Holidays are special events in Team Fortress 2, commonly coinciding with a cultural holiday or birthday celebration. Holiday restrictions are placed on items to enable players to equip them only for a specific holiday period.
Items with holiday restrictions have the restriction denoted in their attributes as "Holiday Restriction: [name]". The restricting of items was first implemented with the Haunted Halloween Special Update in 2009.
Equipping an item with a Holiday restriction while that Holiday is not active results in the item simply not appearing in the game world.
The Halloween Holiday was the first holiday introduced to Team Fortress 2 and has historically taken place in a few days before Halloween and lasts a week or two into early November. When the Halloween Holiday is in effect, these Halloween restricted items are visible. Originally, these items were obtained by picking up Haunted Halloween Gifts that spawned on Mann Manor, Eyeaduct, Ghost Fort, and Helltower during the event. With the event of Scream Fortress 2015, these items became obtainable only by completion of Merasmissions. In Scream Fortress 2017, Merasmissions were incorporated into the general Contracts system.
Past Halloween Dates
- 2009: October 29 - November 9
- 2010: October 27 - November 8
- 2011: October 27 - November 6
- 2012: October 26 - November 8
- 2013: October 29 - November 11
- 2014: October 29 - November 12
- 2015: October 28 - November 12
- 2016: October 21 - November 16
- 2017: October 26 - November 8
- 2018: October 19 - November 14
The Full Moon restriction was introduced with the 2011 Very Scary Halloween Special. All previous items that were restricted to just Halloween were updated to be equippable during both Halloween and Full Moon. The items will be available for use during Full Moons according to a formula that closely approximates the lunar calendar, or servers running Halloween mode.
Items restricted to Halloween and Full Moon
The TF Birthday celebrates the original release of the Team Fortress mod, and is activated on August 24th of every year. This Holiday can be enabled on other days on a per server basis by setting
tf_birthday 1 in the server.cfg file.
|Noise Maker - TF Birthday|
The Australian Christmas 2011 Update introduced the Winter holiday restriction.
Winter Historical Dates:
- 2011: December 15th - December 31
- 2012: December 20th - December 31
- 2013: December 20th - December 31
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