Updated Sun, Dec 16, 2012 by Xerin
The Feast of Winter Veil is the end of the year seasonal holiday for World of Warcraft. It's full of presents, achievements, and other seasonal fun. It's also part of the meta-achievement which gives achievement chasers no break during the holidays. Don't worry though; it lasts this year from December 15, 2011 to January 2nd, 2012 or roughly 18 days.
In 2012 the event starts much alter (9:00 AM EST time) and doesn't contain anything new, other than the holiday pets are now battle pets and the item this year will be either a soccer ball or a football. The Miniature Christmas Tree has been revamped to ilvl 480.
In 2011 the Greench has been changed (see our new guide) and a few small changes were made to the event. The holiday pets also have new animations.
In 2010 there isn't much new. It's now harder to get some achievements due to the lack of players in Dalaran, but still possible if you search in starter areas for the race/class combos you are missing.
Over at World of Addons we have a giveaway running where each day you can enter to win one of three World of Warcraft collector editions. As a special bonus, we have new content going up each day leading up to December 25th, so be sure to see all the neat surprises we have waiting for you!
Often you will find the area around packed, but that's alright, the holiday lasts for a long time.
The Feast of Winter Veil is your typical winter seasonal holiday with snow, gnomes in holiday gear, presents, cookies, and other seasonal themes. Unlike other holidays there isn't a big focus on loot or character advancement. Instead the focus is on merriment, fun, and having a good time.
The following are the activities available during the holiday:
Basically you can find a lot of awesome things to do. There are a few breadcrumb quests (do NOT buy milk off the Auction House, you can get it from innkeepers for way cheaper) to do, presents to open on December 25th, and a two main questlines. Bosses will also drop the Winter Hats.
Green and Red Winter Hats drop off of heroic bosses in the following instances.
Wrath of the Lich King
Simply use the dungeon finder to run the instances with your hat in it over and over until you get it.
Random Humanoid mobs throughout the world also have a chance to drop it.
Great-father (or "Greatfather" for Alliance) Winter offers a quick quest chain. Be sure to do it!
There is an achievement associated with this quest and it has been changed drastically from previous years. You'll need to see our Greench Guide in order to rescue Metzan.
There is an achievement and an entirely new quest for this in 2011 and remains the same in 2012. See our Greench Guide for taking this quest series on.
Greatfather or Great-father Winter will ask for 5 cookies and some milk. A level 1 cook can make the cookies and the milk is available off the innkeepers.
The following a year specific achievements, but thanks to the new Stolen Present they can be obtained now.
As long as the items don't expire soon, it may be a good idea to wait after the event to pelt the kings / go caroling when the Alliance and Horde aren't on guard so much. You can also get most of these items anytime of the year in the Dalaran Toy Store.[/protip]
What's the season without some presents? There are six presents available. Two of them require no specific level (Winter Veil Eggnog/Roast & the one with Cookies in it), two of them require level 10 (the yearly specific toy and the Wand of Holiday Cheer), one requires level 20 (the one with either the Green/Red Helper pet, the Snowman pet, or the Bell pet) and the last one requires level 40 and has a Mechanical Greench, 5 Preserved Holly, and a recipe. Some presents like the Greench and Wand expire after a certain period of time but will not expire if you don't take them out of the box.
This year, in 2012, the present should be a soccer or football.
That's the holiday. Have a happy and safe holiday season everyone!