Note: We are rolling out this feature today and some of you may not have it yet, but you will soon!
It’s the season for giving in FarmVille and this year’s Holiday Tree is all about giving. Not only can you redeem the Holiday Gifts you can earn by harvesting your Winter Workshop (or gifting them outright) for special prizes, but when you do so you can choose to send Holiday Presents to some of your neighbors. These presents will remain locked until December 25.
It’s time to get the 2010 holiday season started!
Growing Your Holiday Tree
You’ll get your little Holiday Tree free the first time you play FarmVille after the update, and you will immediately be entered into Placement Mode. You can place the Holiday Tree on your farm now, or you can choose to place it in your Gift Box for use later. You’ll need to be level 5 or higher in order to place and use the Holiday Tree.
Once the Holiday Tree is on the farm you can click on it, then select “Look Inside” to see this window:
The Holiday Tree works like many of our other item-gathering style events in FarmVille. You acquire Holiday Gifts through various methods, then “Use” them to put them underneath your Holiday Tree. As you accumulate Holiday Gifts under your Tree you can redeem them for exclusive prizes like the “Frozen Fence” or “Icicle Arch”.
You can acquire Holiday Gifts by:
* Harvesting your Winter Workshop.
* Requesting a Holiday Gift from your neighbors directly (by clicking on the “Ask for Gifts” button).
* Receive a Holiday Gift from a neighbor who uses the Free Gifts page.
* Purchase 5 Holiday Gifts at a time by clicking on the “Buy Gifts” button (for 5 Farm Cash).
* Click on a Holiday Gift-related feed where you can receive a Holiday Gift.
As you put Holiday Gifts underneath the tree you’ll see candy cane meter on the left fill up. The physical look of the Holiday Tree on your farm also changes depending on how many Holiday Gifts you put into it. Here are some examples:
You can also click on the “Comparison” tab to compare how many Holiday Gifts you’ve accumulated with your neighbors.
To get one of the special exclusive prizes, simply click on the “Redeem” button next to the prize you want—if you have enough Holiday Gifts (the available number of Holiday Gifts is at the top of the window) you’ll be asked to confirm the purchase. If you hit “Accept” the prize will be stored in your Gift Box. That’s where the fun begins!
Doling out the Presents
Right when you Redeem a Holiday Gift for a prize, you have the new option of sharing that in the form of Holiday Presents for up to five of your FarmVille friends (the exact number depends on the prize):
You’ll then be taken to a window where you can choose which of your friends you want to send the Present to.
The next time that friend logs in, they will see a message stating they received that Present. They won’t know what it is (but they’ll know who it is from). You can see how many Presents you’ve received, and from whom, by clicking on the “Presents” tab in the Holiday Tree window. All Presents will be available to open on December 25, so be sure to come back to the Holiday Tree window then to dig in.
If you wind up selling the Holiday Tree for some reason, you can purchase a new one in the Market for 1 coin. After January 6, 2011, you will not be able to give Holiday Gifts via the Free Gifts page, the “Ask For Parts” button will be disabled, and you won’t be able to purchase the Holiday Tree or Holiday Gifts in the Market.
This is just the beginning of our Holiday Tree event, however—we’ve got a few more surprises up our sleeves. Stay tuned!