Saturday 19th December
10am- Saturnalia Ritual & Tavern Celebration
Saturnalia begins with ritual to honour Saturn and Sol Invictus, followed by a party in the Tavern with dancing, music, and general merry-making. Saturnalia in ancient Rome was one of the most popular festivals of the year. It was marked by a license for mischief and high spirits (within limits) and reversal of social roles, in which slaves and masters switched places. So put on your pileus (freedmans cap), your most colourful clothes, and come party like a Patrician (Even if you're not)! Io Saturnalia!
Location: ROMA Plaza
12pm (Noon)- Saturnalia Skating & Snowball Fights
Lake Trasimenus has frozen over and that can mean only one thing - skating time has returned to ROMA! A beautiful ice forest has sprung up on the frozen water - where we will skate, enjoy hot chocolate (or maybe something a little stronger!), and toss snowballs at each other! We have a Skoopf skate vendor as well as free skates availible, and a free snowball thrower too! Just us for all the frosty frozen fun!
Location: Lake Trasimenus
2pm- Saturnalia Snowman Building Contest
Do you like playing in the snow? Do you like building snowmen? Then we have a contest for you! In order of the winter season, we are having a snowman building contest - limited only by your imagination! Some come build us a snowman, a snow angel, even a snow dog if you want! Winners will be chosen by a 3 judge panel, and will be rated in 3 categories: Creativity, Style, and Seasonality (how well your creation fits into the seasonal theme). Builders will have 1 hour to complete their creations, and prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Location: ROMA Subura Park
Sunday 20th December
10am- Subura Domus Deco Walking Tour
A walking tour through Subura to see all the decorated homes - come join in walking in a winter wonderland! The residents os Subura have decorated their homes for the season, and some of them have entered into our Domus Deco contest! After the walking tour, the voting will take place at a festive gathering celebrating the grand opening of the Villa Romani - an educational recreation of a real roman villa. There will be dancing, drinks, good music, and much to explore!
Location: Subura Julian Plaza
12pm (Noon)- Saturn's Treasure Hunt
As Saturn is the god that presides over the Roman Treasury, we are holding a treasure hunt! The Great God Saturn has cast a number of pouches all over ROMA sim - and they are all full of gold (lindens)! The game is simple: find a pouch, click it, and you get to keep the cash! But each pouch contains a differing amount, and there are more smaller pouches than large ones. But if you're lucky, you may even find a pouch worth $L200! (There are only a handful of these hidden throughout the sim though, so you must keep your eyes peeled!) Once a pouch is claimed, it's gone - so hunt fast! How much gold can you collect in 1 hour? Join us and find out!
Location: ROMA Plaza
2pm- Saturnalia Scavenger Hunt
For those who like a bit of a challenge, we offer another hunt - a Scavenger Hunt! Seek through all the ROMA sims for 3 items in each sim - when you find it, take a snapshot and add it to your hunt notecard (this will cost you $L10 per upload). The first person to complete the full set of hunt targets will be judged the winner - and the prize is $L1000! You have up to 1 hour to complete the hunt (but you may have less if someone completes their list before you). Are you up to the challenge? Prove it!
Location: ROMA Plaza
4pm- Saturnalia Grand Feast
Io Saturnalia! Or Merry Xmas! Or Happy Hanukkah! Or whatever the season's holiday means for you! Our festival culminates in the Saturnalia Grand Feast, in a beautiful ice palace - in addition to the traditional feasting and dancing, we also have ice skating (for those who missed it the first time round), polar bathing (all you polar bears - bring your swimsuits!) and an ice carousel! It's also our last chance to get together before the holidays - so come wish your fellow ROMAns Happy Holidays!
Location: ROMA Transtiberim Campus Martius