Winter Drops Fest

Facepunch teamed up with Twitch to celebrate this festive season. All you have to do is watch your favourite Rust Twitch streamer. 

Start Date: 16 December 2023
End Date: 31 December 2023

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Gingerbread building skin

A festive new building skin is on tap for the update. Looking like it will be available to all, Gingerbread is a skin-of-the-wood building tier. It will likely be available for the Xmas event to all who wish to use it. Like other building skins, this only changes things cosmetically, there’s no change to statistics or colliders.

Gingerbread mines

Gingerbread mines are spawning around the map. With around 12 per normal size map, these gingerbread houses behave similarly to the portals at Halloween. To enter a gingerbread mine, simply go up to one of the houses, enter the door on the outside then go through the door inside.

Once teleported, you’ll find yourself in a small dungeon with some loot and enemies in the form of gingerbread people. With 2 to 6 per dungeon, they are armed with candy canes and the occasional MP5 and drop scientist loot with some additional Christmas goodies small presents, snowball guns, and snowballs. To exit the mine, just go back through the door you came through.

Example loot from mines:

  • SMG body

  • 2x small pres.

  • sheet metal

  • 15x scrap

  • 2x tech trash

  • 2x small pres.

  • sheet metal

  • 15x scrap

  • 3x tech trash

  • 2x med pres.

  • sheet metal

  • 15x scrap

  • 21 HQM

  • tesla coil

  • small pres.

  • med pres.

  • 2x metal pipe

  • 15x scrap

  • 2x tech trash

  • smart alarm

  • med pres.

  • small pres.

  • semi auto body

  • 15x scrap

  • rifle body

  • strengthened glass window

  • 2x metal pipe

  • 2x medium pres.

  • 15x scrap

Decorations at monuments

You’ll notice some extra festive areas on the map during the Rust Christmas season. Specifically, fishing villages, bandit camp, and compound are all decorated for the holidays.


If you’ve been around for previous Rust Christmas events, you’ll be familiar with these. Every in-game day, a jingle will sound, and around every player in the game will spawn a couple of presents. 

Whack them a bit (they have 30 health) and you’ll be treated to 1 or more small or medium presents. These presents can be unwrapped or upgraded to higher tiers, which yield better loot.

Small Present

Possible Contents
~100 to 200 stone
Candy canes
~3 to 4 chocolate bars
1 snowball
~5 to 15 scrap
~200 to 400 wood
Candy cane club, wrapping paper and 1 snowball
~25 to 35 LGF and 2 snowballs
~25 to 50 metal frags
~Eoka and 9 to 11 handmade shells
Reindeer antlers

Upgrade to medium

Medium Present

Possible Contents
1000 stone
Pipe shotgun and 10 handmade shells
150 LGF
Small stocking
Salvaged cleaver
Pookie bear
Snowball Gun and 4 snowballs
Star tree topper
~3 to 4 short ice walls
Decorative baubles
Tree lights

Upgrade to large

Large Present

Possible Contents
250 Crude Oil
60 HQM
Super stocking
Supply signal
Revolver and 20 pistol bullets
Custom SMG and 20 pistol bullets
Pump shotgun and 12 buckshot
Flame turret
Holosight, Weapon lasersight, Silencer, Flashlight

Santa’s Sleigh

Airdrops are much more festive with Rust Xmas in full swing. Instead of the soulless drone of the C130 overhead, the skies of Rust will be graced with festive sleigh bells and Old St. Nick with his team of reindeer, dropping huge presents with sparkling star trails. Not only does this sound and look festive as fuck, the airdrop loot includes some extra presents!


Hung around the chimney (or campfire) with care, this duo of deployables loads up with items over time - a long time. You’ll know when there’s some goodies inside when they start dazzling sparkles from the top.

Small Stocking

~250 wood
~150 stone
~25 metal frags
Eoka + ~10 shells
Reindeer antlers
Candy cane club
~5 Chocolate Bars
Santa Hat

SUPER Stocking

~250 wood
~150 stone
~50 metal frags
Eoka + ~10 shells
Waterpipe shotgun + ~10 shells
Medical Syringe
Snowball gun
4 snowballs

Other Xmas goodies!

Rust Christmas comes with a slew of other fun seasonal items. With things like Ice Walls, Sleds, Snowball Guns, Lights, Snow Machines, Snowmen, and more, players will have their fill of festivities.


A favourite Christmas pastime is back in Rust. Sleds allow players to travel fast and free down snowy slopes. Deployed on the ground - similar to how boogie boards work - these sleds will start sliding down hills the moment you mount them.

They can be picked up with a hammer and slide well on snow (but not much else). Find them in medium presents!

Ice Walls

Also, two frigide types of wall are back! Both made of ice (with icy spikes on the top), these walls will block your greatest of foes — or at least slow them down. Coming in short and high variants, these walls cost stones (300 and 1500 respectively) and are default blueprints for crafting.

Snowball Gun

The Snowball Gun, also known as the ‘Blizzard Blaster,’ is akin to a fast-firing nerf version of the grenade launcher. Feed this puppy one snowball and you’ll get 50 rounds in return. Fire at will to ‘lay waste to your foes with Christmas cheer.’

Dropped in Christmas loot during the event, you won’t need to craft or purchase this one.

Craftable Christmas Tree

As with previous years, a Christmas Tree can be crafted by players. For 500 pieces of wood and 30 pieces of cloth, you too can have your Tree in your base to celebrate the holidays properly. Open the tree up (like a loot box) to decorate with Baubels, Candy Canes, Pinecones, and Gingerbread Men.

Advent Calendar

Another way to partake in the holiday festivities is with the Advent Calendar. Available to craft as a default blueprint, this deployable will allow you to claim a new present every real-life day.

100 Wood
20 Cloth
Workbench level 1