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Christmas-Only Content
Christmas-Only Content
The content described on this page will only appear during the Christmas event.
The Christmas-themed logo.
Not to be confused with the Frost Moon or Frost Legion, which are also Christmas-themed invasion events.
Bestiary Christmas.png"The spirit of Christmas spreads cheer..."Bestiary Christmas.png

Christmas is a seasonal event that occurs from December to around early January. During Christmas, Presents can be dropped by any enemy (1/13 (7.69%) chance), except for enemies spawned by statues. Hearts are also replaced by Candy Canes, and Mana Stars are replaced with Sugar Plums.

During Hardmode, one of the items a Present can contain is the Snow Globe, which summons the Frost Legion. Defeating the Frost Legion allows the Santa Claus NPC to spawn, if valid housing is available, but only during the Christmas season.

The duration of the event depends on the game platform:

Platform Duration
Desktop version Desktop
Console version Console
Old-gen console version Old-gen console
Mobile version Mobile
December 15th December 31st
3DSNintendo 3DS version December 1st January 15th

(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Reaching wave 15 of the Frost Moon will unlock one in-game day and night of the Christmas event, regardless of the date. After this in-game day and night ends, a message pops up in the bottom left saying, "The spirit of Christmas fades..."


Unique Drops
From any enemy:
From cutting down trees:
For Sale
From Painter:
From Clothier:
  • AcornsAcorns(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Cold SnapCold Snap(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Cursed SaintCursed Saint(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • SnowfellasSnowfellas(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • The SeasonThe Season(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  1. 1.0 1.1 Does not drop from statue-spawned enemies


  • Christmas can be "activated" by setting the device's date to any date within the respective Christmas timespan.
    • Desktop version Change the computer's date to any day between December 15th and 31st.
    • Console version Disconnect from Xbox One Xbox Live / PlayStation 4 PSN and change the console time.
    • Mobile version Disconnect from automatic date/time updates and change the time manually. Note that this does not work for some devices.
    • Nintendo 3DS version Go to "System Settings" and go to "Other Settings, click on "Date and Time", then "Today's Date" and "Current Time" and set the date and time there.
    • Nintendo Switch Go to "System Settings" and go to "System", click on "Date and Time", turn off "Synchronize Clock via Internet" and set the time there.
If a change of the device's time is undesired, applications like "RunAsDate" allow launching Terraria with a changed time and date.


  • Desktop 1.4.1: Requirement to unlock one in-game day of Christmas changed to Wave 15.
  • Desktop 1.2.2:
    • The event has been updated, featuring several new items.
    • One single present item drops instead of three different colors.
  • Mobile 1.1.5: Introduced, Santa can spawn randomly any time during the Christmas season.