ARK Winter Wonderland 6 Start Time Countdown: 2021 Event Release Date, Creatures, Rewards, And More!

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ARK: Survival Evolved is known to have an annual Winter Wonderland event, the game's Christmas-themed event. 2021 would be the event's sixth edition if it pushes through, and there's a lot of things players can look forward to this Holiday season. Here's everything we know so far about the ARK: Survival Evolved Winter Wonderland 6 event in 2021.

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14 December 2021 -


Winter Wonderland is coming today and it's bringing a whole load of new content with it. For now though, why not join the games Discord server and chat with some fellow players before the event gets started later today?

13 December 2021 -

Community Crunch 295 has announced Winter Wonderland 6. Here's the overview from Studio Wildcard.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Winter Wonderland will be making a triumphant return with new presents and goodies for ARK survivors. The epic winter-themed holiday event begins on December 14th and will last until Thursday, January 6th. All maps will receive Winter Wonderland and all its content.

RaptorClaus will be sailing across the star-filled night sky in his sleigh, dropping off presents filled with high-end loot as well as Mistletoe, and Coal for those naughty Survivors. You'll be able to catch RaptorClaus flying across the skies at midnight (game time) on all maps.

GachaClaus is also making a triumphant return to help RaptorClaus spread the holiday cheer! GachaClaus will be roaming all maps looking for eager recipients while sporting holiday-themed colors. He will be accepting your coal and in exchange will gift you holiday-themed items, or you can trade-in your mistletoe and coal for a chance at an animated TV Show Parasaur skin, a full-body Santa costume, new skins, weapons, armor, or 5 new Chibis!

Stay tuned for confirmed start times from the developer, but we suspect it won't begin until quite late in the afternoon.


6 December 2021 -

There's still no news on ARK Survival Evolved's next Winter Wonderland 6 event. But with the team retweeting fans excitement for the event we have no doubt it will arrive at some stage in December. That being said, the games existing Turkey Trial 5 event is still ongoing and will come to and end on December 7th. We suspect then that we could hear news about Winter Wonderland 6 during the next Community Crunch, which will arrive later this week on Friday evening. Stay tuned for more info later this week!

ARK: Survival Evolved Winter Wonderland 6 Event Date

Past editions of the event all began during the third week of December, with last year's event he starting on December 17th. Looking back on past events, here's when they started:

  • Winter Wonderland 1: December 22, 2015 - January 5th, 2016
  • Winter Wonderland 2: December 23, 2016 - December 30th, 2016
  • Winter Wonderland 3: December 18th, 2018 - January 7th, 2019
  • Winter Wonderland 4: December 17th, 2019 - January 7th, 2020
  • Winter Wonderland 5: December 17th, 2020 - January 7th, 2021

We'd imagine 2021 will be the same, likely starting on December 16th and ending around the first week of January next year (January 6 or 7 as an estimate).

ARK: Survival Evolved Winter Wonderland 6: What To Expect

There's no official announcement about Winter Wonderland 6. However, based on previous years, there are a few things we can expect once it begins.

From Winter Wonderland 1-5, the Raptor Claus - a Raptor with a Santa outfit - was always present, flying over certain areas in The Island. It'll most likely show up this year, dropping presents in various places on the map.


For the resources and items, Christmas-themed stuff can appear during the event's duration. Examples of these are:

  • Candy Cane Club Skin
  • Coal
  • Caroling Skin
  • Holiday Lights
  • Holiday Stocking
  • Dino Santa Hat Skin
  • Mistletoe
  • Snowman
  • Festive Dino Candy

Winter Wonderlands 4 and 5 also had the Chibis/Chibi-Pets, which may also be available in Winter Wonderland 6. They include:

  • Shinehorn
  • Featherlight
  • Glowtail
  • Bulbdog
  • Top-Hat Kairuku
  • Reindeer
  • Gacha Claus

Last year's event saw the rates increase twice. All of the Breeding, Player XP, and Harvesting rates became x2, so it wouldn't be surprising if that happens again in Winer Wonderland 6.