Christmas Update (1.2.0, Dec 22, 2016) Edit
"There have been fables of an individual dressed in red running around the place, whatever could it mean? And why do our lamp posts taste like peppermint? You can't really blame us for licking the lamp post, they look too delicious not to.--Taken directly from the update notes through Steam.
"A Christmas update for Kingdom: New Lands is now live until the New Year! There are a few secrets in there, too, so happy hunting! We also took the time to tweak the game a bit, so this is an official update with patch notes below.
"Have a great holiday and a Happy New Year!"
Filled with numerous secrets and interesting changes, the Christmas update did a few things to alter gameplay, until the New Year when it will be reverted.
Santa Snowman: EditIn most islands the player travels to during this update, it is possible to find a snowman wearing a santa hat and cape. Putting three coins into the snowman will allow the player to don a santa hat and a red cape (for Kings) or a red dress (for Queens). This will also change the color of some of the banners and such to be red and black. It is purely for aesthetic purposes aside from its role with the Christmas Tree.
The Great Reindeer: EditAn aesthetic change to the Great Stag mount, there is a chance it will appear randomly in a plains with a small Christmas-y cottage in the background. The mount itself takes on the appearance of a reindeer, but functions normally. He is required to pick up the Christmas Tree sleigh. The Great Stag and the reindeer version can spawn on the same island naturally.
Christmas Tree: Edit
On almost every new island, a large Christmas tree appears in a forest biome on one side of the base. It takes in 17 coins individually to decorate the tree with ornaments, at which point a box will drop from the sky that breaks into a sleigh with presents. It is not possible to pick up the sleigh without the reindeer version of the Great Stag and the Santa clothing (you can still place the ornaments and the sleigh will drop, but it will not connect without both). Once it connects to the reindeer, it will follow behind the player with a snowflake trail, periodically dropping 3-4 presents whenever you pass by one of your men every 10 or so seconds, which turn into coins when picked up. It lasts for a while, earning the player upwards of 50 or more coins, making it immensely (almost absurdly) beneficial to obtain and profit from. You can easily fill the castle vault from the coins it drops alone (see below photo).