@floflo79 - Really pleasant. Sounds like Chrono Cross in the first half. But just like your home town theme, the constant single percussion is a bit overbearing; even a little change in dynamics on certain strikes would help.
@MetatronLives - Great use of empty space and reverb, gives that feeling of wide open fields of snow.
@Mic_syntagm - Walking through a snow-covered forest under dawn's light in search of ...something, or perhaps nothing.
TylerCunningham - Delicate and peaceful. (I also enjoyed your Age of Conflict and Tavern albums!)
@D-Sav - Oppressive and aggressive. The part around 0:45 probably has the strongest icy sound with those bell sounds and piano chords. Unique take on the theme.
@Feraluce - Uneasy, almost like exploring an alien world. I actually thought some of your other tracks had more of a wintery vibe than this one, though in a cheerful/Christmasy sense (beautiful piano/string work on your other songs). Perhaps Magus, Karth, or Fera would have been a better choice.
Although I should point out to you and some other newcomers that we usually like to encourage songs written specifically for this contest, after the contest theme has been picked.
@Lordmev - Good instrument choices and sound design, especially the plucky synth doing the melody.
Tremendouz - Inspiring and adventurous. Would go great in a big-budget fantasy movie with wide panning shots of a mountain range.
Avaruussaha - Love me some Acoustuussaha.
Mairiba - I'll forgive the sleighbells (it's just so overused in VGM winter levels) since you actually recorded them live, and because the rest of the song is so well written.
Danilo_Ciaffi - Gorgeous. The high piano notes are beautifully chilling. Also listened to Candy Town.
My picks based on how they fit the theme and loopability (I always listen to each entry a few times).
Honorable Mention - floflo79
5th Place - Tremendouz
4th Place - MetatronLives
3rd Place - Mairiba
2nd Place - Mic_syntagm
1st Place - Danilo_Ciaffi
Also forum user @birdnet who participated in some of the early months made this song recently.
I'll give a vote to "Failure"