Christmas happenings on the grids

It’s shaping out to be a busy holiday season in OpenSim, with many grids holding holiday-themed events this year.

A moment for quiet reflection

If you’re looking to get away from all the crowds, and experience a quiet moment of reflection, visit the Norderhov church on the Xmir grid, at

grid.xmir.org:8002:Norderhov.

The region also has some holiday-themed freebies as presents for guests.

There is also a shopping area, where visitors can make purchases in the associated Kitely Market stores, or locally in the OMC currency.

Norderhov region on Xmir Grid.

Norderhov region on Xmir Grid.

Holiday stories at Seanchai

Visit the Seanchai library on Kitely on Tuesday, December 22 for the “Night Before Night Before Christmas” at 7 p.m.

Stay on top of Seanchai’s events by joining their Google Plus community.

Party it up on Metropolis

Metropolis is celebrating both Christmas and New Year’s Eve with big parties this year.

Visit the aptly-named Blizzard region at hypergrid.org:8002:Schneetreiben at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Christmas Eve, December 24, for a Christmas Eve Special with DJ Tommy and Piper.

Then celebrate again the day after Christmas with a party with LadyJo Martin and Aine Caoimhe on December 26, at 11:30 a.m. Pacific at hypergrid.org:8002:Close Encounter.

Then come back to the Blizzard region again starting at 10 a.m. Pacific on December 31 for a New Year’s Eve party with DJ Tommy and Piper.

Schneetreiben Castle. (Image courtesy Metropolis.)

Schneetreiben Castle. (Image courtesy Metropolis.)

A Merry Little Christmas on Littlefield

Littlefield Grid is throwing their annual Christmas Eve party on Stonehaven Party Isle starting at at 8:00 p.m.Pacific Time on December 24. They’ll have a live DJ, dancing, party favors and a whole region full of rides, attractions, ice skating, and gifts. Teleport in via hypergrid to lfgrid.com:8002:Stonehaven Party Isle.

Then, same time, same place the following night there’s the Christmas Party, and, on December 31, a formal New Year Eve’s ball.

(Image courtesy Littlefield.)

(Image courtesy Littlefield.)

Craft celebrates Christmas a little early

Craft’s Christmas party is Monday night, December 22 at 10 p.m. Central European Time. Come early and pick up great unique free gifts at the market, go sledding, skiing, and skating with snowmen. Teleport in via hypergrid to craft-world.org:8002:Christmas Spirit.

Christmas on Craft. (Image courtesy Virtual Christine.)

Christmas on Craft. (Image courtesy Virtual Christine.)

North Pole on Virtual Highway

If you have a Virtual Highway avatar, make time for a visit to their North Pole region. See Santa, visit the North Pole merchants, listen to DJs and live performers, participate in the building contest and solve the Christmas Maze.

 

North Pole. (Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

North Pole. (Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Don’t forget to leave a donation for the St. Jude Children’s Research Center.

A new vehicle factory, !It moves!, has arrived on Virtual Highway with its Cessna 140s. Soon to come — jet aircraft, helicopters, WWII military aircraft, as well as other vehicles such as bicycles and motorcycles. Residents use the vehicles on Valhalla, a variable-sized region 100 times times as large as a standard region.

!It Moves! (Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

!It Moves! (Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Kitto Flora’s train sets come to Dreamnation

Looking for a train set this holiday season? Kitto Flora’s trains are now available on DreamNation.

“Kitto is among the founders of DreamNation, but because of various limitations of previous versions of OpenSim we had not been able to have his trains working well in DreamNation,” grid founder Waki Janus told Hypergrid Business. “With OpenSim 0.8 and upgraded Bullet physics this has all changed. We are so excited to be able to announce that Kitto Flora’s famous train sets are now working and on sale exclusively in DreamNation.”

(Image courtesy DreamNation.)

(Image courtesy DreamNation.)

DreamNation celebrated its third birthday earlier this month. The grid — which is an invitation-only community — has the highest retention rate of any OpenSim grid.

Grid Calendars

Many grids have calendars showcasing their events. If your grid’s calendar isn’t in this list, please send an email to [email protected].

We’ve also added some calendars from hypergrid-enabled grids on the Hyperica site. To be added, a calendar must list only hypergrid-enabled events, and have an iCal export function. Google calendars, for example, are perfect for this.

Also check out the Hypergrid Events and OpenSim Virtual communities on Google Plus!

If your holiday event isn’t listed, please add it in the comments — and to the Hypergrid Events and OpenSim Virtual groups!

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.