2014 Xmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair preview

2014 Xmas Expo and Breedables Fair
2014 Xmas Expo and Breedables Fair

The 2014 SL Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair opens on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 and will run through until Monday, December 15th, 2014. As usual, this annual event offers something for everyone, including the opportunity to help raise funds for Relay For Life of Second Life, an official charity of the American Cancer Society.

Taking place across eight regions, including the entertainment and winter auction regions, the Christmas Expo is supported by many top designers from across SL, and offers visitors a great seasonal shopping experience coupled with a range of entertainments taking place throughout the Expo, together with a some very special events, including:

  • Best of Second Life (BOSL) Magazine Cover Live Auction, Saturday, December 6th, 13:00 SLT: bid to have yourself or your brand featured on the cover of the March 2015 Best of Second Life magazine. 100% of all proceeds from bids go to Relay For Life of Second Life
  • 2014 Holiday of Hope Ball, Saturday, December 13th, 16:00-20:00 SLT:  this special ball will take place at the Nutcracker’s Palace above the Expo. Two special raffle baskets will be on offer to all Expo and Ball attendees, with 100% of all proceeds from purchases going to Relay For Life of Second Life.
  • Best of Second Life (BOSL) Miss Virtual World Gowns Raffles – these special raffles will feature the one of a kind gowns, which are worn by the current Miss Virtual World contestants. Raffle winners will be announced on Monday, December 15th, 2014
  • Hunt for the Bells – participants will be able to hunt for special bells scattered across the Expo. The bells contain a variety of items from SL creators and designers, with each item purchasable for just L$10, and 100% of the proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Second Life.
  • Silent Auctions & Raffles – many items and even special Christmas ornaments are up for auction and raffle in these events! 100% of the proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Second Life.
  • One Of a Kind (OOAK)Breedables Auction – Bid on one of a kind breedables from some of SL’s favourite breedable brands. 100% proceeds of this auction goes to relay For Life of Second Life.
  • Naughty Or Nice – teleport to the participating shops and find the green Christmas present  Naughty or Nice Giver. Touch the box and receive either a nice gift or a naughty gift! You can check back to see if you have been naughty or nice and to get a free gift. All gifts in the Naughty or Nice boxes are 100% FREE!
2014 Xmas Expo and Breedables Fair: the Nutcracker Palace
2014 Xmas Expo and Breedables Fair: the Nutcracker Palace, venue for the Holiday of Hope Ball

For the full lit of events and entertainments, please refer to the Expo’s Event Schedule page. You can also find a full list of participating stores and exhibitors, and maps of the event are also available.

The four regions of the Xmas Expo and two Winter Breedables Fair regions are laid out in the traditional grid pattern, roads and footpaths swept clear of snow and ice so as not to present a hazard to visitors. Stores in the Expo area are neatly arranged in warehouse-style units, while the Breedables regions, as one might expect, are more open in nature. Flanking either side of these regions are the entertainment and auction regions.

For those who don’t fancy walking from one end of the Expo / Fair to the other, there is a tram service running back and forth through the middle of both,  with a terminus in both the entertainment region and the auction region.

Holiday CD

A regular feature of the Xmas Expo is the Christmas Holiday CD, all proceeds from the sale of which go directly to RFL of SL. This year, in a change to previous years, the CD will feature classical versions of favourite holiday songs. The CD will be available at all Information & Welcome Areas across the eight regions of the Xmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair, at just L$100 per copy – just look for the special vendors.

2014 Xmas Expo and Breedables Fair
2014 Xmas Expo and Breedables Fair tram

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life of Second Life is an annual activity that takes place in Second Life in July each year. Volunteers form or join teams to have fun while fundraising and raising awareness from mid-March through mid-July. In July teams build campsites and walk a track, just like a Real World Relay. Since 2005, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $2.25 million USD for the American Cancer Society. In 2013, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $390,000 for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life has become an international movement in RL and SL. In 2011 participants from over 80 countries took part in Relay For Life of Second Life.

About the American Cancer Society

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

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A further invitation to participate in the 2014 Xmas Expo

Xmas Expo 2013
Xmas Expo 2013

The organisers of the 2014 Second Life Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair have issued a further invitation for people to participate in this year’s events, will take place from Thursday December 4th through until Monday December 15th inclusive in support of Relay for Life of SL.

The events will take place across eight themed regions in Second Life, and will include both seasonal and non-seasonal items from some of the best creators and designers. Creators wishing to participate in either event should complete the shop registration form.

Xmas posterAs well as the main stores, there will be a range of attractions and activities throughout the twelve days of the events, including: a special one of a kind breedables auction, live performances, DJ sets, the Holiday of Hope Ball, Hunt For the Bells, Naughty Or Nice, a Christmas Tree Lot, Ornament Auctions, and of course photos with Santa!

As a part of the live events, the organisers are also seeking applications from live performers, tribute bands, dance troupes, theatre groups, DJs, art galleries and public speakers. Anyone interested in participating in the events in any of these capacities should complete the Performers Application.

Bloggers wishing to cover the Expo and Fair are also now invited to indicate their interest through the Blogger Opportunities page. Registration will grant applicants with access to the blogger/press days on the 2nd and 3rd December, 2014 and have their names listed as an official blogger on the websites for the events.

Applications for all of the above should be submitted no later the November 14th, 2014. 100% of all registration fees, sponsorship fees, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, and vendor donation items will go directly to Relay For Life of SL and The American Cancer Society.

Xmas Expo 2013
Xmas Expo 2013

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life of Second Life is an annual activity that takes place in Second Life in July each year. Volunteers form or join teams to have fun while fundraising and raising awareness from mid-March through mid-July. In July teams build campsites and walk a track, just like a Real World Relay. Since 2005, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $2.25 million USD for the American Cancer Society. In 2013, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $390,000 for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life has become an international movement in RL and SL. In 2011 participants from over 80 countries took part in Relay For Life of Second Life.

About the American Cancer Society

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

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2014 SL Christmas Expo and Winter Breedable’s Fair registrations open

Xmas posterThe 2014 Second Life Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair will take place from Thursday December 4th through until Monday December 15th inclusive in support of Relay for Life of SL.

Registrations are now being accepted from content creators wishing to participate in the Expo and Winter Fair, and those wishing to do so are asked to complete either the Christmas Expo registration page, or the Winter Breedables Fair registration page, depending on their specific interest in participating.

The event will include both seasonal and non-seasonal items from some of the best creators and designers in Second Life available across eight suitably themed regions in Second Life. Throughout the event, there will be a wide range of activities and entertainments, including a special one of a kind breedables auction, live performances, DJ sets, the Holiday of Hope Ball, Hunt For the Bells, Naughty Or Nice, a Christmas Tree Lot, Ornament Auctions, and of course photos with Santa! 100% of all registration fees, sponsorship fees, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, and vendor donation items will go directly to Relay For Life of SL and The American Cancer Society.

Xmas Expo 2013
Xmas Expo 2013

In addition, there are still a number of sponsorship opportunities available. If you would be interested in supporting the event as a sponsor, please see the Sponsorship page for details of available options and registration forms.

The Expo and Winter Breedables Fair organisers are also looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help run the event. If you’re interested in helping-out, please hop over to the volunteers page.

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life of Second Life is an annual activity that takes place in Second Life in July each year. Volunteers form or join teams to have fun while fundraising and raising awareness from mid-March through mid-July. In July teams build campsites and walk a track, just like a Real World Relay. Since 2005, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $2.25 million USD for the American Cancer Society. In 2013, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $390,000 for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life has become an international movement in RL and SL. In 2011 participants from over 80 countries took part in Relay For Life of Second Life.

About the American Cancer Society

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

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Xmas Expo 2013 and Breedables Fair in support of RFL of SL

Xmas Expo 2013
Xmas Expo 2013

The 2013 SL Christmas Expo is underway. While the official Relay For Life Second Life 2013 events season is officially closed, the Expo is in support of RFL SL, and is being held on four regions adjacent to that of the American Cancer Society. Proceeds will be donated directly to the RFL of SL 2014 campaign.

The Expo, which runs through until December 15th, brings together merchants and entertainers from across the grid to help us prepare for the holiday season and get in the mood for Christmas as the New Year, and features a number of special events and activities.

Running alongside of the Expo is the 2013 Magic of Christmas Breedables Fair, which is being held on two regions which are linked to the Expo via the RFL Christmas Festival region, which adjoins the American Cancer Society’s HQ in Second Life.

The 2013 Xmas Expo – click to enlarge

The Expo regions are laid-out so as to be as low-lag as possible, with shops arranged around the outside of each of the four regions to form a continuous street scene with a Victorian feel to it, with cobbled road surfaces and gas lamps providing the light along the footpaths at night. There are 84 content creators with stores along the streets, each of whom has at least one or two RFL vendors selling selected items the proceeds of which go directly to RFL of SL. In addition, scattered through the Expo region are market stalls and also special RFL vendors offering a range of items, the proceeds of which also go directly to RFL of SL.

In the middle of each of the four regions are the special event areas, including a frozen lake for ice skating (free skates available for both Big ‘Uns and Tinies) the event stage, where entertainment will be provided throughout the length of the Expo, and the Expo Theatre, which will, on December 11th and 12th, be hosting a special production of Wit, Margaret Edson’s first play which, in 1999, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (see more below).

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Xmas Expo 2013

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SL Christmas Expo – supporting RFL SL

The 2012 SL Christmas Expo is underway. While the official Relay For Life Second Life 2012 events season is officially closed, the Expo is in support of RFL SL, and is being held on five sims adjacent to that of the American Cancer Society.

The Expo, which runs through until December 19th, brings together merchants and entertainers from across the grid to help us prepare for the holiday season and get in the mood for Christmas as the New Year, and features a number of special events and activities.

Race for the Bells - all proceeds to RFL
Race for the Bells – all proceeds to RFL

In terms of the latter, the Expo is the starting point for the 2012 Race for the Bells. This is a unique “marathon” “run” across 25 regions in Second Life. On offer is a first prize of L$10,000 for the person who can complete the course in the fastest time – and locate the 25 silver bells in the process. The marathon is open to all, and can be run as many times as you like. The is an entrance fee of L$100 per run – with all proceeds going to RFL. To start, use the teleport above and then click on the TOP sign at the start point and pay the entrance fee (click the BOTTOM sign if you are re-running!). The  hint for locating the first bell will be delivered, and you are off! Each bell you find will give you a hint as to where the next can be found. The race will be open through until December 19th.

Proceeds from the Expo raffle, featuring some unique prizes, will similarly be donated directly to RFL. Tickets cost L$100 or three for L$250. Keep an eye on the Expo’s blog as well, for details of upcoming silent auctions.

SL Christmas Expo 2012: come shop 'til you drop!
SL Christmas Expo 2012: come shop ’til you drop!

The Expo will also play host to the 2012 Avi Choice awards at a black tie formal event to be held at the Expo’s auditorium on December 14th. The event commences at 18:00 SLT on the 14th, and will be fronted by Traderi Whiplash and Nuala Maracas and feature Saffia Widdershins, Elrik Merlin, Zander Greene and Aisling Sinclair with a host of entertainers.

The Expo park
The Expo park

Entertainment at the event will take place daily, and feature some of SL’s top musicians, dancers and DJs. The full schedule is available on the Expo website.

The five regions of the Expo feature an urban layout of broad streets lined either side with stores which encourages a feeling of being out Christmas shopping. Christmas trees stand at many street intersections, snow lies piled about, and there are a number of open areas where the foot-weary can sit and take to load off for a few minutes, including the central park area.

Each Xmas Expo shopkeeper has donated two items and set them for sale in a special Relay for Life vendor. Proceeds of all sales from these vendors will go directly to RFL – so look out for them as you wander, explore and shop.

The RFL Xmas CD

On offer at the Expo, and available in-world only through until the New Year, is the Christmas Holiday CD, which features some of Second Life’s best performers, who have donated their time and their voices to a very special recording.

The RFL Xmas CD
The Christmas Holiday CD

Coordinated and arranged by Liz Harley and produced by Joe Silverstar, the CD is available for L$500 which goes directly to RFL. It can be purchased from a number of special RFL vendors located at the Holiday Park and in the Auditorium on sims: Xmas Expo 1, Xmas Expo 2, Xmas Expo 3,  and Xmas Expo 4. Each copy includes an in-world CD and a link for downloading track MP3s outside of SL.

SL Christmas Expo 2012, giving support a worthy cause
SL Christmas Expo 2012, giving support a worthy cause