Ever since I tested this content on the Test Realms, I've been anxious for it to go live. Mostly this is because I've been coveting that flame pet for over a year and no one ever wanted to run five dungeons to get it. This year, you can purchase the flame pet for 350 burning blossoms, and there are lots more quests to collect them. I have a few tips to share for those of you not familiar with this holiday.
Free XP Train
For those of you who are still leveling on alts, you can get some very nice XP visiting bonfires. There are probably 2-3 dozen bonfires sprinkled across all three continents. Each one you visit gives you a bit of XP, a bit of coin and 5-10 burning blossoms.
Level 64 Warlock:
5400 xp and 1.6 gold for each Friendly bonfire I visited
10750 xp and 3.1 gold for each Hostile bonfire I visited
Level 69 Hunter:
6150 xp and 2.1 gold for each Friendly bonfire
12000 xp and 3.9 gold for each Hostile bonfire
As you can see, the hostile bonfires that are manned by the opposite faction are more lucrative. They also set your PVP flag when you desecrate them, so be wary of hostile players. But I got about 5 bubs of XP in a couple of hours doing this, nothing to sneeze at. Here is a page on the WoWWiki that lists all the bonfires if you want a reference.
For those of you more interested in purchasing the beefy festival goodies, bonfires are also the best way to collect "money". All items sold by the holiday vendors are bought with blossoms, so depending on how greedy you are, you may need quite a few. There are new 2 daily quests you can do, which reward 5 blossoms each. Or you can travel to all the zones and gather 5-10 blossoms per zone. I know which one I'm doing :)
The dailies can seem really intimidating when you first attempt them, but I have a few tips to share that might ease the process. For the torch tossing quest (aiming torches at braziers), make a hotkey on your keyboard and use your mouse for targeting. It's much easier to cast quickly when you can keep one hand on the keyboard and use the mouse to target the brazier. Also if your timing gets off, skipping the next brazier can help you get caught up.
For the torch catching quest, you have to chase your torch's shadow and try to stay on top of it the whole time. If you let it get away from you, you won't be able to "catch" the torch. Also, I understand that you don't actually have to click the torch, merely stand under it (this is now confirmed). Just follow your shadow and make sure you are directly on it when the torch lands. This is much easier if you pick a city with low crowding, such as Darnassus or Exodar.
New Holiday Boss
At first I thought this was quite exciting because I was expecting another Headless Horseman with easy epics raining from the skies. Sadly, it didn't really turn out that way. I went with a quality guild group to regular Slave Pens and it was quite easy to clear to the new boss. He's in the first large room, you just clear the front area to give yourself some space. We had a strong group with everyone in T4+ gear, but after five tries we just couldn't kill the guy. We kept getting overwhelmed with adds that jumped the squishies. We had 2 tanks (druid+pally), druid healer (me), mage and hunter. Seemingly a good mix, but it wasn't working well for us. I'm sure we'll keep trying until we figure it out. But for now, beware. He's a level 73 boss and he's quite difficult, despite his location in a low 60s dungeon.
Brazier of Dancing Flames
This item has a rather vague description of "click to place your brazier of dancing flames" which really doesn't tell you anything other you will create a brazier if you click it and you can hope that dancing is somehow involved. Yet Blizzard has deemed it to be highly valuable at a cost of 350 blossoms, the same as the flame pet. None of us wants to waste 1-2 days collecting blossoms just to end up with a dud item, right? Since I was already traveling around getting free XP for my man-slave Murkery, he is the lucky gnome who will be sacrificing his hard work for a questionable item. He got 12 bubs of XP and a ton of cash, so he doesn't get to complain ;)
I purchased the brazier and "placed" it, which put a brazier on the ground with a little fiery girl dancing on top. Not terribly exciting. So then I tried clicking it, but it's not clickable. Turns out you have to target it and /dance to turn yourself into a fiery dancing girl. Sadly you will not be a fiery dancing version of yourself, but instead a full size version of the girl on the brazier (a draenei female). If you jump or move it will cancel the effect, but you can /dance again if necessary. You can also turn your camera position if you like without disrupting the performance. The item is on a 3 minute cooldown, so you can't recast the brazier until then. All in all, an interesting item but I'm not convinced it's more valuable than a flame pet. Personally, I had hopes that this would be a new "piccolo" style item, so I'm a bit underwhelmed by it.
I will add more info when I collect more, so keep checking back!
This guide was written in 2008 - for some updated information check our update post here.