Sure, Fortnite may have its Winterfest, and Overwatch has its Winter Wonderland, but Vikings? Vikings practically invented the winter solstice, and Ubisoft is showing that off in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s free holiday update, dubbed the “Yule Festival.”
Valhalla’s Yule Festival runs from December 17 to January 7, letting players collect some free cosmetics and play around with some new activities. Note: You’ll have to complete one story arc (either Grantebridgescire or Ledecestrescire) to access the Yule Festival.
The first thing players will likely notice is the expansion to Ravensthorpe, the settlement that players establish as Eivor early on in the game. The area is much snowier as a result of the winter solstice, and the settlement has been decorated in preparation for festivities.
Side activities include drunk brawls (the best kind), archery challenges, and others. Players who play throughout the activities will receive “Yule tokens” to exchange for cosmetic rewards, like new outfits for Eivor.
Here’s the full list of Yule rewards.
Mōdraniht Ceremonial Outfit
Mōdraniht Tattoo Set
Mōdraniht Ceremonial Seax
Mōdraniht Ceremonial Shield
Traditional Yule Garland
Ritual Tree Ornaments
Cozy Fire Pit
Yule Beech Tree
Starting December 22, players can also purchase the Niflheim theme in the Ubisoft store, which includes a stunningly blue set of winter armor, a reindeer steed, and even turns your crow into a little ice dragon.
Players who have an artistic side can try their hand at Valhalla’s community contest. Players can submit a photo or a video for a chance to win Valhalla’s official art book and 50 euros worth of in-game Helix credits. That runs from December 17 to January 1. Details can be found on the official Assassin’s Creed Discord or Twitter.
Ubisoft says Yule season will continue into February as well, with a new replayable River Raid mode and the addition of ranks to the Jomsvikings recruits you meet during your adventures.
As if that weren’t enough, the real-life village of Ravensthorpe (located in England’s Northamptonshire and sporting a hearty population of approximately 500-600 people) will be offering an Assassin’s Creed Valhalla-themed takeaway menu to patrons at the local Chequers Pub. So get your fill if you feel like making the drive to the countryside, although don’t expect to find any actual vikings. Valhalla narrative director Darby McDevitt told Eurogamer that the game’s settlement being so similar to the real-life town is a total coincidence.
If you need to rush to get into the Yule Festival, check out IGN’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla wiki, where you’ll find an entire walkthrough, tips for beginners, and guides for all the best weapons and armor and more. Thankfully, Ubisoft’s latest patch has also fixed up a number of bugs, making for a smoother axe-swinging experience.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/true Saxon for IGN.