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Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams... is essentially a demo that was given away through various promotions and magazines. While it may have 'only' appeared to be a one-level demo of NiGHTS into Dreams... (Spring Valley), it is really a bit more.

Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams...'s title screen, level backgrounds and even character models change according to the current season. Play it throughout an entire year and experience not only Christmas NiGHTS, but also Winter NiGHTS, New Year NiGHTS and NiGHTS: Limited Edition. Santa will appear on his sleigh on Christmas Day, and Reala will make a guest appearance on April Fool's Day, to mention only a few of its little cameos.

The gameplay is identical to that of NiGHTS into Dreams..., but it arguably has more longevity due to the Presents Box. The box contains unlockable artwork, promotional movies, Time Attack and Link Attack modes, Sonic as a playable character in the game, and more!


Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams... SEGA Saturn Christmas NiGHTS Opening
Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams... SEGA Saturn Christmas NiGHTS Title Screen
Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams... SEGA Saturn Christmas NiGHTS Boss

Promo Images

Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams... Wallpaper
Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams... Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "WiNTER NiGHTS into Dreams..." -- Japanese title
  • "NiGHTS Into Dreams: Limited Edition" -- Alternative content title
  • "A Happy New Year NiGHTS into Dreams..." -- In-game title on New Year's Eve and Day
  • "クリスマスナイツ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

For me? Oh, Sega, you shouldn’t have. Adzuken (854) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
One of the must-have titles along with NiGHTS if you own a Saturn gametrader (233) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Dec 25, 2010 10 out of 10 100
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Dec 25, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Defunct Games Jun 26, 2005 94 out of 100 94
Sega Collectors Guild Apr 27, 2003 92 out of 100 92
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com Jan 18, 2005 92 out of 100 92
Lens of Truth Dec 23, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Sega-16.com Dec 24, 2018 9 out of 10 90
Classic-games.net Jun 21, 2021 8 out of 10 80
GameCola.net Jan, 2004 8 out of 10 80


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The game was a Christmas gift from the Sonic Team. In Japan it was given to subscribers of the Famitsu magazine for the Christmas of '96. In the US, it was packaged with the Next Generation and Game Players magazines, also around the holiday of '96. In Europe it was first only bundled with certain Saturn packages or given as a promotional item when you bought two Saturn games, however a year later in '97 it was available with the December issue of Sega Saturn Magazine.


Here are the dates where the content of the game changes.

  • March to October: Standard Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams... content.
  • November, January to February: Winter theme, with snow and accordingly fitted outfits for Claris and Elliot.
  • December 1-25: 'Tis indeed the season in Spring Valley on these dates, with a joyful Christmas theme! Lots, and lots of changes. This is also the only time you'll be able to see the intro and end movies. However, if you complete the game under these dates the Christmas setting will be playable at any time -- through the Presents menu.
  • January 1: Same content as the Winter setting, however with a new years greeting at the title screen.
  • April 1: Go to the Ideya Palace and you will be able to play as Reala. Complete the game as him, and he'll be available to play at any time via the Presents menu.
Should you not have the patience to wait around you can change the Saturn's internal clock which is used to trigger the content.
caffeinedreamer (73) added Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams... (SEGA Saturn) on Apr 04, 2004