Feast of Winter Veil Event Guide

Retail Feast of Winter Veil

In retail World of Warcraft, Feast of Winter Veil is the holiday extravaganza that transforms Azeroth into a winter wonderland. Running from mid-December to early January, this celebration is a the perfect excuse to take a snow day and indulge in some festive food and fun. Cities large and small dress up in their holiday best – players can deck the halls of their Garrisons (Warlords of Draenor) and snag seasonal style for their companion, Pepe. If you’re lucky, you may even catch some of Azeroth’s grumpiest dungeon and raid bosses in the holiday spirit, too…

Date: Dec. 16, 2023 – Jan. 2, 2024
Location: Ironforge, Orgrimmar

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In the spirit of sharing hearty meals and gift-giving, Feast of Winter Veil brings a *ton* of unique collectibles! Acquire pets, mounts, and toys by participating in events and quests, or stop by your local Smokywood Pastures location to browse for that perfect present. Vendors are scattered throughout cities and fully stocked with an array of food, drinks, and general goods.

Battle & Companion Pets

This event boasts ten holiday-exclusive pets to collect. If you happen to miss out, all but two of the pets can be caged and traded/sold on the Auction House, so there’s still a way to get ’em. The Globe Yeti and Jingles are not cageable, so here’s to hoping that RNG is on your side!

In addition to the pets themselves, players can also earn accessories for their buddies:

  • The “Merry Munchkin” Costume gives the Perky Pug pet yet another outfit, and can be found inside a Carefully Wrapped Present beneath Greatfather Winter’s tree.
  • A Tiny Winter Hat can be obtained to grant a chance for Pepe to be dressed like Greatfather Winter when summoned. Swing by the Smokywood Pastures cart and click on Greatfather Pepe to receive this BoP item:
    • Ironforge (34, 68)
    • Orgrimmar (53,77)
Learned From
Reward from Stolen Present (Daily Quest: You’re a Mean One…)
Chance drop in A Gaily Wrapped Present (under Winter Veil tree)
Pet battle inside Snow Globes in capital cities
Looting snow piles in Frostfire Ridge near Grumpus
Reward from Stolen Present (Daily Quest: You’re a Mean One…)
Reward from Stolen Present (Daily Quest: You’re a Mean One…)
Chance drop in A Gaily Wrapped Present (under Winter Veil tree)
Chance drop in A Gaily Wrapped Present (under Winter Veil tree)
Chance drop in A Gaily Wrapped Present (under Winter Veil tree)
Reward from Winter Veil Gift (Daily Quest: You’re a Mean One…)


Minion of Grumpus has as a chance to be contained in a Savage Gift, which requires collecting Merry Supplies by completing dailies in your Garrison (Warlords of Draenor). Players can complete four daily quests, rewarding of five Merry Supplies per day, per character.


Some of the profession recipes will arrive as a special mail delivery from Greatfather Winter. These recipes can also be purchased from Smokywood Pastures vendors for silver, and the rest are available as drops from opening presents.

Item Name
Alchemy Recipe
Smokywood Pastures gifts, Winter Veil tree gift, Stolen Present
Blacksmithing Plans
Smokywood Pastures gifts, Winter Veil tree gift, Stolen Present
Cooking Recipe
Smokywood Pastures vendors
Cooking Recipe
Greatfather Winter Mail, Smokywood Pastures Vendors
Cooking Recipe
Smokywood Pastures vendors
Enchanting Formula
Smokywood Pastures gifts, Winter Veil tree gift
Engineering Schematic
Smokywood Pastures gifts, Winter Veil tree gifts
Smokywood Pastures gifts, Winter Veil tree gifts
Greatfather Winter Mail, Smokywood Pastures Vendors
Tailoring Pattern
Greatfather Winter Mail (Horde), Smokywood Pastures Vendors
Tailoring Pattern
Greatfather Winter Mail (Alliance), Smokywood Pastures Vendors
Tailoring Pattern
Smokywood Pastures gifts, Winter Veil tree gifts

Toys and Holiday Items

These toys can either be found in Winter Veil gifts (such as Stolen Present), or they can be purchased from toy vendors (not Smokywood Pastures) who wander around major cities with their cart.

What’s a holiday without consumables that spread a little cheer!? Some of the items are obtained by completing activities, others are found in the Winter Veil gifts.

Find Izzy Hollyfizzle and use Merry Supplies to purchase some festive Garrison decorations! Merry Supplies are obtained via Garrison daily quests during the event.

Gear and Transmog

  • The Miniature Winter Veil Tree is the only gear reward of the holiday. This BoE one-hand dagger has a chance to be obtained upon completing the daily quest.

If the matching set isn’t your vibe, there are also transmog options that are a bit more subtle, yet still festive and stylish:

Weapon Illusions

Both illusions have a chance to drop from the Smokywood Pastures Special Gift and the Stolen Present.

Event Activities


There are a handful of introductory quests to help players dive into the holiday. Both factions begin by accepting a quest that takes them to Greatfather Winter to help him with a few important jobs, and eventually they receive a special book containing the lore around Feast of the Winter Veil.

  • Alliance: Greatfather Winter is Here! can be picked up near the bank in Ironforge, and turned in to Greatfather Winter. In other major cities, the quest is accepted from Smokywood Pastures vendors.
  • Horde: Great-father Winter is Here! can be accepted near the bank in Orgrimmar, and turned in to Great-father Winter. In other major cities, the quest can be picked up from Smokywood Pastures vendors.
  • The Reason for the Season (A) / The Reason for the Season (H) gives players the opportunity to learn the lore behind the holiday. Find the quest giver near the bank in your faction’s capital, and seek out the NPC you’re guided to. Speak with them to turn in the quest.
  • You’ll receive The Feast of Winter Veil (A) / The Feast of Winter Veil (H), which requests that you read the provided book, then bring it to the faction leader located in either Ironforge or Thunder Bluff. Once you’re done, that means you’ve sleighed the event quest chain!
    • Completion rewards 500 rep with that city, plus 125 rep for the rest of the faction capitals.

Daily Quest: The Abominable Greench

Unlike other WoW events, there isn’t a specific holiday dungeon associated with Feast of Winter Veil. However, there is a special outdoor boss encounter that is just as fun! Journey to the snowy valleys of Hillsbrad Foothills, and look for Growless Cave where The Abominable Greench dwells. Defeat the Greench to free Metzen the Reindeer and recover the Stolen Treats!

  • Each day, players can pick up the quest You’re a Mean One… (A) / You’re a Mean One… (H) near the Winter Veil tree in Ironforge (Alliance) or Orgrimmar (Horde). On completion, collect your reward: a Stolen Present!
    • Note: If you arrive to the area late and don’t get to tag the Greench in time, you can still complete the rest of the requirements and get credit for the quest once he’s dead.

Greatfather Winter’s Gifts

Beginning the morning of Dec. 25, a flurry of excitement awaits as players finally open the holiday gifts waiting beneath adorned trees in Orgrimmar or Ironforge. These packages hold exclusive seasonal items, including a unique item for the current year’s celebration. A total of six presents can be opened between Dec. 25 and Jan. 2, when the holiday ends. To open the gift and see your reward, simply complete the offered quest.

The Winter Veil 2022 gifts were the Falling Star Catcher and the Falling Star Flinger toys.


Celebrate the Winter Veil spirit with Winter Reveler found in inns worldwide, standing under mistletoe. Give them a /kiss, and you’ll receive a token of gratitude. Be mindful, though; you can only /kiss once per hour due to a debuff. Gifts may include Mistletoe, Fresh Holly, or a Handful of Snowflakes, crucial for various Winter Veil achievements.

Snowball Fight!!!

What’s a winter holiday without getting smacked in the face with cold snow? Loot Snowballs from piles of Holiday Snow near The Abominable Greench, or purchase them from vendors. Throw ’em at your friends, enemies, NPCs, bosses. Everyone is fair game! In fact, throw a snowball at Muradin Bronzebeard or Baine Bloodhoof to get the achievement Scrooge (A) / Scrooge (H).

More Holiday Hats

Even the grumpiest greench can’t help but feel a little cheer, too. During the event, some humanoid bosses can be spotted wearing a festive holiday hat! Slay them to receive either a Green Winter Hat or a Red Winter Hat.

  • Dragonflight:
    • Assault of the Zaqali in Abberus, the Shadowed Crucible
    • Council of Dreams in Amirdrassil, the Dream’s Hope
    • Hackclaw’s War-Band in Brackenhide Hollow
    • Khajin the Unyielding in Halls of Infusion
    • Tyr, the Infinite Keeper in Dawn of the Infinite
  • Shadowlands:
  • Devos in Spires of Ascension
  • Draenor:
    • Commander Tharbek in Upper Blackrock Spire
    • Gug’rokk in Bloodmaul Slag Mines
    • Iron Reaver in Hellfire Citadel
    • Oshir in Iron Docks
    • Soulbinder Nyami in Auchindoun
    • The Butcher in Highmaul
    • Tyrant Velhari in Hellfire Citadel
  • Pandaria:
    • Galakras in Siege of Orgrimmar
    • General Nazgrim in Siege of Orgrimmar
  • Cataclsym:
    • Admiral Ripsnarl in The Deadmines
    • Corla, Herald of Twilight in Blackrock Caverns
    • Drahga Shadowburner in Grim Batol
    • High Priestess Azil in The Stonecore
    • Lord Godfrey in Shadowfang Keep
  • Northrend:
    • Grand Magus Telestra in The Nexus
    • Jedoga Shadowseeker in Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom
    • Mage-Lord Urom in The Oculus

The following bosses will drop a Finely-Tailored Green Holiday Hat or Finely-Tailored Red Holiday Hat, which is a high-res version of the original winter hats.

  • Legion:
    • Illysanna Ravencrest in Black Rook Hold
    • King Deepbeard in Eye of Azshara
    • Krosus in the The Nighthold
    • Saprish in the The Seat of the Triumvirate
    • Talixae Flamewreath in Court of Stars
    • Varimathras in Antorus, the Burning Throne
  • Battle for Azeroth:
    • Aspix in Temple of Sethraliss
    • Fetid Devourer in Uldir
    • Raal the Gluttonous in Waycrest Manor
    • Skycap’n Kragg in Freehold
    • Vol’kaal in Atal’Dazar


It’s not just snow and presents… Feast of Winter Veil also has achievements galore! Show off that holiday spirit by completing the meta and earn the title <Merrymaker>. Like the other world holiday events, completing the meta for this holiday will award credit toward What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, gifting you one step closer to the beautiful Violet Proto-Drake.

Holiday Meta Merrymaker: Complete the required achievements below.

  • A Frosty Shake
    • During the Feast of Winter Veil, use your Winter Veil Disguise kit to become a snowman and then dance with another snowman in Dalaran.
  • Fa-la-la-la-Ogri’la
    • Complete the Bomb Them Again! quest while mounted on a flying reindeer during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • He Knows If You’ve Been Naughty
    • Open one of the presents underneath the Winter Veil tree once they are available.
  • Holiday Bromance (A) / Holiday Bromance (H)
    • Use Mistletoe on the Alliance or Horde “Brothers” during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • Let It Snow
    • During the Feast of Winter Veil, use a Handful of Snowflakes on each of the race/class combinations listed.
  • On Metzen!
    • Save Metzen the Reindeer.
  • Scrooge (A) / Scrooge (H)
    • Throw a snowball at Muradin Bronzebeard (A) or Baine Bloodhoof (H) during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • Simply Abominable
    • Complete the quest to retrieve Smokywood Pastures’ stolen treats and receive a Smokywood Pastures’ Thank You.
  • The Winter Veil Gourmet
    • During the Feast of Winter Veil, use your culinary expertise to produce a Gingerbread Cookie, Winter Veil Egg Nog and Hot Apple Cider.
  • ‘Tis the Season
  • With a Little Helper from My Friends
    • Earn 50 honorable kills as a Little Helper from the Winter Wondervolt machine.
    • Tip: Find goblin-made PX-238 Winter Wondervolt machines in major cities. Hop inside to transform your character into a Little Helper, and then off you go!

Additional achievements:

  • A-Caroling We Will Go (A) / A-Caroling We Will Go (H)
    • Use your Winter Veil Chorus Book to carol in enemy capital cities during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • BB King (A) / BB King (H)
    • Pelt the faction enemy leaders listed.
  • Crashin’ & Thrashin’
    • Gain 25 crashes with your Crashin’ Thrashin’ Racer during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • Iron Armada
    • Collect all five toys that are part of the Crashin’ Thrashin’ “Iron Armada” set.
  • Rock n’ Roll
    • Use Lightning Nitro while listening to Rockin’ Tunes in your Rockin’ Rollin’ Racer.
  • The Danger Zone
    • Shoot down another player’s Crashin’ Thrashin’ Flyer with yours.


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