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We know you spend time inworld all week long, but sometimes there’s a little more time to relax and enjoy the finer things when the weekend comes around. The Second Life Destination Guide team spends a lot of time inworld curating fantastic spots for the community to check out. If you’re feeling lucky you can always just head over to the Destination Guide and take a shot in the dark, but if you want a short list of just a few places that have been hand selected by our editors then this is the blog for you!

As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.

Now on to the hot spots! Have fun, be kind to one another, and we’ll see you inworld!

Telrunya - Forest of Dreams

Enter a world straight out of a fairytale where you can find magical creatures around every corner. This is a haven for those who look for a tranquil environment, a home for fairies, fauns, elves and those who love to be lost in a dreamworld. Walk, fly or ride a boat to explore all the beauty this sim has to offer.

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Oi Oi Oi

Do you remember a guy that's been. In such an early song. I've heard a rumor from ground control. Oh, no! Don't say it's true...

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Forest of Zyn Love Tunnel Ride

Hop aboard this romantic boat ride, which takes you through various amorous scenes reminiscent of an old-fashioned love tunnel ride.

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Cedar Creek State Park

Cedar Creek State Park is a LGBT sim featuring outdoor activities all set in a mountainous state park setting. The sim offers inexpensive rental cottages, perfect for new comers to Second Life. There's also a night club and lots of weekly activities for residents and visitors. Come and visit the park and become part of the Cedar Creek experience.

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Le Cactus

A celebration of the extraordinary talents of cultural trailblazer Josephine Baker, queen of the trumpet Valaida Snow, the lampshade-hatted dancers of the Casino de Paris and the offbeat irony of Jacques Dutronc.Throw a banana on your head, dance on a cactus and tickle a tentacle. Everything's interactive, so click away!

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The Seasons Story

The Seasons Story is finally ready for a brand new chapter! Join all these amazing designers through Jan. 31 for wonderful winter exclusives.

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Gacha Good Events: Out With The Old

This January Gacha event has over 80 gachas and 40 merchants. Browse through both new and old gacha items at this Gacha Good event, held through Jan. 31.

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Berg by Nordan Art

Berg by Nordan Art is showing the installation Fading Mask by Haveit Neox and the exhibit Simply Samples of Her Repertoire by Mich Michabo. The teleport to the installation on the ground is located in the gallery. Don't miss these limited-time events, held through March.

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Japan - Hiroba

Visit Japan-HIROBA, a helpful place for Japanese-speaking residents of Second Life. Here you'll find assistance from a supportive community, as well as a dressing room, beginner tutorials and free sandbox.

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Breeze Cape Carnival

Fun awaits at the Breeze Cape Carnival, an amusement park filled with interactive rides, rollercoasters, a log flume and much more.

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Calling All Creators for Project Bento Filming Party for the Drax Files

by Community Manager ‎01-14-2016 01:00 PM - edited ‎01-14-2016 01:45 PM

Project Bento is one of the biggest changes to the Second Life avatar ever! More than 90 new bones have been added to accommodate features like subtle facial expressions, articulating fingers, smoothly-flapping wings, waving tails, and much more that was previously impossible or required complex workarounds.

If you’re a creator who’s testing out Project Bento, or one who’s eager to give it a try - now is the perfect time! We’re looking for creators to show off some of the possibilities of Project Bento for an upcoming episode of The Drax Files. There are detailed instructions on how to get started and how to get to the beta grid (aditi) on our wiki page. (TIP:Testing on Aditi does not cost you upload fees!)

On January 19th at NOON SLT, there will be an open casting call for anyone who has built something with Bento to come show off their work. Selected creators may be filmed and/or interviewed to be featured in an upcoming episode of the Drax Files. You will need to login to Aditi in order to access the location (secondlife://Aditi/secondlife/Bento%20Island/128/128/23). The location will not be open until NOON SLT on January 10th Information about Aditi and how to access it is located on our wiki.

In addition to the open casting call, creators are encouraged to contact Draxtor Despres inworld with information about what they're making. Video, screenshots, descriptions - the more information the better, and the sooner you can share that - the better as well. Chosen creations and their creators will be contacted with information for a private filming on  January 20th, 2016, with Draxtor and Torley Linden.  

Machinimists are encouraged to come film during the open casting and get an early peek at the creative ways Project Bento is being utilised.

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A sneak peek at the set and props being built for the filming project. 
There are no awards - everyone is encouraged to come show their Project Bento creations.

Here are a few examples of what some creators have already accomplished with Project Bento that will inspire you to try out Project Bento and come show off your work!

 

Valentine’s Day is just on the horizon and will be here before you can get through a handful of heart candies! We’re looking for some great Second Life pictures from the community to feature in upcoming email and banner campaigns - with credit to the photographer - of course!

In a snapshot, let us know what Valentine’s Day means to you in Second Life.

Share your story in a picture and on our Official Flickr Page with the tag “SLVday2016” so that we can see all of your amazing works. You may submit as many as you like between now and January 29, 2016.

We’ll showcase the chosen image(s) in an email to Residents, as well as in some banner campaigns. We’ll let the chosen image creators know via Flickr and ask for an avatar name for the credits.

Submission Requirements:

  • Images must be at least 2048x1207
  • Make sure that your submissions are appropriate for all audiences.
  • Show your avatar or avatars in a scene inworld - an image that tells a story is going to make an impression.
  • Keep your image free of additional text/logos
  • Make sure your lighting is not too dark and that avatars can be seen well

As an example, here are last years selections:

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Good luck and have fun!

We’re only about a week into the new year, and there’s already so many great new events and spots to check out inworld. The Second Life Destination Guide is fast filling up with new places to explore, events to shop and wander, and tons of other great ways to spend a little of your time logged in.


Here’s a small sample of great destinations you should make sure to visit. Art, opera, scenery are just a log in away!

Roots by Cica Ghost

The people have gone...the village remains, and time and nature now live here...

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Miyako Jima Exhibition

Explore this limited-time exhibition filled with Japanese-themed architecture and experiences. Visit the dojo or discover the Kimono Museum. Roleplay as a samurai, geisha or monk in one of the many relaxing and inspiring spots here.

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CyberPolis: The Oracle

Can you uncover the secrets of the urban planetary system CyberPolis? Discover an old oracle as you navigate a maze to solve a puzzle in this limited-time exhibition from Asmita Duranjaya.

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Royal Opera

Welcome to the Royal Opera of Second Life. It was formed to encourage, educate and support the best in classical arts including music, dance, art, opera and theater.

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Tether's End

Located in the forests of upstate New York, not far south from the Canadian border, the city began as a settlement founded in the mid-18th Century by a group of fae folk. It's purpose? A safe haven for supernatural beings who wished to remove themselves from the violence and war that plagued the human world.

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The Keys

In this picturesque photography region, you can wander and take in the harmonious views. Stop and rest in a furnished house full of character or get led astray by hidden areas filled with charm and attention to detail. All provided for photography -- both beginners and professionals are welcomed. Don't miss the free photo studio.

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Stranger Things Are Happening

Stranger Things Are Happening is an art installation filled with photo and machinima opportunities. Created by Krystali Rabeni, this sim invites you to ponder this strange land and take a minute to wonder if stranger things are happening all around us.

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Pomponne

Visit this quaint Japanese town and explore the train station, local shops, and shrine.

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Scenes @ MetaLES ..O.. Scene IV

Just one thing, remember, in all the scenes, she always was...alone.

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London City Early Spring

London City invites you to join them for an early spring time. If you are fed up with the cold weather, come and enjoy outdoor events and weekly concerts, bathed in balmy sunshine. More details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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Hollow Days @ Jasmine's Hollow

The 5th annual Hollow Days is here! Celebrate winter with love, peace, joy, and friendship in this acclaimed all-inclusive Adirondack Steampunk destination full of whimsy and magic.

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Heritage

Opening Jan. 7. Heritage is a two-part exhibition by creator Gem Preiz. It begins with "Vestiges," an evocation of these witnesses of Past. It is designed as a quest and is inspired by stories of fearless adventurers who explore archeological sites or forsaken strongholds to find there the treasures of disappeared civilisations.

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Le Bistro

Le Bistro is a newcomer-friendly meeting place for French speakers. Lieu de rencontres et de discussion francophone, face au Centre d'Accueil de France 3D. Respect de chacun et bonne humeur obligatoire !

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Lost Junction

On the corner of Never and Tomorrow, you'll find a tiny boutique full of knick knacks, paddy whacks and other assorted fancies including accessories and decor, statues and the occasional bit of jewelry.

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Nightfall Cities

Get on your hiking boots and put a camera around your neck so that you can explore one of the wildest locations in SL. Nightfall Cities: Into the Wilds is a picturesque sim full of personality and character. With a wintery theme, you'll want to bring thermal underwear!

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Silver Hawk

Explore the Silver Hawk community, where you'll find a Japanese gun shop. combat zone and other surprises both above and below the ground.

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As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.

Last November - at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre, Ebbe Linden sat down with members of the Lab Chat production team to answer questions from the Second Life Community forums, as well as a live audience of more than 180 Residents. This was the first Lab Chat  - a community-driven initiative with participation from Linden Lab

The next  Lab Chat will be Thursday, January 21st, at 10:30am SLT. Once again the guest will be Ebbe Linden, and the show will be taped at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre. This is an opportunity for you to ask your questions during a live taping that will be recorded and archived for everyone to watch - not just those who can attend.

To submit your questions for the next Lab Chat, please add them to this forum thread before Friday January 15th, 2016. Residents from the Lab Chat production team will select questions to ask Ebbe from this forum thread and invite the authors to ask their question live at the inworld show. If there is time, additional questions from the audience will be taken.

As mentioned, if you are unable to attend the live show, a recording will be available shortly after the first Lab Chat wraps, so no one will miss out!

We’ll see you on January 21st, 2016 at 10:30am SLT. Don’t forget to add your questions to the forum thread and mark your calendars to join us!

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There’s a certain magic in the air this time of year and it’s all over the grid in Second Life! Winter, the holidays, the warmth of a roaring fire and twinkling lights all of it is a spectacular sight you won’t want to miss out on.

This edition of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights captures the joy of the season as celebrated by Residents from all over the world. There’s bound to be a festive celebration to suit your mood as you drop by these wintry destinations.

ChristmasVille

Welcome to ChristmasVille! Bring all your friends and enjoy the festivities in this winter-themed village.

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Holiday Village

The stage is set and the decorations are up. Holiday Village has been transformed into a charming and warm winter venue. Come ride the ski lift to the peak of the North Pole mountain for some skiing and sledding. Take a tour through the town center, the North Pole and the village. Travel by flying sleigh, horse drawn carriage or stroll about to take it all in.

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Ben's Magical Christmas Festavu 2015

Ben's Magical Christmas Festavu is back for its sixth holiday season! This year's creation is almost entirely new. Visit Santa's Workshop and House, Scrooge's House and more. Be sure to ride the BennyRail Train around the Festavu to take in all the sights.

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Clownski's Department Store

Come visit Clownski's Department Store and Skyroom. For a limited engagement, Santa Claus is visiting in the main atrium of the store. Clownski's is a model department store inspired after smaller older elegant downtown stores. Attached to Lapara Town, you may explore the museums, and other shops...then ride the train through town!

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2015 Christmas Town

Christmas Town is a sim-sized town with shopping and entertainment -- all in the spirit of Christmas and New Years. An updated time travel ride will take you through an ice castle filled with tunnels and passages transporting you through the magic of Christmas.

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Winter in Old Lapara Towne

Visit Olde Lapara Towne, the original mainland tram city based on the early 20th century. Start at the bottom level in the winter wonderland, and then take the tram on its (mostly) express run up four levels to the grand terminal. Explore the town under a blizzard. Visit the hotel, drug store, museum, or Santa.

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Christmas In Vampire Island

Interested in something new? Christmas in Vampire Island offers an active role play community with the essence of combat, joined with characters such as a Vampire, Angel, Lycan or Human, all work together against clan enemies.

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Lucienne

The picturesque town of Lucienne is nestled among forest, snow-capped hills and rivers. Explore a friendly, detailed downtown and journey beyond for quiet moments in a hilltop mansion, proud lighthouse, rustic farm and more. Hidden throughout are sensual and romantic surprises for adventurous couples. On the far reaches of Lucienne are The Docks and The Factory for music and events.

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As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.


If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is wrapping up already! With the excitement over the recent Bento announcement still in the air, we’d like to end the year by highlighting just a few more of the many ways that Second Life got even better this year.

Tech & Feature Improvements
We just promoted the Valhalla (CEF) Viewer to release. This is a major step (so we bumped the version to 4.0.0) - In-Viewer web content is now coming to you via the latest version of the Chromium Embedded Framework API - it’s a lot like the latest version of the Google Chrome browser you might use on your desktop. This change allows Residents to add web media to their creations using the latest web standards including HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL. We’ve ditched the aging and unsupported Qt/Webkit framework and the myriad of previously unfixed problems it accumulated. While we encourage content creators to move to HTML5 for best performance and future compatibility, various older plugins are still supported.

We also spent quite a bit of effort to maintain and improve the infrastructure. There were 28 simulator releases, Inventory Robustness improvements, improvements to Group Chat, and a major update of the developer toolchain.

We launched Viewer Managed Marketplace this year and rolled out the timely demise of magic boxes. We released updates to improve the Mesh Importer and implemented a resident-contributed feature suggestion to improve and expand the Notifications UI. We added a control to set your Hover Height just right from another bit of feedback.

Of course there’s more to come in 2016, hopefully something for everyone. Just a few things we have in the pipeline are the new Marketplace Search (currently in Beta), HTTP project (soon merging with Voice fixes), the Quick Graphics & Rendering Complexity Viewer, and an update to the Oculus Rift Viewer as well!

 Better Looking Starter Avatars
This year we worked on and launched new makeovers to classic avatars. These great-looking new avatars address some compatibility issues as well as offer better-looking starter options for new Residents.

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New Premium Perks
We’re continuously looking for ways to improve the value of Premium Membership in Second Life. Just this year we introduced Experience tools, reduced the cost of monthly membership and stopped charging VAT, increased Group and IM limits, and added Live Chat and extended concierge hours.

Lower Land Set-Up Fees & Grandfathered Transfers
We now allow Grandfathered transfers and we’ve lowered setup fees for Land owners and we continue to look for ways to improve our land products while keeping the economy healthy!

Inworld Events & Community Fun
This last summer marked the 12th Birthday of Second Life, and our Residents put together an amazing community-driven event. As part of the celebrations, Linden Lab hosted the first Official Music Fest - inviting musicians who perform in Second Life to come out and showcase their live music and celebrate a dozen years of Second Life. Part of the fun of SL12B included the release of the awesome T-rex avatar - a hint at what was to come with the epic launch of PaleoQuest.

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There’s lots to talk about - and we were happy to join the Lab Chat production team in November for the first session of Lab Chat. Stay tuned for more details on the call for questions and date for the next edition - coming soon!

In the spirit of our inworld meetups like the Creepy Crawl and our Snowball Fight - we look forward to spending more time enjoying this amazing world with you in the new year!

This edition of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights is stuffed with lovely spots you’re not going to want to miss. Before the snow melts, and Frosty goes away until next year pull on your snowshoes, zip up that fabulous winter coat you just got, and fling that scarf over your shoulder as you head forth into the frosty wonderland that awaits you in Second Life! You may stumble upon a snowball fight or two so dress warm!

Winter Wonderland

Enjoy an exciting snowy adventure in the latest attraction by Linden Lab. Enjoy some holiday gifts in the Village of Lights, or a nice skate around the rink with friends. Take a look over the regions on the top of our Winter Ferris Wheel or race around the track. Don't miss the all-new snowball fight arena!

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The Winter Gacha Festival

The Winter Gacha Festival is a cozy winter wonderland of gacha fun! Here there are stores with amazing collections of completely original winter treats for you to indulge in...come in, explore, have fun!

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Fantasy Cream

Select medieval fantasy creators show off their most juicy, tasty, creamy, deeeeelicious and exclusive creations at Fantasy Cream. Event held Dec. 18 - Jan. 18. More at fantasycream.wordpress.com.

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Winter Ice Rock Fest 2015

Rebel Yell Concerts presents Winter Ice Rock Fest 2015. Have fun with the many winter activities, including a sky-rail, skiing, sledding, skating and a Santa sleigh ride! Enjoy awesome tribute concerts, plan a romantic dinner in the Christmas restaurant or just spend some quality time in this immersive winter experience.

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Seasonal Garden at Dee and Lan's

Explore the tranquil beauty of this seasonal garden, where visitors can come and take photos, dance on the bridge, and just hang out.

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Christmas on 34th Street

Christmas on 34th Street is a holiday event focused on gift giving. The atmosphere reflects a sleepy small town set in a black-and-white movie. All merchandise offered at the event is transferable (excluding 10L gifts under the trees) and wrapping stations are found throughout the sim. Every store offers an exclusive item! Event ends December 27.

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Loch Noble Winter

Winter has come to Loch Noble! This Scottish winter landscape features a small village to explore. Hang out, skate and enjoy the scenery in this contemporary, Dickens-esque atmosphere.

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My Magic Winter

Come be enchanted by My Magic Winter. Dance or cuddle with your loved one or simply soak in the hot springs. Grab your ice skates and dance on the ice! There's much to discover in this relaxing retreat. Start by sitting on the driftwood log...

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Skill Gaming Region: Wyld Deal Lounge

Trusted since 2009. Wyld Deal Lounge is one of SL's top notch skill gaming spots with daily contests and more.

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Skill Gaming Region: Gold Rush

The rush is on! Discover the best in skill gaming at Gold Rush, located in Sunset Island.

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As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot isn’t in the Guide and you think it should be, drop us a line at the submission form.

Come one - come all to the Snowball Arena for a friendly ice battle of epic proportions! We’re bringing back the Official Snowball Showdown - where you’re free to pelt your fellow Second Life Residents and Lindens with a bevy of sparkling snowballs!

If you missed last year’s battle - now’s your chance to get some snow slinging fun in an icy free-for-all at Winter Wonderland. Join us on Monday, December 21st between 10 AM SLT and noon SLT.

If you’re looking for the latest in snow-slinging arsenal, be sure to grab your free snow launching weaponry from the vendors around the arena. Premium members can unlock even more powerful artillery.

Mark your calendars, assemble your dream team of friends, and meet us in the snow!

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Ready to snuggle up with some cozy gifts and cool fun? Today we’re re-opening Winter Wonderland - four regions of frolicking snowy fun for everyone to enjoy! Drop in to get your free gifts, delight in the beautifully built Village of Lights, and raise some hail at any of the wintry wonders of holidays past and present!

GO PREMIUM FOR LESS
Premium subscribers enjoy special upgrades in Winter Wonderland as well as exclusive new gifts! To enjoy your upgrades, first stop by one of the Premium Kiosks to get your exclusive gifts and Premium Winter Wonderland Badge. This badge is the key to some very cool upgrades - so don’t forget!

Not a Premium member yet? Well now is a great time to upgrade to Premium - for a limited time only, save 50% on your first quarter’s payment for a Premium Second Life Membership subscription.*  As a Premium member, you’ll enjoy rewards like exclusive gifts, access to special Premium Sandboxes, your own inworld home, a L$1000 sign-up bonus, and weekly L$ rewards to spend on whatever you like. Now, Premium Membership also includes access to voice morphing. To access voice morphing, go to this island, and click the pack you want! Have fun and enhance your online personality with different voice effects. You can read more about Premium benefits and upgrade your account here.

THE SNOW GLOWS WHITE TONIGHT
Winter Wonderland is filled with lights, delights, and snowball fights! You’ll want to stop by one of the portal parks, follow the trail to the Winter Wonderland teleport, and prepare to be transported to a magical place.

Your journey begins in the Village of Lights - a whimsical icy village at the foot of all the other fun to be had in Winter Wonderland. In the heart of this sparkling village are giant gift boxes with some fun gifts for everyone! Once an hour, the village is blanketed in a spectacular fireworks show you don’t want to miss!

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From the Village of Lights - there are many festivities to choose from depending on your mood - but we’re sure you’re going to want to stop by all of them - more than once - before the ice melts!

SNOWBALL ARENA
The snowball fight arena has been updated since last year - so you’ll need to plan your winning strategy once more before taking on your friends, strangers, and even a few Lindens atop a hill just outside the village lights. Choose your weapons from the nearby kiosks, or if you’re a Premium member, equip your Premium token for access to the ultimate snowball fight arsenal! That’s been upgraded since last year, too! You’re going to want to level up your weaponry for an upcoming inworld event that you’ll read about here - on the Featured News blog - very soon!

WINTER SNOW TRACK
Are you a dare devil? Grab a snowboard and snowmobile from nearby vendors and hit the ice! Premium members can access upgraded vehicles by equipping their token. Hop aboard and race around the four-region wide race track full of bumps, hills, jumps, and more!

ICE SKATE ARENA
Not quite ready to whoosh through the snow at breakneck speed? We’ve got you covered at the Ice Skate Arena. Grab a pair of skates from the free vendor, strap them on, and give them a spin! In the front vendors here, Premium members will find an extra prize full of customization options to fit your style and avatar.

FERRIS WHEEL
The ferris wheel will give you one of the best - and most romantic - views in the region. There’s nothing quite as breath-taking as looking out over all that glistening snow as fireworks go off overhead. We highly recommend you take yourself - or a date- at least once for a whirl on the ferris wheel.

FREE WINTER GIFTS THAT WILL LIFT YOUR SPIRITS
In addition to access to all the free fun mentioned above, Winder Wonderland is full of vendors with free gifts for everyone! While you're there - collect them all! 

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EXCLUSIVE GIFTS for PREMIUM

In Winter Wonderland, Premium members get upgraded versions of many of the free gifts in the experience. Just remember to pick up the Winter Wonderland Badge at one of the Premium Kiosks, and equip it before heading to Winter Wonderland.

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*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT
This offer begins on December 17, 2015 at 8AM Pacific Standard Time (PST) and expires on January 4, 2016 at 8AM PST. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life (“SL”) basic account or create a new account, and 2) select quarterly (every three months) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first quarter’s bill and future quarters will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$22.50 per quarter). Any Linden Dollar (L$) sign-up bonus will be applied to new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership after the account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days.