Celebrate Christmas in the Metaverse with avatars and virtual gifts

Christmas is one of the most anticipated holidays, and technology is now letting us celebrate in the virtual world.

In 2021, Facebook parent company Meta’s Oculus virtual reality app emerged as the most popular app in Apple’s App Store on Christmas Day. Meta is investing more than $10 billion to build the Metaverse, a virtual world that Mark Zuckerberg believes will become a dominant model for social networking, gaming, and work. Christmas in the Metaverse is the new “talk of the town” since more and more users are taking advantage of the virtual worlds to celebrate, exchange wishes and gifts, and meet Santa Claus.

There are many ways to celebrate Christmas in the Metaverse, from joining virtual parties on popular platforms to hosting your online event and asking your friends and loved ones to join. You will need to personalize your avatar and purchase digital assets like Christmas-themed NFTs or virtual clothes to let you feel the Christmas spirit.

Christmas in Meta Horizon Worlds

The “Meta Horizon Worlds” is always a very attractive way to celebrate Christmas virtually. You can use your VR equipment to join online Christmas-themed games, events, or parties, attend music concerts or on-demand shows and spend some quality and enjoyable time in the virtual world.

Meta also hosts a VR New Year’s Eve party to welcome 2023. December is full of fabulous and festive events in Horizon Worlds. Meta has also launched its seasonal promotions to attract more users or persuade them to spend more time and money on its Metaverse worlds.

Christmas in Decentraland

Decentraland is one of the most popular Metaverse platforms, the first fully decentralized virtual world. The platform offers various online virtual Christmas-themed events for you to choose from.

The “Butterfly Prawn Farm (BPF) – Christmas Event: Let it snow, let it grow!” is now one of the hottest in Decentraland. The event started on December 10 and is about to end on Christmas Day. When you join this virtual event in the Metaverse, you can earn ornaments from harvesting plants to stand a chance to win wearables and in-game items. You, and your avatar, need to scale a Christmas tree up to Level 10 for more ornaments, level your Sleigh up to Level 10, and catch BPF seasonal winter snow.

However, Decentraland offers many other virtual Christmas events, such as a virtual Christmas countdown, online Christmas-themed quizzes, and various games or parties.

The top-ranked Christmas events in Decentraland right now are the following:

Bandwagon Pixel Party Christmas Special Ft. DJ Boss

Butterfly Prawn Farm (BPF)- Christmas Event, Let It Snow, Let It Grow!

Countdown To Christmas With Dogebusters

BBA Christmas Quiz

Golfcraft – Christmas gifts!

Metaverse Santas

Another trend that is becoming very popular is the so-called “Metaverse Santas”. These are a collection of NFTs covering a wide spectrum of Santa-themed digital assets, with rare Ape Santas, Red Panda Santas, Jungle Cat Santas, Meerkat Santas, and more. Many Metaverse platforms offer these types of NFTs, provided at low cost or even charge-free. Apart from the NFTs, you can even dress up your avatar to look like Santa Claus and join virtual parties or games.

Otherworld: Christmas in the Metaverse and real world

Otherworld is another trendy virtual reality world where you can spend quality time with a lot of fun and many VR experiences this Christmas, combining physical interconnection.

Otherworld is one of the UK’s top-ranked virtual experiences, offering an impressive 16 different gaming and entertainment experiences with mini-games at its heart. It provides a beautiful island resort, a world of richly themed lands home to 16 uniquely curated VR experiences. This tropical island has been transformed for a limited time, and the weather forecast is for snow.

In addition, you can even earn DreamCoin as you explore and engage with your Christmas-themed surroundings. You can find Otherworld in London and Birmingham and exchange your DreamCoin for drinks at the bar with your friends.

“Winter has arrived in OTHERWORLD! Indulge in Christmas festivities in Ghoston Gala, our wintery, quaint village overrun by penguins and home to nostalgic mini-games! Thanks to our 4D technology, you’ll feel the winter wind in your hair and the quake of a new world beneath your feet as you step into our snow-covered Christmas village,” Otherworld points out. “As a special Christmas in the Metaverse gift for you – his beloved Guests, our esteemed founder, President, and Creator of OTHERWORLD – Dr. Horatio Sands – has scattered extra festive DreamCoin across the snow-dusted Resort. Beyond the island, a range of adventures awaits. You can battle the zombie apocalypse deep in Arizona, swing from tree to tree and discover the secrets of the ancients, and watch a 3D VR animation narrated by Colin Farrell. Or why not take a group of mates and blow each other to smithereens?”.

George Mavridis is a freelance journalist and writer based in Greece. His work primarily covers tech, innovation, social media, digital communication, and politics. He graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. Also, he holds an MA in Media and Communication Studies from the Malmö University of Sweden and an MA in Digital Humanities from the Linnaeus University of Sweden.