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Friday, December 19, 2008 (12:00 pm PST): Start of the event

Festival Finale

Began at 12:01 AM PST (8:01 AM UTC) on Thursday, January 1, 2009, and occurred every three hours until 12:01 AM PST (8:01 AM UTC) on Friday, January 2, 2009.

The event in Lion's Arch began at the time stated in the table. The event in Kamadan, Jewel of Istan began 15 minutes later.

12:01 am 03:01 am 08:01 am
03:01 am 06:01 am 11:01 am
06:01 am 09:01 am 02:01 pm
09:01 am 12:01 pm 05:01 pm
12:01 pm 03:01 pm 08:01 pm
03:01 pm 06:01 pm 11:01 pm
06:01 pm 09:01 pm 02:01 am
09:01 pm 12:01 am 05:01 am
12:01 am 03:01 am 08:01 am

During the finale, like previous years, many players were trying to make Grenth win (red rings) in odd districts (1, 3, 5 etc.), and Dwayna (blue or green rings) win in even districts (2, 4, 6 etc.). This was a method players have created to ensure that everyone gets the festival hat they want. There was no guarantee that it worked in all districts.

Grentch Cap (Grenth) Rudi Mask (Dwayna)
Grentch Cap gray front Rudi Mask gray front

This year, Lions Arch and Kamadan offered the same hats.

See Nine Rings (Wintersday 2006)

After the event had finished, presents appeared in participants' inventories for the next 15 minutes, even if the character left the area.

Redecorated towns

Bug Bug! Facing the portal to The Great Northern Wall from Ascalon City (Post-Searing) shows the upstairs portion of the mission outpost.


During the festivities, special quests are offered. Those supporting Dwayna are marked with (D); those supporting Grenth are marked with (G).

Lion's Arch

Kamadan, Jewel of Istan

Lion's Arch and Kamadan

Eye of the North (outpost)

After completing all four of these quests, look for the tameable Jingle Bear in Gwen's Garden.

See also: Category:Wintersday 2008 quests



The following are the available items from Wintersday 2008, with a brief description from the official Guild wars website:

Frosty Summoning Stone Frosty Summoning Stone: Nobody should be alone on Wintersday, so use this item to summon a snowman ally!
Mischievous Summoning Stone Mischievous Summoning Stone: Summon a grentch ally to help you spread some holiday cheer, Grenth-style.
Frosty Tonic Frosty Tonic: Don't just build a snowman, be a snowman!
Mischievous 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? Unwrap it to find out.
Winter Gift Winter Gift: What surprise will you find inside? Unwrap it to find out.
Snowman Summoner Snowman Summoner: Need an instant snowman? This gift is for you.
Eggnog Eggnog: The holiday season's staple drink.
Spiked Eggnog Spiked Eggnog: A more potent glass of 'nog for the hale and hearty. Please imbibe responsibly — don't drink and quest.
Wintergreen Candy Cane Wintergreen Candy Cane: The return of the adventurer's favorite candy treat.
Rainbow Candy Cane Rainbow Candy Cane: A different flavor of candy cane that should also make long days of questing more enjoyable.
Yuletide Tonic Yuletide Tonic: Drink this tonic if you want to be one of Dwayna's little helpers during the festivities.
Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm: Low on Yuletide Tonic? Try some of this!
Fruitcake Fruitcake: Another holiday staple that is sure to put a spring in your step.
Candy Cane Shard Candy Cane Shards: Collect these colorful fragments by questing and competing. Hoard them up for the grand finale, have a candysmith forge them into a weapon, or trade them to see what you can get in exchange


All collectors except the Wintersday Gift Givers, Tonic Makers, and Candysmiths depart at noon Pacific time (GMT -8) on January 5th. The Wintersday Gift Givers, who accept 5 Candy Cane Shards and return 1 Wintersday Gift, will remain a few days longer.


Name Location Collecting Follower of
Priest Erwin Ascalon City 2 Ornate Grawl Necklaces Dwayna
Priestess Clara Ascalon City 3 Charr Carvings Dwayna
Necromancer Ichibaun Ascalon City 2 Stormy Eyes Grenth
Necromancer Malaise Ascalon City 2 Singed Gargoyle Skulls Grenth
Priestess Siara Lion's Arch 1 Shadowy Remnants Dwayna
Dark Priest Calmein Lion's Arch 2 Feathered Caromi Scalps Grenth
Necromancer Kalvori Lion's Arch 2 Hardened Humps Grenth
Terum the Tonic Maker Lion's Arch 1 Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm Dwayna
Priest Meran Lion's Arch 3 Decayed Orr Emblems Dwayna
Acolyte Rockhammer Droknar's Forge 1 Frozen Remnant Dwayna
Dark Priestess Velna Droknar's Forge 1 Dredge Manifesto Grenth
Dark Priest Shadowvein Droknar's Forge 2 Frigid Hearts Grenth
Abbot Silverbeard Droknar's Forge 3 Stone Summit Badges Dwayna


Name Location Collecting Follower of
Dark Priest Bandeh Kamadan 2 Silver Bullion Coins Grenth
Monk Sutoni Kamadan 3 Sentient Roots Dwayna
Priestess Mahni Kamadan 3 Copper Shillings Dwayna
Necromancer Dunbari Kamadan 3 Juvenile Termite Legs Grenth
Tina the Tonic Maker Kamadan 1 Glob of Frozen Ectoplasm Dwayna

Eye of the North

Name Location Collecting Follower of
Erich Eye of The North 2 Superb Charr Carvings Grenth
Rodj Eye of The North 1 Destroyer Core Grenth
Betsa Eye of The North 1 Jotun Pelt Grenth


Each PvE foe has a small chance, perhaps about 5%, to drop a Wintersday item in addition to their normal drops. Very rarely a foe may drop two Wintersday items.

Unlike normal drops, the drop frequency of these items does not scale at the start of an area, e.g. the first foe killed is just as likely to drop a Wintersday item as the 100th foe killed.

Known common drops are Candy Cane Shards, Snowman Summoners, Eggnog, and Fruitcakes; rare drops are Frosty Tonics and Mischievous Tonics.

Foes that don't normally drop items (such as animals) may drop these holiday items.

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