Tradeable holiday events items like party hats can be "picked up" from the GE immediately when you log into the game. However untradeable holiday event items like the Bunny Ears you mentioned can't be obtained no matter what until the next event comes and you need to be available to do it to get the event items or wait another year.
This is not like we get them right away from Diango in RS3.
Conformedsaid: Yep ^, thankfully they made it this way for OSRS. In my opinion, this is the right call for limited time (holiday) events as no one enjoys going without their beloved cosmetics
They can make it better by letting players get all untradeable holiday event items from Diango when they finished Tutorial Island, so they don't have to wait maybe 6 months to a year to get their beloved cosmetics.
MrsáAnasaid: Dilbert2001said: They can make it better by letting players get all untradeable holiday event items from Diango when they finished Tutorial Island, so they don't have to wait maybe 6 months to a year to get their beloved cosmetics.How is this better? So, if I've been present through every single holiday event throughout the history of RuneScape, how is it fair for a new player to just come in and get all the items that I have participated in without actually having to wait for the holiday event to do it? I agree with the new way that it's being done in OSRS where you'd have to wait for the specific event to be able to retrieve the items that you are missing, but I find it unfair to simply "hand" all of these holiday items to new players and players that haven't even completed the event.
How is it fair for new players just to buy the tradeable holiday event items like phats and Santas from the GE for dirt cheap price or even free from their friends or just some random noobs the first day they play OSRS?