Christmas Themed Adventures – 2015 Update

When I went looking for a Yule/Holiday/Christmas one-shot adventure, I was surprised to see there wasn’t a ton of content out there. Here is the list of what I was able to find, updated with some new items for 2015. I also wrote my own adventure last year for D&D 5e called the The Darkest Night.

If you have anything you’ve created or found that you’d like to see included please comment below and it will show below once I approve (comments with links require approval).

D&D 5th Edition

  • D&D 5e Holiday Adventure – The Darkest Night –
    The Darkest Night is our own holiday themed adventure where players battle an ancient evil to save Krinklefest. This adventure can be used as an outline for any game system, but the specific details are for four 1st-level adventurers using the rules of the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Bag of Krampus – Ultanya
    Legend holds that Krampus captures terribly naughty children in his bag and then takes them to his lair.
  • Santa Claus Monster Stats – World Builder Blog
  • More Christmas Monsters – World Builder Blog
  • Yule Cat & Season of the Witch Adventure – Ultanya
    According to legend the Yule Cat will eat anyone who was not gifted new clothing to wear during the holidays.

D&D 4th Edition


D&D 3rd Edition

D&D 2nd Edition

  • Santa’s Soldiers – Complete 60 page game. PDF for $7.00 at DriveThru RPG.
    Saving Christmas… By Any Means Necessary. Join the OSN and save Christmas from the depredations of Santa’s deadliest enemies! In this hilarious roleplaying game, you take on the part of an elf operative in the Order of St. Nicholas, Santa’s paramilitary defense force! Take on bizarre villains like the Winter Wizard, the Boogieman and Anti-Claus!


  • Spirit of the Season – Evil Hat Productions and Atomic Sock Monkey Press
    Spirit of the Season is a holiday treat featuring characters and new rules compatible with both Spirit of the Century and Truth & Justice. Spirit of the Season is your ticket to two-fisted holiday pulp adventure!

Miscellaneous Systems / System Neutral

Other Ideas

  • Penny Arcade – Vault of Winter Comic
  • Dark Wizard Santa
    Josh Lee wrote a description for the illustation I used on this post that paints Santa as the Big Bad Evil Guy (BBEG) for an adventure:
    “Once a year, every year, the hobelves swear themselves and their collective energies to the dark wizard Santa in the frozen forest. From the many clans throughout the forzen north Santa gathers this energy to perform his dark magicks around the globe.”
  • Celebrating Christmas with 13 Trolls
    The Icelandic Christmas period is an intriguing mixture of religious practice and traditional folklore, but unlike most countries that have a single Father Christmas / Santa Claus character, Icelandic children are fortunate enough to be visited by 13 Yule Lads.

Photo Credit: Josh Lee –


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Shawn Ellsworth

Shawn is an author and co-founder of He first got into tabletop RPGs through ninjas and then by playing a Kender in Dragonlance. Years later, he can be found running games in the Nentir Vale and his own Seas of Vodari campaign setting.