Feast of Winter Veil

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Feast of Winter Veil
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December 16th - January 2nd

Other events
Preceded by
Followed by

New Year

During the Feast of Winter Veil, many special decorations appear in capital cities.
Goldshire decorated for Winter Veil

The Feast of Winter Veil, also called the feast of Great-Winter, is an in-game, end-of-year, several week long holiday event seeming to be the in-game counterpart of Christmas and other holidays at the end of the year.

A snowman

Info from the official site

'Twas the feast of Great-Winter
And all through the land
All the races were running
With snowballs in hand.

The cooks were all frantic
And for those "in the know"
Swoops and owls were crashing
Like new-fallen snow.

Cookies and eggnog
Were consumed by all
As the snowballs flew freely
And drunks smashed into walls.

May your feast of Great-Winter
Be one merry and bright
And from all here at Blizzard
We wish you a fun night!

The Feast of Winter Veil is upon us, and Greatfather Winter is busy spreading holiday cheer in major cites across the land! Here are a few holiday treats players can now experience in-game:

  • 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 mistletoe.
  • All the cheer-spreading is making Greatfather Winter hungry, and he is looking for adventurers to get him his daily fix of milk and cookies.
  • Smokeywood Pastures needs a few brave adventurers to investigate the disappearance of a shipment of holiday goods traveling though Alterac.


Ever consumed with the research of their origins, the dwarves choose to celebrate the season as a recognition of Greatfather Winter himself. They consider him to be the personification of one of the ancients of Azeroth - the Titans. Much as they claim lineage in one degree or another to these mystical beings, they consider their snowy home of Dun Morogh as the prime example of Greatfather Winter's blessings.[1] The holiday was introduced to the Alliance at large by Muradin Bronzebeard.[2]

The tauren and their shamanistic understanding of winter, along with their recent emergence into druidic endeavors, fit in well with the legend of Winter Veil. They focus almost entirely on the renewing aspects of the lore however, leaving legend worship to those races (as they view it) less in tune with the nature of things. Many tauren choose this time as the right time to give thanks for the blessings of their new home in Mulgore.

Other info

  • January 2 is the last day of the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • Kissing a 'Neutral Winter Reveler' under a mistletoe will magically create for you 5 sprigs of [Mistletoe] or 5 [Handful of Snowflakes]. You can also get [Fresh Holly] (x5), which can be used to transform your mount into a reindeer for thirty minutes.
  • There are snow mounds, Holiday Snow, in the snowy parts of the Alterac Mountains and across Dun Morogh during this event. You can pick up [Snowballs] off them. They used to have a knock back effect, but that has been changed.
  • There are special Hardpacked Snowdrifts in Alterac Valley during this event. You can pick 5 [Hardpacked Snowballs] off them. They have a knock back and dismount effect so use them wisely.
  • The quest N [80] Metzen the Reindeer are actually Neutral quests, in that they can be done by players of either faction. If a character has both quests, they can be accomplished at the same time. The difficulty in gaining the quest in the opposing faction's city is... the opposing faction.
  • The Winter Wondervolt Machine is available in or just outside of several cities to transform your character's appearance into a Winter Veil gnome. Your gnome outfit is randomly red or green.
  • Around this event, Community Manager avatars would become a festive snowman icon, shown to the right. This stopped with the new forum system.

Winter Veil presents

Near the end of the Feast of Winter Veil (December 25 through January 2), various gifts are available underneath the trees near Greatfather Winter in Ironforge, and Great-father Winter in Orgrimmar.

While some of the gifts are available to all, you must be at least a certain level to receive others.

Winter Veil gifts in Ironforge
# Gift Min
Quest Contents
1  [Gently Shaken Gift] 1 A Gently Shaken Gift *5x [Winter Veil Roast] or 5x [Winter Veil Eggnog]
2  [Winter Veil Gift] 10 A Winter Veil Gift [Clockwork Rocket Bot] (in 2007)
[Crashin' Thrashin' Racer Controller‎] (in 2008)
[Red Rider Air Rifle] (in 2009)
[MiniZep Controller] (in 2010)
[Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater] (in 2011)
[The Pigskin] and [Foot Ball] (in 2012)
[Crashin' Thrashin' Flyer Controller] (in 2013)
3  [Carefully Wrapped Present] 1 A Carefully Wrapped Present 5x [Winter Veil Cookie]
4  [Festive Gift] 10 A Festive Gift a [Wand of Holiday Cheer]
5  [Gaily Wrapped Present] 20 A Gaily Wrapped Present one of:
[Green Helper Box]
[Red Helper Box]
[Snowman Kit]
[Jingling Bell]
6  [Ticking Present] 40 A Ticking Present [Mechanical Greench],
5x [Preserved Holly],
chance of another recipe

See also

Special items

There are several special items and plans that are only available during the Feast of Winter Veil.

New for 2013

New for 2012

New for 2011

New for 2010

New for 2009

  • Another achievement has been added: BB King, which is not part of the [Merrymaker] meta-achievement. The  [Red Rider Air Rifle] required for this achievement will be found in one of the presents under the tree.

New for 2008

New for 2007

Patterns & Recipes

Due to a bug in the delivery system, only a few people were mailed the new recipes, as it had been intended. This led to some question as to the requirements of getting the new recipes. On December 20, 2007, Kisirani posted on the US official forums that a hotfix had been put in place, making all the new recipes purchasable from Wulmort Jinglepocket in Ironforge, and Penney Copperpinch in Orgrimmar for around 50s each. You do not even need the tradeskill to buy the recipe, but the recipe is BoP. The hotfix was activated on Tuesday, December 25 for all servers.

On December 16, 2007, a bug with [Pattern: Red Winter Clothes] and [Pattern: Green Winter Clothes] let a tailor get to 375 tailoring, even though the recipe was grey. People reported getting skillups every 3-6 clothes they made. This was later hotfixed.

Previous Items

Smokywood Vendors:

Quest/Gift rewards:


Related quests


Removed quests

These quests were removed by the 2011 changes.


Patch changes


  1. ^ The Feast of Winter Veil in-game book.
  2. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

External links