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ARK Winter Wonderland 2022: Start Time, Features, Rewards & More

Here's what you need to know about the ARK Winter Wonderland Event of 2022, including its possible start date, what to expect, and much more.
ARK Winter Wonderland 2022: Start Time, Features, Rewards & More

Each year, ARK: Survival Evolved holds its annual Winter Wonderland event, which celebrates the festive season with tons of new content to enjoy, challenges to complete, and, of course, rewards to claim. This year will likely be no different, but what do we know so far about the 2022 Winter Wonderland event? 

If you find yourself asking that same question, then you're in the right place. Below we will be discussing everything we know so far about when we can expect the ARK 2022 Winter Wonderland to begin and what rewards and features we expect to see once it does. 

Update on 13 November 2022 - This article was updated and checked for the latest 'ARK Winter Wonderland Event' news and leaks.

ARK Winter Wonderland 2022 Latest News

December 10 - ARK Community Crunch Reveals Winter Wonderland 7

In the latest ARK Community Crunch blog post, Studio Wildcard revealed what we can expect from the next Winter Wonderland patch.

For starters, the new event is set to start on December 14 and better still, will introduce brand new narrative content - featuring actors Maddy Madden (The Wheel of Time) and David Tennant (Doctor Who) reprising their respective roles as Helena Walker and Sir Edmund Rockwell.

All of Helena’s and Rockwell’s Dossiers and Explorer Notes will also be voiced by the actors, as will survivors’ epic confrontation versus Rockwell on ARK Aberration.  The highly requested Scorched Earth ascension will also make its debut!

On top of that, there are also all the usual Winter Wonderland treats, details of which have been added to this page.

November 23 - Winter Wonderland Is Up Next

The ARK Turkey Trial event is underway, and that means the Winter Wonderland is up next.

Give it a few weeks and the event will be here in no time.

November 16 - One more event before Wonderland returns

Don't forget that before we can enjoy all the festive joy of ARK Winter Wonderland, players can also take part in the upcoming 'ARK Turkey Trial' event for 2022.

There's even a glorious new trailer for the large-scale scavenger hunt, so have a watch, just below:

ARK Winter Wonderland 2022 Start Date

UPDATE - It has been confirmed that ARK Winter Wonderland will start on December 14th and end on January 5th.

Based on last year's Winter Wonderland event dates and announcements from the developers, we can assume that this year's event will likely be running through the same dates. This would imply that the event will begin on the 14th of December and end on the 6th of January. 

While these dates haven't yet been officially confirmed by the developers, these are the most likely dates to expect tot eh event to begin. But as always, take these dates with a grain of salt, and be sure to check back here soon for more updated information. 

ARK Winter Wonderland 2022 Start Date possibly in 24 December
Based on last year's Winter Wonderland event, this year's event will likely begin around the 14th December.

ARK Winter Wonderland 2022 Features and What to Expect

UPDATE - We've added details of everything coming in Winter Wonderland 7 just below.

Regarding the content to come to this new Winter Wonderland event, no official announcement has been made. However, there are a few things we can anticipate once it starts based on prior years. 

The Raptor Claus, a Raptor dressed as Santa Claus, flew over specific areas of The Island every day from Winter Wonderland 1 to 6 as well as GachaClause, who dropped varying rarities of crystals when given coal or mistletoe.

So this year, it's likely that both of these beasts will appear during the event, and if not, then it's likely we will see some new creatures appearing to give players some festive-themed gifts. 

Throughout last year's event, resources and items Christmas-themed also appeared throughout the game for players to collect and earn.

Below is everything you can expect from Winter Wonderland 7 in 2022

ARK Winter Wonderland 7 Event Rates
  • Official Servers: 3x XP, Harvesting, Taming, and Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 1.5x Hexagon Bonus
  • Small Tribe Servers: 4.5x XP, 4.5x Harvesting, 4.5x Taming, and 4x Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 1.5x Hexagon Bonus
  • ARKPocalypse: 5x XP, 5x Harvesting, 5x Taming, and 5x Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 1.5x Hexagon Bonus
  • Conquest4.5x XP, 4.5x Harvesting, 4.5x Taming, and 4x Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 1.5x Hexagon Bonus
ARK Winter Wonderland 7 Creatures & Emotes

Event Creatures - 

  • RaptorClaus
  • GachaClaus

Event Emotes - 


  • Santa Laugh Emote
  • Caroling Emote
  • Happy Clap Emote
  • Nutcracker Dance Emote
ARK Winter Wonderland 7 Skins
  • Full-body Santa Costume
  • Animated TV Show Parasaur Skin
  • 3 New Male & Female Christmas-themed Sweater Skins
  • 4 New Christmas-themed Beanie Skins
  • Rex Sweater Skin
  • Carolers Sweater Skin
  • Bulbdog Sweater Skin
  • Blue Winter Beanie
  • Purple Winter Beanie
  • Green Winter Beanie
  • Male and Female Noglin Swimsuit Skin
  • Male and Female Yeti Swimsuit Skin
  • Candy Cane Club Skin
  •  Christmas Bola Skin
  •  Nutcracker Slingshot Skin
  •  Dino Ornament Swim Bottom Skin
  •  Dino Ornament Swim Top Skin
  •  Jerboa Wreath Swim Bottom Skin
  •  Jerboa Wreath Swim Top Skin
  •  Ugly Bronto Sweater Skin
  •  Ugly Carno Sweater Skin
  •  Ugly Chibi Sweater Skin
  •  Gray Winter Beanie Skin
  •  Purple Winter Beanie Skin
  •  Red Winter Beanie Skin
  •  Felt Reindeer Antlers Skin
  •  Santa Hat Skin
ARK Winter Wonderland 7 Event Chibis & Items

Event Chibis - 

  • Andrewsarchus *NEW*
  • Pachy *NEW*
  • Fenrir *NEW*
  • Diplodocus *NEW*
  • Festival Lights *NEW*
    • Red & green variants of the 4 light pets in costume

Event Items - 

  •  Festive Dino Candy
  •  Holiday Lights
  •  Holiday Stocking
  •  Holiday Tree
  •  Gift Box
  •  Snowman
  •  Wreath
ARK Winter Wonderland 7 Wild Creature Colors
  • Lavender *NEW*
  • Dino Light Purple *NEW*
  • Dino Light Blue *NEW*
  • DragonGreen0 *NEW*
  • Jade
  • PineGreen
  • SpruceGreen
  • DarkMagenta
  • Glacial
  • PowderBlue
  • Teal
  • DarkViolet
  • Red
  • Green
  • Light Grey
  • Light Red
  • Yellow
  • Dark Red
  • Dino Light Red
  • Dino Light Green
  • Dino Medium Green
  • Dino Albino
  • NearWhite
ARK Winter Wonderland 2022 Start What to Expect Monsters and collectibles
Aside from festive-themed creatures, ARK Winter Wonderland also features tons of collectible items. (Picture: Studio Wildcard)

For now, that's everything to expect from this year's ARK Winter Wonderland event. Be sure to check back here soon as we approach the festive season and get more official information from the developers. 

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Featured image courtesy of Studio Wildcard.