Unlock these 16 date-specific achievements over the holidays

By Sean Carey,
The holidays are here, which means it's time to relax, see your friends and family, and eat copious amounts of food. However, you shouldn't relax too hard as there are achievements to unlock, specifically, achievements that can only be unlocked on certain days over the holiday period, so put down the presents, pick up that controller, and get back to it!

Below we've detailed all the date-specific achievements that can be unlocked over the holidays. Some can be unlocked tomorrow (December 24th) and others on the big day, December 25th. Of course, for some of these, you could be a naughty little scoundrel and change the date on your console and unlock these at any point throughout the year, but where is the fun in that? Santa is watching, and he can view your achievement unlock timestamps, don't you know?

The Swindle – December 24th

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The first achievement you'll need to unlock over the festive break is the You're a mean one achievement in The Swindle. This one can only be unlocked on December 24th, and it appears that it goes by the GMT timezone, so bear that in mind. To unlock the achievement, you'll need to clear out a "poor person's house" in the Slums with 100% loot collected on Christmas Eve – what a way to kick off the holidays, hey?

The SwindleYou’re a Mean OneThe You’re a Mean One achievement in The Swindle worth 82 pointsClear out a poor person's house on Christmas Eve

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – December 25th and January 1st

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Next, we'll be spending some time with everyone's favourite green shooty dude, The Master Chief, in Halo: The Master Chief Collection to unlock two more achievements. You can unlock the Elder Signs achievement (providing you've already viewed one sigil) which requires you to view two different sigils on the Halo 3 map Valhalla on two different days of the year. This can be done in matchmaking, custom games, or in Forge, but only one sigil can be viewed at a time. You'll find the Christmas Day sigil located on a far wall behind the turret (it should be a Christmas light with a cross marked through it). For more and an offline method, check out the Elder Signs achievement guide on TA.

The next time you'll be able to view a sigil will be on January 1st (New Year's Day).

Halo: The Master Chief CollectionElder SignsThe Elder Signs achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection worth 44 pointsHalo 3: View 2 different sigils on Valhalla.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (CN)Elder SignsThe Elder Signs achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection (CN) worth 20 pointsHalo 3: View 2 different sigils on Valhalla.


For our next Halo: MCC achievement, we'll be taking a trip to Zanzibar to unlock the Destination Vacation achievement. To pop this one, you'll need to view one of the seasonal signs on the Halo 2 map Zanzibar in classic multiplayer on December 25th. You'll find the sign over on the beach next to the water, and it should read: "Danger, This Soffish, DO NOT EAT!" If you don't get around to it on Christmas Day, you can still view it on January 1st, where it will say "Baby Shark Petting" instead. Check out the top-rated guide here on TA.

Halo: The Master Chief CollectionDestination VacationThe Destination Vacation achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection worth 39 pointsHalo 2: View one of the seasonal signs on Zanzibar in classic multiplayer.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (CN)Destination VacationThe Destination Vacation achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection (CN) worth 19 pointsHalo 2: View one of the seasonal signs on Zanzibar in classic multiplayer.


If you do go for either the Elder Signs or the Destination Vacation achievements on December 25th, you may as well fire up Halo 3 while you're there and unlock the Third Time's A Charm achievement, if you haven't done so already. All you need to do is start the game and the achievement should pop

Halo: The Master Chief CollectionThird Time's A CharmThe Third Time's A Charm achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection worth 10 pointsHalo 3: Play a game of Halo 3 on the 25th of any month.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (CN)Third Time's A CharmThe Third Time's A Charm achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection (CN) worth 8 pointsHalo 3: Play a game of Halo 3 on the 25th of any month.

Batman: Arkham City – December 25th and January 1st

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Next, you have an important date with Calendar Man in Batman: Arkham City. To unlock the Storyteller achievement on December 25th, or at least make some progress towards it, you will need to talk to Calendar Man in his cell on 12 specific dates throughout the year. He is located down in the Solomon Wayne Courthouse which can be accessed near the beginning of the game. It's also worth noting that this achievement goes by the GMT timezone and not your local timezone. The next day you'll need to visit Calendar Man will be on January 1st. This achievement can also be unlocked offline and by changing the date on your console. For more on this check out this guide. There are also Xbox 360 and PC achievement stacks for Batman: Arkham City, so don't forget to visit Calendar Man in those versions of the game too.

Batman: Arkham CityStorytellerThe Storyteller achievement in Batman: Arkham City worth 51 pointsHave 12 murderous dates with Calendar Man

Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360)StorytellerThe Storyteller achievement in Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360) worth 31 pointsHave 12 murderous dates with Calendar Man

Batman: Arkham City (GFWL)StorytellerThe Storyteller achievement in Batman: Arkham City (GFWL) worth 41 pointsHave 12 murderous dates with Calendar Man

It's Quiz Time – December 25th

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The Merry Quizmas achievement in It's Quiz Time is a simple one to unlock. All you need to do is play the game on December 25th to pop the achievement.

It's Quiz TimeMerry QuizmasThe Merry Quizmas achievement in It's Quiz Time worth 38 pointsPlayed on December 25th

Chickens Madness – December 25th

Chickens Madness Achievements

Also on December 25th, you'll need to fire up party game Chickens Madness to unlock the Jingle the Bells achievement. Again, this one should be pretty straightforward as all you need to do is play the game to get the achievement and a rather tidy 60G for your efforts.

Chickens MadnessJingle the BellsThe Jingle the Bells achievement in Chickens Madness worth 98 pointsPlayed the game during Xmas time! (Secret)


Saw 2: Flesh & Blood – December 25th

Saw 2: Flesh and Blood achievement

Ah yes, the classic Christmas game Saw 2: Flesh & Blood is next on your festive achievement hunt. To unlock the You Wasted Your Life achievement (how cheery), all you need to do is start the game and reach the main menu. Unfortunately, Saw 2: Flesh & Blood was delisted from the Microsoft Store some time ago, and it's not backwards compatible, so you're going to need to dig out your Xbox 360 to pop this one.

Saw 2: Flesh & BloodYou wasted your lifeThe You wasted your life achievement in Saw 2: Flesh & Blood worth 24 pointsPlayed on Christmas (Secret)

Dance Central 3 – December 25th and December 31st

Dance Central 3

While you've got the old 360 out, you might as well bust a move in Dance Central 3 and unlock the Go Shorty achievement (though you will also need a Kinect for this one). To unlock this achievement, you'll need to complete 50 Cent's number one Christmas smash hit "In Da Club" with Oblio. If you don't quite get around to it on December 25th, the next time you can earn the achievement is on December 31st by completing the same song with Dr Tan.

Dance Central 3Go ShortyThe Go Shorty achievement in Dance Central 3 worth 50 pointsPerformed "In Da Club" with a character on that character's birthday.


Microsoft Solitaire Collection – December 28th to December 29th

Microsoft Solitaire Collection

From December 28th through to the 29th, you will be able to unlock the Dragonslayer achievement in Microsoft Solitaire Collection (thanks, KingyOwl and v Sim CO). Microsoft Solitaire Collection runs daily events where completing challenges earns you points. The Dragonslayer achievement requires you to earn 10,000 points, but sadly, there aren't usually enough challenges in the daily events to earn that many points. On special occasions, a 10,000 point event is held, and it just so happens that this next 10k event will begin on December 28th and run for one day, giving you a chance to unlock Dragonslayer. Check out the Dragonslayer achievement guides for more.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection (UWP)DragonslayerThe Dragonslayer achievement in Microsoft Solitaire Collection (UWP) worth 112 pointsEarned a 10,000 point Bracelet in Events


Big Buck Hunter Pro Adventure – December 17th to December 31st

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We don't imagine many of you will be going for this one over the holidays, but if you've got Big Buck Hunter Pro Adventure (Win 8), you can unlock the Flying Solo achievement by shooting 12 whitetail bucks between December 17th and December 31st.

Big Buck Hunter Pro Adventure (Windows)Flying SoloThe Flying Solo achievement in Big Buck Hunter Pro Adventure (Windows) worth 17 pointsShoot 12 Whitetail Bucks during the Christmas Holidays.


If you're interested in receiving a notification each time date-specific achievements like these become available, make sure you turn on the date-specific achievement reminder notification setting in your notification settings on TA. You can find that setting at the top of this page.

If you know of any other date-specific achievements that can be unlocked over the festive period, let us and the community know in the comments below. Happy holidays!
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with the latest gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.