NVIDIA RTX Winter World: The largest winter wonderland launched, built entirely in Minecraft

Virtual Christmas spectacular constructed with 30 million+ Minecraft blocks, enhanced by NVIDIA RTX!

The world’s largest winter festival has now opened its virtual doors for the public to experience the Christmas festivities, all in a Minecraft world. The NVIDIA RTX Winter World, commissioned by NVIDIA and built by Minecraft world builder, Ushio Tokura, will give all families across the globe a festive immersive experience to explore. It will also offer an opportunity to raise funds for NVIDIA’s charity partner, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity).

Utilizing NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), real-time ray tracing stunningly simulates the physical behavior of light. This helps in enabling reflections, shadows, and other realistic lighting effects. Visitors are transported to a world offering a full winter wonderland and Santa’s grotto experience with Santa himself for visitors to engage and interact with.

With the power utilised from our RTX GPU, our artist Ushio Tokura has created an incredibly vast and visually pleasing world that we are thrilled to bring to families across the globe for a truly unique, virtual Christmas experience. It has also been a pleasure to support the vital work our friends at Great Ormond Street do. We hope to raise as much as possible to help their efforts this Christmas.

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NVIDIA RTX Winter World features many exquisite things with playable storylines and quests

The NVIDIA RTX Winter World includes roller coasters, a Christmas village, a frozen ice-skating lake, a penguin postal service, and a petting zoo tent, with playable storylines and quests. Christmas film aficionados should also keep a lookout for Easter Egg homages to famous festive flicks such as Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life and The Polar Express.

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Ferris wheel from the NVIDIA RTX Winter World

Covering an area with a representative size of 155,000 square meters or 38 acres, the virtual wonderland is 4 times the size of the biggest real-world Christmas Market in Austria and took Ushio Tokura over 300 hours and more than 30 million individual blocks to complete.

The world also features a full recreation of the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) building and visitors will be able to donate via an in-game QR code to contribute to the charity’s ‘Home for Christmas’ fundraising campaign, which seeks to bring seriously ill children one step closer to home. This includes funding state-of-the-art medical technology, pioneering research programs into treatments and cures for rare conditions, and patient and family support services.

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The Great Ormond Street Hospital building from the NVIDIA RTX Winter World

Money raised will also help bring Christmas to the hospital for children from across the UK whose treatment needs to continue over the festive season, as well as funding important services for GOSH staff working to care for patients and their families.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with NVIDIA who have created this amazing experience for families across the world. We are so grateful for any donation’s visitors to this incredibly festive winter wonderland, and those joining the charity stream, are able to make.

 Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising at GOSH Charity

“Every child should have the chance to be at home with their families for Christmas Day, by donating to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity this Christmas, you’ll be helping fund vital resources that can help get seriously ill children one step closer to home as well as helping to bring that special Christmas magic to children at GOSH whose treatment needs to continue over the festive season,” he added.

How to download NVIDIA RTX Winter World in Minecraft

Families can download the NVIDIA RTX Winter World in Minecraft today at Planet Minecraft Official Site. Here are the step by step instructions on how to install the NVIDIA RTX Winter World: 

  1. Download GeForce Experience and install the latest GeForce Drivers
  2. Ensure you have a GeForce RTX GPU installed in your PC
  3. Download and install the latest version of Minecraft for Windows
  4. Download the NVIDIA RTX Winter World here
  5. Locate the downloaded file and double click.
  6. Minecraft for Windows will open and a dialogue box at the top of the screen will let you know when the world is installed
  7. Click Play > Create > Scroll to the bottom to the ‘imported templates’ section & click Christmas Adventure RTX
  8. Click Create & the Christmas adventure will start
  9. To check if Ray Tracing and DLSS are enabled: Go to Settings > Video > scroll down and make sure Upscaling and Ray Tracing are enabled.

However, depending on the RTX GPU you have, you can increase the Ray Tracing Render Distance from 8 chunks in the video settings.

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