LOTRO Yule Festival 2018 – Celebrate Yule-Tide in Middle Earth!

LOTRO Yule Festival 2017 GuideIt’s Yule Tide! Time to honour the past and look forward to the future in Middle Earth! So it is time for the LOTRO Yule Festival! Packed with quests from helping the poor (or not), eating competitions and more, it’s time for all species and level players to converge on Winter-Home in Frost-Bluff for some Yule celebrations!

What Are the 2018 Yule Festival Dates?

This year’s fest ran from 18th December 2018 – 14th January 2019.

Yule Festival Encore

Dates for a Yule Fest Encore have not been announced at the time I updated this post. When I notice that change, or more likely, when someone reminds me, then I’ll update this page!

As always I intend to update the Festival’s rewards on day 1 of the event. So 2018’s Mounts and Cosmetics should be updated on 18th December 2018. Thank you for your patience.

So get into your best Winter-garb, save plenty of tummy space for home-cooked goodness and head out to the party. Even the most grim-faced dwarf couldn’t help but raise a tankard at the festivities!

How to Use This Yule Festival Guide

I am working to make this Guide as comprehensive as possible. Please click/tap the link below to find links to skip quickly to what you want to know! In the bottom right of your screen there is an up-arrow to return you to the top of the page. Alternatively you can press your browser’s (or mobile device’s) back button to return straight to this menu!

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Community Comes Together

One of the encouraging things about the LOTRO Yule Festival (and other events, such as the Farmers Faire) is that the attract players of all levels. I saw Levels 7-115 in Frost-Bluff, which is awesome. Oh, and it’s not just a crazy rush for gear and Yule Festival Tokens. People just have fun and you may hear bands serenading you in/around Winter-Home too!
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Shared Quest Goals (Mostly)

What I like about the Game Mechanics of this festival is that most goals are shared. You can set off the same box of fireworks as another player. You can pick the same food ingredients. The main exceptions to this surround the beggars. Beggars can receive gifts and stay in place, or be told to move off and they do. These can’t (usually) be shared. Respawn time is about 1 minute, so be patient! Cold As Ice and Unwilling Firewood mobs respawn much quicker than this, it seems.
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Generous Festival Tokens

Spirit of Yule Daily Quest
Spirit of Yule Daily gives 2 Tokens and some Essence Fragments
Most Yule Festival Quests give 4 Yule Festival Tokens.

There is a daily, cunningly called “Yule Festival” – you get an alert about that gives 2 Tokens and a Bag Of Presents when you complete any quest in Frost-Bluff.

The bag of presents so far has yielded: Marks, Medallions, a Decoration and the odd Essence Fragment.

Edit: the Essence Fragments (which in 2017 became Shadow Essences not Ithilien Essences) you get from the dailies can be bartered in Winter-Home for a chest letting you choose which Essence Masterial you want. You need 4 Fragments for one whole Essence crafting material.

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Festival Quests In and Around Winter-Home Village

Stolen Sweets (New to 2018!)

This is available during the Vacation in Frostbluff event. I don’t know yet if it will be made available at Yule-tide.

Sweets destined for the Poor Children of Winter-Home have been stolen by various snow-dwelling creatures and carried away across Eriador. You must retrieve them and then deliver them to the children to brighten up their Yule-tide!

Note: the creatures you need are in areas up to around L45, so if you want to do this quest under level, get the help of another player.

I’m not doing a guide to this quest as The Wiki has an excellent walk-through already!

But once you complete it you receive:

  • Title: Bringer of Sweets
  • Pet Tome: Yule Rabbit (Screenie below!), which has a snowflake animation.
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Winter-Home’s Beggars

Winter time is not a season of celebration for everyone. The village houses some of the downtrodden members of society. This includes some who have lost their jobs thanks to the Mayor. Initially there are two quests which involve these poor souls.

Note: you cannot have both Moving Them Off and A Charitable Spirit active at the same time.

Moving them Off – 4 Yule Fest Tokens

According to the Mayor’s attitude, these beggars diminish people’s experience of the festivities (even though he caused the situation). So Guard Kember asks you to tell them to move them away. Not a joyous task!

A Charitable Spirit

The complete polar opposite of this is the quest A Charitable Spirit from Quest-Giver Daley Utteridge. This time you go to the same 5 Beggars in Winter-Home and donate a Yule Festival token to each of them, and maybe an apology for being forced to treat them harshly!

There is a Hidden Deed for this Quest. When you have completed A Charitable Spirit 10 times, it completes the deed Such Generosity. This deed awards you:

  • 50 × Yule Fest Tokens
  • Title: The Openhanded
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Eating Competition – The Biggest Stomach of Them All

I’ve tried this a few times and managed to reach the third table in the end. Timed missions don’t work well with me. However, @Teriadwyn gave me these couple of tips:

  • Swifty & Hammo have some ways to maximise your stomach’s capacity!
  • As always LOTRO Wiki has an excellent guide
  • Teriadwyn also pointed out: “there is no timer at the first table, so you can wait out the debuffs. You can also wait out your competition, since there is a limited amount of food available.

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GLOBE Theatre of Winter-Home

While the longest way to earn just 4 Yule Festival Tokens, you can go and watch a showing of “Mad Baggins” at the GLOBE Theatre. There is also a random chance of you being selected to play a part in the production!

  • As an actor/actress, you need to perform an action when told to (e.g. dance, belch…anything off the chat panel list!). If you are appreciated, the crowd may throw sparkles at you. If you act badly, rotten fruit will come your way!
  • Sparkles and Rotten Fruit are available at the Concessions stand, tendered by the ingeniously named ‘Hobbit’.
  • There are Deeds (and therefore Tokens) available for throwing the petals/rotten fruit.
  • So long as you arrive in the Theatre before the production ends, you’ll be credited at having ‘Attended a Performance’ and get your 4 Festival Tokens

GLOBE Theatre: As an Audience Member

As the show progresses, actors/actresses are required to perform emotes. You should quick-slot your petals and rotten fruit to make this easi

  • If they perform an appropriate one, then you can throw Petals at them.
  • If you hear a ‘boo’ then the bad actor/actress is indicated. Select them and throw the rotten fruit!

Both throwing Flower-Petals and rotten fruits have deeds, and from Tier 2, Titles!

  • Fruit Hucker title
  • Petal-Pusher title

There are also a few LOTRO Points up for grabs as well!

Titles from GLOBE Theatre

If you don’t like the prospect of a career in acting, then you can buy the titles for 10 Yule Festival Tokens. You can earn these titles by playing different roles on-stage and performing well (or badly!). Click/Tap the image below to see the availble Titles for purchase!

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Build a Snowman! Build Many Snowmen (well, at least 5)

What Yule-Tide Celebration would be complete without building a snowman or … 5. To build your snowman you’ll have to gather materials from Winter Home and also around the Frost-Bluff region as a whole. Only when you have all the components can you build and dress-up your Snowman!

There is a Cold Reception Deed, which grants two things:

  1. Broken Snowman Decoration for your Homestead. Other snowman types (e.g. Mitten-Wearing Snowman) are available from the Barter Vendor
  2. New Title: Gatherer of Cool Company
The condition is that you build the 5 Different Types of Snowmen – not just 5 snowmen. Oh and you will need an acorn, or acorns for your snowmen. Turn on Floaty Names, as it makes them much easier to find! There is a cluster of acorns nearby the Quest-Giver, so you don’t need to roam far. Other components are in the screenshots below!

To find out where the best cluster of acorns is, see the standalone screenshot near this write-up (to the right on desktops/laptops, and below on mobile).

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Cold As Ice – 4 Tokens

You have a quest to go and defeat the cold. I think these are called Cold-Weather Grims, but I’m sure the community will correct me if I’m wrong! You need to defeat 4 Cold Weather Grims for completion. Ranged users will have no problem here. Melée Classes may get blinded! Here’s how I deal with them on my Lore Master!

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Empty Keg Emergency – the Quickest 4 Tokens

Empty Keg Emergency requires you to steal a full keg of ale and get it to the patrons before the guards (Watchers) spot you. Having watched other player (in a non-creepy way) this is the quickest way. Turn on floaty names to help you avoid the Watchers!

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Making Mischief – 4 Tokens

The workers of Winter-Home are not happy with the way they are being treated, and how little food they get during the “festive” period. So it’s time to get one over the on Mayor and set off his fireworks early!

While wealthier patrons are distracted by the impromptu firework display, you need to pick their pockets and return some coin to the poor folk of Winter-Home.
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Unwilling Firewood – 4 Tokens

Apparently the firewood the Mayor demands has to be the ‘best’. However the best wood comes from Angry Trees. Well given you are about to turn them into kindling I think they have a right to be angry! And the Mayor won’t go and face these trees, so you have to! Here’s one of these beauties – click/tap if you really want a close-up!

Venture out into Frostbluff and defeat 9 of these trees to keep Winter-Home warm!
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Tidying Up – 4 Tokens

Festivals in Middle Earth attract a lot of party-goers. And where there are people and food, mess is made! So it’s time to do your bit in keeping Winter-Home tidy and clear up all those unsightly messes left around the village! You can find spills and dirty plates throughout Winter-Home (click/tap image for larger one):

To complete the quest you will need to clear:

  • Dirty Dishes × 10
  • Reeking Garbage × 10 (nice!)
  • Liquid Spills × 10

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The Abominable Snow-Beasts – 4 Tokens

Frostbluff is home to more than just people and snowmen! Out in the countryside around Winter-Home live Abominable Snow-Beasts. You are tasked with trying to cheer them up in the spirit of Yule!

To do this simply head up to the Snow-Beasts and hit the “Cheer” emote.

  • Technically you need to try to cheer up 3 Snow-Beasts
  • Buuuut if it’s busy, and to reduce annoying other players if you hit the button quickly 3 times you can compelte the quest

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Stuffing the Stuffed – 4 Tokens

As if people didn’t eat enough during the Winter festivities! Now you need to help make even more food (so that the Patrons can make more mess for you to clean up!). But the expectations of the Mayor and his Wife are sky-high so you have to deiver only the best!

This involves:

  • Baking Bread × 3 at the servants oven
  • Collecting Pampered Mushrooms × 5 from the Mushroom Tent in Frostbluff
  • Collecting Eggs × 5 from Pampered Chickens
  • Collecting Fresh Winterberries × 5 (near to the quest for Cold as Ice
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Quests in Bree-land

There are a couple of quests in Bree-land which grant Festival Tokens as well as the Horse Race. But be warned if you are under Level 15, there are some mobs of L18 in the area.

An Ailing Tradition of Ale

I’ll let the quest-giver do the talking here, so click/tap the screenshots below for more details! In short you need to head to the water near Thornley’s Work Site (approximately 26.8S,54W) and grab an Ale-Cask to take back with you.

More Boar for Bree

Festivals can never have too much food which means you need to go pick up Boar meat. Thankfully you don’t have to kill boars, however there are some roughly L18 Wolves and Boars en route to the area marked on the map. You need to pick your way around those (if you’re below level) and retrieve 5 slabs of ex-Boar. They look like this:

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Yule Festival Rewards

2017 Yule Festival Mounts

There are two main Yule Festival Mounts on offer. Both can be purchased with Festival Tokens: the new Winter Elk (80 Tokens) and 2016’s Steed of Winter’s Light (40 Tokens), fashioned to be a cross-breed of horse and reindeer!
Winter Elk Mount

Steed of Winter’s Light
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Outfit Cosmetic Rewards

Here is a sampple (ha!) of the Cosmetic Outfit Rewaards available at the Festival.
2017 Cosmetics
I’m unsure about one cloak whether it was there last year, but the rest are definitely new!

Previous Years’ Cosmetics
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Cosmetic Pets

2017’s Festival Introduces two Organic Pets! There are also three ‘Grims’ you can obtain. The remaining pets are Kites, if that’s your thing!

  • Tome of the White Hare: 75 Yule Fest Tokens
  • Tome of the Snow Owl: 75 Yule Fest Tokens
  • Tome of the Fire Grim: 75 Yule Fest Tokens
  • Tome of the Shadow Grim: 75 Yule Fest Tokens
  • Tome of the Shadow Grim: 75 Yule Fest Tokens
If you collect all 3 Grims you can earn the title: Keeper of Grim Company!
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Dyes (For Tokens)

You can obtain the following dyes for 30 Yule Fest Tokens per stack:

  • Dark Mossy Green Dyes × 6
  • Lórien Gold Dyes × 6
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Golden Festival Tokens?

The Yule Festival has a unique barter currency: Golden Festival Tokens. These can be used, alongside normal tokens, to buy certain cosmetics – namely the Horned Snow-Beast Cloak and the accompanying boots.

You can obtain Golden Festival Tokens either by exchanging 75 Yule Fest Tokens or by completing various stages of The More the Merrier deed.

No other event has this currency, and you can’t use them to buy boxes of tokens for future festivals. So ensure any unused ones are converted back to Yule ones before the event ends!

Why Can’t I Buy The Latest Mount? Why Is It Grayed Out?

For characters that are new to the event, having enough Yule Fest tokens is not enough to buy the latest mount. You have to have completed Tier 1 of The More The Merrier deed.

All you have to do is partake in 20 Yule Quests. For that you get

  • 1 × Golden Festival Token
  • Ability to barter tokens for mounts
  • Extra cosmetics from the barter vendor under “The More the Merrier Rewards”

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TL;DR LOTRO Yule Festival

Fun, slightly addictive and with some attractive cosmetic gear from the Barter Vendors the LOTRO Yule Festival is great to attend, even if you just go a couple of times. There are some other tips from the community in the comments, please do read them!

This event has been the first thing this year that’s felt Christmas-y, so I really appreciated it!

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14 thoughts on “LOTRO Yule Festival 2018 – Celebrate Yule-Tide in Middle Earth!

  1. In the theatre, there are also deeds for acting well (“Star of the Show” title) and acting badly (“Laughing stock” title) which reward also LOTRO points plus you get a deed for each role you take (villain, protagonist, extra) plus there is a hidden deed about it which you will complete after many, many visits to the theatre.

    As of this year, there is also a quest which rewards you with a barter item you can exchange for “Ithilien Essence Boxes” after you’ve got four of them. This is the reason why I’m doing 10 festival quests with my capped chars as well – every day 🙂

    Oh, and about the beggars: It counts as having talked to them if you have the chat window open before they walk away, so technically, five players could right-click on them (for some beggars, if they already did “A final act”, they would have to select the quest they’re currently on) and then every one of these players could click on “continue quest” whenever they’re ready (just take care the beggar doesn’t walk too far away for talking).

    There’s also a hidden deed for being generous to the beggars, you need to do the generous quest 10 times total.

    Oh, and did you already do the cheer-up-the-snow-beasts-quest? I think it’s quite funny and another easy 4 Festival coins (you can cheer up the same snow-beast if you’re quick enough, so you don’t take away all three of them for other players).

    1. Hi Gildoriel,

      Thanks for taking the time to add to this! There is a lot going on – and I didn’t want to write about everything in case people lost interest. But I didn’t know about the Generous Deed – good to know (as I’m doing it every day). I have been getting the Essence boxes (yes, new for 2016) but as my highest level is around 31 it will be some time before I need those – having to extend my Homestead’s storage capacity for that!

      Happy Yuletide!

  2. If you really don’t want to turn on floaty names to find things, pressing the ‘Delete’ key will select the nearest usable inanimate object (unless you’ve remapped it to something else, but you can check your key mapping options). ‘U’ will attempt to use that object, and if you have the ‘Move to use’ option checked, you character will move within range if you’re not close enough. I use this combo frequently, as I sometimes have trouble clicking on just the right spot.

  3. A great guide! Despite the tedium of Yule Tide, I still sort of enjoy it, once I get back into it for the year. Just need to get the rabbit and the snowy owl for a couple of toons. Got the mount and all of the cosmetic costumes. Thanks again and look forward to the Spring Festival post. Happy Holidays all!

    1. Last year I totally binged on Yule Fest, so I was able to buy everything I needed, cosmetics-wise for all characters on day 1. This year I’m relaxing a lot more and enjoying the event, building up tokens for pets, or dyes, or decorations. Or to save for Spring Festival.

      I do have a Spring Festival post but it will be massively updated too once it comes around.

      Enjoy the holiday season!

  4. There are also quests outside of Winter-Home, including the races in Bree-land & Michel Delving (3 tokens each). There are also 2 quests available in the regular quest areas (Bree Festival, Party Tree, Duilland, and Thorin’s Hall Inn). These quests give 2 tokens each. Not much, but enough to top off your reserves.

  5. For reference, the order of performers in the Frostbluff Theatre is: Partygoer, Gandalf, Bilbo, Partygoer, Gandalf, Bilbo, Partygoer, Bilbo, Gandalf.

    1. Ah, thanks Everbrock! I haven’t had chance to deal with that, or the perspective of ‘being an actor’ either. I’ll try to note when Yule Festival Encore happens, and maybe update it then!

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