2020 Christmas event

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The 2020 Christmas event was the Christmas event for 2020. It consisted of different activities, including a giant Christmas cracker at Varrock's Grand Exchange.

When logging in during 25 December 2020, players were greeted with the following message:

Merry Wintumber from the RuneScape team!

Activities[edit | edit source]

Giant Christmas cracker[edit | edit source]

A giant Christmas cracker could be found at the north-eastern section of the Grand Exchange.

The following message was shown upon login during the duration of the Christmas event:
Game announcement.png Help Santa build his giant Christmas cracker at the Grand Exchange so that it can be opened for rewards!

While skilling, every three minutes, players were able to earn 20-30 Christmas cracker paper. These acted like other event currencies and could be added to currency pouch. If there was no space in the backpack, they would be automatically transported to the bank, or stored in the currency pouch if there were already some there.

Adding paper to the cracker granted Construction experience. At level 99 Construction, the player earned 10 experience per paper added without bonuses.

100 Christmas cracker paper must have been added for players to be eligible for a Christmas cracker crate from the Christmas cracker. The Christmas cracker crate contained rewards rolled three times from the loot table and could be retained until it was claimed by revisiting the Christmas cracker. The crate must have been claimed before paper can be added again.

The Christmas cracker text displayed a range to give a rough estimate of how much has been contributed to the cracker. The Christmas cracker paper could be inspected to see the exact percentage complete in the current Christmas cracker. The inspect option could also be used to teleport directly to the Christmas cracker for free.

The interface that appears when pulling a Christmas cracker.

Once the cracker reached 100%, a small event occurred at its location. It was possible to pull from either side of the cracker to open it. There was an overlay to show the number of players on each end of the cracker actively pulling. This typically took three to five minutes to complete and granted Construction experience for the duration. Experience rates were dependent on level and how evenly dispersed the players were on each side of the cracker. At level 99 Construction with a near-even dispersion, the player gained 300 Construction experience per tick not including bonuses. The fuse on the overlay burned down, and, at the expiration of the fuse, the cracker popped open, presenting a chest that could be looted.

Snowboards[edit | edit source]

Snowboards could be worn during the event.

Other[edit | edit source]

Several features from previous Christmas events were active, such as Prifddinas, Grand Exchange in Varrock, and normal and oak trees having snow and being decorated. The developer console had snow fall in the background since the game update on 7 December 2020.

Furthermore, various bosses and other monsters received Santa hats and other decorations. Not all monsters that received this treatment during the previous years received it this year, and although Nex and Solak received decorations, Nex's "ice prison" attack wasn't replaced with the presents seen during previous years, and Solak wasn't renamed "Snowlak". The following monsters received festive decorations this year.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 11 January 2021 (Update):
    • Various bosses around RuneScape have taken their Santa Hats off for another year.
  • patch 5 January 2021 (Update):
    • As the festive period has now finished, Gielinor has returned to its pre-Christmas state.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the previous year there was a Present Hide and Seek as part of the event. This year, there were tasks with similar mechanics in The Knight Before Christmas Yak Track which could only be participated in when a corresponding task is active.