Tomb Raider at Christmas
Over the years, fans and developers have come together to warmly wish happy Christmases to all. Below, we have gathered various items from official sources as well as links to nostalgic fan work for your pleasure over the festive season.
~ Some of these renders were large enough to be used as wallpapers. ~
~ An interesting fact: the fourth render was created by Phil Chapman, as seen on the gift tag on one of the presents under the tree. ~
This charming screensaver was given out by Eidos at the end of 1998. It features a lovely greeting from Lara and some Christmas music, all whilst Lara throws snowballs at the screen. You can still download it from fan site 'Core Design'. This version features an official copyright line and will show your current date, and the small animation will repeat on the screen in a different position. We did have a version that played just the animation in the middle of the screen but it no longer works.
Official Christmas Cards
Thanks to the Croft Times, we know what the second card reads:
Official Greetings From Eidos France
Back in 2002, the Eidos France website gave out their Christmas wishes in this Tomb Raider Flash file. It features AoD Lara in a festive themed outfit and a nice carol plays.
You can download it to see and hear it for yourself here, but in order to view it, you'll need a standalone Flash player.
Official Greetings From Crystal Dynamics
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th images were created for Crystal Dynamics by Angela Song.
In Game Outfits
The mobile game 'Lara Croft Relic Run' is the only game in the franchise to feature a Christmas themed outfit. Sadly, it was only available once for a limited time.
As you can see, officially there aren't many Christmas themed icons, but the first design came in a set of holiday 2011 images, whilst the last one for 'Lara Croft: Relic Run' was used on the Google Play Store.
The Tomb Raider Advent Calendar
Eidos released a few items that were Christmas themed, though it doesn't seem like they did this past 1998. The gift tags could be found on the front of Wizard's December issues and feature characters from various comic franchises.
This set of images are not our own, as they are mostly taken from eBay listings, however, the images of the champagne bottle belongs to TRKuchen.