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In Free Realms, players are free to do or be anything: Fight like a ninja, cook a tasty meal, raise a pet, battle goblins, set out on epic quests or connect with friends through a safe, social networking site.

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Posted by FreeRealms Friday December 11 2009 at 2:12PM
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The coldest days in Sacred Grove are almost upon us, and with the frigid air comes the start of the Snow Days, the Free Realms winter holiday celebration. The people of Snowhill have been busy prepping, and their efforts won’t go unnoticed. During the Winter Holiday, Snowhill will be transformed into a winter wonderland filled with food, fun, and of course – presents!

The Food!
No one in Snowhill knows more about the Winter Holiday than Candi Ivy! When she's not keeping a close eye on the Gifting Tree, she's baking dozens of cut-out cookies, fruit cakes and other delicious holiday treats for others to eat!

Those who visit Candi and follow the holiday quest line may have a chance to try all of her sweet holiday treats, that is, if you trust her baking...

The Fun!
Getting your friends into the holiday spirit is as easy as picking up a snowball from one of the many piles around Snowhill. From there, it's ready... aim... fire, and fun!

Pelt your friends with snowballs as you duck behind ice barriers in the Snowhill snowball fighting area. Once you've perfected your aim, speak to Calvin Coldcastle just inside Snowhill. He'll open up your very own snowball fighting arena, where your friends can battle it out team vs. team.

The Presents!
The Gifting Tree is the oldest pine in Sacred Grove. It was planted in the heart of Snowhill by Silversnow, the old pixie, back when he was just a wee boy. He claims the magical tree was a gift from his friends, the Elves, who are rumored to live just beyond the crystal barrier.

The enchanted tree comes to life during the coldest days of winter, and continues to bloom until all the presents have fallen from its branches.

In awe and appreciation of the tree, the people of Snowhill adorn it with brightly colored lights and glittering garland. They gather around its base every day while it's in bloom to receive magical gifts. To pick out your special gift from beneath the tree, visit Candi Ivy in Snowhill. Be sure to come back every day and see if the tree has grown a new gift for you!

Bah Humbug!
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with the spirit of giving. Some snowmen have been spotted running amuck around Snowhill, attempting to ambush the tree and snatch its presents! It's up to you and your friends to stop this thievery by pelting snowmen with snowballs


While classic tacky sweaters are a staple for the holiday season (remember the ones your mom always made you wear?), we'll also have bunch of brand new costumes and items to help you to show off your holiday spirit. You never know when you'll need the perfect outfit for a special holiday party!

Be sure to gather your friends, and head to Snowhill to enjoy all of the wintery fun! From the Free Realms family to yours, happy holidays!

Julie Burness
Associate Game Designer
Free Realms