Cane
A fancy, flavorful candy cane that makes long days of questing more enjoyable.
Yuletide Tonic Yuletide Tonic
Drink this tonic and become one of Dwayna's little helpers!
Globs of Frozen Ectoplasm Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm
Running low on Yuletide Tonic? Try some of this!
Fruitcake Fruitcake
Everyone loves fruitcake, or they should! This holiday staple will put a spring in your step.
Candy Cane Shards Candy Cane Shards
Collect these colorful fragments during quests and competitions. Hoard them for the grand finale, have a candysmith forge the shards into a weapon, or trade them and see what you can get in exchange!

Holiday Headgear!

In the tradition of the season, you will also earn one of two special, holiday-themed masks for participating in the annual Grenth vs. Dwayna holiday event!

We look forward to seeing you this Wintersday. Come join the fun, and don't get left out in the cold!

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