Angry Birds Seasons: Christmas 3 Star Walkthrough Level 1-17

Season’s Greedings level 1-17 may be the most difficult level in the entire Angry Birds series to earn 3 stars. The best strategy is to fire the Red bird through the square and rectangular snow blocks supporting the top-left pigs. You must pop all four pigs in one shot, which should put you over 21,200 points. Fire the first Blue bird roughly horizontally, splitting to break the small ice block, the two presents, and the pig in the bottom-left. At this point, you should be over 35,000 points. Arc the next Blue bird, splitting through the middle two sections of rope supporting the bells. You should pop the leftmost pig, at least. Repeat the shot with the next Blue bird, aiming a little flatter, and split through the remaining two pigs. The score in the video is 64,200.

If you have a different strategy feel free to leave a comment below; however, don't just post your score via the comments, as that's what the leaderboards are for.

Note: Higher scores on this level are a result of the Santa Hat glitch. This glitch has since been fixed and thus is no longer possible. While we don’t have a video, the trigger was the Santa Hat atop the bottom-leftpig, but resulted in a less extreme explosion. To see which levels have the glitch, we have tagged them.

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Profile photo of SnoidRank: Master Slinger with 5000 points
By Snoid (@snoid)Score: 64,560

I thought 1-16 was hard (it took me two days to get three stars), but this one is simply ridiculous. I don’t know of any other game where the margin between the three star minimum score and the average of everyone posting their scores on this site is so narrow (548 points). And while I’m willing to accept that you can score in the low 70s if you are skillful and/or lucky enough to get all three pigs on the right with one blue bird, the top three scores posted just seem impossibly high. Were they the result of the exploding pig in the Santa hat that was eliminated early this year? If not, then I’d really like to know how they managed to get those scores.

Profile photo of sal9Rank: Avian Overlord with 16925 points
By sal9 (@sal9)Score: 65,010

if you look at the video tags, you’ll see “santa glitch”.

By rens13

I hate this level. My best score is now: 63850, my second best: 63850, third best: 63850.Three times exactly the same score. Impossible! And still two stars.

Rank: Champion with 3195 points
By Laurence (@laurence)Score: 64,860

I know what you mean – I’ve had 63700 twice now!

Rank: Master Slinger with 5435 points
By wanda (@wanda)Score: 64,610

I hate this one, too. I try every now and then to improve, but no such luck. My advice- when you do get three stars, take it and run. This one is a headache. Good luck.

Rank: Pig Leader with 10380 points
By sparty83 (@sparty83)Score: 64,060

I’m wondering if the top 4 scores are posted from Google Chrome? Those 4 scores are 4400 to 5700 higher than the other scores. On chrome, I was able to get 77,000 with out much effort, which would put me at #5. On my andriod, I am having a difficult time just trying to get above average (which I have not yet).

(And as much as I would like to, I will NOT post any of my chrome scores here. There are several levels where I have shattered my driod scores.)

Rank: Gold Flinger with 8360 points
By Kartflyer (@kartflyer)Score: 64,780

Another reason why SG’s leaderboard is hard to guard :/
I’ll be helping to keep track.

Profile photo of sal9Rank: Avian Overlord with 16925 points
By sal9 (@sal9)Score: 65,010

Probably due to the santa glitch.
But you’re right, on ab chrome, it seems easier to get more points than abs.

Rank: Pig Leader with 10380 points
By sparty83 (@sparty83)Score: 64,060

Sal9, I don’t think there is the Santa Hat glitch on this level. (I just increased my score to 81400 on chrome). There just seems to be on some levels, the blue and yellow birds do much more damage than on my driod. (levels 4, and 8 also come to mind) I know there are some levels on chrome that have extra birds, but I am not even referring to those. It also seems that the white bird is almost useless on chrome. I cant even get 1 star on level 19.
Just wish Rovio would had made all platforms equal.

Profile photo of sal9Rank: Avian Overlord with 16925 points
By sal9 (@sal9)Score: 65,010

This page has been tagged with the santa hat glitch.
I bought abs after the fix, but I trust BL and Slim on the accuracy of those tags.
That said, I agree that those discrepancies cause more confusion than anything else, but we also need to remember that chrome is still in its beta phase.

Rank: Pig Leader with 10380 points
By sparty83 (@sparty83)Score: 64,060

I’ll take your word on the Santa Hat glitch. Usually there is 2 vids on the walkthroughs and this only had one so I assumed it did not have it. (need to check my info a little better i guess)

I understand that chrome is only beta but I started playing it just out of curiousity. Got tired of playing on a 3″ phone screen and wanted to see the birds in all their glory on a 24″.

(was just playing level 20 which did have the santa hat glitch. on chrome without the glitch, i just scored 67,910 which would put me in 1st place. SCREWY)

Rank: Sling God with 27845 points
By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 64,630

Chrome SG are not allowed on our leaderboards at this time. Too many discrepancies.

Rank: Pig Leader with 10380 points
By sparty83 (@sparty83)Score: 64,060

I know they are not allowed, but but boy would I like to on a few levels. LOL

Rank: Sling God with 27845 points
By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 64,630

Have (re-)finished all of Seasons Greedings for video…. except for this one. Taking a break to do some Algebraic Geometry (separated and proper morphisms of schemes).

Hopefully will have this finished tonight and the videos uploaded tomorrow.

Rank: Sling God with 27845 points
By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 64,630

Woot! First try after finishing Algebraic Geometry and I got it!

Rank: Avian Overlord with 15255 points
By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 65,260

Wtg slim!! :) again ty for all your hard work..don’t know how you manage to keep up the site, and your studies…good job:)

Rank: Sling God with 27845 points
By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 64,630

Not the easiest thing, but I have a very focused and organized mind. Hope y’all like the individual walkthrough pages on the earlier ABo episodes. :)

Rank: Avian Overlord with 15255 points
By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 65,260

Haven’t checked it out yet but I’m sure its all good! :) take a break:) have a good nite:)

Profile photo of sal9Rank: Avian Overlord with 16925 points
By sal9 (@sal9)Score: 65,010

They’re great, much easier now to find the needed information.

Rank: Gold Flinger with 8360 points
By Kartflyer (@kartflyer)Score: 64,780

Exactly what sal9 said, very helpful and makes everything easier.

I also like how you guys modified the Chatter page. Again, makes it more convenient to find recent comments. Thanks for all the effort you put on the site! :)

Rank: Sling God with 27845 points
By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 64,630

Seasons Greedings is completely uploaded and updated here on ABN. Enjoy. (And see if you can find my favorite level in all of ABx.)

By Bell259

must have been all the exercise those brain cells got on the math.

Rank: Avian Overlord with 15255 points
By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 65,260

Ty slim for all your hard work:) gl with your studies:)

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By Nick

65,550 using your method. It took me around 30 tries. Kept getting 63K time after time.

Rank: Deputized with 160 points
By Trelander (@trelander)

Found this to be a bit easier after trying some of the other plans.

First red to take out top left 4

Next Blue up and over cutting off the far right bell causing left 2 to fall against the left wall and the final bell to fall down with birds and killing the middle green pig on right.

Next blue up and over killing last 2 pigs on right (This took a few tries but got it after 10 or so instead of the 100’s I see others posting).

Next blue horizontal against wall into far bottom left pig hitting as much of the top layer as possible to cause damage.

By KAREN

THANK YOU! Tried the video method many hours never got more than 63K and many times took all blue birds to get all the pigs. This was the last 3 stars needed for 2011. Got 3 stars on the 2nd try with this method.

Profile photo of Loud LisaRank: Debriefed with 1290 points
By Loud Lisa (@loud-lisa)

Seriously… I’m stuck at 63,990… I had to go back and re-do orig AB and seasaons on my iPad… Have 3 starred all but this level… This is the worst level ever… Rovio you are taking all the fun out it!!

By frankie

stuck on 63940… I know how you feel…

By nothing

OH MY GOD went and took a break after about an hour and first time I got 72000!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cant believe it. Not gonna look at this level anymore forever

By pam

Thanks for your guide. I had tried so many times i needed the reassurance.i ended up with 65460 for my score. It seemed to help when I waited until the bluebird was almost touching the bell string before tapping it.

Profile photo of xXAngryBirdLover2214XxRank: Explosive with 2085 points
By xXAngryBirdLover2214Xx (@angrybirdlover2)

this is one of the rare levels where i gave up on getting 3 stars

Rank: Master Slinger with 6890 points
By Angryguy (@angryperson)

same, this level was a menace, i could barely get 2 stars

Rank: Master Slinger with 7205 points
By TruckDriver (@truckdriver)Score: 64,930

I call this level “sadistic cruelty in a colorful wrapper.” This is the level where Rovio should have left the Santa Hat glitch intact. If there is an unexpected upside to having lost my Seasons progress twice, then switching devices, it is perhaps I’ve become more efficient at this level

Oh, joy……

Rank: Slinger with 1155 points
By Brak61 (@brak61)Score: 64,260

Wow, with all the comments here I can’t believe I got past this level in only 3 attempts, 64,260. Some other levels I’ve been stuck on for days. Like the old saying goes, “I’d rather be lucky than good.”!

By Erik

This is the first level that I needed”help” on to get 3 stars (64280). Thank you! Never doing this one again but got my 3.

By Fran

This level is so difficult. I want to scream. I have been stuck here for so long now and watched the video endless times and it is impossible I like a challenge but this is just so damn ridiculous!!! Help!

Profile photo of WereWolf69Rank: Flinger with 35 points
By WereWolf69 (@werewolf69)Score: 64,050

I’ve been trying to beat this level for 3 months now, my current score is 54200 and I can’t get my BB to sing right, they’re so hopelessly anemic that it’ll take a miracle for me to 3 star this level, but it’ll have to wait ’til I 3 star the previous one 1-16 which is also proving to be a Big Headache, and add to that a Big Brother that seems to have lost weight, momentum and just plainly lacks incentive.

Rank: Champion with 3470 points
By Lesleymaui (@lesley-sui)

I hear you. I have also been trying for months. I have 63840. So near but…… On an encouraging note i was also stuck on 16 and today I 3-starred it by some fluke. So – keep on trying and hope for the ABN posting fairy to hear your plea! Good luck!

Profile photo of E-StarRank: Master Slinger with 7285 points
By E-Star (@e-star)Score: 65,490

During my revisit I read a strat somewhere in these 3 pages of comments (sorry for not looking who it was and giving proper credit, but I can’t seem to find it). The strat is to take out the left top piggies with the first bird and send the second bird in after the red bird and releasing at the last moment. With luck there will be a gap in the wall which you can send the 3rd bird through. 4th bird took out the bottom piggie (aiming a whee bit higher to take out some stuff from the second level). One bird left. took me a great bunch of tries, but I am happy with my 65490 for now!

Here is my video!

Profile photo of SpyderVenom420Rank: Slinger with 1190 points
By SpyderVenom420 (@spydervenom420)Score: 64,850

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for re-sharing this info. I missed this strat. I have been stuck with this level for over a year. I completed it when it came out but my device failed me and I had to start all my Bird games all over again and I could not complete this one. Thank you again. You are my hero.

Rank: Gold Flinger with 9850 points
By kimmiecv (@kimmiecv)Score: 65,380

You aren’t kidding @e-star it took forever! Thank you for the vid! Glad I can move on! I’ll take my score and vamoose! LOL ;)

Profile photo of E-StarRank: Master Slinger with 7285 points
By E-Star (@e-star)Score: 65,490

hahahah LOL @kimmiecv indeed when I say it takes a while, in my addiction terms it means more than 2 hours hahahaha, likely in the range of days teehee. Glad to see you got past this one and moving on. Good luck to you and @Kathy in your amazing journey through Seasons Greedings!

Rank: Avian Overlord with 15255 points
By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 65,260

This isthis is definira tough one..I can’t manage either video @Kimmiecv I’m almost there
Whhhiiinnneee ….just underaverge I need like 500 more points;(

Profile photo of E-StarRank: Master Slinger with 7285 points
By E-Star (@e-star)Score: 65,490

@spydervenom420 You are welcome anything to help out a fellow Nester. Sorry to hear you lost your progress. It happend to me last year and I so know how it feels. Ever since I make backups like crazy, just to avoid the pain of starting over again. Keep up the good work!

Profile photo of wrw01Rank: Sling God with 21390 points
By wrw01 (@wrw01)Score: 65,220

Thank you E-Star for the video. Finally obtained a score that is above average.
Aiming tip: Zoom in and pull back on the Red Bird so there is a small space between the top of the tree and the band of the sling. Aim just a tad higher with the Blue Bird so it knocks out the top square snow block and with luck maybe one the BB will take out one of the three pigs on the right. Second BB same as first to keep it high to get the remaining right pigs.

Profile photo of E-StarRank: Master Slinger with 7285 points
By E-Star (@e-star)Score: 65,490

@wrw01 You are welcome Pops, always glad I can help out. And thank you for the aiming tip, I know it will help future shooters in need of guidance!

By E-Bird

THANK YOU!!! So many attempts at this level, then tried this method and got it 1st time… 65,480! Moving on…

Profile photo of E-StarRank: Master Slinger with 7285 points
By E-Star (@e-star)Score: 65,490

Nice job @E-bird! glad it was of help and yeah putting the level to rest and getting back for it and get it on the first time is a great feeling isn’t it!

Rank: Master Slinger with 7190 points
By SweetP (@sweetp)Score: 66,150

@e-star you are a godsend! I’ve been struggling with this level for the longest time, even using your method. But, as you said persistence is the key. I got lucky with the first BB taking out the bottom snow block making the gap wider so when I launched the second BB I split him after going through the gap which took out all three pigs! Then when I used the third BB, I aimed a little higher, so when I split it the top bird took out some of the horizontal snow blocks which caused the wood to fall and racking up a few more points. This is where I’m making a fast exit and not looking back! Woot-woot!!!

Rank: Fling King with 4770 points
By 78RPM (@78rpm)Score: 66,060

Well, spent 3 quarters of the Fiesta Bowl trying this one yet again. Once again numerous 63k scores but no joy. I put myself through this every couple of months just to keep any little vestige of ego from coming to the surface.
Will try again in a couple of months as this is now the only non-3 star one I have left.
Or maybe I won’t…

Profile photo of bombRank: Champion with 3760 points
By bomb (@bombbomb)Score: 72,390

I shoot the first bird same as the video.Second bird to the 3 pigs in the right,with some luck, the 3 pigs are finished by the second bird.Last, shoot the third bird to the bottom pig.

Rank: Explosive with 2105 points
By cjcp (@cjcp)Score: 65,060

@amslimfordy – Is it possible that the first 4 scores on this level (all above 77,000) are legitimate? They seem very high.

Rank: Sling God with 27845 points
By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 64,630

@cjcp I believe all of those are legit.

Profile photo of theanonymoussomeoneRank: Champion with 3275 points
By theanonymoussomeone (@anonymousomeone)

Okays. Just remember- Thou shalt not covet.

I got 3 stars on this level.

In 4 tries.

Remember to break as much snow as possible for more points.

And finally, THANK YOU ADMINS AND OBSERVANT MEMBERS OF THE NEST For all your help! Thanks to you guys, I have now three starred all of ABS!

Rank: Fling King with 4770 points
By 78RPM (@78rpm)Score: 66,060

I was Captain Ahab and this was my White Whale.

Done now; NEVER EVER to be opened again.

Taking the dog for a walk…

Profile photo of SeasonsKingRank: Champion with 3285 points
By SeasonsKing (@theangrybird)Score: 65,270

My strategy was different.

Red: shot towards right of structure, hit most right pig.

Blues (1): shot towards left of structure, split near beginning.

Blues (2): shot again, killed all at left.

Blues (3): shot towards right of structure, killed last 2 pigs.

Result: 65270

Profile photo of PdBRank: Pig Leader with 10530 points
By PdB (@playdbird)Score: 70,550

Hi @amslimfordy,

Maybe I’m missing something…how can the top four scorers all have the exact same score?

Statistical anomaly or something else?

Rank: Sling God with 27845 points
By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 64,630

@PlayDBird I’m pretty sure all 4 of those scores have been there for a while. The Santa’s Hat Glitch really bumped scores.

Rank: Shooter with 795 points
By SPIKE (@spike-abf)Score: 65,390

didn’t get Seasons until I got my kindle…been working my way through the levels…L17 was a pain to get three stars…I tried the many different strats listed here but what worked after about two weeks, was following Bird Leader’s video

65390

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