Animal Crossing: New Horizons update: 2021, Christmas

Animal Crossing: New Horizons update: 2021, Christmas

After the amazing Halloween update, it's now time to wrap up the year with the free Christmas update ! For this holiday season, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will entirely redecorate your island - if you want to know all about it, then keep reading !

What to expect from the winter update?

Apart from the Christmas and the New Year’s Eve specific events and items, Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers a general winter update: it includes at least 3 DIY crafting recipes (Frozen Fence, Frozen Mini Snowperson, and Frozen Floor Tiles), Snowboys (Snowmen), new conversations with Isabelle, celebrations, and more! There was also a Turkey Day event for Thanksgiving.

You should note that this time, some items are locked depending on your location, which means you will not have access to the same items if you live in the Northern Hemisphere as if you live in the Southern Hemisphere.

How to use the snow?

From the 27th of November onwards, it is possible to see some light snowfall for the first time (in the Northern hemisphere). The snow will continue to cover the ground and will finally stick to it on December 11th.


Some bigger snowflakes will be floating in the air - and yes, you can collect them! More than that, the floating snowflakes are also necessary for your winter DIY crafting recipes like Falling-Snow Wall, Iceberg Wall, and Snowflake Pochette. After you catch a snowflake, shoot down flying balloon presents to get various DIY crafting recipes where you can use it. There are 10 DIY crafting recipes for regular snowflakes (Falling-Snow Wall, Frozen Fence, Frozen Floor Tiles, Iceberg Flooring, Iceberg Wall, Ski-Slope Flooring, Ski-Slope Wall, Snowflake Pochette, Snowflake Wall, and Snowflake Wreath) and 16 crafting recipes with large snowflakes (Frozen Arch, Frozen Bed, Frozen Chair, Frozen Counter, Frozen Mini Snowperson, Frozen Partition, Frozen Pillar, Frozen Sculpture, Frozen Table, Frozen Tree, Frozen-Treat Set, Ice Flooring, Ice Wall, Ice Wand, Snowperson Head, and Three-Tiered Snowperson) - read the Snowballs and Snowboy section to see how to get them!

Snowballs and Snowboy

Once the snow cover period is around, every day, once a day, you will find two snowballs next to each other - their location will be random so make sure to explore every corner of your island. You will be able to kick them around and make them bigger. Then, you will be able to push them together and form a Snowboy who will give you a Large Snowflake! If your Snowboy is perfect (that is, the two snowballs are the exact same size), he will give you an extra Large Snowflake. He will be melting for the following three days and will give you one Large Snowflake each day (or two, if you built him perfectly). To get the 16 additional DIY crafting recipes, you will have to build perfect Snowboys as you won't be able to find them in flying balloons.

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What is the events schedule?

There will be four (and maybe even more) important events this month - and time-travel will not enable them, so you will have to be patient!

The Dung Beetle

The Dung Beetle can be spotted around snowballs from December 11th on! If you are in the Northern Hemisphere and you've been catching all the bugs, this will be the first occasion to complete your Bug Critterpedia.

Pine trees

To help you get in the festive spirit, pine trees will get decorated starting December 15th. Covered in Christmas lights, we are expecting new crafting materials and recipes from them!

Toy day

Toy Day is the Christmas Eve event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it has appeared in almost every Animal Crossing game (except for Wild World). This year, it is held on December 24th and you will be able to meet Jingle the Reindeer. Jingle will ask you to craft some Festive papers and once there are enough of them, you will get to distribute presents to all the villagers, dressed as Santa Claus.

New Year’s Eve Countdown

To celebrate the New Year’s Eve, a huge countdown clock will be present in front of the Resident Services. Everyone (and even Isabelle) will be there, counting down until midnight and waiting to enjoy the fireworks!

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Conversations with Isabelle

During this season, you will get two new conversations with Isabelle - one about Snowballs and one about a new Snowflake Wreath DIY recipe, that will also allow you to get the recipe!

The Aurora Borealis

This event is from 2020 but it may return this year as well! Here's what it is about: If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, once the snow sticks to the ground, you may be able to see Aurora Borealis weather events. Indeed, every island has a different weather pattern that will define if it is possible to enjoy it, and if so - when. These events will also occur in January. You will also have the chance to buy an Aurora wall from December 1st onwards!

For those enjoying the summer in the Southern Hemisphere, you will be able to buy the Sunflower Rug and the Sunflower Crown instead.

What items to expect?

Although there is still not much information about the seasonal items, you can check the list of all the available ornaments and clothing from last year:

Christmas Toy Set

Nook’s Cranny has a new stock of items for the season. A new set of Christmas theme items is available to purchase from December 1st and will last until December 25th. This Christmas Toy Set includes Kids tent, Puppy plushie, Dinosaur toy, Doll house, Mini circuit, Pop-up book, RC helicopter, Set of stockings, and Tin robot that come all in different colors.


In order to make sure you are getting more and more into the Christmas mood, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will progressively add some new items. Starting December 15th (and lasting until January 6th) you will notice that some cedar trees are decorated in festive lights. Giving those trees a shake will give you new craft materials: a blue, red, or golden Ornament. If you want to get Festive Christmas Ornament DIY Crafting Recipes, make sure to shoot down some Balloon presents !

Winter clothing & accessories

With the cold days around, the villagers of your island are starting to dress warmer. If you too want to avoid freezing, you should have a look at the Able Sister’s tailor shop because they adapt their stock according to the season.

Items for the New Year’s Eve

To celebrate the New Year’s Eve properly, there will be some items specific to the event. They will be available for purchase from December 26th.

We hope that you now know everything about the Christmas season on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and that our article got you in the right mood to enjoy the winter update!

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