Red Dead Online Christmas Event 2021: Release Date, News, Gifts, Bounties, And What To Expect

Red Dead Online has celebrated a range of occasions, as shown by its recent addition of Halloween Pass 2 to mark the spooky event.

With the holiday season right around the corner, you might be wondering what's in store for this year's festivities. Since its release in 2018, fans have been greeted with new bounties, weapons, and festive gear to pimp out your trusty saddle.

So what does Rockstar have planned in 2021? Here's everything we know so far.

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Release Date

Last year's update ran from December 22nd to December 30th, giving players access to themed gear and loot during this time. While 2019's event was longer, ranging from December 20th to January 6th.

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The Wild West gets a little chilly this time of year
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The Wild West gets a little chilly this time of year

Considering these past seasons, 2021's holiday event is a little difficult to predict, as the experience could last into the new year. We'll have to await confirmation from Rockstar directly on start and end dates.

Gifts And Gear

2020's event greeted players with a free gun variant in the Winter Evans Repeater Variant, along with coupons to purchase both, a Repeater and a coat to stay warm during the holidays. One of the more popular items of clothing was a Santa Coat.

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Bonuses on RDO$ were also featured, including 50% supplements on Bounties and Collector content. Wilderness Outfitters also experienced a store-wide 30% discount.

This year, players should expect similar gifts, with free gun variants alongside vouchers for weapons and clothing being supplied throughout the event's duration. Holiday discounts are also expected to make a return, allowing players to purchase additional themed gear on sale.

Bounties And Contracts

All bounty hunters experienced a double XP bonus last year through all Bounty-related events. With 2020's inclusion of new opportunities on the bounty boards, it is expected that more bounties will be added this holiday season, allowing cowboys to embark on these quests solo or with other broncos.

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Like every week, gear up for a special, Legendary Contract Target this Christmas, similar to last year's Shepard Edwards.

Game Modes

Like every Christmas, Red Dead Online applies a festive twist on some of its most beloved competitive showdowns. In 2020, Make It Count - Bow & Arrow and Last Stand both received a Christmas, as they were replicated in the snowy outbacks.

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I got the horses in the back.....
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I got the horses in the back.....

Winnings and XP payouts were even tripled. It wouldn't be a surprise if Rockstar brought these features back for this holiday season.

Could a new showdown get introduced? We'll have to wait and see.

Map Changes

Red Dead Online replicates the festive spirit really well. Previous years have featured twinkly lights, bombastic Christmas trees, deadly snowy blizzards. Bands and carol singers play themed music throughout the wild west, while certain areas become more dangerous to traverse thanks to 'snow' alligators.

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Christmas last year in Red Dead Online
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Christmas last year in Red Dead Online

Snow showers over the desert, even lasting into the new year. In 2020, New Austin was the only dry area on the Red Dead map so a 'safe' zone is likely to make an appearance this December. This year, expect a similar merry mood to spread throughout Saint-Denis and beyond.