Stardew Valley Feast of the Winter Star, including secret gift-giving explained

Who knows what gift you might receive? 

Stardew Valley brings the year to a close with the Feast of the Winter Star.

This festival was clearly inspired by Christmas (the Christmas tree in the middle of Pelican Town square is hard to miss) and involves a secret gift-giving activity.

Like the Luau back in the hot days of summer and the Flower Dance, the Feast of the Winter Star gives you an opportunity to raise the friendship of a specific citizen in Pelican Town. The catch is that this villager is randomly selected.

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Feast of the Winter Star date and time in Stardew Valley explained

Below you'll find the Stardew Valley festival calendar details for the Feast of the Winter Star:

  • Date - 25th Winter
  • Time - 9am to 2pm
  • Location - Pelican Town
  • Return to Farm at - 10pm

One of the main goals in Stardew Valley is to complete the Community Center bundles or, if you’re corporate minded, you can buy a JojaMart Membership. Fishing is a great way to earn money in Stardew Valley, especially if you decide to use crab pots and ponds. Throughout the year you’ll also be able to take in a variety of festivals, including the Egg Festival, Stardew Valley Fair and the Night Market.


Secret gift-giving in Stardew Valley explained

Secret gift-giving in Stardew Valley works both ways; you have the opportunity to give someone a gift and you'll receive one in return.

A week before the festival, the 18th of Winter, you'll receive a letter in the mail from Lewis containing the name of the villager who you'll be finding a gift for at this year's Feast of the Winter Star festival.

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You'll receive a letter telling you which villager you're buying a gift for.

Whatever you decide to gift your chosen villager will be worth five times the normal amount of friendship points. Thanks to this, it's always worth giving your chosen villager something they might like, even if it's a neutral level gift.

Once you've given your gift away, you'll receive one of your own from a randomly selected villager.

The gift you receive depends on which villager was chosen to give you a gift. Below you'll find a list of possible gifts, the amount you'll receive and who will give it to you:

ItemQuanity Villager
Ancient Doll 1 Jas
Vincent
Beach Warp Totem 25 Willy
Beer 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Blackberry Cobbler 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Clay 1 Jas
Vincent
Cookie 1 Evelyn
Deluxe Speed-Go 10 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Dressed Spinner 1 Willy
Egg 12 Marnie
Emerald 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Frozen Geode 5 (Clint)
1 (Jas or Vincent)
Clint
Jas
Vincent
Geode 5 (Clint)
1 (Jas or Vincent)
Clint
Jas
Vincent
Glow Ring 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Gold Bar 5 Clint
Hardwood 25 Robin
Iridium Bar 1 Clint
Jade 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Magma Geode 5 (Clint)
1 (Jas or Vincent)
Clint
Jas
Vincent
Magnet 1 Willy
Nautilus Shell 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Pink Cake 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Poppyseed Muffin 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Pumpkin Pie 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Purple Mushroom 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Rainbow Shell 1 Jas
Vincent
Ruby 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Stone 50 Robin
Tea Set 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Wine 1 All adults expect for Clint, Evelyn, Marine, Robin or Willy
Wood 99 Robin
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If you don't like the present you receive, you can always restart the game and try your luck at a better gift!

Once the Feast of the Winter Star is completed, you'll have to wait till spring and the Egg Festival to partake in another festival.

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