Winterfest 2023 Begins in the Fortnite Battle Royale v28.01 Dec 14 Hotfix!

The Fortnite Team

Winterfest returns with the Fortnite Battle Royale v28.01 Dec 14 hotfix! Whether you’re a new or returning player, you’re sure to find something to celebrate with 14 free gifts (including two new Outfits) up for grabs. 

But it’s not all about unwrapping, it’s about delivering too — so be sure to check out the new Ship It! Express limited-time experience for a real festive frenzy. Winterfest 2023 runs from December 14, 2023, at 9 AM ET to January 2, 2024, at 9 AM ET.

Presenting… Presents!

The unsparing Sgt. Winter — now delivering under the Ship It! Express brand — is delivering 14 free gifts during Winterfest! Tucked away inside these presents are various in-game goodies, including Outfits, Gliders, a Lobby Track that doubles as a Jam Track, and plenty more. We won’t spoil the specifics, but you might wanna put the Winterfest Bushranger and Holiday Boxy Outfits on your Winterfest wishlist. 
Fortnite Holiday Boxy and Winterfest Bushranger

Both the Holiday Boxy Outfit and Winterfest Bushranger Outfit have a LEGO® Style!

You can grab these gifts by collecting them from the Quests tab each day. Don’t worry if you miss a day — the gifts will stack and they'll continue to be available until Winterfest ends (Jan. 2, 2024, at 9 AM ET).
Want to help Ship It Express’ operations? According to Holiday Boxy, who happens to be a Ship It! Express representative, shipments for the Island are being reported as missing. Help her investigate in the Ship It! Express Snapshot questline!

Festive Favorites Return from the Vault

Fortnite Winterfest 2023 Unvaults
While Sgt. Winter’s delivering gifts, pick up unvaulted items that may help deliver a win if you use ‘em right:

  • Throw down Holiday Presents! to open them up and grab the loot inside.

  • Put on the Sneaky Snowmando disguise to give your enemies a seasonal surprise.

  • Unleash frozen fury with the explosive Snowball Launcher.

  • Consume a Snowy Flopper to restore some Health and give yourself icy feet.

  • Fling yourself with the Icy Grappler and land with icy feet. (The Icy Grappler will be unvaulted later during Winterfest.)

    • ​​​​​​​ Update (December 21, 2023): Due to an issue, the Icy Grappler has been replaced by the regular Grappler during Winterfest 2023.

Complete Winterfest Quests to Shake Things Up

Don’t get cold feet about getting icy feet — the unvaulted items will come in handy for Winterfest Quests! These Quests will progressively become available over the course of Winterfest 2023, and for completing 19 of them, you’ll unlock the Snowglobe Smasher Pickaxe. Bash stuff with wintry cheer!
Fortnite Snowglobe Smasher Pickaxe
The Winterfest Quests will be available until Winterfest 2023 ends (Jan. 2, 2024, at 9 AM ET).

New Limited-Time Experience: “Ship It! Express” 

Experience a day in the life of a Ship It! Express representative. Only thrown weapons and consumables are allowed in the Zero Build Ship It! Express limited-time experience, leaving you to “deliver” damage to your opponents. Deliver your way to victory by taking advantage of increased loot spawns and frequent Supply Drops. Don’t get caught up in the cold!
Fortnite Ship It! Express Limited Time Experience
Ship It! Express is available until Winterfest ends (Jan. 2, 2024, at 9 AM ET) and is accessible via Discover.

Cowabunga! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Emerge for Winterfest

The heroes in a half shell are hitting the Shop soon during Winterfest! Acquire Outfits of the new TMNT Set, including team leader Leonardo, ready-to-fight Raphael, ready-to-party Michelangelo, and tech expert Donatello.
Fortnite TMNT Outfits

All four of these Outfits have a LEGO Style!

Breaking news. It’s not just the Turtles in the TMNT Set — investigative reporter April O’Neil will also be hitting the Shop!
Fortnite April O'Neil Outfit

Like the Turtles, the April O’Neil Outfit has a LEGO Style!

Fortnite Crew Benefit: Gilded Style of the Glorious Giftblade Back Bling

Make one of your gifts gilded. All active Fortnite Crew subscribers who log into Fortnite during Winterfest (Dec. 14, 2023, at 9 AM ET to Jan. 2, 2024, at 9 AM ET) will automatically receive the Gilded Style of the Glorious Giftblade Back Bling. The Glorious Giftblade Back Bling is one of the free 14 Winterfest gifts!
Fortnite Glorious Giftblade Back Bling Gilded Style

The Gilded Style of the Glorious Giftblade Back Bling.

Competitive Notes

  • Holiday Presents!, Sneaky Snowmandos, and Snowball Launchers are not included in tournaments.

Help Ship It! Express make this a great Winterfest for the whole Island!