Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2020: Christmas Event Release Date, Modes, Skins, Map Changes And More
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Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2020: Christmas Event Release Date, Modes, Skins, Map Changes And More

Gemma Le Conte
3 November 2020

Santa Claus is coming to Overwatchhhh!

Overwatch is no stranger to seasonal events, take this year's Halloween Terror as an example.

As the year comes to a close Winter Wonderland will make an appearance.

This event revolves around Christmas and with it comes a load of new additions to the game.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Winter Wonderland including events/modes, skins, map changes and more.

We will continue to update this article as more information is revealed.

Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2020

Winter Wonderland is a Christmas-themed seasonal event.

With the event comes new co-op modes, map reskins and of course some festive skins.

As with previous Winter Wonderlands, items such as skins, emotes, voice lines and sprays can be found in the new festive loot boxes.

Release Date

Currently, there is no confirmed date for Winter Wonderland this year.

Be sure to check back as we'll update this when we know more.

Below you can find a list of the previous start and end dates for the event.

  • Winter Wonderland 2016 started on 13 December, 2016, and ended on 2 January, 2017.
  • Winter Wonderland 2017 started on 12 December, 2017, and ended on 1 January, 2018.
  • Winter Wonderland 2018 started on 11 December, 2018, and ended on 2 January, 2019.
  • Winter Wonderland 2019 started on 10 December, 2019, and ended on 2 January, 2020.

It looks like the event has started earlier each year, might we see it go live December 9th?

It seems that the end date tends to be around the 1st or 2nd of the month so we believe 2020 will follow suit.


With the seasonal event comes the modes we all love.

Mei's Snowball Offensive should make a return, as should Yeti Hunter.

Mei's Snowball Offensive

This is an arcade game mode which only makes an appearance during the Christmas event.

In this mode, each team has six players and they must all play as Mei.

All hits that land are lethal and Mei's gun can only hold one snowball at a time.

Once this ball is used you'll have to run round to the snow piles and reload.

Mei's ultimate has been changed to give her unlimited ammo and an increased rate of fire.

There are five rounds to battle it out!

Yeti Hunter

Another arcade game mode, the Yeti Hunter.

In this mode, it will be five against one.

The team of five will have to play as Mei and the 'Yeti' will have to play as Winston.

Mei's ultimate is now almost identical to Junkrat's steel trap, though it will take five seconds to arm and is called a Yeti Trap.

The goal is to either eliminate the Meis while playing as Winston or vice versa.

Winter Mystery

This mode is basically identical to Mystery Heroes apart from the map.

The game is locked to two maps only, being the Hanamura and King's Row reskins.

Read more about the map reskins further down!


No skins have been announced or leaked as of yet.

We expect them to follow a similar to that of previous skins.

We've put together a list of possible skins we might see this year.

  • Gingerbread
  • Reindeer
  • Snowman
  • Grinch
  • Bauble
  • Tree Angel
  • Wrapped Present

What skins do you want to see come to Overwatch this holiday?

Map Changes

The Winter Wonderland event brings a festive feel.

One of the best ways it does this is through map reskins.

As with previous Christmas events, we should see limited time reskins of the King's Row and Hanamura maps.

Get ready for lots of twinkly lights, snow and Christmas trees!

These reskins will replace normal maps in all game modes until the seasonal event ends.

We will be updating this piece as more information is revealed so be sure to check back.

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