Father Christmas / Santa Claus Follower
Nothing says "Christmas" like an intrusive, drunken fat man shouting racial slurs at Dunmer. This silly mod adds a Santa Claus follower to the game, who can be located in Winterhold and recruited at the player's level. Father Christmas is a standard follower and is fairly unremarkable beyond his Santa outfit and goodies in his inventory.
Skyrim Flying Rudolph
He's one of the season's most prolific characters and he has now invaded Skyrim. This one doesn't try to cover-up with lore, and instead just drops a flying Rudolph mount straight into Skyrim. The mount is presented to the player by means of a courier, and after some bell-ringing, you'll get a new "Happy Thoughts" power to summon Rudolph.
Flight is handled just like swimming. Aim your camera at the intended direction and proceed ahead.
Download link: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/48591/
Saturalia - Christmas in Skyrim Mod
This is one of the most comprehensive Christmas-themed mods for Skyrim; it even goes through the effort of attempting to provide some lore/back-story, shrouding the add-ons under the guise of Saturalia -- Skyrim's Xmas equivalent.
Saturalia revamps fortresses and player housing with holiday decorations, adds carolers to Skyrim's cities, and introduces Father Saturalia's Workshop -- a shop filled with Falmer workers under a grueling taskmaster.
"Saturalia trees," presents, and food are also added to the game.
Download link: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/28093/
Festive Weapons & Armor Mods
If you've ever had a craving to smash someone's head in with a candy cane, you should probably see a doctor. You should also download this mod, though. This one replaces Akaviri Katanas, glass daggers, and hunting bows with a festive retexture; as an added bonus, combine this mod with the Festive Armor mod for the full "murderous, overworked workshop elf" effect.
Weapons download link: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/4352/?
Armor download link: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/4425/?
Christmas in Whiterun
Perhaps one of the more ambitious mods, Christmas in Whiterun adds a snowy theme to the city's streets, hosts wrapped packages throughout the town, and features a large, decorated tree in the city square. Snowmen, gingerbread men, and lights are present along Whiterun's streets.
In addition to these changes, a candy cane weapon set and Santa hat are made available to the player, similar to our above Festive Weapons mod.
Download link: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/28715/
Special Events of Tamriel
This one goes a bit beyond the immediate holiday, building-in a total of 19 observable holidays within Skyrim. The idea here is to give the player a greater observance of time as it passes in-game, using each of the 19 events as a means to keep lore alive and interesting in the player's eyes. Bartenders will talk about the in-game holidays as they occur, offer small, lore-friendly items, and merchants will put other items on sale during the events.
Just wait until we get "Black Fredas" and "Cyber Morndas."
Download link: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/48498/
Christmas Lanterns & Lights in Skyrim
Up there with Saturalia, this is one of the most popular holiday-themed mods for Skyrim. This small addition scatters colorful holiday lanterns across Skyrim's cities and landscapes. It's a bit more simplistic than the Saturalia mod, so if you're just looking for some lighting effects and non-sweeping changes, this is a good mod for you.
Download link: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/27845/
That's all for this one. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone. Watch out for the dragons - I hear they forget how to fly around this time of year.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.