2008 Christmas event

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The 2008 Christmas event was released on 16 December 2008 and was removed on 6 January 2009. It was released alongside a permanent quest called Myths of the White Lands.

Times are grave this Wintumber... Jack Frost has escaped from the Land of Snow and seems intent upon bringing misery to all those around him. What else could you expect from a surly teenager with a rebellious streak? As if things weren't bad enough, Santa seems to have gone missing...

The Queen of Snow is eager to see Jack back in the Land of Snow, and has sent some snow imps to look for her wayward son. Imps occasionally have problems sticking to task at hand (why do some dreary chore when you could be playing pranks on humans, after all?) and could do with some direction.

— Jagex's Christmas 2008 Event Guide


The event[edit | edit source]

To start the event, a player first had to find one of the three festive-looking head snow imps. They looked like other snow imps except that they wore a santa hat. There were three especially important imps, who were stationed at the scenes of some of Jack Frost's vandalism (he was creating large ice patches that players could skate on). Players could find them near the ice patches in the following locations:

The snow imps would gladly tell players of their woes, and if they were willing to help out, they'd provide the player with an ice amulet that could be used to summon one of their friends.

To get started on hunting for Jack, players wore the necklace and right-clicked 'Operate' away from snow ground. They'd suddenly discover that a snow imp had appeared to give them a hand. Snow imps are naturally aware of extraordinary cold and could tell when they were headed towards someone as cold as Jack Frost. As a player started moving around, they'd be able to click on their imp to check whether they were getting hotter or colder. Following the imp's directions would quickly lead them to the right location.

1. Head to any of the Head Snow imps.

2. They would give the player an ice amulet. Operating it away from a snowy field to summon a snow imp. Players couldn't have any pets/familiars/followers while operating the ice amulet.

3. The closer to Jack Frost the colder a player would get. This is somewhat similar to the enchanted key in Making History. The descending order for distance was Hot > Warm > Cool > Cold > Freezing.

Jack Frost was in only one of 15 locations at a time.

Imp name Location Image
Freddie Along the wall of the Grand Exchange on the west side. Freddie location.png
Charlie South of Varrock. Charlie (imp) location.png
Murphy West of Edgeville/south of the Edgeville Monastery. Murphy's location.png
Norris Just north of the dungeon entrance near Thurgo. Norris's location.png
Benny South-east of the Lumber Yard. Benny location.png
Magnus North of the Black Knights' Fortress. Magnus's location.png
Rasmus South of the Lumbridge Swamp. Rasmus location.png
Marcus Along the western wall of the Wizards' Tower. Marcus location.png
Boris North-east of Varrock. Boris location.png
Morris South of the Grand Exchange. Morris location.png
Marvin West of Ice Mountain. Marvin's location.png
Barry South of Draynor Manor and North of Draynor Village. Barry location.png
Marius South of Gunnarsgrunn. Marius's location.png
Dennis In the north-east corner of the Lumbridge cow pen. Dennis location.png
Murray South-east corner of Falador. Murray's location.png

4. Once a player found Jack Frost, they were frozen, but their ice amulet would prevent them from dying. The snow imp would now be able to teleport them to his hideout.

5. Once there, Jack would tell the player that he wouldn't go back until they defeated him.

6. Players would slide on the ice patch so they would bump into him, shouting "Oof!"

7. The Queen of Snow would appear and the player would learn that the ice sculpture was Santa Claus.

8. After the cutscene, Santa was defrosted and players were rewarded with a Santa suit.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

A male player wearing the Santa suit
Players were rewarded a Santa costume for saving Christmas.


A female player wearing the Santa costume.

Music unlocked[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

Jack's hideout.
  • When the player attempted to take off their ice amulet, which prevented them from turning into ice, they wouldn't take it off, but instead, they would be frozen in ice.
  • All locations were described as "North of ..." as a reference to the commonly accepted place of Santa Claus's residence, the North Pole.
  • As a reference to Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' film, Jack is not referred to as evil but just 'a very naughty boy'.
  • If the player tried to remove their amulet while talking to Jack Frost when they first found him, their summoned imp would say "No! If you do that you'll ruin the whole operation!"
    • If the imp was dismissed at that time, the player would refuse to remove the amulet as they remembered the words.
  • The area that Jack teleported to can be found north of the Lumber Yard near Varrock; although it is in the Wilderness, at the time, it was not considered, and the player was therefore safe from player killers. The ice walls surrounding Jack were no longer present, but the sliding ice floor (and the frozen sleigh, if the player has not completed the event) were. The area can still be accessed today, although it is now empty and considered part of the Wilderness.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Christmas 2008 Event Guide.Lost reference*