'Overwatch' Winter Wonderland 2018 Release Time: When to Unwrap Skins Like Krampus Junkrat

Overwatch 's Winter Wonderland event is about to begin, bringing a wave of festive cheer to Blizzard's hero shooter. The third annual celebration will give players access to exclusive game modes, hundreds of cosmetics and even a few secrets. Papa Jeff Kaplan has been silently sitting in his office in Irvine, Calif., planning something new for all the good (and bad) boys and girls who still play Overwatch.

When does Overwatch Winter Wonderland event release?

Winter Wonderland will begin when the new patch is released, like every Overwatch event that has happened since the game released in 2016. The patch will most likely drop on Dec. 11 between 2 to 3 p.m. EST. Blizzard has occasionally missed that deadline in the past. When working on a game of this size and magnitude, patches can sometimes get held back due to bugs or other unforeseen issues. If the QA team finds something at the last minute, Winter Wonderland could take a few extra hours to release.

One of the last updates to a Blizzard game, Hearthstone' s Rastakhan Rumble released at 1 p.m. EST, which was unusual for the company. It's unlikely that Blizzard is going to do the same for the much larger Overwatch , but anything is possible.

Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2018 Skins

Along with a slew of old content, like Yeti Winston and Snow Owl Ana, Overwatch is going to get a whole new collection of skins. So far, Blizzard has teased four of the Legendary quality cosmetics we are going to see, but there will be many more. Here are the skins coming in the latest Overwatch Winter Wonderland event.

Krampus Junkrat (Legendary)

It’s good to be bad.

Get on the naughty list as KRAMPUS JUNKRAT (Legendary)! 😈

Overwatch Winter Wonderland begins Dec 11. pic.twitter.com/EPHeyz84ze

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 10, 2018

Figure Skater Symmetra (Legendary)

Put your enemies on ice.

Rise up the rinks as FIGURE SKATER SYMMETRA (Legendary)! ⛸️

Overwatch Winter Wonderland begins Dec 11. pic.twitter.com/fI3QQusPi9

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 9, 2018

Gift Wrap Bastion (Epic)

Keep your eyes on this prize.

Unwrap GIFT WRAP BASTION (Epic). 🎁

Winter Wonderland begins Dec 11. pic.twitter.com/hYppzgffnw

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 8, 2018

Biathlon Widowmaker (Legendary)

Ready to win frost place!

Go for the gold as BIATHLON WIDOWMAKER (Legendary)! 🥇

Overwatch Winter Wonderland begins Dec 11. pic.twitter.com/zbMxb5UwxY

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 8, 2018

Sugar Plum Fairy Mercy (Legendary)

Straight from Sweetzerland.

Play as pixie perfect SUGAR PLUM FAIRY MERCY (Legendary). 🧚‍

Winter Wonderland returns Dec 11. pic.twitter.com/TE2Y4e6cIe

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 7, 2018

Arctic Fox Lucio (Legendary)

Level up your sleet skills.

Powder up your game as ARCTIC FOX LÚCIO! 🦊

Winter Wonderland begins Dec 11. pic.twitter.com/UBKb84pQgo

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 6, 2018

What are you most excited for in the Winter Wonderland event? Tell us in the comments.