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Feast of Winter Veil is hitting servers in the early morning so get prepared to drink some  Egg Nog, sit by your  Cozy Fire, and open your  Stolen Present–wait, what? Is that a new type of present we’ve found in the database? That’s right, like many holidays as of late, Blizzard’s changed the classic Winter’s Veil into their new format featuring a daily queue and some new prizes. There’s also a new holiday gift waiting for you under this year’s tree, so this is one holiday you don’t want to miss!

2011 Changes

World of Warcraft’s version of Christmas has been more or less the same for several years now minus the unique gift every year is known for. This year it has been changed fairly significantly so before we get started with the guide, we’d like to get these out of the way.

There are likely to be even more undocumented changes that we can only tell on the live server, so we will update these as the event goes live, but here’s what we know from datamining.

If you’ve done the holiday in the past, you’ve likely saved Metzen the Reindeer a few times from a band of intrepid Iron Dwarves who kidnapped him or a group of marauding pirates in Tanaris depending on your faction. This year, however, he’s become kidnapped by The Abominable Greench who decided to upgrade from past year’s petty larceny to kidnapping everyone’s favorite Blizzard employee–I mean reindeer.

As such, the questline  You’re a Mean One… has accordingly become a daily, in which you save Metzen each day for a  Stolen Present which has a chance to presumably contain holiday items as well as an extremely rare chance to contain  Lump of Coal which can summon  Lumpy. We’re not sure if this is a dungeon queue or if you still trek to Hillsbrad for this exchange, so we will update as we find out.

Another change is that the seasonal pets from this year and the past as we previewed a few months back got some holiday cheer. They now have animations when out of season to hearth ( Green Helper Box), melt away (Snowman Kit), and be less festive ( Jingling Bell). Presumably this means they have special animations for the season as well, so be sure to take those guys out–remember, they no longer cost a  Snowball to summon so you have nothing to lose!

Last but not least, this year’s reward from underneath the tree in your faction’s capital city is a  Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater. Oh, Blizzard. And if you don’t want it, you can always exchange it through the optional quest  Thanks, But No Thanks. This sweater also comes with its own achievement to serenade enemy capitals ( A-Caroling We Will Go).

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All of Azeroth and beyond have gotten into the spirit of Winter Veil! Winter Revelers can be found inside inns throughout the world located under a sprig of mistletoe. Simply /kiss a Reveler (it doesn’t matter which gender) and you will be rewarded with a token of their gratitude. You can only /kiss a Reveler once every hour, as you will receive a debuff along with whatever gift they’ve granted you, which can include:

These items are used in various Winter Veil achievements (as detailed below).

Become a Little Helper!

In addition to the Smokywood Pastures vendors located inside the cities, the goblins have set up strange PX-238 Winter Wondervolt machines which can be used to change your character into a festive Little Helper! The buff lasts for 30 minutes but is removed by shapeshifting or death (another sad holiday to be a druid). You can refresh the duration of the buff at any time by stepping into the Wintervolt machine. You can also do this to change gnomes costumes until you get one that you like. This disguise is required to complete the achievement  With a Little Helper from My Friends.

Snowball Fights

Everyone’s favorite annoyance (now knockdown-free, remember), the  Snowball can be purchased from vendors or looted from piles of Holiday Snow found on the ground in the Alterac Mountains, near where you fight The Abominable Greench.

Hunt a Winter Hat

During the Feast of Winter Veil, certain humanoid bosses now sport a festive holiday hat! The following bosses will drop a  Green Winter Hat or  Red Winter Hat upon their defeat:

The winter hats also have an extremely low chance to drop from any humanoid mob in the world; I wouldn’t hold your breath but who knows–you could get lucky! In previous years, both heroic bosses (but not normal ones) in Northrend and Cataclysm dropped hats–it should follow the same trend in 2011. If you’re unlucky winning rolls, seems your best bet is to try to solo a Northrend heroic boss.

Crafting Recipes

Players with  Leatherworking Tailoring or  Cooking may find that they’ve received mail from Greatfather Winter written on festive stationary. Oddly enough, the Alliance Greatfather sends the gifts to both factions – a free recipe! Tailors will receive either  Pattern: Green Winter Clothes (Horde) or  Pattern: Red Winter Clothes(Alliance), Leatherworkers will receive  Pattern: Winter Boots and Cooks will recieve  Recipe: Hot Apple Cider. There are certain skill level requirements for each recipe to be mailed, but if for any reason you did not receive a recipe, don’t worry–the recipes can be purchased at vendors in the major cities, as listed below.


The most exciting part of Winter Veil comes near the end when we get our presents! The presents under Greatfather Winter’s tree can be opened from December 25 to January 2. There are a total of six presents that can be “opened” by completing the quest given by the gift itself under the tree –  A Carefully Wrapped Present A Festive Gift A Gaily Wrapped Present A Gently Shaken Gift A Ticking Present and  A Winter Veil Gift. Every year has brought a new special gift in the  Winter Veil Gift! What’d we get this year? A [ Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater! (And if you’ve missed out on previous special gifts, check out toy vendors like Jepetto Joybuzz–they sell replica items like  Red Rider Air Rifle and Blue Crashin’ Thrashin’ Racer Controller.)

Each of the gifts contain an assortment of special holiday items:

 Festive Gift  Wand of Holiday Cheer
 Gently Shaken Gift  Winter Veil Roast or  Winter Veil Eggnog
 Carefully Wrapped Present  Winter Veil Cookie
 Ticking Present  Preserved Holly Mechanical Greench Schematic: Snowmaster 9000 Formula: Enchant Weapon – Winter’s Might Pattern: Gloves of the Greatfather Recipe: Elixir of Frost Power Pattern: Green Holiday Shirt or  Plans: Edge of Winter
 Gaily Wrapped Present  Green Helper Box Jingling Bell Red Helper Box Snowman Kit
 Winter Veil Gift (Special)  Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater


This year Winter Veil was updated to have some new quests, so be sure to check it out. The The Abominable Greench has been changed this year and we’ll update the guide more as we find changes on live.

All Winter Veil quests can be obtained in your faction’s major city (Orgrimmar or Ironforge). Other than start/end NPCs, the quests are essentially exactly the same for both factions.

Seasonal Goodies

There are a number of items that are only available during the Feast of Winter Veil. Smokeywood Pastures vendors can be found in all major cities selling a variety of holiday goodies, including a plethora of food and drink items, wrapping paper, and even some seasonal recipes! Please note that the three of the recipes are Bind on Pickup, and as such (of course) cannot be sold or traded. This means that it is not easily possible for Horde players to obtain  Pattern: Red Winter Clothes or for Alliance players to obtain  Pattern: Green Winter Clothes.

However, since the vendors are enterprising goblins, belonging to the Smokywood Pastures “faction,” they are all friendly to both Horde and Alliance. This means that the most intrepid reveler can manage to sneak into the opposing faction’s city and purchase all recipes. You can even stay mounted up while purchasing them, for a quick getaway.

If you aren’t a crafter or you’re not very keen on flying around the other faction’s city, the holiday clothes are not Bind on Pickup (or even Bind when Equipped) and therefore can be bought, sold and traded via the Auction House.

Food & Drinks

Smokeywood Pastures food and drink vendors can be found located near a faction’s Auction House in every major city. Copperpinch vendors can be found in Horde cities, and the Jinglepocket vendors can be found in Alliance cities. An additional Copperpinch vendor can be found in Shattrath CityOlnayvi Copperpinch.

They sell the following items:

General Goods

Smokeywood Pastures “general goods”-style vendors can be found right next to the food/drink vendors. Copperpinch vendors can be found in Horde cities, and the Jinglepocket vendors can be found in Alliance cities. An additional Jinglepocket vendor can be found in Shattrath CityEebee Jinglepocket.

They sell the following items:

Be sure to stock up on the holiday wrapping paper, as it’s the only time of the year you can buy it! Otherwise, you’re stuck with  Red Ribboned Wrapping Paperand  Blue Ribboned Wrapping Paper from General Goods vendors throughout the year.


In addition to the seasonal goods listed above, the vendors located in the two major cities (Orgrimmar and Ironforge) will also sell a tailoring pattern to create festive winter clothes and a leatherworking pattern to create matching boots!

Penney Copperpinch in Orgrimmar or Wulmort Jinglepocket in Ironforge sell:


With each event comes new achievements every year, like  A-Caroling We Will Go! There’s also a player title granted to those who can obtain 11 core achievements–Merrymaker! Some are easy, and others more of a challenge, but here’s everything you need to know to be on your way to becoming that much more festive.

This guide is courtesy of wowhead.com

    15 replies to "Feast of Winter Veil (Dec 15 – Jan 2) Guide"

    • Laura Little

      It states in the Seasonal guide that there will be an update for the remainder of the achievements for the season, I was just wondering when that update would be coming out?

    • rebelyell

      dugi really dropped the ball on this event.

    • Penny

      Thanks for the update. Now this is what makes me proud to recommend dugi guide to all… =)

    • Dom

      I can only see Darkmoon Faire in the event guides, no Winterveil at all – I’m on the latest.

      • Dugi

        @Dom, make sure you have entered your login and password information in the setting menu of our installer.

        • Dom

          @Dugi, Thanks for the reply – my details were all correct. I just clicked the “Reinstall” button from the guide installer and it all looks okay now.

    • Dugi

      There are changes to the 2011 Winter Veil quest, we expected them to be the same since it was already Cataclysm last year. We are working on the fix

    • Penny

      well i finally got my guide to work…and this is the first time I’m actually quite dissappointed. The guide is telling me to pick up quests that are obsolete. Truly a waste of time. The guide itself only helped me with like 3 quests. I always rave about how fantastic dugi guide is, sadly this is not one of the times =(

    • rebelyell

      I will wait the quest chain is really messed up atm.

    • Mike W.

      Like Mozzy, the quests in the guide do not match the one given by Wulmort Jinglepocket in Ironforge. Not sure how to proceed from here. Wulmert gives you one quest, “You’re a Mean One…” that includes the Metzen and Stolen WV TReats quests, but no reindeer dust was given with the quests. Seems to be a disconnect.

    • Penny

      I downloaded to version 5.3210, but now i cant even right click onto my guide to even access it. =(

      • Dean

        @Penny, Yes, I am having the same issue since I upgraded my guide. Any fixes for this?

    • Mozzy

      So do you have to be a lvl 85 to do the chain quests? I am not getting any of the quests on the list.

      • Mozzy

        @Mozzy, Well i just logged onto one of my lvl 85’s and i am not getting any of the quests when on them either. what am i missing?

    • tonythetiger

      Been looking forward to getting my reindeer mount

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