First things first, you can now purchase a blanket of snow to cover your city's grassy areas. This costs just 500 coins to do, and while it only applies to the ground, you'll see every square (including trees that you've yet to chop down) covered in snow, regardless of whether you've expanded into them. To be clear, last year we were given an option to turn on snow and lights on our buildings as well, but that hasn't been launched as of this writing. Also, your beach will stay sandy, and isn't affected by the snow cover.
Here's a look at the rest of the newly released items:
- Costs: 60 City Cash
- Population: 1850 - 3650
- Rent: 326 coins every day
- Costs: 40 City Cash
- Population: 600 - 1200
- Rent: 197 coins every four hours
Sugar Plum Palace
- Costs: 30 City Cash
- Population: 300 - 600
- Rent: 19 coins every five minutes
Frozen Water Mill (Community Building)
- Costs: 65 City Cash
- Allows: Raises max population cap by 3,750 citizens
Holiday Tree Lot
- Costs: 40 City Cash
- Requires: 305 Goods
- Earnings: 1648 coins
In addition to these items, you can also pick up a Winter Mystery Crate for 40 City Cash. For each crate you purchase, you'll have a chance of winning the Holiday Tree Lot, Gingerbread House, Frozen Water Mill or another new building: Ginger Tower. This tower made of gingerbread serves as a home, offering your town 2,500 - 4,500 citizens, and is the rarest prize in the box. If history tells us anything, this will likely be released as a standalone item for purchase in the store at a later date, but at a higher price. So, if you want to get it for cheap, feel free to gamble and purchase one of these crates, hoping to get lucky.
Also, if you happen to be a veteran player that still has last year's Holiday Tree Lot, keep in mind that this new business is just that - a business. It's a different item than last year's decoration, although it does look incredibly similar.
All of these items have been given a "limited time" marking in the store, but I'd be willing to wager that we won't see them actually leave the store for quite some time. As this theme is given more items and the holidays truly start to kick off in CityVille, we'll make sure to let you know.
Check out the rest of our Holiday 2011 coverage right here.
Will you change your town's land to snow, or are you still celebrating fall in your game? What do you think of these new Winter / Christmas themed items? Sound off in the comments.